If your home or business uses a septic system to remove wastewater, it’s important to set up a maintenance schedule and stick with it. Waiting too long between septic cleanings leads to a build-up of sludge and scum and can cause damage to the leach field and other parts of the system.

In this post, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions we get about septic cleaning to help you understand your septic system better.

How Often Do You Need to Clean a Septic Tank?

It really depends on how much waste your septic tank processes. The average residential septic tank needs a thorough professional cleaning once every few years. Commercial septic tanks may need more frequent cleaning. Remember, all the water that leaves your home or business, enters the septic system. The more water you use, the heavier the waste load your septic system must manage. We recommend contacting a septic specialist like the ones at Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic to figure out the best cleaning schedule for your situation.

Is There a Difference Between Septic Tank Cleaning and Septic Pumping?

Most people use these terms interchangeably, but there is a difference. When a tank needs to be pumped, this means that a septic company brings their pump truck to your place and pumps out the liquids in the tank. The pumping process also removes some of the solid material but not all of it.

Septic tank cleaning is a thorough process that removes the sludge layer and all the scum from the tank. The tank gets emptied completely and then it’s cleaned from top to bottom. Cleaning services also include a complete inspection of the system and identify fany clogs in the drain field or cracks in the tank.

Why Should I Bother with Pumping Services?

Some people think pumping is a waste of time. After all, if you recently had your septic tank cleaned, why spend more money to have it pumped a year or two later? Well, the more often you pump your septic tank, the less often you need to have it cleaned. That’s because pumping keeps the scum layer from compacting at the bottom of the tank. Not only does pumping keep your tank cleaner, but it improves performance and reduces the risk of an emergency septic problem.

Can I Clean My Septic Tank Myself?

DIY septic tank cleaning isn’t recommended and not all that easy. Remember, septic tank cleaning involves removing all the liquids and solids from the tank. To do this, you need a pump truck. You can’t drain the tank like you would a swimming pool. That’s why septic tank cleaning should only be done by licensed septic specialists with professional equipment.

How Can I Keep My Septic Tank Cleaner for Longer?

The best way to keep your septic tank cleaner is to be mindful of what goes into the system. Always use septic-safe toilet paper and never flush feminine hygiene products, cleansing wipes, facial tissues, cotton balls, or similar items. Also, avoid pouring grease and cooking fat down the drain.

Do you have a garbage disposal? Although the disposal is convenient, we don’t recommend that septic tank owners use this kitchen device. The chances of grease and fats getting into the septic system increase when you use a disposal.

How Much Is Septic Tank Cleaning?

Septic tank cleaning in Pomona ranges from $235 – $900. The reason for the price gap is that not all service calls are the same. It costs less to clean a residential septic system than a commercial septic system. Also, if there are any minor repairs that need to be done during the cleaning, this affects the price.

Regardless of how much septic cleaning turns out to be, it’s always cheaper than replacing broken parts that result from a dirty tank. Replacing a septic system can cost thousands of dollars and if a dirty tank overflows, you have water damage costs to consider to.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had residential or commercial septic tank cleaning in Pomona, call Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic at (866) 377-4002 to schedule this important service!