What You Need to Know about Septic Tank Maintenance

Septic tanks are used in many hospitality businesses and some residential properties to contain solids and scum from the wastewater. Being proactive in your septic tank maintenance helps it last longer, as well as prevent accumulation of solids and potential groundwater contamination.

Why should you get your septic tank cleaned?
It’s costly to replace a septic tank system, so keeping it in good condition is important. The septic tank receives the waste generated at home, from toilet water to kitchen water. Though the water is carried out to the drainfield, the solid wastes and sludge remain at the bottom of the tank. When the build-up gets too much, the septic tank will be too full to function and may lead to overflows in your yard. Potentially toxic materials may pass to the drainage area and contaminate the groundwater system.

How often should you schedule septic tank cleaning?
Routine septic tank pumping to remove the sludge material should be done at least once every three years. It may vary depending on factors such as the size of the tank, the size of your home, how many people live there and how much waste you accumulate.

How else can you take care of your septic tank?
Aside from routine pumping, there are other steps you can take to ensure your septic tank remains functional.
● Avoid flushing used products like nappies, tampons, baby wipes, cat litter, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, oils, medicines and harsh chemicals down the toilet.
● Conserve water to reduce the amount of wastewater your septic system would have to treat and dispose of.
● Avoid pushing food scraps down the sink, or overusing the garbage disposal system if you have one, as it can contribute to solids and scums in your septic system.

In need of septic tank maintenance?
Turd Burglar provides all-around septic system service in Melbourne and surrounding areas. We have 50 years of experience providing reliable septic tank cleaning services and other vacuum truck services. No matter which day of the week or what time in the night you have a problem, we will be there to help you.

For enquiries or more information on how we can help you out, contact us here or call 0418 363 030.