Septic tanks are standard in many areas of the country and are a necessary part of the home's waste system. The tank must be cared for properly, and this means investing in services that are performed by a professional. Services will often include both cleanings and pumpings. While these two terms are often used interchangeably by homeowners, the two services are actually different. Keep reading to learn what a cleaning and a pumping is and which of the services you will need.
What Is A Septic Pumping?
Septic pumping is one of the most basic services that a septic professional provides. The service involves locating your septic tank, digging up the top cap or cover, and revealing the inside of the container. At this time, the professional will use tools to measure the amount of waste in the tank, the depth of the scum layer, and the amount of fluid located at the top.
Once basic measurements are taken, a large hose is inserted into the tank and the waste material is sucked up and out of the container. The waste is stored in a large tanker truck so it can be disposed of at an offsite waste collection center.
During the pumping, solids are removed from the tank, but only the free solid materials that are mixed with fluid are able to be sucked up. Oftentimes, as septic tanks age, more and more solid waste will sink to the bottom of the tank and solidify. This material will leave less room for new waste to fill the tank. However, this is only a problem if the tank is a bit small for your home or if the tank has not had a full cleaning for many years.
What Is A Septic Cleaning?
If your septic professional completes waste measurements and finds out that a two-foot or larger layer of solid material is located on the bottom of the septic tank, then it is time for a cleaning service. The cleaning starts with pumping and then water is forced into the bottom of the tank to try to break up solid materials. Pumping and flushing are completed systematically until all waste is removed.
Sometimes, roots may have infiltrated into the tank, and this requires internal cutting and removal. At this time, the tank will usually be inspected fully for any signs of cracks, leaks, or other issues. The septic professional may use cameras and lights for this or he or she may actually enter the tank itself.
Speak with a septic professional to find out whether you need septic pumping services or cleaning on your property.