One of the most frequent question we get is how often should one clean their cistern or septic tank. Regualar cleaning and servicing is extremely important for several reasons…
Cisterns are constructed and sealed to be water tight protecting your drinking water. It is good practice to clean and disinfect your cistern regularly (yearly) to remove sludge and/or build up of sediment. In some circumstances, the water in your cistern may become dirty or even contaminated leaving your water no longer safe to drink.
- Over time dust and sediment builds up from the lid being opened.
- Damage to the collar, lids, fill ports or screened vents allowing germs or contaminants in.
- Structure is damaged creating cracks (ex. Frost build up or the tank settling) allowing contaminated groundwater or soil in.
- Area of flooding allowing overland flooding to seep in from the surface, bringing in contaminated water and leaving a heavy mud sludge along the floors surface.
- Rodents or debris get into the tank. This happens from a lid or valve being left open.
- Maintenance on the tank is done such as plumbing maintenance to the tank, valve or pump.
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Septic Tank Cleaning
Regular cleanings of your septic tank is important to maintain the health of your tank and field. A little annual maintenance will go along way from saving thousands of dollars in repairs and labour to your tank and field before problems arise.
We highly recommend having your tank maintained yearly, at the very most every two years. Even with a healthy microbial ecosystem breaking down the septic, sludge and a hard crust layer will start to form. This build up is hard on the tank and can cause blockages or clogged lines in the field. This is why it is important to have your tank regularly cleaned and checked. Many try to leave the tank too long as a result the system can overflow, which can even back into the house and yard. This is a messy undertaken and not safe as the sewage could seep into nearby water bodies contaminating the water and leaving harmful bacteria in your home leading to diseases such as hepatitis.
Signs of a failing septic system:
1. Wastewater backing into the household drains
2. Bright green, spongy grass on the drain field, even during dry weather
3. Pooling water or muddy soil around the septic system or in the basement
4. A strong odor around the septic tank and drain field.
Additional benefits of regular cleaning:
If you pump your tank on a regular basis it is possible to enhance the effectiveness of your entire onlot wastewater disposal system. Research at Penn State has shown that your soil absorption system will benefit from periodic resting (a period during which no wastewater is added to the system). To get the greatest benefit from pumping your septic tank, it is recommended that you have your septic tank pumped every two years at the most, it’s recommended to have it done you, and your family, leave for your summer vacation. This means the whole system, especially the soil absorption area, will have the opportunity to dry out and any partially decomposed organic waste that may have moved into the soil absorption area will quickly decompose in the absence of water.
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