Septic Problems? What’s that smell?

Don’t be the punchline of your neighborhood. Get your septic system looked at before it becomes a problem.

Professional Septic Tank Pumping and Cleaning Services

Keeping your septic tank properly cleaned and maintained is important to ensure that your overall septic system works properly. Cummings Plumbing Heating and Cooling is a licensed septic tank cleaner. We use our expert cleaning products to clean and pump your septic tank properly. If you have a septic tank and effluent treatment system, keep it maintained and avoid damage. We can also provide high-quality sewer cleaning and maintenance services. Call us today to help maintain your septic tank and effluent treatment system. We provide 24-hour service.

How Does a Septic System Work?

Have you ever been curious about how a septic system works? It’s actually quite an interesting process. Well maintained septic systems are more environmentally friendly and cost effective.

Your septic tank (typically made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene, collects your household wastewater. This is a water-tight container that is designed to hold wastewater long enough to allow solids (known as sludge) to settle to the bottom of the tank, oil and grease (known as scum) to float to the top of the tank, and let the wastewater (known as effluent) exit the tank.

Here’s how a system typically works:

  1. The wastewater in your house goes outside through one main drainage pipe into your septic tank.
  2. Once the wastewater hits your septic tank, it sits and collects.
  3. After a period of time, the collected wastewater separates into scum, sludge, and effluent.
  4. The scum and sludge stay inside the septic tank and will need to be pumped out (typically done annually or every other year – dependent upon use and how big your tank is).
  5. Effluent exits the tank into a “drain field”, through a perforated pipe, and is absorbed through the soil.
  6. The ground soil acts as a natural filter and eventually, the effluent gets absorbed into the ground water and is recycled through nature for reuse.

Septic systems have specific compartments and a T-shaped outlet that is designed to prevent the sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling into the drainfield area. During pumping, the septic tank is drained of the scum, sludge, and any wastewater that is currently in the tank. If the system is overused, there is a leak, or something happens to cause the drain field to overloaded, it will flood. This ends up causing sewage to flow to the ground surface or create backups in toilets and sinks; which is not fun for anyone.

Pros

  • Cost-effective
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Different systems to choose from
  • More water efficient
  • Owners are more conscientious about what’s flushed or dumped down the drain

Cons

  • Need maintenance/pumping
  • Wear and tear – may need replacing
  • Issues with household appliances/water fixtures – using too much water and sending too much wastewater to the system
  • Poor drain fields – causing drain field overflow or back flow
  • Corroded systems/bad pipes

Thinking about a septic tank? Here are some pros and cons to consider.

Septic Certifications

The state of Arizona requires that if you are selling your home, your septic system MUST be certified before the property can be transferred. This process includes:

  1. An inspection of the physical and operational condition of the system.
  2. Completion of the appropriate reports/forms.
  3. Notation describing any observed deficiencies and repairs completed.

The inspection certifications are good for 6 months from the date of the issuance. Typically, sellers will wait to order the septic certifications until after they’ve received and accepted an offer on the property.

During the certification process, you’ll be notified if there are any repairs that need to be completed to bring your septic system to compliance.

So, what should you expect if your septic system is getting certified?

  1. Your system will be located and then exposed (Yes, this means that the soil on top of your system will be dug up so that the inspector can see the tank.)
  2. Your system will be pumped and cleaned out.
  3. The inspector will use a camera to inspect the different parts of the interior of your tank to ensure that everything is working properly, making note of anything that needs to be repaired. If repairs need to be made, this will need to be done before the system is certified to be transferred.
  4. The inspector will fill out all of the appropriate forms for the transfer of the system.

Please call us today at 520-333-2121 to schedule your septic tank pump, certification, or to find out more information about getting a system installed.

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