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Everything You Need to Know About Owning a Septic Tank October 18, 2016

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Everything You Need to Know About Owning a Septic Tank, Gig Harbor Peninsula, Washington

Septic tanks may seem overwhelming if you’ve never lived in a home with one before. However, Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning in Gig Harbor, WA, explains that these systems are more common than many think, with nearly 25% of American homes using them. With advanced septic tank pumping and repair services available in Kitsap, Mason, and Pierce counties, Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning teaches their customers about their systems and how to properly maintain them. If you’re new to owning a septic tank, here are a few common tidbits that will help you understand the ins and outs of septic plumbing.

Septic Tank FAQ

What Are Septic Tanks & What Do They Do?

septic tankSeptic systems collect waste and wastewater from your home’s plumbing, treat it, and then safely disperse it into the soil. Waste is collected in a septic tank—a watertight container typically stored in the ground—and separated. Organic matter floats to the top and is decomposed by beneficial bacteria, so it becomes a liquid that is safe to return to the environment. Inorganic matter floats to the bottom of the tank to create sludge. Clear water rests in the middle of the tank and is diverted into the soil.

Are Septic Tanks Necessary?

If you live in a big city or a town with municipal sewage, it’s likely that you don’t need a septic system. However, properties that are not connected to city sewer systems, such as those in rural areas, need to process waste through septic plumbing to keep the environment hygienic and safe.

Do Septic Tanks Need Cleaning?

septic tanks Gig Harbor WAThe sludge that builds up at the base of septic tanks requires periodic cleaning every one to three years, depending on the size of your system and how much waste your household produces. Regular professional septic tank pumping is the easiest, safest way to have sludge removed and protect the life expectancy of your system.

How Long Do Septic Tanks Last?

The lifespan of a septic tank depends on the material it is made of. Steel tanks generally last 15 to 20 years, while concrete or fiberglass models are durable for 40 years or longer. If your system is older than this, it may be a sign you need a replacement tank. If you experience problems before this life expectancy is up, you may just need septic troubleshooting and repair from a professional.

When you need septic tank pumping or septic plumbing repair on the Gig Harbor Peninsula, call Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning at (800) 699-7854 or visit the website for more information on their services.

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