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What to Expect During a Septic Pumping Service

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It’s easy to forget about your septic tank, especially because it does its job almost completely out of sight. But though this vital system may be hidden underground, its health and wellness are key to a safe and comfortable home. If you have an upcoming septic service appointment, you’ve already taken one of the most important steps towards preventing septic failure. But what exactly will happen during your service, and is it worth the cost? The good news is that septic pumping services are always worth the cost. 

They are also essential to keeping the system healthy. If you want to learn more about what happens during a septic appointment, you’ve come to the right place. 

Keep reading to find out exactly what to expect during your upcoming septic pumping!

How Does a Septic System Work?

Before you can understand what will happen during a septic appointment, you need to learn more about what your septic system is and how it works. 

Though they are a powerful form of waste disposal, septic tank systems are relatively simple. 

Materials you flush or send down the drain will go to your septic tank. From there, the materials will separate and settle at different levels. The solid matter, or sludge, will sink to the bottom.

Any liquid waste will sit atop it, where it becomes the perfect home for bacteria that will process and purify the water. 

As the solids are broken down by bacteria, water flows into a separate part of the tank where it is further cleaned. It will eventually be released into the drain field. 

From the drain field, the liquid can then be absorbed into the soil where more bacteria and microbes continue to purify it naturally. 

Why Does My Tank Need to Be Serviced?

The average septic tank holds from around 750 to 1200 gallons of waste. But even though bacteria are hard at work, the tank will eventually fill up.

If the sludge level rises too high, it could prevent water from flowing. It can also cause sewage to leak into your yard. 

A failing septic system isn’t just a costly annoyance and quickly becomes an emergency when not handled in time.

The best way to prevent septic tank complications is to have your system regularly inspected and pumped. This will ensure that any problems are caught early and that more severe issues are never allowed to develop. 

You should also keep in mind that you don’t have the proper equipment or experience to safely service your septic system. While you may be able to handle other home plumbing issues on your own, septic pumping is something you should always leave to the professionals. 

What Happens During My Septic Pumping Service? 

There are two general types of septic servicing, and they are inspection and pumping. During an inspection, your technician will make sure that your system is functioning properly. They will also determine if it’s time to have your tank pumped. 

If you have a pumping service scheduled, that means your service provider has recommended that you do so, or you don’t know the last time it was pumped. Either way, the process will be the same. 

Your service provider will arrive with a tanker truck and vacuuming equipment. Once they locate your system, they will remove a cover and insert a large plastic hose. This hose will suck up any scum or waste that needs to be removed. 

While the pumping is in progress, your technician may use a tool to break up and large chunks of waste. They may also do a cursory inspection of your system to ensure everything is functioning properly.

When the service is complete, your technician will replace the cover and discuss any final notes with you before heading out. 

Do I Need to Prepare for My Service?

There are a few things you can do to help your provider do their job and speed up the process. 

If you have any records of your septic system’s servicing, make sure you have those handy in case your provider asks.

You can also assist them by making sure any debris or hazards are removed from the tank area, so they can quickly and safely begin their work. This will keep your items out of harm’s way while also ensuring nothing falls into the tank. 

The final preparation you can make is knowing where your tank and its components are. While septic technicians are quite good at locating systems, it can help them if you have an idea of where they should look.

How Much Will My Service Cost?

While what your service provider charges will vary, septic tank maintenance typically costs around 250 to 500 dollars per service.

Even if this is more than you might like to spend, it’s important to keep in mind that the alternative is a costly septic system failure. 

Remember that when it comes to your septic tank, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You can easily prevent any issues by scheduling routine inspections and pumping. 

Keep Your Septic System Healthy

Septic tank systems are a discrete and effective way of disposing of waste while returning water to the environment. The best way to keep your tank healthy is to schedule regular pumping and inspections. 

During your septic pumping, your technician will remove excess waste and ensure that your tank is functioning at its best to keep your family healthy and comfortable. 

If you’re ready to schedule a pumping or have more questions about your upcoming service, reach out to our experts today to learn more!

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