At Barnhill’s, we only use skilled and experienced operators to service the Lexington and West Columbia area’s septic tank pumping needs. A septic tank is a key component of the septic system. The term "septic" refers to the anaerobic bacterial environment that develops in the tank that help to decompose or mineralize the waste discharged into the tank. Septic tank pumping is recommended every 3-5 years to improve your system's efficiency and keep it running smoothly. If you notice that your drains or toilet flushings are slow, or if there is an accumulation of water or sewage on the surface of the ground, where the tank is located, it may be time to have your tank pumped out. Call us today to set up an appointment!
Here are a few fact you should know about septic tank pumping:
• Septic Tank Pumping on a regular schedule will improve your system's efficiency and keep it running smoothly.
• Your Septic Tank should be pumped every 3 to 5 years depending on household size and usage. Regular Septic System pumping of the Septic Tank will reduce accumulation of scum layer in the Septic Tank. The scum layer (shown in diagram below) should never reach 24 inches thick, if the material reaches 24 inches and beyond in depth there is a risk that material will flow into the outlet pipe and into the drain field, causing drain field failure.
• In a Pressure Distribution Septic System, the excess material can travel into the pump tank causing, the effluent (sewage) Pump to be damaged or failure and material being pumped out to the drain field laterals essentially causing Septic system (Drain field) failure.
• When the Scum Layer in the tank reaches more than 24 inches in the tank, not only do you risk damaging the Drain field but excess material charges may apply to the cost of pumping the septic tank. Material over 24" is considered excess and extra costs are incurred to dispose of the excess waste, more gallons taken onto the pump truck, extra labor and time than would be normally on a tank that has been pumped every 3 to 5 years.
• Barnhill's can locate and dig the tank lids for you if you prefer not to or you do not know where the lids are located.