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What You Need to Know About Septic Tank Pumping

Septic tanks are a clean and cost-efficient way to get rid of wastewater and when managed properly will provide trouble-free wastewater drainage for years to come. One the most important parts of maintaining your septic system is regular septic tank pumping and inspection.

How Often Does Your Septic Tank Need to be Pumped?

Septic Tank Pumping
It is typically recommended to have your septic tank pumped every two to four years to remove any sludge or scum that has built up in the tank. Removing this layered buildup can help keep the tank functioning properly and help you avoid costly repairs from issues such as a sewage back up. Regular septic tank pumping can also help your leachfield last longer.

There are a variety of conditions that affect when you need to have your septic system pumped, so there is no exact answer for when you should have your tank pumped, but there are ways you can gauge when it may need to be done. The average family of four will likely need to have their septic tank pumped every two to four years.

The more people you have using your system, the more often your tank will require pumping. This is because the amount of water flowing into the tank is increased and causes the tank to fill up faster. You can monitor the usage of your septic system to extend the time between each septic tank pumping. You can keep your septic system functioning properly by monitoring:

Water- use high-efficiency or water-saving plumbing fixtures to reduce the amount of water going in to the septic tank.

Waste- Take care to avoid flushing trash down the toilet or washing it down the drain to avoid adding extra solid waste into the septic system.

What to Expect During Septic Tank Service

Before pumping can begin, the septic tank must be located and uncovered, if you are unsure of where your septic tank is located on your residential or commercial property, the experts at Affordable Sanitation can locate your septic tank for you quickly and efficiently.

Prior to pumping, we can also inspect your tank to ensure it is good working order while also measuring the thickness of the sludge in the tank to help you determine when your next pumping should be done.

Call Affordable Sanitation today to schedule your septic tank service or to learn more about our septic system maintenance services.

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