When Does a Septic Tank Need Pumping?

A septic tank will need to be pumped when there are too many solid waste products and too many byproducts of decomposition in the tank. When waste products go into the septic system, solid and liquid wastes are separated. Bacteria break off of solid waste as well. The septic tank will store non-degradable solid waste until it is possible for the solid waste to be removed. Effluent, or water with small bits of waste, is able to drain from the septic tank into the septic field and will infiltrate the soil.

The non-degradable waste and other heavy materials will sink to the tank’s bottom, and will form a material called sludge. When the sludge accumulates too much and ends up taking up too much of the tank, this is when problems can develop. As a result, this means that your septic tank needs to be pumped when too much sludge has developed.

Many property owners don’t know when there is too much sludge in a septic tank. You should call in a professional to help you determine if your septic tank needs to be pumped and to take care of getting it pumped for you. The Septic Medic team would be happy to help. Contact us.