Do you have questions about septic tank cleaning? We’re here to answer your most pressing questions. At Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic, we offer many septic services for residential, commercial, municipal, and industrial properties. Many of our customers want to know more about how to maintain their septic systems to avoid emergency septic services.

How Often Do I Need Septic Cleaning?

As a general rule, your tank needs to be pumped and cleaned every 3-5 years. However, this isn’t true for all septic systems, especially commercial systems. When you have a commercial septic system, you use it more than average and wear and tear happens faster. Some businesses, such as those in the food industry or industrial plants, might need cleaning services more frequently because of the grease and other chemicals moving through the system.

One of the best ways to judge how often your tank needs cleaning is to make sure your technician measures the sludge and scum layer thickness during your next pumping service. This gives the technician a good idea of how fast accumulation happens inside the tank. With this information, you get a better recommendation for how often you need cleaning services.

What Effect Does a Garbage Disposal Have on Cleaning Frequency?

Garbage disposals are a modern day convenience, but a headache for septic tank owners. If your property’s waste removal depends on a septic system, use your garbage disposal sparingly. Or, better yet, don’t use it at all. The temptation to put the wrong items in the disposal is too great, and it leads to clogs and septic systems that accumulate sludge and scum faster.

Where Does the Sludge Go Once It’s Pumped?

When we bring our pumping truck to your home or business, we want you to rest easy knowing we transport and dispose of the waste properly. Once the pumping truck leaves your location, we drive it to a specific dumping station and get rid of the waste in a safe and responsible manner. We never release wastewater into streams, creeks, or other public areas.

Why Is Septic Pumping Important?

If your tank fills up beyond its capacity, it doesn’t take long for the tank to overfill and cause damage to other parts of the septic system like the drain field. A tank that’s overdue for pumping smells and it’s not long before you notice drains backing up more often. It’s also likely you’ll find raw sewage backing up into your toilets, floor drains, sinks, and on the property near where the septic tank is buried.

Wastewater has no business being anywhere but in the septic tank. Any time sewage water makes its way onto your property, this is cause for alarm. Wastewater contains dangerous pathogens that can make all beings sick and pollute the soil and natural water supplies.

How Much Does the Average Septic Tank Clean Out Cost?

The cost depends on the size of the tank, but most clean out services cost less than $500. This is huge savings when you consider septic repair or replacement can cost thousands of dollars. No one wants a huge bill, especially when it’s avoidable.

To schedule septic tank clean out in Los Alamitos, call Street Works Engineering at (866) 377-4002!