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Dropped iPhone 5 Into Septic Tank Today

I work at a septic tank cleaning company in Hollywood, FL. I usually use my iPhone 4s to take pictures of the work being completed and the inside of the septic tank. Yea I know risky business, but I do have the lifeproof case and this thing has held up for over a year. Well I was doing a pumpout at a house went to take a picture of the inside of the tank and the hose jumped and knocked the phone into the bottom.

Me looking for the phone.

Inside of the tank with my helpers phone.septic pumping hollywood fl
Well we scoured that tank from front to back and couldn’t find it. I think it got sucked up.
For Those Of You That Don’t Know What A Septic Tank Is
A septic system is basically the process by which household waste (sewage) is disposed. The sewage enters the septic tank into a liquid environment. This liquid environment is where bacteria breaks down the solids into liquid. The liquefied substance exits into a leaching system that allows seepage back into the ground.

This system is designed to handle all of the ordinary waste production in a household. The size of the system should be large enough accommodate the needs of the dwelling. A system should be large enough to allow adequate detention time (time it takes to breakdown waste)with as much separation as possible . It should also allow for as little scum and sludge carry-over as possible. all of this will prolong the life of the leeching system.

This system is reliable and sanitary. But like any other system, it does require regular upkeep. The settlements left from the breakdown process will accumulate. The accumulation leads to a build up of sludge that needs to be pumped. A thorough cleaning when needed will prevent problems in the system. Enlisting the help of a professional service to perform this service is vitally important. Companies that are trained in this area will not only be able to clean the system but can guide you in the appropriate measures needed to keep the system working at its best.

The failure to get the system pumped and cleaned can later lead to problems. It can cause the pipes to backup into the house. It can cause the leeching field to be clogged making it necessary to replace or enlarge it. Any of these problems will not only make a huge mess, but will cost you money. That’s why having your system cleaned periodically is so important. It saves hassle and money in the long run.

To prevent later problems, it is advisable to seek the input of septic tank professionals that can diagnose potential hazards and perform necessary upkeep. If you don’t know when your system was last pumped, it may be a good idea to have it checked as soon as possible. If you wait until a problem arises, it may very well cost you more than what you’d pay for preventative measures.