To really understand the process involve in septic tank pumping, it is necessary to know what the system is and what it does and how it actually works. Simply put, septic system is an underground treatment system intended for keeping household waste. There are often 4 components that these systems have to ensure that they will work properly and these include the pipe, tank itself, the drain field and soil.
Any damage or malfunction to these components compromises the system leading to the contamination of soil as well as drinking water. When this happens, it is going to make the repairs to be expensive and to more serious matters, it calls replacements for the homeowners.
An explanation for how such systems function all starts with wastewater leaving the house, going through the plumbing network to the pipes that is connected to the tank. As a matter of fact, the septic tank is installed few feet underground and it is constructed using materials like fiberglass, polyethylene or concrete in a water tight manner. With this in mind, it is able to store wastewater for extended period of time without causing any issues; during this period, the oil floats on top and form scum while solid waste settle to the bottom and form sludge.
There are some solid wastes that are decomposing too. A t-shape outlet is used in a septic tank in order to avoid the sludge and scum leaving the tank that may go through the drain field. As soon as the liquid entered the drain field, it’s then filtered through layers of soil to be able to remove viruses and harmful bacteria as well.
To remove the scum and sludge from the tank, it is necessary to carry out septic tank pumping periodically. If the sludge and scum has built up in the septic tank and you don’t took any action to get rid of it, this can cause clogs to the drainage from tank and to the drain field. Local septic tank services can do periodic inspection of the tank and pump and clean it to ensure that everything’s working how it was supposed to be.
In regards to septic tank pumping process, there will be a big tank truck that has hoses and pumps for suctioning the tank. These hoses are inserted to a manhole opening at the ground to remove sludge and scum. These two will be sucked out of your tank and in to the tank of the truck, which will be disposed in appropriate manner. After that, the septic service company will do inspection of the valves, ground and tank to check for clogged or leaks.