What are the Different Types of Septic Tank Work?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill
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There are various types of septic tank work, with each one generally involving a different stage in the life of a septic tank. Some professionals use heavy machinery to dig and install the tank, while others participate in the repair and maintenance of the system, generally after it has had years of use. Each step in the process is vitally important in order for homeowners to get the most use out of their septic tank and avoid costly repairs or replacements.

The first type of septic tank work involves the installation of a new septic tank. This is a highly skilled job, since performing it wrong could result in a very messy situation. An improperly installed system could cause human waste to enter into the environment. This can be unsanitary and potentially harmful to both humans and wildlife.

Septic tanks are installed by connecting pipes exiting the house or building with the tank. The tank is buried underground, generally somewhere close to the building. Homeowners may be able to choose the size of the septic tank based on the size of the house and the number of bathrooms in use. This type of septic tank work should only be completed by licensed professionals.

Another type of septic tank work involves the repair of a septic system that is not working properly. Problems can occur if the septic tank is full or pipes become clogged. Homeowners may not realize a tank is full until the sewage begins to overflow into the yard or neighboring areas. When this happens, plumbers or specialized septic professionals must be called.

Generally, a full tank must be emptied and repaired. The waste is properly carried away and disposed of, and the septic tank is ready to be used again. This type of septic tank work is performed by using a powerful pump to pull sewage from the tank and into specialized transportation tanks.

Clogged toilets or pipes are generally easier to remedy, although it greatly depends on what is causing the clog to begin with. Plumbers may be needed to use a device called a “snake” to flush the pipes. In some cases, the septic system may need to be partially pumped to remove the offending object.

Most septic tank work can be avoided by taking proper care of the septic system. Only toilet tissue that is approved for septic tanks should be used, and no other objects should be flushed including baby wipes and sanitary napkins. There are also commercial products that can be used to help aid the bacteria found in septic systems in breaking down the waste more efficiently.

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