Septic Tank Cleaning

The septic tank is a critical component of your overall septic system as it is the first stage in waste processing. Both solid and liquid waste travel through a pipe from your home or business to the tank, where it is separated into three layers:

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How Waste Is Broken Down in a Septic Tank

While effluent leaves the tank and moves on to the leach field to be further filtered, sludge and scum remain behind and are broken down via aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. That’s why it’s important to limit the amount of soaps and detergents used in your home or business, because it can disrupt the natural environment of the tank and kill off bacteria.

Things that Can Throw off Your Septic Tank Balance

Because bacteria thrive in specific conditions, there are things you may be doing that can harm the natural balance in the tank which ultimately will affect how well it works.

Remember, the better you treat your system, the less maintenance and repairs you’re going to have to do! Being diligent about minimizing what you put into your plumbing will save you money in the long run.

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Lakeland Septic Tank Cleaning Services

When sludge starts to build up and become compacted in your tank, it can take more than a simple pumping service to remove the buildup.

There actually is a difference between pumping and cleaning when it comes to your tank. During pumping, Liquid and floating solids are emptied from the tank via a large hose and vacuum truck.

While pumping is an important part of septic maintenance, it can’t completely remove compacted sludge. If you pump your tank every few years, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem with compacted sludge, but an occasional cleaning can be a great benefit to keeping your system working properly.

What to Expect During Septic System Cleaning

Septic & Drainfield Depot will perform several steps while cleaning your tank:

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Frequently Asked Questions about Septic Cleaning

With regular pumping and maintenance, you shouldn’t need a cleaning service too often. Performing cleanings ensures compacted sludge is removed, filters are free and clear, and the tank is functioning efficiently.

The county should have records of your system layout on file. You can contact them directly for those records. Otherwise, we typically use a probe or metal detector to locate the tank. Our technician will let you know if we need to use an electronic locator which may incur an extra charge.

No. We dig only in the areas needed to access the tank lids, and our crews are careful to keep things neat. If for some reason extra digging above and beyond what is normal is required, you’ll be notified by the tech.

If your tank exceeds capacity again, this generally indicates there is a reason the absorption area is not accepting the appropriate amount of water. There could be a blockage somewhere that needs to be remedied. If you’re having issues with your tank after a service, please call us for a full inspection.

We have long hoses that allow us to access your system while being parked on the street or driveway. If you’re unsure about the length between the pavement and your tank access, please inquire before we come out for the cleaning service.

Wondering about the septic tank emptying cost? There are so many factors that can impact the price of this service. Everything from the size of your tank to how many gallons pumped out may affect the price of your tank cleaning service. Call us any time for a free estimate.

Use Lakeland Septic & Drainfield Depot for Septic Cleaning & Pumping

As a licensed and insured company serving Lakeland and central Florida, we specialize in a wide range of septic specialty services for residential and commercial properties. Our experienced technicians are here to help with any problem. Call today for a free estimate on any service.