Every septic tank owner should know that their septic tank requires regular pumping. Not doing so can result in sludge build-up and cause the tank to overflow. You can expect to spend a pretty penny on repairs as overwhelmed pipes will likely burst, and flood the drain field.

Like with many other maintenance needs, homeowners tend to hire professionals to address the issue, leave them alone, and come back to pay them when they’re done. There’s nothing wrong with such practices, but it is important to know what occurs during a septic tank pumping. Having such knowledge can help you accurately diagnose issues in the future.

The Septic Tank Pumping Process

The septic tank pumping process is relatively simple but can be dangerous without the necessary tools. This is why we suggest that you hire a professional to pump your tank rather than attempt to do so on your own. Here is what you can expect from a septic tank pumping:

  • The septic pumper will first locate and expose the septic tank lid.
  • The pumper uncovers the lid and checks the water level in the tank. Water above the outlet can indicate drain field issues, and water below the outlet is the sign of a leak
  • The pumper lowers a hose into the tank to suck out all solids and liquids.
  • The pumper checks for backflow as he extracts the contents. Minimal backflow may indicate a pipe sag, and significant backflow may come from a drain field system back-up.
  • The pumper sprays clean water on the septic tank walls and uses specialized tools to efficiently extract sludge stuck in corners.
  • The septic pumper inspects the empty tank for any structural damage
  • The septic pumper replenishes water levels.

It may seem like a regular pumping is enough to ensure a healthy septic system, but that is not the case. The septic tank is only one facet of the septic system. A separate professional should inspect your entire septic system to ensure it is operating without disruption.

How You Can Help

It is vital that you do your due diligence to make sure that your septic tank does not require frequent pumping. Sludge build-up can permit excessive pumpings. They can come as a result of using a garbage disposal which doubles the amount of solid waste in a septic tank. It can also come from flushing harmful items down the toilet.

Implement the regular use of Maxx’s Products for a clean and efficient septic system. Enza Plus is a drain cleaner that degrades soap, grease, and other materials that contribute to pipe blockages. Maxx’s Products is a monthly septic tank treatment that releases millions of enzymes and bacteria into your septic tank to break down sludge and prevent outlet blockages. Together, these premium products can help promote a healthy system. Browse the rest of our septic products and place your order today!