Does your home use a septic tank to handle all of your sewage? If so, there will eventually be a day where the tank needs to be pumped. Here are some questions you are likely to have about cleaning out your septic tank.
How Can You Tell It's Time To Pump The Tank?
There are several signs that your septic tank is full and needs to be emptied. You'll typically notice drains that move very slowly, especially your bathtub or shower when you are bathing. The drain may not be able to keep up with the water that is coming out of the faucet. You can also have odors coming out of the drains, or gurgling sounds when water goes down the drain.
How Do You Locate A Septic Tank?
If your septic tank is located underground, you may be wondering how a septic tank pumping services company is going to find your septic tank. It is actually done with a little bit of common sense and a special tool.
It starts by finding where the main sewer pipe is exiting your home, and then looking at where that lines up outside your home. The septic tank is likely located somewhere in a straight path from where the pipe is.
The septic tank pumping company will then use a long metal probe to get a good idea of where the tank is. It involves putting the probe into the ground along the path of the pipe until they hit something solid, which will be the septic tank. They will then outline the dimensions of the septic tank, which should give them a good idea of where the opening is.
How Do You Access The Septic Tank?
A hole will need to be dug where the opening to the septic tank is located. This is likely found where the sewage line goes into the tank. With the dimensions of the tank outlined, you likely have a good idea of where the pipe meets the tank and where to find that opening. This allows you to limit the amount of trial and error it takes to find the opening and prevent a lot of damage being caused to your lawn.
Thankfully, you don't have to do any of this stuff on your own. When you hire a septic tank pumping company, they will do all of the necessary work to find the tank, locate the opening, and get rid of the solid waste inside.