Most homes in the City of Winnipeg are connected to the broader sewer system, but the city’s metropolitan area consists of a number of bedroom communities, suburban and semi-rural areas. These places aren’t always connected to a sewer system, and many homes in the outlying area rely on septic systems in order to dispose of their waste. Septic systems consist of two different parts: the septic tank, and the septic field.
The septic tank needs to be cleaned out regularly, or it can cause costly, destructive problems that may be a risk to your health. For all of your septic cleaning needs, you can count on Clean Line; we’ll make sure your septic tank works smoothly, and that there are no blockages in the pipes to the septic field, so you won’t experience any sewage backup.
There’s a lot happening in a septic tank. Sewage separates naturally into liquid, sludge and scum; the sludge falls to the bottom, while the scum floats on top. The tank itself is an environment filled with bacteria that break down the sludge and scum, and gases that stem from organic processes. As the bacteria break down the organic matter, they become liquid, and join the liquid layer of matter; this liquid then flows through a series of pipes into the septic field. The soil of the septic field is full of bacteria that will digest and decompose harmful viruses and bacteria; the wastewater is thus naturally treated.
The bacteria in your septic tank can’t process all of the solid waste in the tank; as a result, sludge will accumulate in the tank over time. When there’s too much sludge in the tank, it can begin to block the drainage pipes that allow the liquid to drain into your septic field. A too-full septic tank can’t accept any new sewage, so these blockages can cause sewer backup in your home. That’s why it’s important to get your septic tank cleaned out regularly; how often you need it to be cleaned will depend on how rapidly waste accumulates in the tank. The rate at which waste accumulates can vary depending on the size of your family or commercial operation, and what types of waste you allow to go down the drain.
You’ll need to have your septic tank cleaned regularly no matter what you do, but there are some best practices and maintenance tips that can help you avoid needing cleanings too often, while lowering the chances of sewage backup.
You want to lower the amount of wastewater pouring into your septic tank. This means not running the water the whole time you are shaving, doing the dishes, washing vegetables, or doing any other cleaning/grooming. You’ll also want to install low-flow toilets, showerheads and faucets; we can help with that. Take shorter showers, and only use the washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full. Use the washing machine over the course of the week instead of having one “laundry day”; this gives wastewater time to flow through the septic tank into the field.
Be cautious of what you allow to go down your drain. Excess fat, grease and oil can cause your septic tank to fill more quickly. Hair, personal hygiene products, floss, prescription drugs, kitchen waste and more can cause problems in your septic tank. Install hair traps in the shower, and don’t simply flush anything down the drain.
Depending on the size of your tank and the amount of waste being produced, you might need your tank cleaned out every one to three years, though some tanks need to be cleaned with more frequency. The sludge is pumped from the tank and transported to a waste disposal centre. You should NEVER enter your septic tank; the gases, bacteria, and viruses contained within can be deadly. The licensed professionals at Clean Line know how to mitigate these dangers so as not to be at risk of harm, but the process is complex, so leave it to the pros.
There are a number of signs that your septic system may be overflowing; when you see any of these signs, call Clean Line immediately. The most obvious signs are the smell of raw sewage, and sewer backup. Other, more subtle signs, can help you detect problems before they get out of hand. A flooded septic field is a sign that your tank will backup shortly; when the field is flooded, the soil can’t properly process more wastewater. Plumbing that drains slowly is a sign that the pipes are getting clogged; slow drainage should be checked immediately. A final sign not a lot of people know about: spongy, green, lush growth in the septic field can mean an overabundance of water.
Whether you need a commercial or residential septic tank cleaning, or you have a septic tank emergency, call Clean Line. We’ve been in Winnipeg and the surrounding area since we were founded over 35 years ago; we’ll take care of your septic system, and make sure you don’t see dangerous sewage backup.
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