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.
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