Did you ever wonder what it took to pump a septic tank or cesspool? To help ensure the correct maintenance and longevity of a septic system, the tank should be pumped out every three to five years. Pumping the tank helps prevent sludge and scum from flowing out of the septic tank and into the treatment area. Adding septic tank and cesspool additives to the system will not properly substitute pumping and while temporarily solving the issue, may actually harm the system. If the solids becomes suspended and flows into the secondary component used for treatment then there can be serious harm to the system. Adding bacterial additives to the tank after pumping isn’t necessary since there are bacteria present in normal household water waste for the correct functioning of the system.
Steps involved with Cesspool/Septic tank pumping
The first thing to look for before doing anything is locating the access lids to the septic tank. How deep will the septic tank cover be? Often it’s about a foot below the surface. If it’s too difficult to locate and dig up, call a professional. The damage to your lawn or even driveway from trouble shooting the location of the lid might cost you more than what you pay for professional service.
When the access lids are uncovered and open, a note of the tank’s liquid level in relation to the tank’s outlet pipe is importantly taken into consideration. A liquid level that is below the outlet pipe is a possible indication of a leak in the system. If the liquid level is above the outlet pipe then that can be an indication of a problem within the pipe to the drain field. Sometimes it’s the drain field themselves.
Putting the vacuum hose in the tank marks the beginning of the pumping process. The hose is committed to a powerful pump on the truck, which then sucks out all the solids and liquids from the tank itself and onto the truck. A professional will then monitor the back flow from the tank outlet pipe. Back flow indicates a drain field system backup and a small amount of back flow can be a warning of a drop in the pipe to the drain field.
Afterwards, your tank will then be cleaned out. Professionals then go through a process called back flushing to undo the thick sludge that resides in the corners of the tank, to remove them completely. The tool used to do this is called a ‘septage spoon’ which is something that is widely used throughout the industry. The walls are then sprayed with clean water for a clean tank.
Any signs of structural damage like a leaking seam, damaged baffles, cracks, and an open weep hole are noted before moving on with the project. If any of the above or any other issue is found a professional will tell you what’s going on and will suggest the best way to combat it. Ask questions to find out if there are any alternatives to solving the problem if you feel uneasy about their suggestions.