All drains and piping from inside your home lead to your septic tank. Your septic tank collects every single drop of water and solids produced from your home. Keeping your septic tank environment clean with septic system pumping is crucial to the overall health of your system. All septic tanks operate full to capacity and how they are intended to work. In fact, the only time a septic tank is not full to capacity is after a pump out and they will be filled again after the home generates 1000 – 2000 gallons of water depending on your tank capacity. Over time solids and debris begin to accumulate in the tank environment. The number of occupants of the home will determine the frequency of your septic system pumping.
When wastewater enters a septic tank, water and whatever isn’t water separates into three distinct layers: scum, wastewater and sludge.
The scum layer is made up of grease, oils, protein, fats, soap scum, etc. Anything light in matter, floats to the top and forms the scum layer. Most homes with garbage disposals have thicker scum layers then others because macerated materials tend to rise to the top.
Sludge occupies the bottom layer of the tank and is made up of various settled solids and debris. This portion of settled solids is typically dark in nature and the top and bottom layers contribute to the overall health of your entire septic system.
Wastewater takes up the middle portion and consists of pretreated water called effluent. The tank is a tranquil environment where baffles prevent water from flowing in and out of the tank without time to settle, known as pretreatment. Without maintenance the top and bottom layers make the middle portion thicker and this is the portion that travels to and ruins your drain field.
The cleaner the effluent the easier it passes thru the soils in your drain field and the longer your system lasts. The thicker in contaminants or darker in color of the effluent the longer it takes to percolate thru the soils in your drain field, but most importantly, leaves a stain behind daily known as the BIOmat. This mat is a stained layer formed day after day to eventually becoming inches thick if a septic tank environment in not maintained properly that becomes no longer permeable, requiring a costly system replacement. This is why homeowners can go for long periods of time without proper maintenance and never knowing they have a problem to ultimately needing a septic system replacement. Pumping costs about $300 and makes the drain field last decades, hopefully closer to 50 years or longer. Not pumping can cause your system to fail in 30 years or sooner and costs tens of thousands of dollars. Pumping is the key to extending the life your septic system.
Our team performs safe and thorough septic and storm water pumpings on all types of systems within the Delaware Valley region. We serve property owners in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, including areas such as Gladwyne, Newtown Square, Radnor, Villanova, and West Chester.
Pricing: $325 (less than 2,000 gallons)
$0.15 per gallon over 2,000 gallons
How Often is Pumping Required?
There are multiple factors in determining whether or not it’s time for a septic system pumping, but some of the most prominent ones include:
Number of People in Your Household
The more people you have in your household, the more water and solids you will send to the tank.
- 1 person = 3 years
- 2 people = 2-3 years
- 3 people = 1-2 years
- 4+ people = Annually
Most of our clients pump annually! For an average $325 expense, it protects against a $20,000+ septic replacement as long as possible.
If you have a garbage disposal, you will typically need more frequent pumpings, as a greater amount of solids enter your tank this way. This is a significant reason why most of our clients pump annually; we tell people to live your life inside, and we will take care of your system outside by pumping annually.
With all of these factors in mind, you will likely need your professional pumping from a septic pump company every 1-3 years on average. Delaware Valley Septic, Sewer & Storm’s professionals can help you determine when septic system and storm pumping is required. We also offer routine inspections, during which your sludge layer will be checked and maintained. We provide our septic system pumping services to parts of Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, including:
- Newtown Square
- West Chester
- …and beyond!
Our efficient and affordable pumping services can be available for the price of $325 if there are less than 2,000 gallons of water in your tank environment, with any extra gallons being an additional $0.15. If it’s time to get your septic tank emptied and maintained or you notice your storm water basin surfacing during rain events, and need a professional septic pump company to handle your issues, call Delaware Valley Septic, Sewer & Storm today for a consultation and estimate.