A Quick Guide to Septic Tanks and Septic Systems
Septic tanks and systems are a fact of life in many Athens homes, especially in the rural areas. The systems can run smoothly and provide decades of faithful service, but just like any other part of your home, they do require maintenance in order to keep running to their fullest capabilities. Our expert partners have the experience necessary to ensure everything works like it should and can perform maintenance, including regular septic tank pumping, that will extend the lifespan of your whole system.
Septic Tanks are Part of a Comprehensive System
Most people tend to worry about how septic tanks perform, and if theirs is getting the right attention, but this is only part of what handles all the waste and wastewater in the building. There is also the interior plumbing, the pipe that brings everything to the tank, gas release vents, and a water distribution system that delivers the water back to Mother Nature to finish processing it when it’s ready.
Septic Tanks Handle the “Dirty Work”
Most of the work is done inside the septic tank. All the wastewater is brought from the building to the tank outside. The tank’s natural design helps ensure the material that arrives divides into three sections. The heavier waste sinks to the bottom and is referred to as “sludge,” while the lighter materials form a layer of “scum” that rises to the top. The refined fluids in the center are called “effluent,” and this is what safely exits the tank and returns to nature.
Schedule Septic Tank Cleaning Every 3-5 Years
Septic pumping is necessary to remove the buildup that forms in the tank. Depending on the tank size and the number of people who contribute to filling it, every 3-5 years is a fairly normal schedule. However, homes with garbage disposals tend to fill up the reservoir with solids faster, and these may need pumping annually. Septic systems also need to be checked regularly, to make sure everything is in top condition, and this can be done when you have your regular septic pumping done. Keeping up with the necessary septic tank service also helps ensure that the pipes don’t back up. Drain cleaning can be done as a preventative measure, to help clear any residue, or as an emergency measure, when you’ve got a backup.
Contact Septic Tank Pros Athens GA Today
Septic tanks do require some specialized TLC that most homeowners can’t do on their own. At Septic Tank Pros Athens GA, the technicians we present can handle it all, with the utmost professionalism. Whether you need general septic tank service and septic pumping or are facing an emergency due to a backup, our experienced technicians are glad to help. Call (706) 608-8250 and schedule your appointment right away.