04 Feb Septic Tank Pumping and MaintenanceMake sure the pumping technician is a licensed and bonded. Septic systems should be cleaned every year in certain situations. Garbage disposals add a tremendous amount of solids into the system. More people living in the house than what the septic system was designed for is another situation making frequent tank cleaning essential. Aerobic wastewater systems have been installed in some home sites. These systems, while more efficient at decomposing solids, still must be periodically cleaned. No system can decompose all material than comes into the tank. Septic tanks function in an oxygen limited environment. Other gases, which can be deadly, are present in the tank. Disease pathogens are also present. When working around a functioning septic tank, or getting one ready to be pumped, the following precautions must be remembered. Do not go down into a septic tank. Gases such as hydrogen sulfide will cause immediate unconsciousness. Do not smoke near septic tank openings. Combustible gases may be present. Never use electrical tools or other Appliances close to water or wet ground. If a strong sewer gas or rotten egg smell is present inside the house, evacuate the building and call a professional to correct the problem. After working on any part of the septic system, be sure to wash hands and clothes thoroughly. Change clothes before entering a home or other building. Sewage is very corrosive. Care must be taken around tank components. The safest way of having repairs or work performed is having a trained, licensed, and bonded professional do the work properly.