Septic Tank Pumping and Septic Cleaning
If you want to know why a septic tank needs to be pumped, you need to understand how the tank functions and its role in the system. The purpose of the tank is to divide the solid waste from the wastewater that enters it. The solid waste falls like sludge to the bottom of the tank, and the light waste made of oil and grease stays at the top of the tank as a waste layer. The water in the middle is mostly free of solids. It still contains nitrogen and phosphorus chemicals that are useful as fertilizers. Pipes that reach the septic tank center remove the fertilizer water and filter it through the septic field and into the soil.
However, dirt and solid waste do not leave the tank. They must be kept out of the soil to prevent horrible smells and harmful bacteria from contamination. Some of the sludge decays because of the bacteria’s action, but this cannot eliminate all of it. Eventually — every 3 to 5 years — the tank must pump out and dispose of the tank’s sludge. This should only be done by septic professionals like us at Nashville Septic Tank Pumping.
With no septic pumping, the sludge will usually build up and cause two serious problems. First, the sludge can block drainage from home and begin to back up the sewer lines. This will clog the sinks and drains and send terrible odors to the house; it could even cause raw sewage to flow into the house. Second, the sludge will begin to enter the septic field and the soil, which will not only poison the soil and harm the environment but will also seep upward and create horrible smells across your property.
How often a tank requires to be pumped depends on its use. You should still have septic maintenance done once a year to check it out and see if any other problems are developing. We at Nashville Septic Pumping professional septic tank pumping and other septic tank services in Nashville, TN, whenever you need them. Contact us today to schedule your nearest appointment with us.
How Much is Septic Pumping?
Septic tank pumping costs will vary quite a bit, but keeping up with your system’s regular maintenance is essential to keep it running longer. At Nashville Septic Pumping, we can not give fixed prices online because every job will be slightly different. In fact, no company should ever make quotations without knowing the details and status of your system. With that said, we’ve put together this guide to help you better understand what’s involved, as well as some general information about what your total cost of pumping a septic tank can be.
On average, the cost of septic tank pumping and cleaning is $385. But, most homeowners spend between $282 and $525 a month. If you’re going for more than 5 years without pumping out your tank, you’ll eventually start seeing standing water over your drainage field or wetlands. The toilets will start running slowly, and the awful smells will fill your home. These are signs that you need the help of septic tank cleaners such as Nashville Septic Pumping. Call us today!
Pumping a septic tank
A normally working septic tank should not be drained out for more than 3 years. However, how much a septic tank is pumped out can depend on the number of people in the home and the tank’s size. Timely pumping would minimize the cost of fixing the septic tank and prolong the life of the tank. While it is not possible for owners to do this job, septic pumping requires advanced skills and experience. This is because the sludge that is drained out should be transported and disposed of properly. That’s why many property owners find it more cost-effective, safer, and easier to employ licensed septic tank contractors.
Costs and Parts
In most cases, the part of the septic system that needs to be replaced or repaired is the filter. On average, installing a quality filter costs between $200 and $300. Other parts that may be used for repair work include PVC fittings and pipes, plastic or concrete lids and hoses, and submersible pumps.
With an expert contractor like us at Nashville Septic Pumping, all of this will be taken care of efficiently and cost-effectively. Call us today! Learn more about Septic Companies.
Nashville Septic Pumping
Suppose you understand a little bit about the septic tanks. In that case, you know that having them pumped at regular intervals is as important as having your car’s oil changed or holding your roof in good repair: missing either of them would eventually result in high cost and too much hassle.
The contents of the septic tank are divided into 3 layers. The bottom-most, or “sludge” layer, is made up of solids, the center’s liquids. Oils and fat rest at the surface to form the “scum” layer.
The last layer to leave the tank is liquid, while the sludge stays on the floor, slowly breaking down, and the soil stays buoyant. Over time, the sludge layer starts to build up and, if not removed by pumping, starts to seep into the pipes and out into the system, causing clogging.
As things get worse, you can end up with standing, dirty water around the area of the tank or water containing waste material pooling in the drainage area. Without intervention, a complete device failure will soon follow.
If you don’t know where your tank lids are, a technician should be able to locate them and, if necessary, uncover them. Once the lid is off, they will most likely notice the tank’s liquid level to ensure that there is no leakage.
The vacuum hose will then be lowered into the tank, and the waste will be pumped to the truck safely and efficiently. During this process, the technician will be alerted to any backflow that may sign a drainage problem.
Once the pumping process is complete, your tank will be thoroughly cleaned and “backflushed” to dissolve and rinse any remaining sludge. The technician will also take this time to evaluate the tank for any damage.
Your tank lids will be replaced, and once the job is over, there will be virtually no visible (or odiferous) sign that it has ever happened. You and your happy, well-functioning tank will be the only ones who will know.
If you have some inquiries or like to know about septic service in Nashville and surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to call us at any time.
How Long between Septic Pumping?
There are many factors to analyze when deciding on the frequency of septic tank pumping that’s best suited to your property. Things like the occupants in the house, the size of your septic tank, and the amount of wastewater generated by your system are just a few of the key components that affect the frequency of septic tank pumping.
Generally speaking, the more people you live in your household, the more often your septic tank system needs to be emptied. More people are producing more waste. A single person produces much less wastewater than a household with seven residents.
Amount of Wastewater Generated
The amount of wastewater produced in the household varies greatly. It will have an impact on the frequency of septic tank pumping needs. Many factors contribute to the amount of wastewater generated, which will be considered an individual component when determining how often to pump the septic tank.
The volume of Solids in Wastewater
If you have a septic tank system on your property, everything you send down the drain directly affects how often your septic tank needs to be pumped. Many materials from humans, garbage disposals, and waste will cause your septic tank to be filled more quickly, resulting in a more frequent need for septic tank pumping.
Septic Tank Size
Perhaps the most obvious determining factor in septic tank pumping is the size of the septic tank — the smaller the tank, the more often you will need to pump your septic tank system.
Septic tanks are a major financial investment. Properly inspecting, maintaining, and pumping will help to preserve your system, ensuring that it lasts for years to come. If properly maintained, a well-designed septic tank system will provide years of reliable, low-cost service. Inadequate septic tank systems can cause pollution, damage to property, soil, and surface water contamination. Call us today to guarantee an efficient septic system for your Nashville home or property.
Septic Pumping Nashville
Cleaning a septic tank is a very intensive process that requires the skill of a professional. Working on a septic tank could be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken; no one should ever go inside a septic tank. Professionals must wear masks to protect against potentially lethal methane gas. In the case of a very old or poorly maintained septic tank, it can be very difficult to properly identify its location and clean it safely. Your contractor should have the training and experience to deal with these situations.
If you hire experts like us at Nashville Septic Pumping, we will need to inspect the septic tank and the drain field before cleaning. This is to assess whether the tank needs to be repaired if there has been any contamination in the drainage area and how much waste needs to be pumped. In fact, it might be wise to have your septic tank inspected annually, to find out any issues early on, and to make sure that you get it pumped as often as it needs to be. During the inspection, we will use a camera and special measuring tools to assess the state of your tank and whether it needs to be cleaned.
Once the inspection is completed, we can start pumping solid waste out of your septic tank. Your pipes leading to the leach field may also need to be cleaned out, especially if any solid waste has begun to enter them. The entire inspection and septic cleaning process will usually take about three to four hours. Call us today for a free quote!