Home and business owners whose wastewater lines do not empty into a municipal sewer system have private septic tanks whose upkeep is the responsibility of the owner. This means they need to be cleaned out now and then by professional cleaning tank services such as American Septic Inc.
What Does a Septic Tank Do?
How a septic system works depends on whether its drainage field is upslope from the septic tank or downslope from the septic tank. If the drainage field is downslope, raw waste enters the tank from the building. The lighter waste such as soaps and fats form a scum layer, while heavier waste settles to the bottom. There it is decomposed by bacteria. Anything that is not decomposed remains as sludge. The clear effluent flows into a second chamber then flows into a distribution box which directs it to the drain field where it evaporates or becomes groundwater.
A septic system with an upslope drainage field is activated by a sump pump which moves the effluent into the distribution box.
Why Should the Septic Tank be Cleaned?
If too much sludge is allowed to accumulate in the septic tank, the solid waste may shoot straight through to the drain field. There it clogs and contaminates the pipes and gravel trenches there. This ruins the drain field and renders it a health hazard. If this happens, the septic system will need to be replaced in its entirety, which can cost thousands of dollars.
The homeowner should suspect that the septic system is failing if their drains are slow if there’s a persistent wet area over the drain field and if there is sewage seeping through the foundation of their house.
Experts recommend that the septic tank is pumped every two or three years depending on how many people live in the home or work in the business. The owner must never attempt to clean out the septic tank themselves. The gases released when it is open can be fatal.
A well-maintained sewage system is essential for the proper running of a home or business. Calling an experienced septic tank cleaning Orlando company can keep the system working for decades.