If you have a septic tank, you have probably heard that you should have it cleaned every few years. Doing that will keep your septic tank running well for years. But have you ever wondered what happens to the stuff that comes out of your tank?

What Is the Stuff in Your Tank?

Your septic tank is divided up into two parts. The first part is where everything comes when it's flushed or run down your sink. That part of your tank has anaerobic bacteria in it. Anaerobic bacteria doesn't need to have oxygen to work. What it does is to start to eat all the solids that get flushed down into your tank. As the bacteria eats those solids, sludge is created.That sludge falls down to the bottom of your tank. What remains eventually gets sent on to the next part. That sludge will gradually build up and can block the pipe that empties out into the next section of your tank. That's why you need to have it cleaned. All that sludge gets removed. 

What Happens to all That Sludge?

When your tank gets pumped out, the company is going to bring a big tank truck. The truck will have a vacuum attachment. The septic cleaning people will stick that down into your tank and start sucking up all the solids and sludge left over in your tank. They may also have to get down into the tank to make sure that everything is cleaned properly, especially if your tank hasn't been cleaned in a long time or has been acting up. 

When your tank is empty or the truck is full, whichever comes first, it's time to take all that sludge away. All the stuff out of your tank can be a hazardous material. If it isn't disposed of correctly, it could cause all kinds of problems. So what is the septic cleaning company going to do with it? Generally the stuff that comes out of your septic tank is going to end up in the same place that sewers end up. The company who cleans your tank will dump their trucks at a wastewater treatment site. It will be processed and handled in the same way until everything has been cleaned properly. 

There is another way that the septic company can dispose of what came out of your septic tank. It can actually be processed for fertilizer. Many large or organic farms prefer to use a more natural kind of fertilizer, and the remains of what comes out of your septic tank actually works well for that purpose. 

You may not have been all that interested to know exactly what happens when you septic tank gets cleaned out, but it is an interesting bit of trivia to know. For more information about the process, contact a company like Burleson Septic Cleaning.