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Nearly one in five homes in the United States are not connected to a public sewer, which means more than 21 million households use septic systems to trap and filter their water waste, Many people living in Mesa, AZ have septic tanks. These underground tanks are usually found in rural and remote areas.
Pumping your septic tank is one of the most important parts of its maintenance and needs to be done correctly and at the right frequency to avoid damaging the system. For a professional septic tank pumping service, you need Schroeder Plumbing of Mesa, AZ.
Our septic system plumbers have many years of experience with septic systems and offer all the required services, including trenchless sewer replacement and septic tank pumping and maintenance.
How Does a Septic System Work?
A typical septic system consists of a buried septic tank, made from concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene and a corresponding drain field. There are a variety of septic tank sizes, ranging from a 500-gallon to a 1750-gallon tank.
All the water that runs out from your home goes through one main drainage pipe into a septic tank. The septic tank should be able to hold the wastewater long enough to allow solids to settle to the bottom forming sludge and allow any oil and grease to float to the top as scum. The center section contains the effluent.
Modern septic tanks usually consist of two chambers. In the first chamber effluent from the center, a section flows into the second chamber and the process is repeated before it is released into the drain field.
The pipework carrying this effluent is buried underground in gravel-filled trenches, and is perforated, to allow the liquid to flow into the soil. Microbes that live in the soil breakdown any remaining solids and kill any bacteria or pathogens remaining.
A poorly maintained septic tank can cause the untreated surface water to flow back into the house or enter the drain field. If the drain field is overwhelmed with too much water, it can flood, and cause sewage to flow to the surface or create a backup in toilets and sinks.
Factors That Affect Septic Tank Pumping
Homeowners with septic tanks know that they need to have their tanks periodically emptied. The frequency of this septic tank pumping will depend on several factors.
- Household Size – this is probably the most important factor. The more people that are in your home, the more wastewater will be produced.
- Guest Usage – The more guests you have the greater the waste produced and the greater the need for septic tank pumping. This is important if you regularly rent out rooms in your home Airbnb for example.
- Increased Water Usage – The more water appliances you have running the greater the amount of work your septic tank will have to do. But the more water-saving devices you employ the less septic tank pumping you will need to do.
- Size of Your Septic Tank – the smaller the tank the faster it will fill up, meaning it will need a septic tank pumping more often. If you have had an extension to your home the septic tank may no longer be big enough to cope.
- Misuse – by using your septic system properly, you will need to have it pumped less frequently than if you do not. For example, you should not flush anything other than human waste, toilet paper, or some gentle cleaners down your toilet. Flushing items like wet wipes and female sanitary products cannot break down easily in water and can not only block toilets but can also damage the tank. You should not pour grease down a sink either; this can cause clogs in the pipework and require more regular septic tank pumping.
- Amount of Rainfall – more rainfall or snow means that your septic system works harder to deal with all the excess water. There is a danger that your drain field may flood. We at Schroeder Plumbing advise that you redirect any excess surface water away from the septic tank.
- Using a Garbage Disposal – Many septic system companies advise against having a garbage disposal. Using the garbage disposal increases the number of solids in your tank, which translates into more frequent septic tank pumping.
- Using Chemicals – if more chemicals get into your tank they interfere with the balance of bacteria in the tank, leading to a slower breakdown of solids. The cause of this can often be everyday items like drain cleaners and shower products. DO not pour paint, varnish, thinners, or any harsh chemicals down the drain. The same goes for any medicines, these can all disrupt the bacterial balance in the tank.
- Wintertime – frozen ground or snow can make it more difficult to access the septic tank. Living in a more remote area can make it more challenging for the service provider to reach you during severe weather. It may be advisable to schedule a septic tank pumping earlier in the fall.
- How old is your System – sadly the older a septic tank is the harder it must work to deal with the same amount of waste.
For any of these reasons, you might need to have your tank pumped more frequently to avoid damaging your system. Schroeder plumbing is on hand to help you calculate how often you need to pump out your septic tank.
Standing Out from the Rest – Schroeder Plumbing
Schroeder plumbing has been in business for over 40 years, and we have seen it all, from children’s toys flushed down a toilet to broken down water heaters. Our experience is what sets us apart from the rest. We know what we are doing, and we guarantee that you will receive the highest standards of workmanship and care.
We will inspect your septic system, diagnose any problems or failures, and be able to determine whether the tank is being pumped at the correct frequency. Schroeder Plumbing has the proper equipment for the job and the skills to finish it expertly and safely. If you have a septic tank problem, then call us today.