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Side profile illustration of the different layers of a septic tank.
This is a good representation of heavy sludge in a tank. The only way to clean this is by pumping.
Cleaning a septic tank is a very important factor to the overall longevity of septic system. Over time, the solids in the waste system will build up in the form of sludge on the bottom of a septic tank.
Depending on a household size and usage, the recommended cleaning schedule is usually between 4-7 years.
As the sludge builds up, it takes available space in the tank away from water. As the amount of water in the tank shrinks, its ability to break down newly introduced solids is reduced.
When the solids are not breaking down properly, the chances of introducing sludge and solids into the lateral system and causing a stoppage is greatly increased.
Here is an example of a thick scum. This tank , located in Winfield, KS, was so hard, we nearly couldn't shove the hose through it.
Kansas State University Research and Extension put together a great article about the proper maintenance of a septic tank. It can be found by clicking here.
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Your septic tank is a watertight concrete, or poly box, usually within 20 feet of your house. This tank collects the solids and scum that flow from your house drainage plumbing. Most tanks have a manhole from which it can be pumped. Grease, oils, and lighter solids rise to the top where they form a layer of scum while heavy solids sink to the bottom. Bacteria, which are naturally present, help decompose and liquify the organic matter. Liquids flow through a pipe from the septic tank into the leach field, from which they pass into the soil.