Septic systems are designed so that you don’t have to give them a lot of thought. Annual maintenance plus your regular pumping appointments every three to five years are usually all it takes to keep a septic system functioning properly. However, because those pumping appointments are spaced so far apart, it’s easy for homeowners to forget that it’s time to schedule a new one. All of a sudden, problems crop up and they need emergency septic pumping services in El Centro, CA!
Here’s why septic pumping is so important—and why it’s never too soon to set a reminder for your next pumping appointment.
Why do septic systems need to be pumped?
If you’re new to septic system ownership, it’s important to understand how they work. Instead of sending your waste and wastewater to a treatment plant, through municipal sewer lines, your tank treats the water on your property.
Whenever you send water down the drain or the toilet, it goes through the pipes to your septic tank. As the water and waste settle, three different layers form: waste on the bottom, wastewater in the middle and oils or grease (scum) on the top. The water, which is called effluent, will continue through the system and end up in your drainfield. The drainfield is part of the treatment process, and will eventually send the clean water into the groundwater supply.
The solids—waste and grease—remain in the tank. Some of it will be “digested” through bacteria, but much of it will stay in the tank until it’s pumped. If you go too long between pumping appointments, there will be so much solid matter in the tank that the effluent cannot enter.
If you let your tank fill up, it can cause major issues. First, your household drains may back up, releasing foul odors and raw sewage into your home. Second, the water won’t be treated properly. If the tank floods and releases contaminated water, it could affect the groundwater supply. That not only harms your household, it can sicken other people, plants and animals depending on groundwater.
Finally, failing to maintain and pump your septic system regularly can lead to major repairs and emergency pumping—both of which are costly and frustrating. No one wants to spend their hard-earned cash on easily-avoided septic treatment.
Scheduling your next septic appointment
The best way to save money and stress is to keep up with your regular septic appointments. Set calendar reminders for yourself and learn the signs of a full or flooded septic tank. If you faithfully take care of your septic system, you’ll be rewarded with a system you barely have to think about and one that continues to work without intervention for years to come.
When it’s time for your next septic pumping service appointment in El Centro, CA, Sharps Sanitation is here to help. Our team is happy to work with you on regular and emergency septic pumping. Get a system you can rely on when you call us today.
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