Septic Tank Pumping and Drain Field Management

Septic Tank Pumping and Drain Field Management

Many different parts of a home plumbing system need your time and attention in order to continue working properly. With a busy schedule, and plenty of other household responsibilities to worry about, it is easy to overlook this important system until serious issues force you to take action. If this is how you deal with your plumbing, you are probably already spending a lot of time and money fixing issues and cleaning up expensive messes. With the help of Roto-Rooter, you have access to all the resources necessary to not only fix issues as they arise, but also prevent them from happening. Call today to schedule a full home plumbing inspection with one of our expert technicians. They will be able to thoroughly and comprehensively go over your entire plumbing layout and help you keep things in great shape. During your next inspection, make sure that the technician looks at your septic system. Here is some information to help you better understand the importance of septic tank pumping in Sunnyvale.

How the Septic Tank Works

If you have yet to hook up to a city sewer, chances are you are relying on the capacity of a septic system to handle the bulk of your water and sewage disposal. Most tanks are designed to handle a certain amount of waste, anywhere between 800 to 1,400 gallons, before liquid naturally runs out and is dispelled into a drain field. Whether your tank has one or two compartments, the system will sift and separate the waste into scum, sludge, and liquid.

After the sewage has been separated, the solids, liquid, and scum, fall to the bottom of the tank and push the liquid out of the tank through displacement, as the flow of sewage continues filling the tank. From here, bacteria and enzymes help break down the sludge and grime, making it less toxic and safe to release into the drain field, along with the liquid waste.

If a drain field is properly maintained, it can last anywhere from thirty to forty years. Part of this maintenance involves septic tank pumping in Sunnyvale every two to three years. Depending on how much sewage you release, this number can vary greatly. To help a system flow well, many septic tanks will have an electric pump installed to pull out fluid and treated solids quicker to avoid backups and blockages from forming.

For more information about septic tank maintenance and care, call Roto-Rooter today.

 
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