Need your septic tank pumped in Athens Ga?

Septic Tank Pumping

Septic tanks are a vital part of the septic system. And, as such, will require periodic maintenance. Therefore at some point, and hopefully reguarly, you will need to have your septic tank pumped out. Before we get into the nitty gritty of the actual pumping it may be helpful to understand how the septic system works and why the septic tank itself is such a vital component.

Everytime you flush the toilet, wash clothes, run the dishwasher or turn on an indoor faucet, the waste water which includes both liquids and solids, from this action flows out of the house and into the septic tank. Once in the septic tank bacteria go to work breaking down the solids into various nutritive chemicals. The liquid portion of the waste water that has entered the tank as well as the newly converted waste, then leaves the tank through a horizontal pipe. The pipe leads to a series of smaller pipes called the drain field (often you will notice that there is healthy vegetation in the ground above the drain field, benefiting from the organic fertilization). Not all of the solids however are completely broken down. What is left sinks to the bottom of the septic tank in the form of a fine sludge deposit.

Eventually the remaining solids build up to such a point that they reach the same height as the horizontal pipes that lead to the drain field. At this point you may experience a clogged toilet or slow draining from your sinks, showers, or bathtubs. Now you will need to have your septic tank pumped to restore it to its original and functional state.


How Long Does It Take for A Septic Tank to Need Pumping?

There are a lot of factors that determine the length of time it takes to fill the septic. As a rule that time is usually between fifteen and twenty years. Several factors such as whether or not the tank was properly sized to begin with and whether the system has been abused from the wrong materials entering the system. These can include sanitary products, disposable diapers, paper towels, grease, fat, etc. It would be helpful to keep track of the when the septic tank was installed and any previous pump-outs. This will give you an indication that the system may be attended to if the draining of the waste water appears to be slowing down.

So when you need your septic tank pumped out, call Armour Plumbing & Well Service at 706-543-9850 and have the professionals help restore your septic system to pristine condition.