Septic tanks are important waste management systems for our homes. They take in wastewater and filter out contaminants before the water drains into underground soil layers. Every so often, the septic tank needs to be cleaned. It can fill up with debris over time that can solidify and block the drainage pipes. This can also lead to a faulty drainage system in the home, where the water in sinks and toilets is slow to drain.
Septic tank cleaning involves the emptying of the tank and dislodging of any debris inside it. To get the best results, it should be done by licensed septic tank cleaners who have a permit issued by the relevant authorities.
Septic tank cleaning requires the use of certain types of equipment that are necessary to get the best results. First off, the plumber will need to have pumping equipment that is capable of physically removing the debris in the tank via a mechanical force.
In addition, a special hose will be necessary to spray down and dislodge debris within the tank. The debris must not flow back into the drainage system of the home, as this will cause contamination and future blockages.
During septic tank cleaning, the cleaning services will begin by removing all liquid and solid materials from the septic tank. The water hose will come in handy for removing any debris that is stuck or difficult to dislodge.
As the septic tank is cleaned, it is also physically inspected for some common signs of wear and tear. The tank and surrounding areas are typically inspected for any surface effluent. If this is noticed, it is a sign of potential blockages in the septic tank drainage or the pipes leasing into surrounding soil.
Also, if the tank has a high level of liquid buildup, it potentially indicates backing up in the leach field. The tank will also be inspected for any backflow of water from the leach field, which is another indicator of blockages or poor drainage in the surrounding soil.
While cleaning, the contractor will also inspect the waste products from the home for any signs of hazardous materials such as chemicals, solvents and paint. They can inform you if you are at risk of being exposed to such materials while in the home.
Disposing of waste
Once the septic tank has been cleaned, the waste material must only be disposed of in a septage receiving facility. This ensures proper waste management and minimizing damage to the local environment.