How Does A Septic Tank Work?
The waste generated in your Portage home is carried to your septic tank through pipes by gravity or with a pump. When the waste reach your septic tank, it separates into three distinct layers:
- Scum: The top layer in the tank consists of grease and oil wastes.
- Effluent: The middle layer is formed of the liquid waste products.
- Sludge: The bottom layer is made of the solid wastes in your tank.
The separation inside your septic tank allows the effluent to flow out of the tank and into the drainfield (the area underneath your Portage lawn where wastes are processed). The effluent moves out through the outlet, into pipes, and then into the soil. The natural properties of the soil and underground biome filter the liquid wastes.
Though the drainfield is meant to process liquid wastes, it cannot filter solid waste. When scum and sludge build up in your tank, they can block the inlet or outlet of your septic tank. Solids blocking the inlet means sewage will backflow into your home. Solid wastes blocking the outlet will either prevent the effluent from flowing out or cause solid wastes to accumulate in the soil. When solid wastes enter the drainfield, they can rise to the surface, leaving dangerous health hazards and awful smells throughout your Portage property.
Septic Tank Cleaning Saves Your Portage Septic Tank & Your Wallet
Septic tank pumping is vital to prevent damage to your septic system. Without regular septic tank cleaning, you may encounter:
- Hazardous wastes accumulating in your Portage, IN, yard
- Foul smells plaguing your lawn and home
- Dangerous health conditions for the inhabitants of your home
- Sewage backing up through your drains
- Expensive septic tank repair needs
- Costly, inconvenient septic tank replacement at your Portage home
At FreeFlow, we take your septic tank cleaning seriously. We use our vacuum trucks to remove all of the wastes from your septic tank, then we wash out the tank with water to loosen any stuck materials so that they can be removed as well. You can rest assured knowing that your septic tank pumping services from FreeFlow will leave you with a highly effective, clean septic tank that will serve you for many more years.
How Often Should You Have Septic Tank Cleaning Services?
Most septic tanks need to be pumped every 2-5 years, but the frequency depends on several factors. The factors that influence how often septic tank pumping is needed include:
- The size and capacity of your septic tank
- The number of people living in your home
- The amount of wastewater generated by your household
- The degree of scum and sludge buildup in your tank
- And others.
To determine the status of your septic tank, the FreeFlow team offers septic tank inspections. With an inspection, we can discern the level of scum and sludge in your tank, assess the function of your tank, and determine when you may need septic tank pumping services. Then, when you are in need of septic tank cleaning, we have you covered.
FreeFlow has Every Septic Tank Cleaning Service for Your Portage Home
We have every solution to keep your septic tank flowing so that your Portage household wastes can be treated easily. We provide septic tank cleaning services to Portage and the surrounding Northwest Indiana area to ensure everyone has a functioning septic tank. If it’s been a while since you had your Portage septic tank serviced, now is the time to contact FreeFlow Environmental for all of your septic tank pumping and inspection needs!