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How Often Should You Get Your Septic Tank Pumped?

A wide variety of septic tanks require pumping every 3 or 4 years. If you are just moving into a new home, we would recommend getting one of our plumbers out there to evaluate the state of the system. Our team is prepared to pump and haul out the waste in an efficient and quality manner.

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Get Answers To Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Residential Septic Tanks

How often should I have my septic tank pumped?

  • Septic tanks should typically be pumped every 3 to 5 years, depending on factors such as household size, usage, and tank capacity. Regular pumping helps prevent backups and maintains the health of your septic system.

What are the signs that my septic system needs maintenance?

  • Signs of septic system issues include slow drains, foul odors, sewage backups, lush patches of grass over the drain field, and gurgling sounds in drains. If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to have your septic system inspected by a professional.

How can I prevent septic system problems?

  • Practice water conservation, avoid flushing non-biodegradable items down the toilet, refrain from pouring grease and chemicals down drains, and schedule regular septic system inspections and maintenance.

Can I use additives to improve septic system performance?

  • While some additives claim to enhance septic system performance, their effectiveness is debated among experts. It’s best to follow proper maintenance practices and consult with a septic professional before using additives.

What should I do if my septic system is backing up into my house?

  • If sewage is backing up into your house, avoid using water and plumbing fixtures, and contact a septic service immediately for emergency assistance. Continued use could worsen the problem and cause extensive damage.

How can I locate my septic tank and drain field?

  • Septic tanks are typically buried underground and can be located using a metal detector or by consulting with a septic professional. The drain field is usually located downstream from the septic tank and may be marked with soil mounds or vegetation differences.

What can I plant over my drain field?

  • Grasses and shallow-rooted plants are suitable for planting over a drain field, as they help absorb excess moisture and nutrients without interfering with the septic system’s function. Avoid planting trees and shrubs with deep roots that can damage pipes and the tank.

How can I tell if my septic system is failing?

  • Signs of septic system failure include sewage backups, foul odors, soggy or wet areas around the septic tank or drain field, and unusually lush vegetation over the drain field. Prompt action is crucial to address these issues and prevent further damage.

What certifications and licenses should I look for in a septic service provider?

  • Look for septic service providers who are licensed, insured, and certified by relevant organizations, such as the National Association of Wastewater Transporters (NAWT) or the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA).

How can I maintain my septic system to prolong its lifespan?

  • Regular maintenance, including pumping every 3 to 5 years, inspecting the system annually, practicing water conservation, and avoiding flushing harmful substances, can help extend the lifespan of your septic system and prevent costly repairs.



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