The Need for Regular Septic Tank Pumping

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The Need for Regular Septic Tank Pumping

February 3, 2020 Septic Maintenance Septic Tank 0
Four Signs to Pump Your Septic Tank Bob's Septic Tank and Portable Restroom Service Des Moines

To help ensure the proper maintenance and long term functioning of the entire onsite septic system, the septic tank should be pumped out every three to five years, given normal household water usage. Pumping the tank helps prevent sludge and scum from flowing out of the septic tank and into the secondary treatment system.

Removing all the solids and scum from the tank during a septic tank pumping, not by any other means, is the proper way to clean a tank. Adding septic tank “additives” to the system is not a proper substitute for tank pumping and may actually harm the system if it causes solids to become suspended and flow into the secondary treatment component of the system. It is also not necessary to add bacterial additives to the septic tank after tank pumping since there are sufficient bacteria present in normal household wastewater for the proper functioning of the system.

We also evaluate and inspect the system as part of our pumping service to help you identify any potential problems that could affect your system in the future.

We offer service maintenance contracts on all systems in Polk County and surrounding counties. Maintenance contracts are a great way to make sure your system is functioning properly.

Keeping Iowa Beautiful and Clean

Not only does a poorly functioning septic system pose a risk to our family’s health and safety, it can cause many more problems to the environment over time. It’s very important that we all do our part to maintain our highly productive soil and protect our critical waterways. When we accept the responsibility of land stewardship and maintaining our septic systems, we are making sure future Iowans can experience the same high quality of life that past generations have enjoyed in our state.

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