Why Pump Out Your Septic Tank?
Certainly if you live in a small town, or in a rural area, the chance is good that you rely on an “onsite sewage disposal system”, or septic system, for disposal of your household liquid waste. Your home’s system funnels all wastewater – sewage, gray water from sinks, showers, washing machines, etc., and the occasional leftover foodstuffs – out of your home into one main sewer pipe, which then enters your septic tank. The septic tank is a settling chamber which entraps the solids within it until they can later be removed during routine septic tank servicing. The liquids, of which there are many thousands of gallons over the years, are filtered through the tank and on out to your disposal field, which then gradually disperses this excess water into the surrounding prepared soil, and eventually into the groundwater supply.
It is essential to have your tank cleaned every few years, depending on the size of the tank and the occupancy levels in your home, to prevent the solids from building up in the tank and escaping, along with the water, into the soils of your dispersal field. Once the soils in your dispersal field have become saturated with solids, it is difficult or impossible to reclaim them and thereby save your dispersal field.