Septic Pumping and Rooter-Man: The Essential Processes Involved in Septic Systems

Pumping vs. Pumping. All septic pumping businesses remove solid waste from your septic via a truck-mounted pump. However, how thorough of a job these businesses do depends largely on whether or not they pump only part of the septic system. In some cases, especially when the solids are heavy, need to add more water to the tank to clear out the solids or try other methods to break up the solid waste. This is generally less costly than pumping the entire system.

Particular events can also trigger a need for emergency septic pumping. These include heavy storms or a sudden flood. Heavy rains may break down sewage that is stored in the pipes by leaching heavy chemicals and debris into them. In the case of heavy storms, this can cause huge amounts of sediment and algae to buildup in the pipes, triggering a need for pumping.

Leaky tanks will also commonly need pumping to prevent scum from building up and entering the drains. When this happens, you will notice that there is an objectionable stench coming from the tank. If left alone, the situation will simply go away as the solids will settle at the bottom of the tank eventually. However, if the septic cleaning is neglected, over time the solids can break loose from the tank walls and enter the drainage pipes, causing much damage to your home. If the problem persists after this, pumping the tank may be necessary.

While pumping your septic tank holds the first place for liquid wastes, effluent is the second. Effluent is considered to be the “cleanest” type of waste because it enters the sewer system directly out of your kitchen, bathroom or any other room that has direct contact with the ground. What makes it different than the liquid waste is that it contains microorganisms, fats, oils and other debris that the normal sewage system cannot remove. This will often result in an unpleasant odor coming from the toilet or kitchen, if it is not pumped soon enough. Another thing to keep in mind is that a prolonged delay in pumping will allow these solids to build up and cause severe blockages.

The average pumping frequency is once every three months to six months. In reality, it all depends on the volume of your household’s garbage, the average temperature in your region and whether you have a septic system or not. A general rule of thumb is one cubic yard of water per pound of waste water. For instance, if you have a three-acre monthly load, you would need to pump approximately five hundred gallons per day to meet your needs.

Rooter-man is the most common type of septic pumping that most homeowners experience. In this process, waste water is diverted into a special underground tank in your property. Once in the tank, solids settle to the bottom and then are processed by natural biological processes. As water is pushed through the septic system, it picks up minerals like iron and copper, which help break it down. As it passes through the drain field, these minerals are recycled into the septic tanks for further processing.

Both of these pumping methods are essential to keep your drains clean and clear so that water can flow freely. If these processes are improperly done, problems can occur like clogging and back-ups in your drain fields. It is important that both tank cleaning and rooter-man processes are performed properly and scheduled regularly so that problems can be addressed before they become larger ones.

In addition, both of these pumping procedures are also important in order to maintain the proper water softening level in your tanks. The softening process is one way that softeners keep waste water from being too hard and makes it easier to flush away. Too much hardness in your tanks can cause water pipes to develop holes or other problems that lead to blocked drains and bathroom issues. Regular maintenance and proper septic maintenance will make sure that all of these issues are solved in no time. The septic services that you plan to hire can help with these services and more, so contact one today to get your tanks and drain fields cleaned and maintained.

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