To understand better why professional septic tank pumping is so necessary, you must first understand the way in which a septic tank system actually operates. Unlike homes with a connection to a municipal sewage system, those using a septic tank are entirely responsible for the hygienic disposal of their sewage and waste water. A pipe carries wastewater away from your home, and deposits it into your septic tank. The wastewater is held in this tank, and the solids settle to the bottom of the tank. This is called the sludge. The oils and grease in the wastewater rise to the top of the tank, and are called the scum. In between these two layers is the wastewater itself.
The wastewater from your septic tank is drained out into your drainfield, where the soil therein continues to treat the water. Screens can help to prevent the solids (sludge material) from making their way into this drainfield. While it is important to keep the sludge and the scum in the tank from entering your drainfield and the environment at large, they cannot just stay in your tank indefinitely. There is not an infinite amount of storage therein, after all.
This where septic tank pumping comes into the picture. As a general rule, it is recommended that you have your septic tank inspected every years, at least, and that it is pumped every 3–5 years. If your inspector finds cause for more frequent pumping, it is in your best interest to heed his or her professional opinion. Keeping track of the scum and sludge levels found in the tank during inspection will help you to get a handle on how frequently your system must be pumped.
Schedule Septic Tank Pumping in Riverside, CA with AAP Home Services
The professional plumbers at AAP Home Services are here to ensure that you have no cause for concern when it comes to the operation of your septic tank. There is no such thing as a perfect, 100% reliable system, and it is possible that you will encounter repair or replacement needs at some point. Routine inspections will help us to keep on top of any developing issues, though, and professional septic tank pumping will help to prevent any issues with your system from developing. Call today to schedule professional septic tank pumping service in Riverside.