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As it relates to septic services, “when should I pump my tank” is one of the most common questions asked. It’s not a question we mind answering. However, there’s more to septic service than how often to pump a septic tank. Knowing what a complete and comprehensive septic service looks like helps you maintain a healthy septic system for many years.
To answer the question “when should I pump my septic tank”; it is important to consider a few important factors. Most commonly, people pump their home septic tank every year or two, but that can vary depending on your situation. Some government agencies may recommend longer and other companies may recommend more frequently, but it’s smart to pump more frequently than less. The solids that build up on the bottom and sides of your tank actively degrade the life and integrity of your tank walls, and these solids are less destructive if removed often. For instance, if you have a washing machine, garbage disposal, and a large family that uses your home’s plumbing, these factors increase solids in your tank and should increase how often you pump your septic tank.
Frequent, regular pumpings as part of routine septic service help ensure everything is running efficiently and you’re safe from any potential issues resulting in backup or failure. It’s recommended to factor in these scenarios and work with your local service provider to create a pumping schedule. Waiting until issues arise leads to costly repairs and emergency calls for septic service.
If your sinks, toilets, or shower isn’t draining as quickly as it used to, there’s a good chance you need a drain cleaning. While this can also serve as a sign of a full septic tank, a clogged drain is usually the issue. Drain cleaning involves either snaking or jetting your home’s drains to remove the buildup and clear your pipes. Using state-of-the-art cameras, septic experts identify the issue and use the appropriate tool to fix it as soon as possible.
In addition to traditional clogged drains, tree roots also cause their share of problems. If tree roots have infiltrated your pipes, slow drainage is an indicator of a problem. In this case, technicians cut the roots and return your septic system to working as intended.
While septic inspections are less frequent than pumpings or routine maintenance, they’re still an essential component of septic service. Inspections ensure that your septic system, or the one you’re buying or selling, is working properly. Depending on your state, a septic inspection may be required in certain situations, but in any transfer of ownership for a property with septic – it is imperative that you have the system inspected to understand it’s condition. Septic systems are as expensive as replacing a roof or other large components of the home.
When you pump your tank, it is the perfect time for septic system additives. These additives replace any of the helpful bacteria in your tank that break down solids. The level of naturally occurring bacteria in the tank slowly lowers over time due to disinfectants and soaps washing down your drains. These additives provide a boost to your system by reintroducing this bacteria.
Just as septic tank pumping is part of preventative maintenance, pipelining is a smart alternative to repair your septic system or any other damaged drain pipes without expensive and time-consuming excavation. This service reinforces your existing pipes from the inside without having to dig them up. This is a hassle-free way to repair and prevent bigger issues in the long-run, which saves time and money.
For any questions regarding your septic tank pumping schedules or any of the aforementioned septic services, contact Wind River Environmental. Wind River Environmental serves over 16 states on the east coast, with knowledgeable and helpful technicians to guide you through the necessary septic services for your system. If you’re looking to schedule a service, call us at 1-800-499-1682 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you. If you want to learn more about the essential septic services, don’t hesitate to contact us today!