Septic tank pumping is an often overlooked service that every home with a septic system needs on a routine basis. Unfortunately, many homeowners underestimate the importance of this service and fail to have it done in a timely manner. The more you understand about septic tank systems and the pumping that they need, the easier it is for you to keep your home's septic system in proper working order. Here's a look at what you need to know about septic tank pumping.
Pumping Frequency Depends On A Variety Of Factors
Every home's septic system needs to be pumped periodically. This pumping process must be done often enough to keep the system from overflowing, but it shouldn't be done so frequently that the homeowner is wasting money.
So, how do you determine how often to pump your home's septic system? For starters, if you've been living in your home for several years, you just adjust your septic tank pumping frequency based on the results of your last pumping service. If your septic system technician tells you that your tank was approaching the full stage, you'll want to have the system pumped sooner next time.
If you're new to the property, that doesn't mean having to make a completely uneducated guess. Talk with your septic system technician about the size of the tank as well as how many people live in your home. Both of these factors will help to determine how often you need to have your septic tank pumped because larger tanks will go longer between pumpings, but an increase in residents in your home will also increase the frequency of your needed septic tank pumpings.
There Are Signs That You Need To Schedule A Septic System Pumping
One of the hardest parts of timing your septic tank pumping service is determining when you need that pumping. What many homeowners don't realize is that there are some common indications that a septic tank is in need of pumping.
For example, as your septic tank gets full, it can't process waste as efficiently, so you'll experience some issues with off-gassing. This results in a sewage odor on your property. You may only notice it when the wind blows in the right direction at first, but it will become more pronounced if not addressed right away.
You may also notice that the area around your septic tank becomes wet and soggy. This happens because of septic tank overflow. When the septic system is too full and can't process waste, it can't properly drain to the drain field, so the system overflows into your yard. Left unaddressed, it will eventually back up into the drains in your home as well.
Talk with your local septic system pumping contractor today for more help and information.