Cleaning your septic system requires thorough removal of dirt and scum that can build up and attach to the lining of the septic tank. While pumping your tank will get rid of most of the build up, you may want to consider more invasive cleaning techniques, offered by professionals, to remove all buildup at the bottom of the tank or around the filter. Buildup can also occur on the outside of the tank or near the connection pipes if there are small leaks where waste could have seeped through.
Regular cleanings are done using specialty tools that can reach inside the tank and remove the debris that’s stuck to the lining or bottom of the tank. Typically, this debris is scum or the frothy waste on top of effluent waste. Scum, when floating in the tank, can easily attach to the walls of the tank, flow through the pipes, or even attach to the filter and cause buildups and clogs, when not cleaned out. Regular cleanings can ensure that scum does not cause such inconveniences and you’re left with a free-flowing system that works at all times.
While it’s not necessarily recommended to take on the task of cleaning your septic tank at home, there are things you can do to ensure that your tank is in working order and with little issue. You can use devices to measure the water levels and amounts of scum in the tank, which helps determine if and when it needs to be pumped and cleaned next by a professional. If the scum has reached a certain level on the measuring rods, it could be time to pump your tank as this indicates that it is pretty full. Larger scum stains mean there’s more buildup to remove, so it’s best to have a contractor take care of the job for you!
Our professional cleaning services were created to outshine the rest and provide you with the highest level possible of septic cleaning. We use only industrial-grade, tested and proven cleaning solutions that allow us to get into all corners of the septic tank and remove any lingering dirt or debris that failed to come out with the pumping procedure. Some stains and debris may need to be scrubbed off or loosened to be completely removed. We can also assist in professionally cleaning your pipes and changing or cleaning the existing filter, if needed.
While there’s no set standard for how many times your septic system should be cleaned, we would recommend doing it once or twice a year, depending on how often it’s used and how big your household is. If you have a larger household that requires pumping the septic tank every 1 – 2 years versus every 2 – 3, then you might consider more frequent deep cleanings of the septic tanks since they can accumulate debris quicker. It is important to always have a filter that is clean and working to keep the tank clean while you’re away or not inspecting it.