Questions You May Have About Pumping Your Septic Tank

Justin Ross

Pumping the septic tank is one of the types of maintenance that will be the most important for keeping your home's plumbing running smoothly. Yet, if you agave only recently moved into a house with a septic tank system, you could easily underappreciate the importance of this particular type of maintenance.   

How Is a Septic Tank Emptied?

A homeowner may assume that it will be extremely difficult to fully empty a septic tank. However, a septic tank pumping service will utilize powerful vacuum pumps that are capable of rapidly extracting the water and solid waste from the septic tank. In fact, these powerful vacuums will be able to remove the contents of the septic tank in as little as a few minutes. This can allow for this maintenance to be completed as quickly as possible so that you can minimize the time that your home will be without water.

What Can Happen When the Septic Tank Goes Without Being Pumped?

Failing to pump the septic tank can be a significant problem for the home. When this part of the plumbing is not pumped regularly, it will be more likely to cause a significant backup that could lead to septic water spilling into the home's interior. Depending on the location of this clog, it could potentially be a very difficult repair to make. For example, if the clog forms in the drainfield, it may require significant excavation work to repair this issue. Due to the expensive and disruptive repairs that failing to pump a septic tank could cause, you will need to make sure that you are having this work done at the recommended interval for your home's septic tank size.

Is It Necessary to Use Septic Tank Additives After Pumping the Tank?

A septic tank will rely on having a large number of bacteria in it that will be able to quickly break down the solid waste that you put in it. Due to this, individuals may assume that they will need to use septic tank additives after pumping the system to restore the population of these bacteria. However, this may not always be advisable. Generally, the population of bacteria in your septic tank will rapidly increase once it starts being used. Also, having an excessive amount of bacteria in your home's septic tank can lead to a population crash that could significantly reduce the number of bacteria in the tank as well as its overall effectiveness at breaking down solid waste.