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How Often Should I Get My Septic Tank Pumped?

Septic systems manage and dispose of household drain waste in a natural, environmentally-friendly, and safe way that differs from how a sewer system handles waste. It is crucial to properly maintain and care for septic systems to ensure their proper function over the course of several years. Generally speaking, a septic tank should be pumped every 2 to 5 years on average. The specific frequency of pumping required depends on various factors. At On Site Companies, we have your septic tank pumping needs covered.

Size of Septic Tank and Household

The size of the septic tank is one important factor in determining how often it should be pumped. Septic tanks are often in the range of 1,000 to 2,000 gallons in size. For example, if you have a 1,000 gallon septic tank with 4 members in the household, the tank should be pumped about once every 2.6 years. For a 2,000 gallon tank and the same household of 4, the tank may only need to be pumped once every 5 years.

Soaps and Chemicals Used Regularly

The types of cleaners, soaps, and chemical you use in your home and the frequency and amount of their use can also influence how often septic pumping should be done. The use of too many harsh chemicals over time will kill the bacteria in your septic tank, preventing the bacteria from doing its job and preventing build-up in the tank.

The biggest factors determining the frequency of septic tank pumping are the level of sludge and scum which have accumulated in the tank. When scum has accumulated close to 6 inches thick at the top of the tank or when the sludge level at the bottom of the tank reaches 1 foot, it is time to pump the tank.

Septic tank maintenance is not expensive compared to the cost of repair and replacement that may occur if proper tank maintenance is not performed when needed. With the general knowledge that most septic tanks require pumping about every 2 to 5 years, consult with a septic tank pumping professional to ensure you obtain the proper cleaning and pumping your tank needs.

For information about our septic tank pumping services, call us today at 800.210.8407 or contact us by email at sales@onsiteco.com.

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Septic Inspection Guide

A septic tank functions as part of a system, and is susceptible to failure. Prior to purchasing a home, the homebuyers should definitely have the septic tank inspected as part of a general property inspection. Below we cover some aspects of septic inspections, including the reasons for an inspection, the cost of an inspection, and the inspection process. At On Site Companies, we provide thorough septic tank pumping services for homeowners and businesses.

The Reasons for a Septic Tank Inspection

Septic tanks require inspection for the following reasons:

  • An inspection determines the capacity of the tank (if unknown) and if it complies with sewer requirements
  • An inspection identifies any problems with the tank, helping to avoid more expensive repairs or replacements, if the issues are left to fester.
  • An inspection identifies any current health risks associated with the tank, indicated by slow drainage, wet areas of the lawn, or bad odor around toilets.

Septic Tank Inspection Cost

The cost of a septic tank inspection will vary based on the level of the inspection, house location, and pumping rate in the region. The depth of the tank also affects the cost. Other services such as removal of the tank lid may add to the cost. The homebuyer usually pays for the septic tank inspection.

Septic Tank Inspection Process

A septic tank inspection may involve a visual inspection and/or a comprehensive inspection.

Visual Inspection

A professional visual inspection will include a house inspection in which the inspector asks general questions about the septic system’s maintenance. The inspector may record how often the tank has been pumped and the age of the home. The inspector will also test home appliances, run the water, and flush the toilets in the home. He or she will also perform a drainage test and check pressure levels. The inspector will also inspect the drainfield visually, noting if any stagnant water is present.

Comprehensive Inspection

With a full or comprehensive inspection, the inspector will focus on the entire septic system, including the septic tank. The inspection will include performing a drainage test, removing the cover of the tank and checking water levels. Using a water level analysis, the inspector will grade the drainage effectiveness of the tank.

The professional will perform a septic tank test to check the backflow from the tank’s absorption area. If there is blockage, there may be an issue with the drain field. The inspector will also perform a water flow test by running the water from the tap to see if it travels to the tank. This may involve placing a dye in the water to see how much of the dyed water reaches the tank. A greater water flow to the tank indicates an effective flowing system.

To learn about the septic tank pumping services we offer at On Site Companies, call us today at 800.210.8407 or drop us a message by email at sales@onsiteco.com.

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Septic Services in Cloquet

Septic Services in Cloquet - On Site Companies

On Site Companies has been a family-owned business for over 30 years and is eager to provide septic services in Cloquet. As proud members of the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce, Moose Lake Chamber of Commerce, and Duluth Chamber of Commerce, we understand the importance of serving the community. You can rely on us for all of our septic tank and holding tank pumping needs.

 

Residential Septic Pumping

If your home’s septic tank needs service, then look no further. We will make sure that your septic tank is professionally pumped and cleaned. Did you know that there are certain government regulations that your septic system must abide by? Don’t worry, we make sure that your system is compliant to prevent costly fines. We recommend signing up for our recurring scheduled pumping services to make sure that your septic system remains in good condition.

We offer residential septic tank pumping. Our team recommends that homes that are occupied year round to get pumped at least once every three years. Cabins and summer homes may be able to get pumped less frequently, but it’s always best to monitor the usage closely and be safe. Ultimately, the number of services depends on the amount of water you use, among a few other variables. Also, we offer residential holding tank pumping. Holding tanks must get serviced much more frequently. How often they get pumped and cleaned depends on the size, water usage, and a few other factors.

Regular septic maintenance is a proactive way to protect the integrity of your system. Getting your tanks professionally inspected, pumped, and cleaned regularly is a proactive approach to preventing potential costly repairs. Broken septic systems also can cause flooding and unpleasant odors if not dealt with properly.

 

Commercial Septic Pumping

We are proud to provide businesses with our commercial pumping services. We provide professional inspections that ensures that you are compliant with government regulations. By doing so, this prevents potential costly fines from your local officials. We expertly inspect, pump, and clean your system every time.

We provide both commercial holding tank and septic tank pumping. Our trucks are equipped with the Crust Buster. This is one of the most powerful tools in the industry that allows for maximum efficiency when pumping. This cuts down on the time we need to service your system significantly, especially in comparison to other trucks that don’t use the Crust Buster. We take pride in our craft and the results speak for themselves. Let us handle your tank, so you can get back to handling your business.

Preventative maintenance is the best way to have a healthy septic system. With this in mind, regular pumping, cleaning, and inspections can help prevent expensive repairs. It’s always in your best interest to be proactive, rather than reactive. Our staff of industry experts recommend reoccurring schedules for service depending on your business’s needs. This will make sure that you don’t neglect your septic system while your are busy running your business.

 

Contact On Site Companies for Septic Services in Cloquet!

On Site Companies takes pride in providing essential septic services to our Cromwell service area. Call us at 218.879.0121 to speak to an expert. We’ll schedule you for pumping today!

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