SEPTIC TANK PUMPING
Did you know you should have your septic tank pumped every 1-3 years? When was your last septic pump?
Pumping is usually necessary every three to five years, but it ultimately depends on the size of the tank, the number of people in the household, and the types of appliances that are used. For example, a family of six with a 1,000-gallon tank might pump every 1.5 years, but a family of three with the same size tank might pump closer to every four years. Additionally, garbage disposals fill up the septic tank more quickly and result in the need to pump more often.
Always use a professional service, like us here at BODEK INC., to pump the tank. We have the right equipment and expertise to know how to safely and effectively remove the sludge and scum from the tank. The fumes that are emitted from the tank are noxious and can be dangerous if inhaled. Though the maintenance of your septic system is ultimately your responsibility, we try our very best to make sure to keep you on top of things.
Recently when one customer thought they only had a 2-tank system, our expert technician Mike investigated and was sure there were 3 tanks. He literally got out a shovel and dug around until he hit the lid for the 3rd tank. Had that tank not been found and pumped the system would have failed. A costly expense for a new homeowner to swallow that really wouldn't have been their fault. But all thanks to Mike's persistence and knowledge, a disaster was avoided.
REGULAR SEPTIC TANK PUMPING
We can't stress enough how important it is for you to monitor your septic system before problems arise. Regular inspections, cleaning and maintenance can go a long way towards avoiding problems. Typically, if a problem is obvious then it's too late for a simple solution when it comes to your septic system. Fixing big septic problems can often cost you thousands of dollars. Regular maintenance doesn't seem so bad when we put it like that, huh?
SO WHAT IF I DON'T PUMP MY SEPTIC TANK
Without regular pumping of your septic tank, the system can overflow. Sometimes overflow can lead back to the house, where toilets and drains belch forth what's supposed to be in the septic tank. Scared of the yuck yet?
Overflow can also lead to a sudden deluge of unprocessed waste flooding the drain field. When this happens, water can seep above ground, which leads to a flooded yard and run-off into nearby water bodies like creeks and rivers. Below ground, this flood can cause further damage, tainting groundwater. Together, these intrusions of waste can contaminate the water people use and drink. The waste introduced into the water supply can carry harmful bacteria and diseases like hepatitis [source: EPA].
We're not trying to scare you, really. We just want you to know it does pose a safety hazard and a huge financial risk to avoid having your septic tank pumped. Plus, you'll love Mike. He's one of the good guys. Those are the only kind that work at BODEK INC.