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2 Ways To Make It Easier To Pump Your Septic Tank

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If you have a septic tank, then you need to make sure that you get it pumped out on a regular basis. That's because the wastewater and the debris that gets run down your drain will gather in the tank. Then the bacteria that live in the tank will eat at the solids that are in that wastewater and generate some sludge. All of that stuff combines and will start to clog up the tank, which will eventually make it impossible to put more wastewater in the tank. The way to handle that is to hire a septic company to pump your tank out. When you are going to have one of these companies come out to your house, there are things that you can do to make it easier for them to pump your tank. 

Mark the Access

One thing that you can do to make it easier for the septic company to pump your tank is to make sure that you know where the access to your tank is. If you know where it is, you can point it out to the service tech. If you have the paperwork from the installation, it should tell you where the access is. In some places, your tank access may be above ground, so it will be easy to see. If you have to have your tank access underground, narrow down the area as much as possible if you aren't sure where it is. You can try to dig it up yourself, but the service tech may dig it up as part of their service. 

Clear a Path

Depending on where your tank is and where parking access is at your house, the service tech may not be able to get their truck right by the tank, which means they are going to have to be able to drag the vacuum hose from their truck to where your tank is. You want to make sure that they have a path so that they can get the hose over to the tank with no problem. That can include making sure that any pets or children are out of the yard so that they don't get in the way. 

If you have a septic tank, you need to make sure that you maintain it correctly. If something happens to your septic tank, it can be a really expensive and messy repair. Getting it pumped on a regular schedule is one of the things you need to do. For more information about septic tank pumping, contact a local company.