How Often Should Your Septic Tank be Pumped?

Our lives can get busy and with the new year settling in you may just now be finding some peace. One part of your home that you likely neglect when you’re extra busy is your septic tank. Don’t worry, this can be easy to forget about and should run fine without you having to give it much thought. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t require maintenance and some keep up. One of the ways you should care for your septic tank is to get it pumped out. Let’s explore all the parameters that can guide you in knowing when it’s time to get your septic tank pumped.  

It’s important to note that a lot of factors go into determining whether or not it’s time to get your septic tank pumped. Some of those factors are the size of your tank, the size of your family, and climate. One general rule to adhere to is the size of your tank in reference to your family size. Below is a chart that you can follow! 

The above chart is a great guide, however sometimes factors arise that may cause you to need your septic tank pumped sooner than is suggested in this chart. Below is a list of some of the most common signs that it’s time to pump your septic tank now rather than later! 

  • Pooling water: Water pooling in your yard or around your tank can be a sign that there is a leak in your tank. 
  • Bad smells: Bad smells coming from the pipes within your home and in your yard can be a warning sign. These bad smells may mean that there’s a sewage backup and your tank is close to being too full. 
  • Drains backing up: If you find that drains in your home are backing up then that may mean your septic tank is ready to be pumped. 
  • Some other factors include:
    • Garbage disposal usage 
    • Laundry usage being above average 
    • Regular entertainment of guests 
    • Usage of non-septic friendly materials

It’s important to know what affects your septic tank and when it’s time to take care of it. If you’ve read this and realized your past due for a septic tank pump we recommend calling a professional out to perform a maintenance check. This will ensure that there is no damage to your septic tank and that you avoid any septic system failures in the future. Here at Norfolk Plumbing we know that life can get busy that’s why we have 24/7 emergency service. Our trained technicians are ready to assist you with your septic system needs! Give us a call to get your septic tank pumped today! (757) 466-0644

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