How Often Should I Pump Out My Septic Tank?

Septic tanks are most often installed in areas where there is no access to a municipal sewer line. This means that they usually serve homes in rural areas or those that were built before the sewer was installed. These tanks need to be pumped out every so often in order to avoid sewage backups and other complications.

If you’re new to your home and have never lived in a house served by a septic tank before, you are likely wondering when your tank needs to be pumped out and what that even means. Here are the answers you need to have so you can take good care of your home.

When to Empty Your Tank

How often should I pump my septic tank?

Most septic tanks need to be pumped out every 3-5 years. However, the exact interval will depend both on the size of your tank and the number of people currently living in your house. A single person may be able to go up to 10 years without pumping while a large family may need to get theirs pumped out every 2 years.

If possible, contact neighbors with similar-sized septic tanks and same-sized families. Find out how often they perform septic tank emptying and use that as a guideline.

If you’re not sure when your tank was last pumped out, you have several options. You can simply get it pumped out now and start your count over. You can also wait until you experience sewer backups or sewage bubbling up around your lateral field, though we don’t recommend this. By the time that happens, your system may already have suffered some damage.

Why Pump Your Septic Tank

System overload, as described above, is one main reason why you should pump out your tank. After all, it can only hold so much.

Your septic tank is designed so that heavier solids go to the bottom and form a sort of sludge. If sludge levels get too high, they can block the pipes in the tank that drain the liquid sewage away. This liquid has to go somewhere and, often, it ends up back in your home, causing all sorts of messes. Septic pumping avoids these problems and keeps your tank in great shape for many years.

How Septic Tank Pumping Works

Our pumping team will bring out a sewage disposal truck. We’ll hook that truck up to your septic tank, turn on the pumps, and get rid of the waste and sludge inside your tank. The process usually only takes a couple of hours, though the exact length of time depends on how much sewage you have and whether we encounter any problems along the way. Most of the time, though, we are in and out before you know it!

Contact us at Waste & Water Logistics today to get your septic pumping scheduled. We’ll arrive on time for your septic tank emptying and get rid of your sludge fast. Before long, your septic tank will be in great shape once again. Call us today, or request a free quote here!