If you think septic pumping and septic cleaning are the same things, you're not alone. A lot of people think that the two procedures are the same. That's not the case though. Septic pumping removes water and free-floating waste from the tanks. Septic cleaning does more than empty the tanks. Septic cleaning can add years to the life of your septic system. If you haven't had your septic tanks cleaned, read the list below. Here are four reasons to have your septic system cleaned every time you get the tanks pumped. 

Remove Compacted Sludge

If you've had your septic tanks pumped, you might think all the sludge is gone. But, septic pumping doesn't remove all the sludge. There's still a layer of compacted sludge at the bottom of the tanks. If you don't get the tanks cleaned, the sludge continues to build up. That buildup can cause a couple of problems. First, excess sludge makes your tanks fill up faster. That means you need to get the tanks pumped more often. Plus, excess sludge increases the risk of sewage backups. Get rid of the sludge and the worry. Get your septic system cleaned every time the tanks get pumped. 

Clean the Septic Filter

If you've never gotten your septic tanks cleaned, there's a good chance the septic filter is clogged. The septic filter helps keep solid waste out of the secondary tank. Once the filter gets clogged, liquids can't flow through to the secondary tank. That's why you should add cleaning to your routine septic service. Your septic crew will clean the filter every time they clean your septic tanks. 

Prevent Health Risks

If you don't think you need to get your septic tanks cleaned, it's time to think about your health. You might not know it, but dirty septic tanks can create health problems for you and your family. The odors that come up from a dirty septic system can leave your family feeling nauseous. Plus, if sewage backs up into your home, you and your family get exposed to diseases like Encephalitis and Hepatitis A. Protect yourself and your family. Get into a septic cleaning routine. 

Restore Waste Flow

If your drains are still sluggish after having the septic tanks pumped, it's time to get the system cleaned. The tanks might be empty, but that doesn't mean the septic lines are clear. For that, you need to get the septic tanks cleaned. Once the tanks get cleaned, the drains will flow freely again.

For more information about septic tank cleaning, contact a local company.