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Septic System Maintenance: An Introduction


What Affects The Cost Of Septic Tank Pumping?

Your septic tank has the essential task of taking the solid waste from your home and breaking it down so that it can be naturally released into the earth. However, there will come a time when the septic tank becomes full of sludge and needs to be pumped.  The cost of septic tank pumping can vary based on a few different factors that you need to be aware of.

The Tank Size

One huge factor related to price will be the size of the septic tank. As you may be able to assume, a larger septic tank will result in more sludge that needs to be removed, which brings with it an increased cost.  There is no way to really get around this part that increases your septic tank pumping cost, but hopefully, a larger tank means less frequent pumping.

The Location

Does your septic tank company need to actually find the tank underground? If you do not remember the exact location of the septic tank, know that it can take some time to figure out where it is located. The pumping company will use probes and logic to determine where the tank could be based on the sewer line coming out of your home and then outline the tank so that they can find the front opening.  If you don't want to pay a septic tank pumping company to do this, then you can do it yourself prior to their arrival. 

The Digging

In addition, an underground septic tank will need to have the access port uncovered so that the tank can be pumped.  You can pay a pumping company to do this for you, or you can do it yourself to save money. Just be careful with removing the top layer of grass above the opening, since you can often place it back over the hole and allow the grass to continue growing once it is back in the ground. 

The Condition Of The Tank

Be aware that a very old septic tank can cause problems for the company that is removing the solid waste.  If anything ends up becoming damaged in the process of pumping the tank, that part will need to be repaired or replaced before the pumping company leaves.  While you don't really have control of the condition of the tank at the moment, it may make it worth replacing the aging septic tank if you notice that it is in need of extensive repairs. 

Contact a local company to learn more about septic pumping

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Septic System Maintenance: An Introduction

Septic systems rely on a delicate balance of specific bacteria and enzymes to properly function and avoid backups, clogs, and similar issues. These systems also need regular pumping, care, and maintenance to keep them functioning at their best. For many homeowners, the septic system is an enigma. As a result, they blindly follow recommendations found online for maintaining that tank. When that maintenance is done improperly, it can actually slow the septic system down or lead to a backup and complete system failure. That's why we created this site. Our goal is to help homeowners understand how to properly care for their septic system to keep it functioning properly. We hope the information here helps you to care for yours.

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