For your septic tank to work properly, it needs to be cleaned and pumped on a regular basis, ideally every three years.
Here’s a look at the septic tank pumping process.
Exposing the access lids
The cleaning company professionals need to first find the access lids to get into the septic tank. The access lids can be 6-12 inches below the surface. They have to be exposed to prepare the tank for maintenance.
Checking liquid level
The liquid level can tell the septic technician about the health of the septic system. For example, if the level is lower than the outlet pipe, the tank may have a leak. If the level is higher than the outlet pipe, the pipe to the drain field may be clogged. Pumping can be done once these issues are resolved.
The hose is lowered into the access hole and its other end is attached to the pump. Running the pump will remove the solid and liquid waste out of the tank. During the pumping, the technician can inspect how the outlet pipe is performing. Backflow out of the pipe indicates an issue with the septic system that needs to be fixed. Significant backflow may be an indicator of drain field backup while a little backflow may point to a sagging pipe in the drain field.
Cleaning the tank
Once pumping is complete, a septage spoon is used to backflush the tank. This allows the sludge in the tank to be loosened and removed. Then the walls of the tank are sprayed to remove any remaining waste and sludge.
Lastly, the septic system cleaning technician will check the tank for any leaks, cracks or damage. If they find any issues, they will recommend the right repair. Then the access lids will be closed and covered with soil.
Septic tank pumping is not only about removing waste, but essential to determine the health of the entire system. If your septic tank hasn’t been pumped in a long time, talk to septic cleaning experts.
If you are looking for pipe repair or septic pump installation companies in White Lake or Clarkston, MI, call Shorty’s Sanitary Service at 248-332-6476.