What To Expect During Your Septic System Cleaning

From a permeating foul odor to slow drains, pooling water, and a backed-up sewer drain, there are several signs you need to have your septic tank cleaned. The cleaning is critical and should be performed on a regular schedule to help avoid the unfortunate signs that it is too late, and your septic system is in trouble. Here are a few things you can expect to happen while your septic tank is being cleaned. 

Location and Inspection of the Septic Tank Cap and Drain Fields

Your septic system is made up of a few major components, including the drain fields. Otherwise known as the leach field, the drain field is next to the septic tank and is filled with underground pipes. The liquid waste that is broken down by the bacteria naturally found in the septic tank flows through the pipes and is deposited into the ground.

The septic tank professional will examine the leach field to ensure that there are no signs of an issue, such as standing water or the noticeable smell of sewage. Next, the technician will locate the cap of the septic tank and examine it for any cracks or damage.

Removal of the Solids and Liquids From the Tank

The technician will then remove the lid and inspect the water level. A water level that is too high or too low inside the tank could be a sign of an issue, such as a leak or a problem with the leach field. Next, a large hose will be placed inside the tank and all of the liquids and solids found inside the tank will be removed. The amount of time it will take to pump out all of the liquids and solids from the tank is dependent upon the tank's size.

Cleaning the Tank

After the sludge is completely pumped out of the tank, the inner walls of the tank are cleaned. The technician will use a specialized tool that will remove sludge from the inner walls. The technician will pay special attention to eliminating sludge from the corners. Cleaning the walls will help maintain the natural bacterial balance of the septic tank.

Once the inside of the tank is clean, an inspection of the tank will be performed to ensure there is no damage, including any damage caused by nearby tree roots. The last step involves replacing the cap of the septic tank. The tanker will drive away, and your septic tank will again be ready for use.

From examining the leach field to cleaning out the inner walls of the tank, there are several steps involved in cleaning a septic system.

Contact a local septic tank cleaning service to learn more.