When Should You Have Your Septic Tank Pumped Out?

14 March 2018
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If you don't have a septic tank, you may not know much about them; things like when it should be emptied, how to know when it's full, or how to maintain it are probably questions for which you don't have an answer. If you've moved into a home that has a septic tank, you really should know the answer to these questions. Read on for information about septic tanks, including when you should have it pumped out and other helpful tips.

When Should You Have Your Septic Tank Pumped Out?

A septic tank should be pumped out every 2 - 4 years. If you aren't exactly sure when it was last pumped out by the previous owner, you may want to call out a professional tank cleaning company to have them look at your septic tank and see if it needs to be pumped out. If you aren't sure, don't wait to have it pumped. You could end up with a backup that could be quite costly to you, not to mention the damage it could cause to your home or yard.

Signs Your Septic Tank Needs To Be Pumped

Watch for these signs in or around your home that may indicate that your septic tank needs to be pumped:

  • Pooling water or foul odors in your yard.
  • Drains in your home draining slowly.
  • Backups in your drains, such as a bubbling toilet when someone else in the house flushes, or when someone is showering.
  • Greener grass where your drain field is located.

Septic Tank Maintenance Tips

Again, if you aren't familiar with a septic tank, you may not know how to maintain it:

  1. Use One-Ply Toilet Paper. Always use one-ply toilet paper to prevent thicker toilet paper from building up in your septic tank. One-ply will breakdown much faster. You can also invest in RV toilet paper, which dissolves.
  2. Don't Flush Non-Toilet Paper Products. Anything other than toilet paper should be tossed into the trash, not flushed down the toilet. Flushable doesn't mean it is good for your septic tank (not to mention it could clog your drain inside your home).
  3. Dispose Of Grease/Oils Properly. Grease and oils do not belong in your drain, whether you have a septic tank or not. Leave these out of the drain and dispose of them properly.
  4. Use Drain Stoppers. Drain stoppers help prevent anything from getting into your septic tank that doesn't belong there. Drain stoppers help prevent food particles, hair, toothpaste caps, and other items from getting into the drain and into your septic tank. 

If you have a septic tank at your home and you aren't sure when to have it pumped, or you have questions concerning the tank itself, call a professional septic tank pumping company like Ace Sanitation Service to have your tank emptied and to help answer some of your questions.