No one realizes how much they rely on their septic tank until something goes wrong. Because these tanks are out of sight and out of mind, it is easy to put off routine septic tank pumping appointments. What you risk, however, is damage to your septic system, property, and health. Neglecting to maintain your tank with routine pumping can cause serious damage to your septic system and cost you unnecessary money.
Very much like your family car oil changes and maintenance, septic systems require proper septic tank pumping and maintenance to ensure the system lasts for as long as possible. NoCo Septic knows the best way to pump and maintain your septic tank that is both affordable and efficient.
Why Your Tank Needs Routine Septic Tank Pumping
Regular pumping of your septic tank is important for both your property’s safety and for the life-span of your septic system. When you use the septic tank, fats, oils, and greases (FOG) and sludge accumulate in the tank as water passes through to the soil treatment area (aka leach field). Over time, the sludge layers accumulate and the tank detention time is reduced. This will then cause solids to go directly into the soil treatment area and premature damage will occur. If this happens, you are faced with serious repairs and possibly replacement.
How Your Septic Tank Works
Wastewater that is collected into your septic tank is divided into three parts: solid waste that settles to the bottom, water that sits in the middle level, and fats, oils, and greases (FOG) that float or precipitate to the surface. The inlet, mid-tank, and outlet baffle control this wastewater as it flows through the septic tank to the soil treatment area (aka leach field).
Signs You Need Your Septic Tank Pumped
There are a few reasons why it may be time to get your septic tank pumped. Here are a few signs to look out for:
It’s time for maintenance – while it may be easy to put off, getting your septic tank routinely pumped will help you avoid future emergencies. NoCo Septic generally recommends that you get your septic tank pumped at least every two years. However, if you have a larger home with a variety of users, you may need pumping sooner. If you aren’t sure how often you should pump your septic tank, then contact our team for help.
Slow draining or flushing – are you noticing it is taking longer to drain or flush your toilets than usual? This is a tell-tale sign that you are due for pumping.
Bad smell – when your tank becomes full, the system can emit a foul smell around the drain field or septic tank.
Pooling water – water accumulating around the drain field is a clear indication that your tank is full and needs pumping.
Sewage backup – possibly the worst and most apparent wake-up sign is a sewage backup in your home.
Avoid DIY Methods
There are a variety of over-the-counter methods that claim to help maintain your septic tank without professional help. The problem with these solutions is that they can actually do more damage to your septic tank in the long-run! Research and experience have shown that professional septic tank pumping is the best way to care for your tank and ensure your system lasts for as long as possible.
NoCo Septic’s Approach
Our team at NoCo Septic values our trustworthy reputation in providing quality septic pumping to the Northern Colorado area. When you call us to pump your septic tank, we will send a trained technician out to thoroughly inspect your system at the time of pumping. Once inspected we will notify you of any irregularities or concerns. We will then begin the pumping process and restore your tank so it is working once more.
If you need or are unsure if you need septic tank pumping or maintenance, our team at NoCo will find a solution that works for you. Call us today to learn more about our septic tank pumping services today.