When to Have Your Septic Tank Pumped Out

Septic tanks are a simplified onsite sewage facility that often service non-sewered developments, remote properties and older properties. Essentially, they exist to dispose of household wastewater if a mains wastewater system is unavailable.

So, what do homeowners need to know and do about their septic tank?

Why and how are they used and how can you maintain them?

Read more from the septic tank Perth plumber specialists at Superior Plumbing to find out when and how to get your septic tank pumped out.


An introduction to septic tanks

Households utilise so much water in day-to-day living and therefore produce plenty of wastewater.

If your house contains a septic tank (located under the property), it will hold wastewater from the:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom(s)

What happens next? The wastewater is stored, and the solids are broken down through settling and anaerobic (“without oxygen”) process.

Made up of concrete, fiberglass or plastic, the solid waste collects at the bottom of the tank, awaiting pump-outs. When it comes to septic tanks Perth, it’s crucial to have them pumped out.

Let’s see why.


The importance of septic tank pumping

Neglect and poor maintenance of a septic tank could lead to health and financial problems for homeowners and residents. As a septic tank accumulates waste materials (sewage), it’s capacity to take on more, of course, declines.

Disease-causing parasites and micro-organisms are real nasties and possibilities that could well be lurking within a septic tank, harming health and safety.

The good news?

A plumber Perth team are here to show you how to pump-out your septic tank, and who can help.


The warning signs of unhealthy septic tanks Perth

Although out of sight, a septic tank shouldn’t be out of mind – especially if it needs a bit of plumber Perth TLC.

Here’s some septic tank warning signs to be aware of:

  • A rotten egg smell in or around your house,
  • Struggling toilets and drain flushing and clearing,
  • Dark green and thriving grass around a septic tank,
  • Wet areas above or near said septic tank, and/or
  • Liquid waste overflowing.

If you see or smell any of the above, it’s a good call to call your plumber Perth team to check on the health of your septic tank.


How is a septic tank pumped and how often should it be?

A septic tank is often comprised of a single tank or dual tanks connected by a pipe and have sets of drainage receptacles like soak wells or lead drains.

Did you know that a dual septic tank is designed to accommodate up to ten people?

Here’s the general septic tank pump process:

  • A health check of your septic tank can be performed by your plumber Perth team, which involves measuring the sludge and scum layer. Not a fun sounding task, is it?
  • Once levels are recorded, the septic tank is emptied and pumped with an examination for any damage or problem areas.
  • When all is done, the septic tank is resealed and it’s good to go for another 2-5 years on average. Of course, this may change depending on septic tank size and residents in the household.

Don’t get your hands dirty.

Leave your septic tanks Perth to the plumber Perth experts at Superior Plumbing.

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