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A Few Things To Know About Pumping Out Your Septic Tank

If your home has a septic system, it needs to be pumped out regularly, and the frequency depends on how you treat your system. If you've not had to pump the tank yet in your new home, then you may not know what to expect when it's time to have the tank cleaned out. Here's a look at how often you should have your tank cleaned, how it's done, and how to maintain the area around the tank.

How To Know When Your Tank Needs Cleaned Out

You can estimate when the tank should be cleaned based on its size and the number of people in your home. However, that's just part of the equation. What you put into the tank matter as well. If you use a garbage disposal heavily or have company frequently, then the tank will fill up faster. Still, it's best to establish a pumping schedule with a local septic tank service who can help you estimate the best time to clean the tank based on your lifestyle. Otherwise, if you wait too long, the tank may get full and sewage can back up in your yard. If you wait too long, you may notice sewer odors in your house and soggy spots in your yard. You want to avoid this scenario by pumping on schedule because a septic backup could cause problems with your drainfield and create a toxic mess on your property.

How Septic Tank Is Cleaned

A tank is pumped out using a pumper truck that collects the waste and then disposes of it in a proper place. The truck can park on the street or your driveway so you don't have to worry about access to a tank in your backyard since the hose from the truck will stretch to your tank. The person cleaning the tank agitates the sludge on the bottom of the tank so it can be pumped out. Once the tank has been cleaned, it will fill back up fairly fast with water as the water collects from showers and laundry. This is normal and the water will pass through the tank and into the drainfield as normal. Over the coming months, the amount of water in the tank will decrease as the sludge layer on the bottom builds up.

How To Maintain The Tank Area

Since you may go a few years between service calls, it's easy to forget about your septic tank. However, you want to maintain the area so the tank will be easy to pump out when it's time or you might have to pay more so the service can get access. Never build anything over the septic tank area or drainfield, and avoid planting trees and landscaping in the area that could block access or send roots into the system. Also, keep the clean out lid visible or marked. If the lid is covered with grass, it may be hard to find when it's time to pump the tank.

Contact a septic tank pumping service for more help.