If you own a home with a septic tank system, you probably understand that it is important to have it pumped every three to five years, depending on usage. But, just why is this so important, and how can you tell when it is needed?
A rule of thumb with septic pumping is that septic pumping is needed when the sludge in the bottom of the tank exceeds 1/3 the liquid depth in the tank. As stated previously, this can be necessary anywhere from every three to five years, depending on the size of your tank, overall system usage, and some home lifestyle choices (such as shower lengths, how often you use a garbage disposal, and what items you allow down your drains and into your septic system). Even when you follow the recommended usage and maintenance tips for your system size, it is important to know that over time, all septic systems will need pumping. Solid waste that is broken down by the bacteria will settle to the bottom of the tank as sludge and will eventually need to be cleaned out, so it does not flow down into your drainage field.
Septic pumping is necessary to prevent backup and problems with the rest of your system. Without regularly scheduled septic pumping, the sludge and scum buildup can clog everything from you pipes, tank, and even your drain filed, causing backups, spills, and a lot of unsanitary unpleasantness. Rather than worry about this, follow the recommended pumping schedule for your sized system (allowing for your own family habits that affect usage).
Also, if you happen to note any problems with your system, such as pooled water, sewage backup, or unhealthy and dying-off plant life, these can be signs of bigger problems with your system (particularly with old systems) and you should call our expert team immediately to help you care for the problem.