Septic Pumping FAQs
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How Often Should I Have My Septic Tank Pumped?
The amount of maintenance your septic tank requires is determined by how often you use it. Homes that have more guests and use their plumbing often will need to have their septic tank pumped more than other households. We generally recommend having your septic tank system pumped every 3-5 years, depending on how much it is used throughout the year.
How To Tell If Your Septic Tank System Needs Immediate Pumping Or Repairs
- Pooling Water: If no action is taken, you will begin to notice that a pool of water will take over your plush patch of grass. Your septic tank is significantly overgrown, and needs immediate pumping or repairs.
- Slow Drains: If you notice that the drains throughout your home are slow to drain and your toilets are slow to flush, it could be just a clogged drain. However, if the problem persists after drain cleaning services, have your septic tank inspected to see if it is full.
- Odors: If you notice odor and discolored water throughout your home, call a septic tank inspection company, it is time for a septic tank service call.
- Sewer Backup: This is the most obvious and disgusting sign that your septic system is full; when you flush and sewage comes back up, call a septic tank cleaning company immediately.
- County health departments may have records on your septic system. We can sometimes find tanks without info but it is far from a guarantee and county records can often be helpful. These records typically have information that shows tank sizes, relative location and drain field specs.
- If you would like to attempt to uncover your lid to save money but are unsure where to start. Surveying your yard for any rectangular spots where grass may grow odd or if you have any noticeable divots in your yard these can be indicators of the location.
- A septic tank and a drain field are linked in the overall system but they are not the same thing. Your tank is the first stop in the system. Everything runs into your tank and the tank collects the solids to help preserve your drain field. The solids that are collecting in the tank through this process are why you need to empty it every few years. If these solids build up too much they will start running into your drain field and eventually can cause failure of the system.
- Additives for your system such as Rid-X or Bio-Tab can be added simply by flushing it down your toilet once a month. These products will help to activate good bacteria in your tank that eat solids in the tank.
- One of the biggest issues we see are things being put down the drains that should not be going into your tank. Disposable Wipes are one of the worst. They do not break down inside of the tank and can build up to a point they will cause problems. You can use them just don’t flush them. Grease is another common thing that can build up in a tank. This can be avoided simply by trying to thoroughly wipe off your cookware into the trash before cleaning. Toilet paper is really the only product that is not natural from the human body that should be going into a septic system.