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Grease Trap PumpingThe parts and pieces of a septic system are not something most people think about every day.  While we know our septic system may need maintenance at some point, we pretty much leave our system alone unless something really bad happens. And by bad, we mean septic system back-up, overflow, and costly repairs.

The best way to keep your septic system running smoothly is to keep up with routine, preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance includes septic tank pumping, grease trap pumping, and regular septic system inspections.

For those of you who may be a little confused about how these services are different, check out this quick reference guide:

Grease Trap Pumping 

  • Location: The grease trap is the first stop of the septic system. It separates oils and grease from other waste materials and traps them in the grease trap. Your septic system may or may not have one.
  • Frequency: Should be pumped at 25% capacity, or about every 3+ months
  • How It Works: Much like septic pumping, grease trap pumping is performed using a specialized vehicle that pumps the material out of the grease trap.

Septic Pumping 

  • Location: The septic tank stores solid waste materials. Sludge builds up in the septic tank while more liquid material moves on to the drain field.
  • Frequency: Should happen about every 3-5 years, but this depends greatly on tank size and household size. You can use this helpful chart or contact us at Clark Septic for a better approximation.
  • How It Works: A technician will access the tank and insert pipes. A specialized vehicle will pump the waste material and transport it to a service location.

Regular Inspections 

  • Location: A technician will inspect all parts of your septic system. This will include the grease trap, pipes, valves, septic tank, and drain field.
  • Frequency: May happen as often as twice a year, but should be performed at least once every 3 years.
  • How It Works: A technician will access your system and drain the system to perform a multi-point inspection. This may include pipe cameras and other specialized tools. 

If you are in need of septic tank pumping, grease trap pumping, or any other septic service, contact us at  Clark Septic today!