3 Septic Tank Pumping Mistakes to Avoid


If you have a septic tank, it's important to get it pumped. Septic tanks are designed to break up a lot of waste; however, there is some waste that they can't break up, and that waste accumulates inside of your septic tank until it is pumped out. As a septic tank owner, pumping the tank is one of the few things, you have to make sure you take care of.

#1: Not Pumping the Tank Frequently Enough

As your septic tank is buried in your backyard, it is easy to treat it as out of sight, out of mind. However, it is important not to forget about your septic tank. If you allow the debris to continue to build up inside your septic tank, over time, that debris will fill up the septic tank and prevent it from doing its job. When too much debris builds up, waste will be forced out of the tank and into your drain field.

Once waste, such as fats and oils, gets into your drain field, you have a big mess on your hands. Fats, oils, and other waste can completely ruin your drain field's efficiency and lead to it needing to be replaced. Not pumping your tank can cost you thousands of dollars, whereas pumping your tank will only cost you a few hundred dollars.

#2: Pumping Too Frequently

On the other side of the coin, you don't want to pump your septic tank too frequently. If you pump your septic tank too frequently, you will not do any damage to your septic tank or your drainage field. However, too frequently pumping will cost you money.

The truth is there is no good rule of thumb on how many years you should wait in between each pumping. You should get your tank inspected every year and use that evaluation to determine when you should get your tank pumped. Everyone's wastewater usage will vary, and thus how often you need to pump your tank is going to differ as well.

#3: Not Cleaning Your Tank 

When you pump your tank, you are just removing the waste built up inside of your tank that can't be broken down. However, if you want your tank to operate as effectively as possible, you will want to pump and clean your tank, which is an additional service that many septic pumping companies offer.

When they clean your tank, they will effectively remove the debris stuck to the sides of your tank, not just the debris floating around. This will result in a much cleaner environment inside your tank and allow your tank to operate more effectively.

It is important to get yearly tank inspections, so you will know when to get your tank pumped based on the size of the tank and your household's water usage. When you get your tank pumped, be sure to pay to get it cleaned as well to increase how effectively it operates. Contact septic tank pumping services for more information. 


12 February 2021

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