What Happens When a Septic Tank Gets Cleaned?

A septic tank has a hose in it and is being cleaned out.Where does all your wastewater go? When you flush the toilet or take a shower or even wash the dishes in the sink, that water either goes out of the house and into a public sewer system, or else it goes into a septic tank buried on your property.

Septic tanks get cleaned, usually by professionals who will tell you, “It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it.”

Septic Tank Cleaning Specialists in North Carolina

When you call a company like Carolina Septic Pro to come clean the septic tank on your property, they’ll send a specialist to your property. He or she will locate the septic tank. A map showing where it is can be helpful. Once the technician finds the access lid, he or she will open it. There may need to be a little excavation work to get to the lid.

Once the tank is accessed, the technician will check liquid levels inside to see if they’re low, normal or high. Why might they be high? Well, perhaps there are leaks, cracks, issues with a drainfield, etc. If an “issue” is found, that can lead to the need for repairs or the replacement of faulty components.

To clean a tank involves “pumping it out.” A vacuum truck with a pump and a strong hose are used to suck out the sludge from inside the tank (and into the truck). Whatever’s accumulated in the septic compartments gets removed thanks to a powerful suction mechanism. Later on, that waste will be removed from the truck and disposed of at another location. A tool known as a “septic cleaning spoon” may be used to further empty the tank.

Once the sludge is out, the technician will use fresh water to rinse the tank clean. Generally, it’s  recommended that a property owner gets their septic tank cleaned once every three to five years. This helps prolong the service life of the system.

Do you have a septic tank on your property? When was the last time it was cleaned? Call Carolina Septic Pro at 980-500-1022 to ask about clean-out services.