Septic Tank Pumping and Care: A Roto-Rooter Plumber's Guide

Septic Tank Pumping and Care: A Roto-Rooter Plumber's Guide

One of the most important parts of your plumbing system is the disposal of sewage and other waste to the city sewer or septic tank in your yard. It is important to know what you can and cannot dispose of through these systems, so you can avoid serious problems that could cost you thousands of dollars to fix. With the help of Roto-Rooter, you have access to outstanding products and services to help you maintain any home plumbing system with ease. Since 1935, we have been helping people get the most out of their home plumbing systems.

Over the years, our plumbing and drain experience has helped us develop some of the best techniques that we utilize daily to deliver amazing service every time someone needs us. In an effort to help our customers even more, we've assembled this guide to help you understand better septic tank pumping and maintenance.

Things You Will Need

  • An appointment with a certified Roto-Rooter service provider—one of our Port St. Lucie technicians will be able to provide top-notch service and inspection of your septic tank to determine which, if any, services will be necessary.
  • Risers—most septic tanks are buried deep in the ground and can be hard to get into when the need arises. To make pumping of your septic tank easier to accomplish, have a riser pipe installed so no digging is required and you don’t lose track of your tank’s exact location.
  • The location of the septic tank—you may be charged extra if the service technician has to search for the tank. This may sound silly but it is very common. If you have already located your tank, it will make the process less expensive and faster.
  • Details about the septic tank—it is important to provide the service technician with as much information about the septic tank as possible. For example, you will want to know its capacity in gallons and the last time your septic tank was pumped out.

How Your Septic Tank Functions

Anytime water or sewage leaves your home, the drainage system carries it out to the septic tank where it is solids sink to the bottom and liquids rise to the top. Natural bacteria go to work digesting much of the waste before overflow liquid is released into the drain field. Depending on how much water is used, septic tanks typically need to be cleaned out every two to three years. If there are lots of people living on the property, it is possible that you will require septic tank pumping more often. In addition, the number of compartments the tank has will determine how much waste it can hold.

Make sure that the septic tank technician knows that the baffles (these keep solid waste from entering the drain field) leading into the tank are clean and working properly and that there is proper drainage flow going out to the drain field. If sewage and liquid waste are visible on the surface of your yard, be sure to point this out to the Roto-Rooter technician.

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