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How Often Should You Pump Your Home Septic Tank?

When it comes to septic system maintenance, pumping is one of the most fundamental things that you can do to keep it working properly. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t know how often they should have their home septic tank pumped. Whether you’re new to a property with a septic tank or you are just trying to figure out how to care for the one you’ve had for a while, here are some things you should know about septic tank pumping frequency.

How Often Should I Have My Home Septic Tank Pumped?

In most cases, you should have your home septic tank pumped every year or two. This is the general guideline and it’s a good place to start. When you call for septic tank pumping, the technician who comes out to do it can evaluate your tank’s condition and help you determine for sure how often you should have your tank pumped.

What Affects Septic Tank Pumping Frequency?

There are many factors that can directly affect how often you need to have your septic tank pumped. In fact, even if you usually only need to have your septic tank pumped every two years in most cases, there may be times when you need it done more often.

The number of people living in your house is one of the biggest factors that will determine how often you need to have your septic tank pumped. If the occupancy of your home increases significantly, you’ll want to increase the frequency of your pumping service as well. Remember that the more people you have in your home, even if they’re just daily visitors, the more wastewater will be going into your septic system.

You’ll also need to consider the age of your septic system, the size of the tank, your seasonal usage changes, and the use of any general additives.


For more information about your septic system’s care and pumping needs, contact us today!

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