A South FL Plumber Can Help Ensure a Properly Functioning Septic System for Decades
Plumbers 911 Performs Septic System Maintenance Safely
Even a well-designed and properly installed septic system can fail without proper care. And replacing the septic system is costly and time consuming. Septic tank problems also pose a serious health hazard and can contaminate your property. Not only can you face property damage but also with environmental cleanup.
But how does your septic tank and system work? Understanding this is the key to a well-functioning system.
How The Septic Tank Service Works
When waste enters your septic tank, bacteria actively break down the waste, leaving behind water that can percolate down into the ground. The entire septic system depends on the bacteria to do their job well. This bacteria lives both in your septic tank and down in the drain field.
All waste that flows into your septic tank is called effluent. When the bacteria break down the organic materials, it forms a layer of sludge at the bottom of the tank. This sludge is the made up of inorganic solids and the bacteria’s byproducts. While the sludge falls to the bottom, a layer of scum floats to the top. The scum is composed of oils, fats, and grease. The septic tank works as a settling pond.
All septic systems have a filter that prevents most solids from entering the outlet pipe that leads to the drain field. The drain field is a large surface area where the bacteria feed on the effluent and the treated water seeps into the ground. The pipes carrying the treated water features holes for the water to drain while the gravel surrounding the pipes allows oxygen to reach the bacteria within.
With the assistance of the bacteria, the waste is decomposed, and the cleaned water returns down into the groundwater.
Signs to Look For In Your Septic Tank and System
- Sewage Backup: any foul smelling black liquid in your toilets or drains
- Multiple slow drains and a slow flushing/draining toilet
- Wastewater pooling on the ground around your septic system
- Green grass over your septic system all throughout hot weather
- Unpleasant odors around your home
If you notice any of these signs around your home, be quick to schedule a visit from our South FL Plumbers 911 technician.
The Technicians of Plumbers 911 Are Highly Qualified
All of our contractors are:
- Trained with over 10,000 hours training
- Active about continued education
- Fully licensed and insured
- Background checked
- Drug Screened
How to Maintain Your Septic Tank
As you have noticed, bacteria are vital to the system. Using harsh household chemicals constantly and in large quantities will kill the essential bacteria living in your septic tank and drain field. Without these organisms, the waste cannot be broken down.
You can also harm the system by flushing waste that takes an extremely long time to decompose. Flushing diapers, coffee grounds, and cigarette butts, for example, can cause harm to your septic system. Other problems can stem from overused garbage disposals and synthetic lint fibers from washing machines.
Sending large quantities of waste water over a short period of time causes the tank to flush out too quickly. Having too much sludge in the tank can also interfere with the bacteria’s ability to break down incoming waste, and seep out into the drain field where it clogs the holes in the pipes.
The roots of the trees and bushes on your landscape can also create root intrusion in the drain field causing damage if left unchecked. In fact, this is the #1 cause of sewer clogs.
Plumbers 911 provides septic tank pumping for both residential and commercial locations. Pumping the tank removes the accumulation of sludge and scum. As a general rule, your tank needs to be pumped once each year, although some can go three years between pumping. This will depend on how much waste you run through the system and the size of your tank.
We can provide regular inspections and pumping when necessary to ensure your bacteria is performing its job efficiently. Our specialists can also install an effluent filter into your tank. This filter will protect your drain pipes from clogging.
If you find that your current filter is frequently clogging, you may need be more careful about the products you put down the drain. Grease, fat, and food scraps from the garbage disposal alone can increase the solids in your tank by 50%.
Certified Technicians Know the System
Unlike plumbers who only know how to pump your septic tank, ours have a deep understanding of the entire system. Our through inspections will help you understand the state of your system, how much water you can pass through it daily, introduce more bacteria if needed, and determine if your septic tank is the right size for your home.
If your drain pipes are clogged, ask us about your pipe cleaning services. Hydro-jetting these pipes can free them from obstructions and save you the cost of installing a new drain field. We can also install a filter on your washing machine’s drain to trap lint particles and prevent their conflict with your tank’s bacteria. Our specialists can also help you limit your water use by installing low -flow shower heads, and replacing old water wasting toilets.
Tree root intrusion removal is our specialty along with septic tank pumping and repair. We always offer competitive prices and offer you priority scheduling. If your system is clogging, we will help you diagnose the source and offer you the solution that limits the damage to your property and addresses the issue completely.
If you notice any of septic tank problems call us today to avoid a hazardous sewer disaster. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year without any overtime charges. Keep your septic system going strong with our routine inspections and pumping services are sure to keep your septic system working efficiently for decades to come.