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Owning a septic system, it’s a good idea to turn to us at Sauer Septic on a regular basis to have septic tank pumping performed. If you’ve ever wondered exactly why septic tank pumping is so important, here’s what you need to know.

Septic Tank Pumping: What Happens if You Don’t Pump Your Septic Tank?

To start, let’s cover what happens when your septic tank is pumped. When wastewater leaves your home, it makes its way into the septic tank where it’s divided into scum, effluent, and sludge layers. The less-dense waste in the scum layer floats to the top of the tank, and the solid waste, or the sludge layer, settles at the bottom. Once this sludge layer reaches a certain point, it needs to be removed to make more room for wastewater in the tank through septic tank pumping.
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If septic tank pumping is neglected and there is too much buildup within the tank, any additional wastewater coming from your home won’t have anywhere to go. Additionally, if there isn’t enough room in the septic tank, the separation of dense and less dense waste will not happen effectively. Although forgoing septic tank pumping can result in septic backups, it can also cause clogs to develop in your drain field, which may require you to excavate and replace the pipes in your drain field in order to keep your septic system running.

When it comes to septic tank pumping, it’s better not to risk it. If it’s been a while since your tank was last pumped, contact us today to schedule a time for service.