Septic Tank Cleaning
Nearly a third of people living in the United States have a septic system outside of their home. Septic systems are fairly simple systems that are designed to remove waste water from the home. The homes waste enters the septic systems main inlet pipe where it flows into the septic tank. In the tank, the larger particles called sludge, settle to the bottom. The lighter particles, called septage, float to the top of the tank. When everything is working properly, the septage is released into the drain field where it is degraded. It is a simple system, but it is one that does requires cleaning every 1 to 2 years. Cleaning your septic system will remove the sludge that has settled to the bottom of the tank. Without frequent cleaning, this sludge could overflow into the drain field, clogging it.
Septic Tank Cleaning Services
This is where the professional septic tank cleaning company comes in. They will bring a pumper truck to your home and pump out the contents of your septic tank. They typically will pump out the sludge, effluent(liquid between the sludge and septage) and the septage from the tank. This will leave your tank empty and good to go for another year or two. The frequency of cleaning depends on the number of occupants in the home. Larger families may require annual cleaning while smaller families can stretch out tank cleaning/pumping. After cleaning, the company will then take the material pumped out of your tank to an approved disposal site.
How Much Does Septic Tank Cleaning Cost
This will depend on the complexity of the system and the size of the system. At the time of the writing of this article, the average price for cleaning was about $300.
How Can You Cut Down On The Cost
Treat your system regularly with a septic tank treatment such as Green Pig, available on Amazon. It can help you keep your system flowing and save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.