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How Often Should A Septic Tank Be Pumped Out?

If you’re wondering how often a septic tank should be pumped out, you’ve come to the right place!

What is a septic tank?

A septic tank is a basic sewage storage system that is only usually found in residential developments that are unsewered. Any household wastewater that comes through the bathroom, laundry or kitchen is stored in the septic tank which is found underground. It then breaks down any solids found.

How often should a septic tank be pumped out?

A septic tank should be pumped at least every five years in order to keep the disposal system working correctly. If the septic tank overflows or is blocked, it may need to be pumped out more often than this. It’s important to pump out your septic tank because if it’s left for too long, it could lead to a wide range of problems.

Signs that a septic tank isn’t working properly

If you’re worried that your septic tank isn’t working as properly as it should, here are some signs to look out for:

  • Bad and overpowering smells coming from the septic tank and around that area
  • Toilets and drains take time and struggle to clear up
  • The grass around the area of the septic tank is darker and grows faster
  • The ground around the septic tank is wet or has formed a puddle

How do you pump out a septic tank?

A septic tank either has one or two tanks that are connected by a pipe which have soak wells or lead drains. A licensed technician will first measure the scum and sludge layer, record the levels and continue to empty the septic tank. The technician will assess the septic tank for any damages and repairs that are required. They will then seal the septic tank back up once they are completed.

How to maintain a septic tank

Regularly maintaining your septic tank will enable it to last longer and free you of spending big bucks on repairs. Maintaining a septic tank includes routine inspections to ensure its working as it should and determining when it should be pumped. Here are some things to do to keep your septic tank in good shape:

  • Don’t pour fat or grease down drains
  • Keeping the septic tank area clear of trees
  • Don’t flush anything but toilet paper down the toilet
  • Continually check for any leakages
  • Use a licensed technician for all maintenance
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