Why Does a Septic Tank Need to Be Pumped?
Pumping is to a septic tank what routine maintenance is to a car. As your car requires an oil and filter change after so many miles, so your septic tank requires pumping when it reaches full capacity. A septic tank works like a filter to separate liquids from solids. As wastewater enters the tank, solids initially float to the top. Eventually they are broken down by the bacteria in the tank and settle on the bottom of the tank, forming a layer of sludge. There is a middle layer between the sludge and scum that transfers outside the tank through baffles which block the scum layer.
This is where septic pumping comes in. When a septic tank is not pumped often enough, the sludge and scum layer can accumulate and cause the baffles to become ineffective. In this case, solids are generally forced out into the drainfield, resulting in a host of problems, including foul sewer odors, sewage backup, and premature failure of a septic system. Furthermore, as the sludge layer builds up, you will need to have your system cleaned to restore full capacity and function.
How Often Should a Septic Tank Be Serviced?
As a general rule, household septic system should be inspected and pumped once every three to five years. However, the specific time between services depends on several factors, including the size of your tank, number of household occupants, and water usage habits. Some systems may require pumping annually. Our Bayfield septic service professionals can help you create a routine maintenance schedule that is right for your situation.
Commercial septic systems typically require service more often than home systems. The average timeframe for businesses with high water consumption is every one to two years. Our team can evaluate your system and specific needs to determine how often you require pumping to keep your septic tank running smoothly.
Ready for a septic inspection, pumping, or cleaning? Contact Mountain Septic at (970) 238-7884 today.