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Owning a septic tank is not a responsibility that should be taken lightly. How well you look after it can spell the difference between hazardous contamination that could endanger others and a healthy, clean environment. Regular septic tank emptying is a crucial part of caring for your tank and should be carried out at least once every two years, however, this is not always the case and can depend on the number of people living or working on your property and your tank capacity.
“What will go wrong if I don’t clean my tank?” you may ask. The answer to this is: everything – absolutely everything will go wrong, and your septic system will no longer function as it should.
If a septic tank is not emptied in time, toxins and antibacterial matter will begin building up and will destroy your little helpers – the healthy bacteria that breaks down the waste matter in your tank.
When you neglect your tank and allow it to get to this point, you will not only end up spending lots of money on fixing it, but this will also create the ideal environment for water borne and other diseases that could harm you, your family, or your neighbours. The list of diseases is long and includes names such as Campylobacteriosis, Cryptosporidiosis, Diarrheagenic E. Coli, Encephalitis, and Viral gastroenteritis – these are diseases you want to avoid at all costs.
If you leave your tank to overflow, it’s natural process of rendering waste non-toxic will be bypassed, and the overflow will seep into your water table and pollute your drinking water.
This is why it’s best to make a record of when your septic tank was last emptied and set yourself a septic tank emptying reminder.
If you are ever unsure of whether or not your septic tank needs to be pumped, it’s better to call experts, such as ourselves, and get professional advice – we’ll always make time to help our customers with any questions they may have.