Repair and Cleaning of a Septic Tank System

All modern properties have plumbing systems in them, and this includes not only getting clean water from municipal sources, but also using plumbing to dispose of dirty water. The idea of plumbing dates back to the Roman days, when builders used lead-coated pipes to carry water. The Roman word for “lead” is where we get lead’s atomic symbol on the periodic table (Pb) as well as the modern term “plumbing.” But what we have today is more advanced than anything that the Romans used, since as modern sewage treatment plants and water filters. Urban properties make use of communal plumbing and sewage disposal, but what about rural properties that are too far away to connect? Around 25% of American residences make use of septic tanks instead, and their owners can call upon septic system repair services, septic tank pumping crews, and more to keep this system running. What is there to know about septic system repair, and septic pumping in general?

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Septic System Repair and Cleaning

What might go wrong with a sewage system so that it requires septic system repair? Or routine cleaning? For one thing, it should be noted that the sludge that builds up in the septic tank has no means of leaving the system on its own. It will continue to build up, so the system owner can use a long measuring stick and insert it to gauge how full the tank is. If the sludge fills one third to one half of the tank, the owner can call for septic pumping crews. These professionals will use a truck-mounted pump and large tube to draw out the tank’s sludge, after the crews have unearthed the tank and opened its hatch. This may be done once every few years or so to keep the tank in good shape.

Meanwhile, that septic tank might need replacement if it is very old. Worn out tanks may start leaking, and that is not good for the natural environment. So, a very old tank can be dug up and removed, and a new one can be put in its place. That new tank might be larger, if the homeowner wants it to have a higher storage capacity. Also, the filter in that tank might get clogged or damaged, preventing water from flowing deeper into the system. This calls for a thorough cleaning of the filter, or repairing or replacing it right away. That filter’s job is important.

The pipes further in the system might get clogged as debris coats the inner surface, and that restricts water flow. So, professionals can dig up those pipes and blast the debris out with pressurized water, and replace the pipes. Finally, the property owner should ensure that no vehicles are driven across the drainage field, because a vehicle’s weight will compress the earth and block the natural leaching process for the septic system. Finally, homeowners should note that some items may clog up the septic system, since the bacteria inside the tank cannot break them down. Moisturized hand towels, baby diapers, and tobacco products should not be flushed away, or they may compromise the system.

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