Septic Tank Cleaners and What They Do

The beginning of this post is about septic tank cleaners in the sense of a technician who comes with a truck and pumps out your tank. If you’re looking for cleaners in the sense of chemicals you pour in the toilet, please see the bottom of the page.

Who Are They?
This section is about a septic tank cleaner who comes with a truck and pumps the tank. In maintaining a well-functioning system, it’s important to keep a proper maintenance schedule. Adequate maintenance will ensure a long life for your system. A good septic tank cleaning will likely include the following:

  • Pump out the tank
  • Rinse off effluent filter, if you have one
  • Inspect baffles
  • Visually check for leaks

Why I Need One?
As a homeowner, it’s a good possibility you’ll encounter a clog in your sewer line. Your cleaner can alleviate the clog with the proper snaking equipment. They may also utilize a high-pressure jetter; a jetter can withdraw the debris utilizing a high-strength suction system. In addition, an average drain field will last approximately 15 years; to prevent early failure of your system, a cleaner should be hired to clean your tank every 2-3 years. This precaution will prevent sludge accumulation. When sludge levels increase, they tend to flow into the drain field, clogging the distribution pipes and leading to the system’s breakdown.

What Do They Offer?
Qualified technicians should be qualified and experienced to solve any system issue you may have. A qualified technician should be licensed and insured for the homeowner’s protection. Septic cleaners often offer a wide array of services. Some services they may offer include:

  • Cleaning/Vacuuming
  • Installation
  • Inspections
  • Maintenance
  • Repairs

It’s important to do your research when deciding on an appropriate tank  cleaner. A qualified technician will do the job correctly; but along with qualified work comes a price. Some approximate prices are noted below:

  • Tank cleaning ($200)
  • Drain line snaking ($125)
  • Sewer line jetting ($115)

Remember that the prices are only an approximate. Each company and/or septic system cleaner will offer varying prices and services; hence, the importance of doing some research before making your choice of a service provider.

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Currently, there has been a large bit of interest pertaining to wastewater treatment and disposal. In some cases, this has led to the use of additives within systems. Some believe that additives can be used to speed up the digestion of bio-solids, alleviate scum build up, or enhance the settling process through coagulation. However, more often than not, the reason for using an additive is to digest the solids, refresh stressed bacterial populations in the tank, or enhance the ability for solids to settle in the tank.

In understanding the types of septic system cleaners available, remember that there are two categories of additives used in a system:

  • Chemical = inorganic and organic compounds
  • Biological = bacteria and enzymes

There are over 1,200 products available today. Some of these products can be purchased through your local hardware stores, while others can only be purchased online or through septic professionals. Virtually all can be purchased through one of the following:

  • Online
  • Service Providers
  • Hardware Stores

Cleaner Possibilities

Closing Thoughts
When choosing an experienced septic tank cleaner, remember that they should be able to meet all your needs and expectations, with regards to the proper maintenance of your system. Along with experience, your provider should be dedicated to providing you with the benefit of the newest technology (including additives if desired) the industry has to offer, at a reasonable price.


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