Septic Tank Pumping & Wastewater Removal
If you live in Alaska, there is a good chance your home or business has a septic tank to dispose of sewage. And, if you have a septic system, Alaska’s weather can be hard on it.
Your septic tank acts as a natural filter, capturing the solids and using the soil to remove harmful agents before the wastewater reaches the groundwater level. It doesn’t carry away solid waste like a city sewage system, anything that goes down the drain or into the toilet will end up in your septic tank. Over time, those items, plus solid waste, will build up at the bottom of the tank. When the solids level gets too high, they can block the flow into the drain field, and you might need expensive repairs.
As a result, your septic tank should be pumped regularly, anywhere from one to five years. Regularly scheduled septic pumping will keep your septic system running smoothly.
How to maintain a healthy septic system
- Never flush items like cigarette butts, disposable diapers fats, grease or oil.
- Avoid flushing chemicals like paint thinners, medicines or pesticides.
- Divert excess wate from drainfields.
- Don’t build structures over drainfield area.
- Have a professional clean out your septic tank at least every 3 years.
Don’t wait until you have a problem!
If the buildup of solids, sludge, in the tank becomes too high, solids move to the drainfield and can clog and strain the system to the point where a new drainfield will be needed. DEC recommends pumping every 2 years. If you have a garbage disposal, hot tub, or whirlpool you should increase the pumping frequency to once a year.