Septic Tank Pumping- An Overview

Septic Tank PumpingFirst, it is important to understand what a septic device is, what it does and how it operates in order to understand what is involved in septic tank pumping. In very basic words, a septic tank is an underground treatment system for domestic waste. There are 4 elements of a standard septic system: the tubing from the home, the septic tank, a drain field and the dirt. Harm or failure of either of these components may cause the device to malfunction, resulting in degradation of the soil and drinking water and expensive fixes or replacements by the homeowner. Have a look at Oxford Septic Tank Pumping for more info on this.

The way it operates

A very simple description of how the device operates starts with waste water exiting the house to the pipe leading to the septic tank via the plumbing network within the home. The tank is buried underwater and typically made of concrete, fibreglass or polyethylene in a water-tight fashion. To encourage the solids to settle to the bottom (to form sludge) and the oils to rise to the surface (to form scum), it is intended to keep the waste water long enough. Part of the solid waste is decomposing, too. The septic tank has compartments and a “t” shaped exit that keeps the sludge and scum from escaping the tank to migrate to the drain fields. When the liquid reaches the drain area, the elimination of dangerous bacteria , viruses and nutrients is washed across the many layers of soil for final care.

In order to extract the sludge and scum from the tank, septic tank pumping is needed periodically. If the sludge and scum in the tank is left to pile up, the runoff from the septic tank and the drain field may be clogged. To keep things running as it was planned, your local septic service provider will provide frequent checks as well as pumping and cleaning of your tank.

The Method of Pumping

The septic tank pumping method requires the usage of a large tank truck with pumps and hoses for suction. The hoses are placed at ground level into the manhole gap to remove the buildup of scum and sludge. The sludge and scum on the truck are sucked into the tank and then disposed of in an accepted manner and venue. In order to check for leakage or clogged areas, the septic service companies will examine the tank, valves and the ground surrounding the system. Areas that require consideration will be called to the consideration of the homeowner and a satisfactory resolution will be proposed.