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Septic Tank Pumping

Septic Tank Pumping

Septic tank services, from pump to repair.

If you’re having trouble with your septic tank, it can be tough to determine where the issue began and how it should be fixed. If you are having trouble with your septic tank and more, call your friends over at Summers Plumbing!

The last thing you want for your septic tank is a fly by the seat of their pants plumbing company to take advantage of you. Many companies might try to talk you into thinking there is a larger issue than what it actually is. Sometimes septic tanks simply need to be pumped. We hope you know that you can always trust us at Summers Plumbing to determine what is best for your septic tank systems.

Septic Tank Services
Septic Tank Pumping
Septic Tank Pumping

Septic Tanks

Septic tank pumping is a necessary requirement with owning a septic system. Pumping a septic tank involves knowing who to call to best help prevent scum and sludge levels from rising. When a septic tank is pumped, it removes all of the liquid and solid waste from the tank. If required, the crew will also clean out the drain pipes so the liquid waste will be able to move through the pipes, reach the drain field, and be absorbed by the soil. Knowing how to make sure your septic tank works properly is what we do best at Summers Plumbing.  

Septic Tank Pumping Cost

Pumping out your septic tank is a necessary expense. However, it is something you want to know what you are getting into before committing. Here at Summers Plumbing we know that septic tank pumping cost is something that you would like to know before making the call. We do not want to mislead you with some vague reference like others do on the internet.  We believe in getting a solid quote based on the factors involved.  Call our office today and let a seasoned professional speak with you about your home and septic system.

Septic Tank Pumping in Watkinsville

Most homeowners pumping more often than necessary are overspending!

One question that we are constantly asked by homeowners is how to know when your septic tank is full. When this occurs, it typically indicates that it is time to have your septic tanks pumped. Too frequently, the pump can accumulate in the tanks with insufficient sludge and a scum layer. The septic tank is septic when it consists of a water column that is easily broken down with an enzyme filtration. There can be anywhere from 1-1-3 weeks from the time the septic tank returns in good health. This will break down by the bacteria in the tank which enters your toilet when you flush organic material in it every time. A tank pumped too often can cause bacteria to have no way to exit or it can block the drainage system leading to clogs and even serious leaks. The right interval is necessary, but it actually reduces the biomat concentrations. It is typical to have routine maintenance for your septic tank every 2-5 years to keep your septic system healthy and avoid unnecessary expenses on your septic pumping service.

Your house size and number of household members will affect how often the septic tank is used

The size of your home makes a difference when it comes to septic pumping. A three bedroom home would need a larger sized tank than would be required in a two bedroom apartment. More people living at home will produce more waste from the garbage disposal and washing machines being run more. This in turn will affect septic tanks if they are cleaned frequently. The type of detergent or sanitizers you use and how often they go down the drain all affect the speed of its delivery.

It’d be wonderful to meet someone who can provide information about you as a neighbor. You’ll get septic system cleaning advice when scheduling your own septic tank for it. Say you can measure the size and the type of cleaning product that the home has required that is being cleaned regularly.

Septic Tank Services

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a septic tank?

A septic tank is a key component in a septic system. It is a large container that is typically buried beneath the ground that collects sewage and wastewater for basic treatment. Its basic job is to hold wastewater long enough for solids to settle down and form a sludge, while the oil and grease floats to the top as scum. Compartments and a T-shaped outlet prevent the sludge and scum from reaching the pipes and travelling to the drain field.

Where is my septic tank located?

The septic tank is usually buried near your house and is connected by a sewer pipe to your indoor plumbing. Most septic tanks have an access lid that is visible at or above ground level. However, some older systems might not be visible above ground but can be found by noticing a section of the yard that grows faster or is greener than the rest of the yard, or it could even be an area with less growth. If your home is older and your septic tank is not visible, you might need to contact your local health department who might have a permit on record that would include a diagram where the septic tank is located.

Why does my septic tank need to be pumped out periodically?

As the septic tank is used, sludge will continue to gather at the bottom. It is usually for tanks to have enough space for two to three years of safe accumulation before needing to be pumped. When the levels rise beyond this point, sewage has less time to settle before leaving the tank. As the sludge level increases more solids escape and there is less time for settling before sewage leaks directly into the absorption area. If this occurs, your drain fields will become terminal and need to be replaced. To prevent this from happening, your system should be pumped every 2 years at a minimum with frequency depending on the size of your family and household usage.

How often should I get my septic tank pumped?

The frequency in which you pump your septic tank may depend on the size of your family. A family of 4 should have their tank pumped every 2 years while a 2 member household will need to be pumped every 3 years. Larger families or families that laundry and garbage disposals frequently might need to be pumped sooner. How often you should pump also depends on the type of system you have. Enduring regular septic tank pumping costs is an effective strategy as it helps to extend the life of your leach field.

How do I know my system is not functioning properly?

If your system is showing any of these signs, it may need to be checked by a professional:

  • Water surfacing on the ground near septic tank or drainfield
  • Water and sewage from drains, toilets, and are backing up in the home
  • Gurgling sounds in the plumbing system
  • Bad odors around the septic tank or drianfield
  • Bathtubs, showers, and sinks draining very slowly

How long should my septic tank last before I need a new one?

The lifespan of a system can vary depending on a number of factors. They may last up to 20-30 years before needing to be replaced, some can even last up to 50 years. Septic systems are impacted by:

  • The number of people who use it: The general assumption is that 110 gallons of water is used per bedroom in the average home. The more bedrooms your house has the more wastewater your system will have to handle. If your system tank receives too much water in short intervals, the wastewater might be forced out of the septic tank and into the drain field before the bacteria finishes breaking down the organic waste or before other solids settle down. If this happens, these solids might end up in the drain-field which can cause the system to fail
  • The products you use: Some household products you use have chemical pollutants that can be toxic to the beneficial bacteria. The more a person uses harmful products; the more the septic tank is afflicted.
  • Soil Quality: The quality of the soil will determine how durable your septic tank is. An example would be that acidic groundwater can corrode a concrete septic tank. An engineer or a specialist should examine the quality of the soil before a septic tank is placed.

How much does a new septic tank cost?

Septic tank pumping costs will depend on the size, and the size will be reliant on how much water you use. This can be determined by using the number of bedrooms as an estimate. For example, a three-bedroom home can expect to need a 1,250 gallon tank, which can range in prices from $8,000 to $10,000. If you have a five-bedroom home, you will likely require a 1,500 gallon tank which is closer to $15,000.

Should I use bacteria additive products?

Yes! Bacteria must be present in your septic tank in order for the organic solids to be broken down and digested. In many households, antibacterial soaps, detergents, and cleaning fluids are used. While these products do a great job at cleaning the unwanted bacteria in your home, they also destroy the necessary bacteria your septic tank needs to properly function.

Can septic tanks be repaired?

They can, although costs vary widely depending on which part of the system needs to be fixed. The tank lid, for example, is one of the least expensive parts to repair while the drain/leach field is typically the most expensive to repair. The cost of repair also depends on the size of the tank and where it is located. Sometimes, if repairs get too pricey, it might be easier to purchase a new system.

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