If you own a septic tank, you will understand that the key to ensuring the long life of your system is through proper maintenance. A septic tank system has the propensity to operate effectively for 15 years, but that’s only if it’s maintained correctly. If not maintained correctly, you may need to replace the entire system long before you need to.
Restoring, repairing or replacing a septic tank system can be quite costly. Additionally, a poorly maintained septic tank system can pose several health risks, you could also find your toilets backed up and be forced with having to deal with some very nasty odours around your home.
To ensure that your septic tank continues to operate efficiently, you need to make sure that it is de-sludged and pumped when necessary. After all, your septic tank system does a very demanding job in the sense that it collects all the waste water coming from your toilets, bath, sinks, taps, dishwasher and your washing machine.
The heaviest matter in this waste settles to the bottom of a septic tank as sludge while any remaining liquid floats at the top of the tank and forms a layer of scum. All liquid above the sludge is released into the surrounding leech field. The sludge continues to accumulate over time as it sinks to the bottom and it cannot be efficiently released into the leech field.