Troubleshooting Septic Problems

Troubleshooting Septic Problems

Septic Tank Maintenance: The Typical Steps You Need To Follow To Prevent Smelly And Costly Disasters

by Max Wagner

Septic tanks are an essential part of plumbing when you live in rural areas. Without them, you would be doing what your ancestors did: using a shovel to dig a hole out back and then bury your waste. That is far more unpleasant than septic tanks, and significantly more unpleasant than septic tank maintenance. If the latter leaves you feeling queasy, at least you know that you do not have to provide tank maintenance yourself. You just have to make sure the maintenance is done by a professional on a regular basis. Here are the typical steps that your septic services technician will take during each and every maintenance visit.

Pumping out the Tank

A maintenance visit almost always includes a tank pumping. The tank is emptied completely so that it can hold another six months to a year's worth of waste. Doing this job first means that the following services will be easier to perform and will be a lot less dangerous to the technician's lungs and sinuses. It also means that there is no possible way for your septic tank to overflow and create a mess in the yard.

Flushing and Cleaning the Tank

Flushing and cleaning the tank removes all of the solid fecal matter and toilet paper that have become matted and stuck like clay to the inner walls of the septic tank. This is important because stuff stuck to the inner walls builds up and can eventually choke or block off the drainage ports for the liquid waste while simultaneously causing the tank to overflow. Flushing the tank with a pressure washer blasts this waste loose and sends it to the bottom of the tank where it can be sucked out with a waste pump truck. Then the whole tank is internally cleaned with a special cleanser that helps neutralize some of the odors before being filled partway with water again. 

​Adding Microbes

​The "health" of a septic tank relies on the microbes that help break down waste. After the tank has been emptied, flushed, cleansed, and partially refilled with water, microbes are added. Now the tank is ready to receive human waste and begin the process anew. 

Checking Components to Make Sure They Work

​Finally, all of the components of the tank are checked to make sure that they are not leaking where they should not be leaking and that the components are all functional. Anything that is loose, leaking, or broken needs to be fixed immediately. Then your septic tank maintenance is complete.

For more information on what a septic maintenance visit entails, contact a local company like Chuck Keene Septic Tank Pumping Service.


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Troubleshooting Septic Problems

When we first purchased our home in the mountains, I had no idea what I was up against. Whenever we would visit, I was surprised to see and smell the way that the property had changed. I realized that the vacation home always smelled like sewage, and it was really worrisome. I knew that I needed to do something to make things right, so I started looking into the plumbing system. I discovered that we had a septic tank, and that it needed to be pumped. This blog is all about troubleshooting septic system problems so that you can keep your place clean and sanitary.