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Septic Tank Pumping

If the smell of sewage is overtaking your home or your backyard has become a muddy mess, your septic tank likely needs to be pumped and FAST!

 If you are having a problem with your current septic tank, you and your family’s health could be at risk. Don’t leave your family’s health and wellbeing in the hands of some “flush by night” one-man, one-truck job.

Call Brown Septic & Plumbing. Our fleet of trucks and certified technicians are on standby ready to help you 24/7. When you call, you can expect us within 2 hours, schedule permitting.

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With over 70 years of experience, you can rest assured that when you work with a Brown Plumbing & Septic technician, we will quickly identify any problems and offer you the best solutions. No matter what sewer or septic problem you are dealing with, you can rely on us to get it repaired and cleaned quickly and efficiently.

We use hydro-cleaning equipment, state-of-the-art vacuum pumps, and our decades of experience to find the best and most affordable solution to septic system pumping and maintenance.

What happens when you don’t get your septic tank pumped?

When the septic tank is not pumped, the solids build up inside the tank, diminishing the tank’s holding capacity. Eventually, the solids will reach the pipe that feeds into the drain field and cause a clog.

When this happens, the homeowner may experience the following:

  • Wastewater backing up into the house
  • The smell of sewage in the yard
  • Healthy grass over the drain field
  • Swampy areas over the drain field
  • Draining in the house becomes slower

The only way to solve these problems is to call a professional before the conditions become even more critical.

When does the septic tank need to be pumped?

We recommend having your septic tank inspected every two to three years, with mechanical pumping recommended every three to five years to empty the tank. Septic systems that are undersized or that get especially heavy usage may need to be pumped annually.

Septic pumping is the process of removing solids from the bottom of the septic tank and this needs to be done before it reaches a level where it blocks the outlet pipe through which liquids flow into the drain field.

The frequency at which a septic tank needs to be pumped depends on several factors:

The size of the household: Larger households generate more waste and thus the septic tank needs to be pumped more frequently.

The volume of solids in the wastewater: Households with more toilets or households that more frequently use garbage disposals tend to fill up the septic tank faster.

Amount of wastewater generated: The volume of wastewater that goes into the septic tank affects the speed at which the tank fills up.

Septic tank size: Larger tanks have more capacity for solid sludge and will not need pumping as frequently.

The best way to get an estimate for how frequently you will need your septic tank pumped is to schedule an appointment with us.

How is a septic tank pumped?

When you get a septic tank pumped, the septic service professional will arrive with a large tanker truck with vacuum equipment. The technician will insert the hose into the septic tank through the manhole after the cover has been removed. The truck’s equipment will suck out the contents of the sept tank into the back of the truck.

Tips for maintaining your septic system

There are several proactive measures that can be taken to maximize the efficiency of your septic system and reduce the frequency with which pumping is necessary:

Decrease water usage: Investing in high-efficiency, water-saving faucets and toilets can help to greatly reduce the amount of water passing through your septic system. In addition, repairing leaks soon after you discover them helps to reduce the overuse of water.

Decrease solid wastes: To ensure your septic system continues to work properly, you should monitor the solid waste that enters it. Trash that is either washed or flushed down the toilet can encumber the septic system. Avoid flushing anything but toilet paper down the toilet and using a garbage disposal that puts food waste into the septic system.

Don’t drain hot tubs into the system: This can put unnecessary strain on the septic system. Instead, drain the water from swimming pools and hot tubs into the yard away from the drain field.

Direct rainwater away from the drain field: Downspouts and landscape grading often funnel water into the septic system and can interfere with the system’s ability to disperse water.

Keep chemicals out of the drain: Chemicals can interfere with the bacteria that break down solid wastes in the septic system, so avoid putting them down the drain. Unless a trusted septic tank professional has prescribed an additive, don’t use septic tank chemicals.

4 Signs that your septic tank needs to be pumped

Getting your septic tank pumped regularly helps to prevent damage to the septic system and ensure that that your home’s plumbing system and lawn stay in tip-top shape.

If you are not aware of common signs of an overflowing septic tank, it can be easy to overlook these problems.

Here are 4 signs that let you know when your septic tank needs to be pumped.

Changes in your lawn

In some cases, a septic tank that is backed-up can cause changes to the exterior of the home before changes show up inside. The drain field is the area below your lawn where liquid waste is released to remove impurities from the tank and slow the rate at which it fills.

If you notice standing water in your lawn, the drain field will likely become oversaturated and waste will float to the surface. This occurs when the septic tank overflows and releases more liquid into the drain field than it can hold.

Even if you don’t notice standing water on your lawn, you may see lush patches of grass in the drain field that may suggest a backed-up tank. This occurs when wastewater has oversaturated the drain field but has not yet reached the surface. The water lingers in the soil just below the surface, fertilizing the grass and causing accelerated growth in these spots.

Foul odor inside or outside the home

An overfilled septic tank will eventually lead to foul odors both inside and outside your home. If you notice your drains are emitting a sewage smell, sewage may have backed up to pass the P-trap below the sink but has not yet exited the drain.

This is not a foolproof sign of septic issues because plumbing clogs can also cause a sewage-like smell to come from your drains. Before coming to the conclusion that your septic tank needs to be pumped, you may want to hire a plumber to inspect your plumbing for clogs.

Unlike smells coming from the drain, a foul odor in your yard can almost always be attributed to an overfilled septic tank. This is caused by an excess of waste escaping the tank and occurs even when you haven’t noticed a visual change in the yard.

Sewage backup in drains

The most noticeable and significant sign of an overfilled septic tank is sewage backing up into the home’s drains. You will probably first notice this problem in the lower bathrooms and sinks in your home because they are located closest to the tank.

A sewage backup is a serious problem, so when you notice, you should jump into action ASAP. Septic tanks contain a lot of bacteria that can be harmful to your health.

Contact Brown Plumbing & Septic immediately when you notice this problem and avoid trying to deal with the backed-up water yourself.

It’s been too long since your last pump

It’s a good idea to keep a record of how often your septic tank is pumped as this is the best way to make sure your septic tank doesn’t have any problems. Neglecting your septic tank can significantly shorten its lifespan. If you’ve lost track of the last time your system was pumped, call the company you used and request a records check.

The best and worst times of year to pump your septic tank

This comes as a surprise to many but there are best and worst times of year to have your septic tank pumped. Winter is the worst time of year to pump your septic tank. Depending on the climate, the ground is usually frozen and hard which makes it more difficult to dig and gain access to the tank.

If there is snow on the ground, it may be difficult for the technician to locate the tank to do maintenance. All that being said, a septic tank that is nearly full should be pumped even if it is winter.

The best time to have your septic tank pumped is spring and summer. A nearly full tank should be pumped during the spring to avoid overflowing from heavy spring rainfall. It is a good idea to pump the tank in the warmer months when it will likely see higher usage.

Call Brown Plumbing & Septic to Book Your Septic Tank Pumping Today

No job is too small or too big for the expert technicians at Brown Plumbing & Septic. Whether you just need a line cleared out or you want an estimate for extensive septic tank repairs, our technicians will provide swift and efficient solutions for you.

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