One of the major maintenance requirements for a septic tank is septic tank pumping. When you have your septic tank pumped, all the junk that doesn't break up on its own is removed from the septic tank.
Get Your Septic Tank Pumped Every Few Years
First, you should get your septic tank pumped every few years. Your septic tank doesn't have to be full or close to overflowing in order for it to need to be pumped. It is healthy and good for your septic tank to pump it every few years before it is anywhere near at risk of overflowing. It is a good idea to set-up a schedule for pumping your septic tank so that you can keep it in good shape.
When your septic tank gets too full, a host of bad consequences can follow, from sewage backing up into your home to your drainage field lines getting backed up with overflow. Save yourself from dealing with backed-up sewage of any form by getting your tank pumped every few years. Don't wait until the last minute, as that can have serious consequences.
Always Hire a Licensed & Bonded Septic Tank Professional
When you hire a professional to pump out your tank, don't just hire anyone. You want to hire someone who is licensed and bonded as a septic tank professional. This means that the company or individual you hire has all the right certifications from the state to do this type of work. This means that the person you hire has insurance that will protect you if something gets damaged during the pumping process. Companies that are not licensed and bonded are cutting corners, and you don't want to work with them.
Make Sure the Baffles Are Functioning Properly
After your septic professional pumps out your tank, ask them to double-check that the baffles are functioning properly. There are both an inlet and outlet baffle on your septic tank. The inlet and outlet baffle helps to direct the sewer water into and out of the tank and ensure that sewage doesn't flow the wrong way. If the baffles are not properly placed and working after a septic tank pumping, your septic tank will not work properly.
Make Sure the Lid Is Secured
After your septic tank is pumped, ask the septic tank professionals to double-check, and even to show you that the lid is secure. An unsecured lid could spell trouble for your family and pets. Falling into a septic tank can be deadly, and even being near a septic tank where the lid is partially open can be hazardous as harmful gases can be released from your septic tank. Always double and triple-check that the lid is secure after your tank has been pumped.
When you have a septic tank, you need to have septic pumping performed every few years by a licensed professional. Once the professional is done pumping the tank, make sure the baffles are functioning correctly and have them triple-check the security of the lid. In between pumpings, get your septic tank serviced.