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Nobody wants to trudge through sludge, so if you have a septic system, you may be wondering what the possibilities of it failing are. To understand how likely your septic system is to fail, and the signs that it is heading downhill, you must first have a basic understanding of how they work.

Basically, waste water leaves your house, goes into the septic tank, is separated within the tank, and then is pushed out into the drainfield. If the wastewater cannot be soaked up by the soil under the drainfield, it may cause either backed-up sewer water in your house or pooling water on the ground.

Some possible reasons for a septic system failing are poor soil conditions, too much water usage in a limited amount of time, a septic system that is too small for the house and its needs, roots clogging the septic tank and pipes, or damaged septic system components because of heavy equipment being driven or parked on top of the system.  If you suspect your septic system may be failing, you have probably noticed that drains are taking a little longer to empty, gurgling water sounds in the pipes or the pooling water as mentioned before.

The good news is, septic systems are designed to function, not fail! So if your system has been installed properly and is the right size for your needs, all you need to worry about is its maintenance. The majority of septic system failures occur because of negligence on basic maintenance such as septic cleaning annually and septic pumping every 3-5 years.

Whether your septic system is failing, you suspect it may be, or you just really want to guarantee that doesn’t happen, we are here to help. . Your septic system failure is improbable with the right proactive steps and with our help. And should you need septic pumping, there isn’t a better time, as we are currently offering a special internet bargain on septic pumping.

While advances in technology are great, often times relying on computerized equipment can be frustrating, especially if it breaks. Septic systems, thankfully, are not complex at all, as nothing is operated by power, but gravity instead. Thus, septic cleaning is a pretty straightforward process, as well.

To understand the septic cleaning process, it’s important to have a basic understanding of a septic tank and what is inside. When waste water from your house (and all the other stuff that gets flushed, washed down, or drained) enters the septic tank, it is referred to as septage. The septage is separated by gravity, as the solids sink to the bottom of the tank. This solid matter that sinks to the bottom is called sludge.

The lighter stuff (grease, etc.) floats to the top and is called scum.

As the sludge sinks and the scum floats, the water in between is actually pretty clear and is eventually absorbed back into the soil. When you schedule a septic cleaning with us, Sam or one of our other professionals will come to help break up the buildup of sludge that occurs over time and may be causing a blockage. Breaking up the buildup is done by putting bacteria into the septic tank. The bacteria are vital, as they slowly start to eat away at the sludge, allowing water to flow better. Depending on how bad your buildup is, you may need a very aggressive form of bacteria.

Unfortunately, septic cleaning is not a quick fix, but may take a few days or even weeks for the bacteria to do its job. Once we diagnose the current state of your septic tank, we can give you a better idea of what the process will entail for you. Contact us toda for all your septic cleaning needs.


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