Septic & Grease Trap Pumping / Cleaning
Pumping and cleaning of your septic tank and grease trap are the only major maintenance requirements of having such systems. Although pumping and cleaning may not be required exceptionally frequently, they are services that certainly can not be forgotten about. Here we explain for our clients what each septic systems and grease traps are, and why it is important that these are both pumped and cleaned by a professional on a regular basis.
Septic pumping is the removal of the wastewater that has been building up in your septic tank. The pumping needs for septic tanks can vary greatly based on the amount of people that are living within a home, the size of the tank and the number of solids that are going down your drains to your wastewater collection point. By having a professional out regularly to check the requirements of pumping, you can be sure that you will not be caught with an overflowing system. It is a very unfortunate mistake that some of our clients have made, but they are sure to only ever do it once due to its unpleasant nature.
As it is wastewater that is going into your septic tank, there is dirt particles that can often stick to the walls. This then turns into slime and sludge and has the potential to block the septic system from working correctly if left unattended to. Having a build up of slime can have an impact on the space that is available for your septic waste and cause it to fill more quickly the thicker the layer of sludge around the inside of the tank and pipes. Not only is it better for your system to have it cleaned regularly, it is also nice to know that you don’t have this monstrous build up of slime just under your home and back yard.
Grease Trap Pumping
A grease trap is a prefiltering device prior to your septic tank. Its function is to catch as much oils as possible to preserve your septic tank and prevent as much of a buildup in the slime and sludge we have read above. Pumping the grease trap is slightly different to the pumping of your septic tank as the waste that is held in there is often more of a solid than it is a liquid. Grease traps are most common in commercial operations and kitchens where there are high volumes of food and grease being released down a drain. A grease trap should be cleaned at least every few months, but more frequent if you have a high operating restaurant.
Grease Trap Cleaning
As with septic tanks, the grease trap also requires a little more than just pumping of the waste within it. They will also need a good scrub to make sure that all the paths of travel are cleared so that they system can operate correctly. Cleaning is usually done at the same time you have your system pumped.