What Happens During Septic Tank Cleaning?

April 15, 2024
Tips & Tricks
What Happens During Septic Tank Cleaning?

Septic tank cleaning ensures the smooth operation of your home’s wastewater management system. Regular cleaning prevents unpleasant odours and backups and extends the life of your septic system. 

But what exactly happens during a septic tank cleaning? Let’s go into the process of it.

Understanding the Septic System

A typical septic system consists of two main components: a septic tank and a drain field. The septic tank is where solids settle to the bottom and are decomposed by microbes, while the liquid effluent from the tank disperses into the soil in the drain field for further treatment.

The Cleaning Process

1. Inspection and Assessment

The process begins with a thorough inspection of your septic system. This includes locating the tank, uncovering access lids, and assessing the level of sludge and scum layers. This initial assessment helps determine the cleaning needs and identifies potential issues requiring attention.

2. Pumping Out the Tank

The core of the cleaning process involves pumping out the contents of the septic tank. A vacuum truck is used to remove the sludge (settled solids) and scum (floating solids) from the tank. This step is crucial for preventing blockages and ensuring the system operates efficiently.

3. Flushing and Cleaning

After pumping, the lines to the tank are often flushed with water to remove any remaining debris or blockages in the pipework. We don’t flush the insides of the tank after pumping them out. 

4. Inspection for Damage

With the tank empty, it’s the best time to inspect for any signs of damage or wear, such as cracks, leaks, or corroded components. Identifying these issues early can save homeowners significant repair costs down the line.

5. Checking and Cleaning Filters

If your septic system includes filters, these will be checked and cleaned. Filters prevent solids from entering the drain field, and keeping them clean is essential for the system’s longevity.

6. Final Assessment and Recommendations

The process concludes with a final assessment of the tank and system. We suggest making repairs or adjustments to enhance the system’s performance. Based on your system’s condition and usage, they can advise on the appropriate schedule for future cleanings.

Why Choose Drain Ninjas for Your Septic Tank Cleaning?

Drain Ninjas specialises in thorough and reliable septic tank cleaning services tailored to the unique needs of New Zealand homeowners. Our team of professionals uses the latest equipment and techniques to ensure your septic system is cleaned efficiently and effectively. 

We value the significance of a well-maintained septic system that ensures hygiene and comfort in your home. You can trust our team of experts to take care of your septic tank. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us at 0800 475 008 anytime. We are available 24/7 to assist you.

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