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The Step-by-Step Process of Septic Tank Pumping

Maintaining a healthy septic system is crucial to ensure your household’s efficiency and durability. Septic tank pumping is arguably the most important aspect of septic maintenance, as it not only ensures the effective removal of waste but also prevents potential problems down the line.

To keep your septic tanks in the most optimal condition, they say it’s best to have your septic tanks pumped every 3-5 years. For us to determine just how significant it is in improving functionality, safety, and comfort, let’s check out the step-by-step process of septic tank pumping:


Step 1: Uncovering Access Lids

The process of septic tank pumping begins with uncovering the access lids. Depending on when your septic system was installed, it might have two separate compartments, each with its own lid. Trained professionals, like our team at Economy Septic, will carefully remove the lids to expose the tanks. While this might seem straightforward, the lid may be affected by general wear and deterioration, especially if your septic tank is old, which will then necessitate replacement to ensure proper access. 


Step 2: Pumping Out the Tank

Once the maintenance team has established proper access, a high-powered hose connected to a vacuum truck is used to flush out all liquids and solids from the septic tank. This process is crucial for preventing waste accumulation that could lead to obstructions and system failure. Although the hose is designed to remove debris effectively, there are instances where thick sludge and solids might remain. Removing this buildup is key to maintaining the tank’s capacity and preventing any potential backups.


Step 3: Wash It All Out 

After pumping out the tank’s contents, our technicians proceed to clean the inside of the tank using water. This step is important since it helps eliminate any residual or leftover waste that might have clung to the tank’s surfaces. A thorough cleaning not only improves your septic tank’s efficiency but also prevents the accumulation of materials that could keep it from functioning effectively.


Step 4: Inspect It From the Inside Out

As part of the comprehensive pumping process, our technician will then visually inspect the septic tank’s interior and exterior. Trained professionals, like the Economy Septic Team, will carefully examine the tank for the presence of roots, signs of deterioration, and any potential structural issues.

Special attention is then given to the other parts of the septic tank, such as the dividing wall and the baffles (or the large drainage pipe connected to the top of the tank), which serve a critical role in separating scum and sludge from the effluent (clarified wastewater). Detecting any early signs of problems allows for prompt repairs and prevents extensive damage.


Step 5: Closing and Reburying the Tank

After the inspection, the access lid and the tank are securely closed and covered respectively. Septic tanks are typically buried between six and twelve inches below the ground’s surface. In cases where accessibility is a concern, our technicians might recommend installing risers or extensions that bring the access point closer to the surface. They facilitate future maintenance and inspections without the need for extensive digging.


Why It’s Important To Pump Your Septic Tank Regularly

Regular septic tank pumping, ideally done every 3 to 5 years, is necessary for several reasons: 

  • It prevents the accumulation of solids and sludge that could clog the system and lead to backups or failures;
  • Alongside this, it maintains the overall capacity of the tank, ensuring proper waste disposal and preventing any overflow or flooding; 
  • Routine septic pumping also contributes to a healthier community and environment by preventing any impurities or contaminants from seeping into the soil and groundwater.


Get Quality And Worry-Free Maintenance With Economy Septic

We’re here to help keep your household’s septic system in splendid shape all year round, especially throughout the warmer months in Northeast Alabama. By booking a septic pumping service every 3-5 years, you’re protecting your family’s health and safety while ensuring the efficiency and durability of your septic system. 

If you’re looking to have your septic tank pumped, contact Economy Septic Tank Service today.