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3 Ways to Prepare for Septic Tank Cleaning

While the team at Mid-Tenn Septic & Plumbing recommends you have your septic tank pumped every three to five years, several factors determine if this should be completed sooner. The age of the system and the type of solids being flushed down the system are two factors that can affect the frequency of septic tank cleaning. Whenever you do have your tank pumped, there are three actions you can take that will help the process go even more smoothly.

1. Keep a Record of Septic Tank Maintenance

We recommend you keep track of all septic tank maintenance, service, and repairs that have been conducted since you’ve lived in the home. When our specialists come to your home to perform any septic tank maintenance, including pumping, it can be helpful to have a complete history – especially if we run into any snags or have any questions.

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2. Locate System Components

Do you know where your septic tank system and components are located? Older septic systems are typically buried underground. Our technicians are well-versed in locating septic tanks, even in older homes; but if you have an idea of where to start looking, that can be immensely helpful. We also recommend you have a map of the layout of the septic system, including all elements, i.e., the tank, pipes, and drain field. This is more for your benefit than for ours. You do not want to place any heavy equipment or conduct any extensive landscaping near the septic tank or any of its components.

3. Clear Away All Debris

We do appreciate it when thoughtful homeowners take the time to clear away any debris, like tree branches, or equipment, like lawn furniture, from the septic tank area. This not only keeps your belongings safe during the pumping process but also prevents any debris from falling into the tank, which can cause further damage to your system down the road.

Why Is It Important to Maintain a Healthy Septic Tank?

Your septic system is a crucial element of your home. While it often goes unnoticed, it’s working 24/7 to dispose of your home’s waste. Because many homeowners don’t notice the septic tank that often, they frequently fail or forget to schedule routine septic tank maintenance.

When you neglect septic system maintenance, it can cause numerous issues like:

  • Overflowing or seeping leach fields and septic tanks
  • Unpleasant sewage odor
  • Overflowing toilets resulting in toxic sewage in your house

There are several reasons why regular maintenance of your septic tank is essential, including:

1. Property Value

When it comes time to sell your property and home, a septic tank inspection could show issues indicating your system didn’t receive proper maintenance for years. This could cause you to lose a potential sale.

2. Good Health

Improper septic tank maintenance can cause significant health problems if you have wastewater that’s not been adequately treated draining into your well, yard, and surface water. A severely neglected septic tank can even lead to backwash flowing into your house, introducing bacteria into it.

3. Protects the Environment

Over 4 billion gallons of wastewater are dispersed each day below the surface of the ground. Contaminated groundwater, through untreated or poorly treated household wastewater, can pose a threat to the environment. A malfunctioning septic system can release viruses, bacteria, and toxic chemicals to local waterways and into the ground, streams, lakes, rivers, and more, which can harm local ecosystems and kill wildlife.

Choose Mid-Tenn Septic & Plumbing

For effective septic tank cleaning and pumping, contact Mid-Tenn Septic & Plumbing or request service online. We also offer septic tank repair, installation, maintenance, inspection, and emergency septic system service. 

Knowing the fundamentals of your home’s septic tank and how it works is essential to identify issues as they arise. Whether you’re looking for septic tank cleaning or emergency septic service , we’ll always deliver courteous service at a price that’s fair every time. We have sophisticated diagnostic tools to identify and fix problems before they turn into costly repairs. Call us now and we look forward to hearing from you.

Mid-Tenn Septic and Plumbing
4470 old Lebanon dirt rd. Mt Juliet TN 37122
(615) 808-7898

Septic Tank Pump Out: Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Septic Tank

Does your home have a septic tank? If so, you’re not alone—nearly one in five American homes uses a septic system instead of connecting to a city sewer system, and it’s especially common in rural areas.

Relying on a septic tank means you’ll have to take a little more care of what you put down your drains, plus make time to do some regular maintenance to prevent problems down the road.

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Here’s how to properly maintain your septic system:

Have It Pumped Every Few Years

A septic tank is essentially an underground storage container that keeps solid wastes until they break down naturally. This processed water (effluent) is then able to escape the tank and filter through the soil in your yard, where nature breaks it down further.

However, over time solid waste at the bottom of the tank that has not yet decomposed begins to build up, and if it’s not removed, it can fill the tank and eventually escape with the effluent into your yard.

That’s why it’s important to have a professional septic tank pump out for your septic system every few years. If you’ve just moved into a new home with a septic tank, it might be worth getting it pumped now just so you can start with a clean slate.

Don’t Let Antibacterial Substances Down Any Drain in Your Home

We get it—bacteria inside your home is bad. But when you have a septic system, you rely on good bacteria to break down solids. If you pour bacteria-killing bleach down your drain, it will continue to kill bacteria after it reaches your septic tank, compromising your tank’s function and potentially contaminating your community’s water.

If you’re on a septic system, you can still clean with disinfecting products and such, but don’t flush it down your toilet and don’t wash it down the drain.

Be especially careful with:

  • Bleach (or cleaners containing bleach)
  • Lysol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Any cleaner advertising its ability to kill bacteria
  • Chlorine (such as from a pool or hot tub)
  • Paints and solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Medications
  • Automotive fluids, such as motor oil or anti-freeze
  • Nail polish or polish remover

Keep Oils, Fats, And Greases Out of Your Drains

The havoc that fats, oils, and grease can cause in regular plumbing systems, but with a septic system the problems are multiplied. These fatty substances don’t break down, instead forming a level of scum that floats on the top of your tank.

When that level gets out of hand, it can overwhelm the tank and leech out with the effluent into your lawn. No thank you.

Don’t Put These Problematic Items Down Your Toilet or Garbage Disposal

There are many things that people flush or put down their drains that seem innocent (and may even be labeled “flushable!”), but can cause plumbing problems. This is especially true if you have a septic system, which can more easily get clogged.

Avoid putting any of these things down any drain in your home:

  • Toilet paper that is too thick (here’s how to judge if it’s septic safe)
  • Condoms or feminine hygiene products
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Dental floss
  • “Flushable” cat litter
  • “Flushable” wipes
  • Glass or plastic
  • Paper towels
  • Produce stickers
  • Rags
  • Stringy vegetables
  • Anything that’s tough, sharp, or doesn’t seem likely to break down naturally

Get It Checked Annually!

When it comes to septic tanks, what you don’t know can hurt you—or leave you with an unpleasant mess on your hands. It’s far better to detect problems early than to try to repair major damage. That’s why it’s wise to schedule a yearly septic tank inspection. Contact Mid-Tenn Septic & Plumbing today to learn more about Septic Tank Pump Out and our other services.

Mid-Tenn Septic and Plumbing
4470 old Lebanon dirt rd. Mt Juliet TN 37122
(615) 808-7898