How Often Does Your Septic Tank Need to Be Pumped?

A septic tank is designed to hold liquid waste, but it also contains solid waste that breaks down by bacteria in the dark, sludgy substance called sludge. Over time, the ratio of sludge to liquid will change and it will be necessary to have the tank pumped. Read more:

Importance of Regular Septic Tank Maintenance

When a septic system is properly maintained and pumped regularly, it will last for forty years or more. However, a neglected septic tank can result in the backup of sewage into a home or over ground and in groundwater supplies, which is both dangerous and costly to clean up.

If you are unsure about how often your septic tank needs to be pumped, you can hire a professional septic service company to check the levels in the tank and make recommendations. They will have a truck that is equipped with a large tank and a giant suction hose that literally “sucks up” the sewage, taking it away to be processed and safely disposed of.

How often your septic tank needs to be pumping will depend on the size of your septic tank, how many people live in the home, and what type of waste is going into the septic tank. A general rule of thumb is to have your septic tank pumped every two to five years.

The most obvious sign that your septic tank is overdue for a pumping is slow draining fixtures. You should also keep an eye on the scum layer at the top of the tank and note how thick it is. You can use a stick with a velcro strip attached to it to measure the thickness of sludge in your tank by lowering the velcro end of the stick into the dark sludge until you feel it hit the bottom of the tank.

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