Since our septic systems are buried in our yards, they are often out of sight, out of mind. But putting them out of our minds can actually be harmful to you and your septic system. Regular septic tank maintenance includes scheduled pumping. In today’s blog, B&B Pumping in Azle will discuss the importance of pumping your aerobic septic system.

Your Aerobic Septic System

Your aerobic septic system is more complicated than you probably realize. They are made up of moving parts, oxygen systems, and a series of electronic components that move your waste throughout the largest septic system. To ensure that all of these parts and pieces are in good working order, your aerobic system needs to be checked and pumped regularly. Here’s why.

The Buildup of Sludge

When you flush your toilet, the wastewater is moved from your home into the trash tank. In this tank, the solids are separated from the liquids. The waste liquids are then moved into an aerobic unit, and finally to a pump tank to be recycled into sprinkler water.

With use and time, your trash tank begins to gather more and more waste. Eventually, this sludge can work its way out of the trash tank and into the other tanks and compartments, eventually contaminating your pump tank. This contaminated system can lead to other problems in the system and can be a hazard to your health.

Tank Sludge Readings

If there is a buildup of sludge in your aerobic tank, it can keep the oxygen entering the system from properly breaking down the waste, and will prevent the waste from being sufficiently treated. The buildup of sludge in the pump tank can lead to pump failure and a host of other problems. It’s not uncommon to see sprinkler heads and drip lines being clogged with waste if the pump tank is too full of sludge. In rare cases, these fixtures can burst and spray waste onto your lawn.

As part of your regular septic tank maintenance, your septic specialist should conduct a sludge reading every four months or so. Both the aerobic and the pump tanks should be checked for the buildup of sludge. If there is a high level of sludge in either of these tanks, it’s important that you have the entire system pumped.

How Often Should My Aerobic System Be Pumped?

There are many variables that affect how often your system needs to be pumped. This is determined by the usage of your system, and the number of people living in your home, we suggest that your system be pumped every three to five years. If you want a more precise answer, feel free to call us and arrange for an inspection of your aerobic septic system.

Proper septic tank maintenance can keep you from experiencing a system failure, or any other waste related issues. With regular inspections, readings, and pumping, your septic system will faithfully service you with minimal issues. Call B & B Pumping today at 817-270-4167 or contact us here.