Septic Tank Pumping – Drain Field Failure

 Beverly McLauchlin   |    01-06-2023

Regular septic tank pumping is necessary to prevent drain field failure. A septic tank is designed to hold the waste, paper and debris while allowing clear water to flow out of the tank into the drain field.

There are three layers in the septic tank. The waste, paper and debris float on the top of the tank and as they deteriorate, sink to the bottom forming the sludge layer. In the middle is basically clear water that flows out of the tank into the drain field.

The sludge layer is removed when maintenance septic tank pumping is done. Failure to do this can allow tiny particles to leave the tank and enter the drain field. Over time, these particles will clog up the drain field and cause failure.

Every homeowner should put a reminder on their calendar to schedule septic tank pumping every three to five years depending on their family size and usage of the system.

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