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Septic Tank collects sewage and wastewater separating it into different chambers. Septic tank is used where wastewater or sewage cannot be collected by mains or sewers. It usually consists of two compartments. Solids having higher density settle at the bottom whereas liquid waste passes to the other compartment. Solids get decomposed by anaerobic digestion and produce sludge. This sludge reduces the active volume of the septic tank and therefore there is a need to pump the tank.

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Even though communal sewage treatment systems have been in place in urban centres for centuries, a surprisingly large number of households still discharge their wastewater to on-site treatment systems such as septic systems. Septic systems are used by approximately 25% of the population in the US, and it is estimated that more than 500,000,000 on-site treatment systems are in use worldwide. On-site treatment is used in rural areas, but more recently, has also been promoted in some urbanized areas, because of perceived lower capital costs and lower energy consumption compared to conventional sewage treatment.  

Pumping Frequency:

Usually, the sludge from the septic tank needs to be pumped out every 1-3 years. If the number of people using the septic tank is more than its design population, then more frequent pumping will be required.

Failure Prevention/Signs:

When any of the following is true or you spot any of these problems, schedule an emergency septic tank pumping right away:

  • Total depth of scum plus sludge layers equals 1/3 of the depth of the tank
  • Bottom of the septic tank outlet baffle has less than 3 inches of clearance from the bottom of the floating scum layer
  • Bottom of the outlet baffle is less than 6 inches from the top of the sludge layer on the septic tank bottom
  • Slow Drains
  • Sewage Surfacing over the tanks or drain field.
  • Gurgling sounds coming from the pipes
  • Sewage backing up in homes.
  • Foul odors in the drain field after a heavy rain

Inspection criteria:

To determine whether your tank needs pumping, you need to know how much scum and sludge are in the tank. Dip stick method is used. A tank with strong foul odors could be a sign of problems. Inspection involves the following steps:

  • Look at the scum layer floating at the top of the tank, if it is close to touching the lid, septic tank requires pumping.
  • Look for baffles which are attached to the inlet and outlet pipes on your tank. If the baffles are buried in scum, your tank is too full and needs to be pumped.
  • Check for toilet paper or feces staining the top of lids or baffles. This is the sign that your tank has been too full in the past if so contact a professional.