SEPTIC PUMPING IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN
A septic tank is a worthwhile purchase since it can last up to four decades. However, it is necessary to properly maintain and regularly pump your tank in order to maximize its useful life.
On top of that, most local governments have a provision in their laws which specifically states that your septic tank should not only be installed properly, but also maintained with regular cleanings.
In order to meet the standards set in government ordinances, it is best to hire professionals which understand the engineering behind your septic system and have a proven track record.
Trying to pump your septic tank yourself can lead to a lot of problems, including illness and contamination in the area around your system. If your tank is close to your home, the smell often becomes unbearable.
With our amount of experience as well as our technical expertise, you can leave the task of pumping your septic tank to us and be another addition to our long list of satisfied clients.
IMPORTANCE OF PUMPING A SEPTIC SYSTEM
Over time, sludge and scum build up in your tank, blocking both your inlet and outlet pipes and causing damage to your system.
Pumping your septic tank is important because a failing system can cause excessive waste to leak into the groundwater. Eventually, it can seep into your water supply and cause serious health risks to you and your neighbors.
On top of that, a failing system can be extremely expensive to repair, cause the area around the tank to smell, and reduce the overall value of your property.
Although you can take certain preventive measures such as water conservation to make your tank last longer on a single cleaning, eventually it is necessary for a professional to come in and pump out all the solids that have accumulated in the tank.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD A SEPTIC TANK BE PUMPED?
The general rule is that you should pump your septic tank after 3 to 5 years. However, this can vary depending on the size of your tank and daily use.
Here are some general tips you can follow to ascertain whether or not your septic tank is in need of a cleaning:
- Your drains and toilets begin to smell due to odorous gasses having no where to go.
- Puddles of standing water appear around your property.
- Your toilets, tubs, and other appliances drain much more slowly than they used to due to having reached their maximum capacity.
If you ignore all these warning signs, there is a decent chance of sewage backing up into your home through the pipes. In case this happens, it is absolutely necessary that you call a septic specialist immediately.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PUMPING AND CLEANING
Although both ‘pumping’ and ‘cleaning’ often mean the same thing in the industry. Cleaning is usually a much more advanced process which involves removing all the solids at the bottom of the tank.
If you take regular care of your tank and have it pumped every 3 years or so, it is much easier to pump your tank. However, leaving a tank uncleaned for a long time can cause the sludge to become much thicker than usual and cause problems during the pumping process.
If the solids are extremely heavy, we often end up adding extra water into the tank to break down the larger solids before we clean them. In certain extreme situations, some solids are simply unbreakable and the tank needs to be cleaned again within a year.
Our experts utilize their technical experience to make sure all the waste is removed from the tank if necessary. Once all the solids have been cleaned and the liquids have been pumped, your tank is as good as new!
SEPTIC MAINTENANCE TIPS
Here are certain measures that will prolong the life of your septic tank and increase the duration your system.
- Install an effluent filter to prevent solids from escaping into your drain bed (your filter will need to be replaced regularly).
- Avoid using a garbage disposal because it will add solids to your tank and require frequent pumping.
- Anti-bacterial soaps can eradicate the organisms in your tank required to break down the solids, so use a bacteria additive.
- Avoid planting trees or parking heavy machinery in the area around your tank.
- Avoid flushing non-biodegradables such as cigarettes into your tank.
Remember to never enter your septic tank. Any cleaning or maintenance must be done from the outside as it is possible for poisonous gasses to form inside the tank and cause fatalities.
RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL SERVICES
Even if you follow the aforementioned advice and prolong the life of your system substantially, there will come a time when you need to have your tank cleaned.
Many septic companies purposefully do an inadequate job to increase their revenue. It is best if you research thoroughly before you hire a company to service your septic system.
The amount of expertise we have built after years in the septic industry ensures that your tank works properly and efficiently.
All you need to do in order to have one of our septic experts at your disposal is to place a phone call to our office. We will take care of everything from there!