If you are among the one-fifth of homeowners in the United States whose building is NOT connected to a public sewer system, then you likely rely on an on-site treatment system. If so, then wastewater treatment system cleaning is something you should know about. Periodic septic pumping and occasional septic cleaning in Malibu, CA are vital for the health of your septic system. Skipping these maintenance tasks could have you dealing with clogging, sewage backups, leaks, and even a septic system failure. Call Rooter Man to schedule your septic cleaning or septic pumping in Malibu, CA today. We are also at your service when you need emergency septic tank pumping.
Understanding how the septic system works can give you an idea of why septic pumping is so important. We can’t get into the technical details here, but let’s take a look at how the traditional septic system operates.
The waste and wastewater generated in your building flow through the drain line installation and into the septic tank, a water-tight container usually made of fiberglass or concrete. There, the waste forms three layers: a top layer of grease and scum, a middle layer of wastewater, and a bottom layer of solid waste.
Most of the middle layer of wastewater continues flowing out of the septic tank through the outlet pipes and toward the drain field for treatment. Back in the tank, helpful bacteria break down the solid waste into dense, space-saving sludge.
At the end of the day, however, the septic tank is limited in volume and can only hold so much sludge. If that sludge level gets near the inlet and outlet pipes, you could end up dealing with blockages, sewage backups, and damage to the septic system.
The septic tank is buried underground, so you can’t exactly “take a quick glance” to see if it’s time to pump the tank. Inspecting the tank can involve digging down to get to the lid and pry it open. Then, of course, there’s the rancid smell. Fortunately, there’s a general rule of thumb to go by. It is advised to pump the tank once every 3 to 5 years, though this depends on factors like the size of the tank and household as well as the working condition of the tank.
If it’s been over 5 years, then you might be better off with a thorough septic tank cleaning which involves pressure washing the walls and giving your septic tank a clean slate.
Septic pumping and septic tank cleaning in Malibu require specialized equipment and expertise. In short, a truck equipped with a vacuum will pump out the majority of the waste and wastewater. Septic cleaning is a bit more involved and involves more deep cleaning and pressure washing.
If you are looking for septic professionals to take care of the septic tank cleaning or pumping, then call Rooter Man and schedule a convenient appointment today. We are also happy to arrange an emergency septic pumping.