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Four Things to Know About Septic Pumping

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Septic system helps with the effective treatment of household wastewater. As a homeowner, maintaining your septic system can protect your property from harmful health hazards and other complications. Septic tanks allow solids to settle down, whereas oils and greases usually float at the top. Solids from household wastewater can cause sludge and other build-ups in your septic tanks. Inspect your septic tank occasionally for any malfunction. A faulty septic system can also contaminate your groundwater system. Regular septic pumping will help your system from backing up on your property. The frequency of septic pumping for your system will depend on its size and the size of your family.

In general, tanks should be inspected and pumped every three to five years. Count on Ardalta Vacuum Truck Services Ltd for regular cleaning and inspection of septic tanks in Edmonton. We provide a full range of services, including maintenance, repair and installation of septic tanks. We also offer pump tanks, water pumps and advanced treatments.

Here are four important things to know about septic pumping:

1. Signs That Septic Tank Needs Pumping

If you notice your toilets are flushing incorrectly, you might want to check your septic tanks. Some signs that indicate the water in your septic tank has risen are:

Sewage backing up in your bathrooms and sinks. Aseptic tanks contain a wide variety of bacteria, sewage backup can be hazardous to your health

  • If you notice standing water in your lawn or lush patches of grass, your drain field might be oversaturated

  • Foul odour from inside and outside your home

  • If you notice flooding in and around your septic tank, it is likely your system is flooded

2. Frequency of Septic Pumping

In order for your septic system to work properly, periodic pumping is necessary. Check your system every three years to determine if pumping is needed for scum and sludge. Also, ensure your tank is in good condition and correct damages if any. Your septic pumping frequency depends upon:

Amount of wastewater generated

Septic tank size

Number of people living on the property frequency of pumping will increase if:

You have guests often

Water softener is connected to the septic system

You are operating a business out of your home

3. Septic Pumping Should Be Done When the Ground Is Less Saturated

Septic pumping can be done when the ground is less saturated. If the tank is pumped while the ground is still saturated, mud and silt can enter the tank. It can also damage the inlet and outlet pipes. Additionally, check for groundwater depth near your septic tank and drain field. If the level is below your septic tank, you must reduce the amount of water flowing into the system.

4. Maintaining the Septic System

To maintain your septic systems, make efficient use of water for your household chores.

The more water you conserve, the less wastewater goes into the system. Some tips to maintain your septic systems are:

Roots from nearby trees can clog the drainfield, so plant only grass near your septic system

Keep sump pump or rainwater drainage away from the drainfield

Avoid driving vehicles on your septic system as it might compact the soil

Use proper precautions while disposing of waste in your toilets

Regular maintenance of your septic tank will decrease health hazards. If you are looking for septic system maintenance, get in touch with Ardalta Vacuum Truck Services Ltd. We inspect and clean your septic tank as well as repair and maintain sewage holding tanks, sump pits and water systems.

Contact us today for septic system maintenance services on your property! 


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