Maximizing The Life Of Your Septic System
Regular cleaning is one of the most important elements of proper septic system maintenance. Following installation, it is recommended that your septic tank cleaning is performed by a professional at least every 1-3 years.
Regular septic tank cleaning:
- Keeps your septic system free from clogs
- Helps you avoid untimely repairs
- Reduces the risk of contaminating the environment with spilled hazardous waste
- Protects other fixtures and plumbing in your home or business
- Prevents your septic tank from distributing foul odors in the air around your property
Why Regular Septic Tank Cleaning is Essential
Regular septic tank cleanings help maintain a sanitary environment free from harmful bacteria and chemicals that are found in wastewater. Contamination from septic systems happens when there is overflow that reaches nearby public or natural waterways, and can result in illness in people or wildlife that come into contact with contaminated water sources.
Routine cleaning appointments also allow professionals to address the condition and functionality of your septic system’s components. If part of your septic system is damaged or not working properly, a trained professional is able to identify these problems and help you arrange repairs. If it is properly maintained, a septic system can last for up to 30 years or more.
Keeping regular septic cleaning appointments also ensures that you remain in compliance with Eastern and Central Florida’s local and state regulations. If your septic system is not cleaned or inspected within the necessary time frame, you could potentially face legal trouble. It’s best to avoid unnecessary complications and schedule routine service appointments!
Signs Your Septic Tank Needs Cleaning
- Standing water – Water builds up around the septic tank over time, indicating a full septic tank. This could lead to muddying your lawn and mosquitoes breeding in the sitting water.
- Odor – When wastewater builds up, odor-filled gasses are emitted from openings, such as open drains and outdoor areas.
- Unusually green grass around your septic tank cover or over your drain field – This is a sign that excess moisture and possibly waste has accumulated under the surface of the ground around one or more parts of your septic system.
- Plumbing problems – Leaky pipes, slow drains, gurgling sounds, and water and sewage backups are signs that there may be a problem with your septic system. If you see or hear something unusual, don’t wait to make an appointment with a professional septic company.
Our Septic Tank Cleaning Process
On the day of your appointment, a professional from our team will discuss any concerns you may have and answer any questions. One of our technicians will locate your septic tank. After the tank has been located, the technician will remove the access cover of the tank.
The septic technician will then empty out the contents of your septic tank using a truck with a large pump attached to it. This step prevents any sludge or fluid from escaping the tank, which could cause harm to the environment or drain field. Your septic tank will be inspected for any cracks, broken parts, or other possible hindrances to its operation.
Once the tank has been cleaned, the septic technician will replace the access cover and any soil that was removed in the process of reaching the septic tank. This process is always performed in compliance with Florida’s environmental and septic regulations. Professional septic cleaning will ensure that no detail is overlooked that would present legal or health risks to your home or your business.
Septic Cleaning Frequently Asked Questions
When should I schedule a septic tank cleaning?
Depending on the household, we recommend scheduling your septic cleaning at least every one to three years. You should also schedule a cleaning if you notice anything unusual happening with your septic system, or if you don’t know when it was last cleaned.
If you have a larger household, up to eight people, we recommend calling us at Acme Environmental Services once a year to clean the septic tank and keep up with regular maintenance.
How long does a septic cleaning appointment last?
Once your septic tank is located and the cleaning begins, the entire process should only take between 20-30 minutes.
What kinds of equipment are used to clean a septic tank?
Professionals use a pump truck with a high-capacity vacuum to remove the contents of your septic tank. They may also use high-velocity jets or sewer jets to clean areas of the tank that are difficult to reach.
Do I need to be present at the time of my appointment?
You are not required to be present for your septic tank cleaning appointment. However, if you have any serious concerns and want to discuss them in person, being available on the day of service allows you to do so.
Is it possible to clean my septic tank myself?
We never recommend anyone attempt to clean their septic tank themselves. Professional septic technicians have the necessary skills to identify damaged or worn-out parts, and can safely handle septic waste. Attempting to perform this job on your own also increases the risk of physical injury.
Professionals have access to equipment that would be impractical and expensive for someone to independently own. Without this equipment, the job is far more complicated, and the risk of mishandling or disposing of hazardous waste increases.
What if my septic tank has never been cleaned?
If you just purchased your first home with a septic system, it’s possible that you weren’t aware it needed to be pumped. If this is the case, we can help! Scheduling your first septic tank cleaning appointment with Acme is a great opportunity to gain valuable knowledge related to septic care, and will help set you back on the right track.
How do I know when my septic tank was last cleaned?
This information may be obtained from the previous homeowner if you’ve just purchased your home. If you cannot contact the previous owner, this information may also be obtained by contacting your local board of health.
Call Acme for Expert Septic Tank Cleaning Services
Hiring professionals to pump and clean your septic system is the best way to avoid expensive and inconvenient breakdowns. Keeping your septic tank free from excessive buildup allows for easier cleanout and repairs. At Acme Environmental Services, our septic tank cleaning services will give you peace of mind that your septic system’s performance will remain uninterrupted for years to come. Contact us today to schedule your service appointment!