Generally made out of fiberglass or concrete, most tanks generally hold 1000-2000 gallons. The waste from your home flows into the tank, where anaerobic bacteria break it down into simpler and safer chemical compounds. Anything heavier will drop to the bottom of the tank (such as sludge), while the lighter materials float to the service (such as scum). Effluent flows into the drainfield and disposed of by using the following approved options:
- Pipe and gravel Wisconsin Mound
- Elevated System,
- Unlined ET Bed,
- Effluent Irrigation Re-use
- Sand-Lined Trench Sand
- Graywater Drip Irrigation
- Split Flow
- Conventional disposal Wetland
- Lined ET Bed.
The size of your tank is very important to know in determining what sort of schedule you need for pumping, but the industry standard is once every 1-4 years. Annual pumping may seem like a high cost, but when compared to the rising cost of city utilities (if they are available in your area), the piece of mind in knowing your tank is working perfectly is all the more valuable.
Failing to service your septic tank is similar to driving a car without replacing the oil - eventually, something will break, and may even break badly! Unfortunately, there is not a magical solution to remove the sludge from the tank, as even after the bacteria have done their work, sludge still remains. If the tank is not serviced, it can overflow into the drain/leach field, contaminating the soil and resulting in both cosmetic and hygienic problems for your home and family.
We are more than happy to show you where the tank is located when we come out to do our servicing, but if you would like to locate it yourself, you can generally contact your county's health department and ask for the drawing provided by the installer when the permit to install the tank was given.
No job is too big or too small. Our equipment is designed to accommodate tanks of all sizes, and we can do conventional systems as well as aerobic systems. We have a large capacity vacuum truck that handles nearly any job!
If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.
PO Box 1597 . Ranchos de Taos . New Mexico . 87557
Ofc: 575-770-0016 . Fax: 575-758-2521