What You Need to Know About Septic Tank Pumping

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Living in a home with a septic system is different from living in one connected to a public sewer system. With a public sewer system, the local government is responsible for maintenance and repairs, but with a septic system, that responsibility is yours. While this can sound intimidating, trust our team at Clark Septic when we say taking care of a septic system is not a problem when you have the right team on your side.  

What You Need to Know About Septic Tank Pumping

Our team has extensive experience in the septic industry, and we are here to help you keep your system in great condition. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of the most important aspect of septic maintenance: septic tank pumping.

  • What is septic tank pumping? – Septic tank pumping is the process of removing collected waste from your septic tank to make room for more. In a septic system, liquid effluent flows into the tank and then out again through the drain field, where it is filtered before ultimately seeping back into the soil. Solid waste, on the other hand, sinks to the bottom of the tank and stays there until it is removed via pumping.
  • How does septic tank pumping work? – Thankfully, septic tank pumping is not something you have to do yourself—instead, our team will take care of everything for you. We will come to your home with a large tanker truck to collect the waste in your tank. Our team will connect your tank to our truck using a long hose, then use vacuum suction to move the waste from your tank into ours. Once your tank is empty, we’ll haul the waste away to the proper treatment facilities.
  • How often should I get my tank pumped? – How often you will require septic tank pumping services depends on the size of your tank and on the size of your household. A small tank will need to be emptied more often than a larger one, and a single person will need to empty their tank less frequently than a household of five. In general, we recommend scheduling septic tank pumping every two to five years, and we can provide a more precise schedule for your specific needs following your first appointment.