What Gets Pumped Out During a Septic Tank Cleaning?

Pumping your septic tank is one of the most important parts of septic system maintenance. Solids will build up in your septic tank over time, and if they’re not emptied out, they can seep into your yard or back up your pipes into your home. Most homeowners with septic tanks understand the importance of septic tank pumping, but do you know what is actually being pumped out of your tank? We’ve broken it down for you below.

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The bulk of the waste in your septic tank will be human waste. Over time, this waste can solidify and turn into a thick layer of sludge at the bottom of your tank. This sludge can interfere with the bacteria in your tank responsible for breaking down the waste. When you have a septic tank pumping, your professional septic services company will vacuum out all of the sludge in your tank and dispose of it to keep your tank in proper working order and avoid leaks.


Grease from soap, kitchen items, and food will end up going down your drains and end up in your septic tank. When these items build up in your septic tank, they will solidify. During a septic system cleaning, grease that sticks to the sides of your tank or floats on the top will be cleaned out. Often times, this grease will require more pressure to remove than the sludge. For this reason, it’s important to hire a quality septic services company who will perform a thorough cleaning, rather than a quick vacuum. When you have a quality septic tank cleaning, grease will be removed from your septic tank.

Synthetic Materials

Laundry detergents, other materials from washing machines, and shower products can all contain synthetic materials that the bacteria in your septic tank cannot break down. Additionally, if you use chemical drain cleaners (which isn’t advisable for septic system owners) they will also sit in your septic tank without breaking down. Although you should minimize the synthetic materials that you allow to enter your septic tank, it’s nearly impossible to eliminate them completely. For this reason, synthetic materials will be pumped out during a septic tank cleaning.

Unapproved Items

Most septic system owners know that there are certain items that you shouldn’t flush down your toilet or dump down your sink. These items include examples such as feminine hygiene products, cotton balls, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, and more. The bacteria in your septic tank cannot break down these items, so they will simply sit in your tank. Although you should do your best to avoid allowing these items into your tank, chances are, during your next septic tank pumping, some of these items will be pumped out.

ADB Septic | CT Septic Tank Pumping

A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. is a septic services business in Manchester, CT. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers all over Hartford County and beyond with a full slate of services. With over 20 years of experience, we have completed countless projects of all scopes and sizes. Needless to say, there is nothing we can’t do when it comes to septic tanks, sewer systems, drains, and more.

Our business is committed to meeting your needs and completing your job with the utmost professionalism and precision. We put your satisfaction, safety, and comfort at the forefront of our priority list. When you hire us, you can achieve complete peace of mind.

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