On average, a household septic system should be inspected by a septic maintenance professional every 3 to 5 years. Alternative systems with electrical pumps or float switches should be inspected more frequently – usually once a year. A septic maintenance contract is essential because alternative systems have mechanical components.
There are 4 main factors that influence the frequency of septic pumping:
- Septic tank size
- Volume of solids in wastewater
- Total wastewater generated
- Household size
When you call for one of our septic professionals, he or she will check for leaks and inspect the sludge and scum layers in the tank.
One of the parts in a septic system is a T-shaped outlet that prevents scum and sludge from leaving the tank and going to the drain field area. If the top of the sludge layer is within 1 ft. of the outlet or the bottom of the scum layer is within 6 inches from the outlet, the tank should be pumped.
When our septic maintenance professional has determined the scum and sludge levels, you should make a note of these in your maintenance records because this will help in determining how often pumping is needed. Also, your records will help us see what repairs have been performed in the past.
Clark Septic Services, Inc. (formerly Clark Environmental Services), we have a new name, but we’re still the great family-owned business in Orlando, FL that you’ve depended on for years! From drain field installation and repair to septic maintenance, we’re here for you. For fast, professional service, contact us today.