Where does the waste go?
A majority of tanks rely on gravity in order to make things work. Wastewater flows into the tank, then it is buried in the ground outside of your home. After, water in turn is carried from the tank to a drainage field using sloped pipes.
How A Tank Works?
When wastewater enters your septic tank, it naturally divides into three parts:
- Solids sink to the bottom and form a sludge layer.
Liquids stay in the middle and form a layer of mostly water.
Oils and fat rise to the top and form a scum layer.
The liquid layer accounts for 90 percent of your tank’s capacity, meaning excess water use can affect the tank’s performance over time.
Ideally, water in your tank flows through in the course of several days while materials on the bottom are broken down by bacteria. Water is then carried through drain pipes to the drainage (or leach) field, where it is distributed into the soil. The size of your drainage field depends on the type of soil. Clay, for instance, holds a limited amount of water.
Septic Tank Pumping
The sludge at your tank’s bottom requires periodic septic cleaning or pumping. Even the best bacteria can’t fully break down all organic material, meaning it will start to build up and take more of the tank’s space. If there’s not enough room for water, the sludge will start to back up into leach field, your home’s pipes or may cause a tank failure.
Homeowners can clean out their septic tanks, but you will need to store the sludge for transport and safely dispose of it. Professional septic cleaners come with a tank truck that hooks up to your septic system and removes its contents, then transports it all safely off your property.
Average Septic Tank Pumping Cost
Pricing is contingent upon the type of project in place. Please contact us for pricing.