When your septic tank breaks down or overflows, it can make a huge mess in your yard. It can end up costing you a lot of money and a whole lot of work to repair everything and clean up the mess. There are things that you can do to help make sure that you don't end up with that problem. One of them is to have your tank pumped out regularly.
Septic tanks generally have at least two chambers and then drain out into a leach field. First, the wastewater leaves your house and goes into the first chamber of the tank. In that chamber, there are a bunch of anaerobic bacteria. Those bacteria start to eat the solids out of the wastewater. As they do that, they create a sludge that falls down into the bottom of the chamber. As the water gets cleaner, it will drain from the first chamber into the second chamber, where it will go through further filtering. Once the wastewater has gone through everything, it will then go out into the leach field and settle into the ground for the final filter before it mixes with the groundwater.
The sludge in the first chamber will build up and will eventually block the flow from the first chamber into the second. When that happens, the wastewater has to have a place to go, and it will eventually go out of the tank and end up in your yard. The way to keep this from happening is to make sure that your tank gets pumped out or cleaned out regularly. Regularly varies from tank to tank, depending on the size of the tank and how many people are using it. The smaller your tank or the more people filling it up, the more often you will have to have it pumped out. The cleaners will come to your house, open your tank, stick a vacuum hose down into it, and then suck out all the gunk into a tanker truck and take it away. That will let your tank work more efficiently, and keep it from overflowing into your house or yard.
If you have a septic tank, you don't want to end up with a huge mess in your yard. Making sure that you maintain your tank will help to keep it from breaking down or overflowing into your yard. Contact a company like Koberlein Environmental Services for more information.