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Septic Maintenance Q&A: What happens if I don’t Pump my Septic?


Just because your septic system seems to be in working order, doesn’t mean you can ignore routine septic maintenance. Septic pumping plays an important part in keeping your tanks serviced. Doing checkups on your system is a way to keep costs down in the future when a major problem arises.

First, you need to know how your system works.


Your system essentially works like this: When you run water or flush a toilet your plumbing transports that water, replete with biowaste, to the septic tank.

In the first chamber with the power gravity, refuse separates into one of three bi-products. The solids are called sludge which travels to the bottom. The effluence is the water that comprises most of the tank’s volume. The scum is the oily substance that floats to the top.


If you don’t pump your tank these products can venture further into the inner workings of your septic system. Sludge could become trapped in one of the many filters utilized by your system. This causes blockage, which causes effluent water to flood back into your home.

If the oily scum could contaminate your ejector pit. This could render your pump useless and cause you major problems immediately. Some newer pump systems have an alarm for that reason. You need to know your system intimately to prevent any mishaps.

Pumping your system regularly is a great way to ensure septic livelihood. Contact us here at Kline to discuss your system.

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