How Do You Clean Septic Tanks?
It’s not hard to imagine why a septic tank needs cleaning. Cleaning it regularly prevents clogging, and you certainly don’t want a toilet or a bathtub backing up with septic tank ingredients! Furthermore, the law requires they get pumped at a rate which depends on the jurisdiction the tank falls under and the size of the tank. This is how you go about the cleaning process.
First off, there are a few items that should never be flushed down your toilet in the first place, or you’ll be at risk of seriously backing up the system. Things like feminine products, grease, or cigarette butts can’t be introduced to the septic system. You’ll need to clean your tank one way or the other, but these things are harmful threats that should be avoided.
The biggest aspect of cleaning the septic tank is pumping. This is a crucial step which gets the sludge and debris out of the system. Again, the requirements for pumping frequency depend on where you live, so call your local regulator for accurate information. The average time is anywhere from three to five years.
If there are many people using the same septic system, the health regulators might insist it be cleaned manually. It’s possible for you to do this work yourself, as ugly as it seems, and it’s also a good opportunity to check for cracks and leaks and any other threats to the system. All you need is a good high pressured hose to wash the sides and bottoms of the tank. It’s easy to get a contractor to do the same work, and it also provides a lower risk that your yard, tank, and home will experience damage. They should have the proper equipment and the know how, in addition to you not having to do the work. As well, they’ll be able to properly dispose of the waste. It’s a substantial task to do on your own, and the peace of mind from knowing someone else is liable is considerable.
Another easier, cleaner way of cleaning the system is by entering various cleaning agents and drainage products that get rid of debris and help with water flow. There’s a chemical reaction which loosens the grime on the walls of the tank and allows for it all to be flushed out. Of course, the chemicals are safe and pose no environmental threat to the earth it gets released in. It also in no way threatens the interior walls of the tank. As well, there are chemicals you can introduce to the tank which help the bacteria inside grow. That way your waste dissolves faster.
There are other problems associated with not cleaning out your septic regularly or sufficiently like sewage contamination. It’s important to keep these tips in mind, but if you ever have any doubts, be sure to speak to a professional or you’ll end up paying more to fix it down the road. Be pro-active in this regard and you won’t regret it.