Interim Cleaning Of Your Septic Tank Systems: What To Expect

Septic tank systems, especially those associated with large industrial sites, require a little extra maintenance from time to time. You may find that it is helpful to call in septic system services for interim cleanings to keep things from smelling badly and keep blockages from forming. Here is what you can expect from these interim cleanings in between major cleanings and/or pumpings.

Partial Pumping Out

If the waste water in your plant's septic tanks is a little high during an interim cleaning visit, the service provider will probably perform a partial pump-out. This alleviates any concerns regarding a possible tank overflow before the service provider returns for a full pump-out. It also helps clear out just enough of the waste for the service provider to add cleaning chemicals and organic compounds.

Adding Cleaning Chemicals

The cleaning chemicals that your service provider adds work to release deposits on the interior walls of your plant's septic tanks. Semi-solid waste deposits, which include feces and wet toilet paper, are dissolved and released from the tank walls when exposed to these chemicals. In addition to helping the tank walls remain reasonably clean and free of semi-solid waste deposits, these chemicals often treat the odors associated with septic tanks by reducing and/or eliminating the gases that collect within the tanks. (If you really want to treat the odors in the tanks during these interim cleanings, ask your service provider about odor neutralizers that can be added after the cleaning products have worked their magic.)

Checking Pipe Connections

All above-ground pipe connections can be checked during an interim cleaning. It is important to keep these pipes from leaking and keep them from being blocked. If you suspect that your plant's septic system has a blockage, the service provider can snake a plumber's camera through the above-ground pipes to look for blockages. It is best to ask for this service when the service provider is already there so you do not have to pay a "return service" fee for making the provider come back in between cleanings and full pumping services.

Adding Organic Compounds

Finally, your service provider may add some organic compounds of a liquid nature to the tanks. These microbial fluids help the waste break down faster so there is less chance of blockages or adherence of waste to the tanks' walls. The microbial/organic compounds only work on human waste and items of an organic nature, so make sure your employees are only flushing waste (and not feminine hygiene products) down the toilets and the plant's drains.

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