Our goal at Sunset Septic is to provide you with the best septic pumping service in Phoenix, Arizona. Septic maintenance is basic to all septic systems and should be addressed on a regular basis. Today we’re going to talk about tank maintenance.
There are a number of factors that determine the pumping schedule for septic tanks. Generally, the size of the tank, the daily amount of wastewater that goes into the tank, and the use of the garbage disposal are all taken into consideration when determining your schedule. It’s safe to say, however, that most residential tanks need to be pumped every 3 to 5 years.
You can either pump on a set schedule, or you can base your schedule on the sludge and scum layers that have accumulated. A rule of thumb is that septic tanks need to be pumped out when the sludge layer becomes more than 24 inches in depth, or when the lower edge of the scum layer is less than 3 inches above the lower end of the submerged outlet, or when it is more than 12 inches thick.
You can measure the sludge accumulation by wrapping a towel around the bottom 3 feet of an 8-foot pole and carefully lowering it into the tank until it touches the bottom. Never lean over the tank or attempt to enter it, as the gases coming from the tank are poisonous. Gases are also explosive, so never use matches or flames around the tank opening. After several minutes, remove the pole and check the towel. The discolored portion of the towel shows the depth of the sludge layer. If more than 24 inches, it’s time to have the tank pumped and inspected. If the septic tank is new, it’s a good idea to check the levels every year to determine how fast your tank is filling up.
Additives on the market claim to improve your septic system’s performance, but they do not necessarily work and some, like degreasers, are toxic and can get into your groundwater. It is best to be cautious about using added chemicals to your septic system.
Always hire a licensed professional company like Sunset Septic to service your septic system. Do not try to pump the tank yourself, as the waste and gases can be dangerous. If you have any questions about septic maintenance or septic pumping service in Phoenix, Arizona, please call Sunset Septic today!