3 Factors To Help Determine How Frequently You Should Pump Your Septic Tank

April 20th, 2012 BY No Comments

WR 88027 120810 MG 9090 300x199 3 Factors To Help Determine How Frequently You Should Pump Your Septic TankIf you've been reading our blog long enough, by now you should know how important septic pumping is to your home or business.

Anyone who is an owner of a home, building, or business should be getting their septic tank and plumbing inspected and pumped at least every 1 to 2 years.

But how to do you know where you fall in that range?

It can depend on a couple of different factors. Here’s some things to think about when you are deciding how often to have your septic pumping done.

 3 Factors To Help Determine How Frequently You Should Pump Your Septic Tank:

  1. How many people are in your household? (Or using your business facilities?) If you have many people in your home that means you are flushing more toilets, taking more showers, running the dishwasher several times a day and doing many loads of laundry a week. The water consumption of a family of two vs. a family of five is a pretty big difference. The larger the family or the amount of traffic in your business can mean you need septic plumbing done more often.
  2. How eco-friendly is your home? If you use lots of bleach and harsh chemical cleaners (many businesses do this) you may end up eating away at the good bacteria in your pipes and drains. If this is the case you could find yourself having harder time breaking down waste and getting more clogs and back-ups. You might want to have your septic pumping done sooner and with more frequent. If you do use a lot of antibacterial cleaners make sure to counteract them by using bacteria additives. This will bring the good bacteria back to the tank and help break down those solids.
  3. How old is your septic system? The older it gets the more important it is to take care of it. Naturally, over the years the system is going to deteriorate or break down. The rule of thumb is, if your septic system is older than 10 years you should be pumping it every year and if it’s a newer system go every 2 years. Routine septic pumping service is a great preventative maintenance that will help prolong the life of your system.

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