Septic Tank Pumping and Maintenance
One of the great things about living in Colorado is the ability to live in the wide-open spaces! Owning your piece of the west can come with its unique challenges though. Getting water and sewer services to your home when no city services are available can be a challenge. As many western Colorado homes are not connected to city utilities, homeowners must maintain their own water and waste systems.
Maintaining your Septic Tank
A septic tank is the treatment center for a home that is not connected to sewer services. This puts responsibility on the homeowner to know when to pump the tank or perform other maintenance. However, few homeowners are familiar with maintenance tasks and schedules required to ensure that the system keeps operating efficiently and without unpleasant malfunctions.
Septic tank pumping is necessary to keep the waste and septic systems operating.
Why Pump the Tank
Septic tanks provide an underground area to capture household waste so that it can naturally separate into layers. The top two layers – fats and water waste – separate from the bottom or solid waste layer. The solid or sludge layer can build up over time and prevent the tank from naturally draining. Envisioning a backed up septic system doesn’t require much imagination and is certainly something homeowners need to avoid!
Pumping the septic tank removes the sludge and solid level so that the system can drain properly and without smell and odor.
When to Perform Septic Maintenance
Most septic systems require pumping every three to five years. Several other factors can influence this timetable, including:
- Size of the tank
- People in the home
- Frequency of use
The average homeowner may not even know how big the septic tank is and usage can vary based guests and visitors. It is difficult for most homeowners to determine when is a good time to get the septic system cleaned and pumped, but they will know when it is too late!
Calling the Experts
Aspen | Glenwood Springs | Grand Junction | Rifle
Preventing problems with the septic system is always our objective. Contact us and schedule a consultation. Let us look at your septic system, analyze how heavily the system is used so that we can recommend if your system needs to be pumped now or might be something that can be done later.
If pumping service is necessary, we will pump out the waste and remove it to an approved treatment and processing facility. You don’t have to worry about the disposal as we adhere to all environmental and disposal regulations.