Septic Tank Pumping FAQs

One of the main maintenance requirements of septic systems is ensuring the tank is emptied when needed. The problem is, many homeowners are uninformed about the tank pumping process, not knowing when or why it needs to be completed. Here are some frequently asked questions about septic tank pumping to give you a better understanding.

How Often Does a Septic Tank Needing Pumping?

Most tanks are designed to accommodate about 2-3 years of waste before they need to be pumped. However, this can vary depending on how many people are in the home and the size of the tank.

What Will Happen if the Tank Isn’t Pumped?

Sludge builds up in the tank, a thick layer of solid waste. When the level becomes too high, new waste water cannot settle long enough before exiting the tank into the drain field. Too much unfiltered waste can enter the drain field and could cause a septic backup or failure of your drain field.

How Do I Know When My Tank Needs to be Pumped?

It is difficult to check when a tank is becoming full on your own. This is why annual service by a septic company is important. They can check the level of your tank each year and inspect your system, letting you know when you should schedule your next pumping.

Is Pumping Expensive?

Each region and service are different for pricing; the cost includes emptying the tank and disposal, and larger tanks will cost more to pump. However, for an average-size tank, the cost usually runs around $300-$500.

If it has been more than two years since your last pumping, schedule routine septic service and pumping to ensure you do not wait too long to perform this important maintenance.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Questions to Ask When You Schedule Your First Septic Pumping

Is it time to schedule your first septic tank pumping? Before you call the first septic professional you come across on Google or in a business listing, there are some things to consider. First, you want to make sure you hire a licensed, trusted professional with a excellent reputation in your area. Secondly, there are some questions you should ask when scheduling your pumping service. Here are answers you need to ensure your pumping service goes smoothly.

What is the cost and what does it include?

There are some septic companies that have a flat fee that includes everything – the pumping, inspection and disposal. Others may use separate fees for each service. One way is not necessarily better than the other, but you want to know exactly what to expect and what is covered in the quoted price.

What type of access do you need?

It can save time and trouble to make sure there is room for the septic tank truck to park at your home. Ask how close they need to be to your tank and how much room they need.

How long will the service take?

Make sure you know how long to expect your septic contractor to spend cleaning your septic tank. A decision maker for the home should be present in case there are any repairs or issues that need to be resolved.

Septic pumping service is usually needed every 2-3 years for most homes, depending on the size of the tank and the amount of waste created in the home. If you know what to expect by asking a few questions, this service can go smoothly and quickly.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing Inc
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

What You Need to Know About Septic Tank Pumping

If your home is on a septic system rather than connected to a municipal sewer line, regular septic system maintenance is necessary to avoid problems with your system.  One of the most important maintenance tasks is regular septic tank pumping.  Having your septic tank pumped regularly will help keep your septic system in good working order.

The average cost for septic tank pumping can range anywhere from a hundred to a couple of hundreds of dollars.  However, actual costs to pump a tank will depend on the size, location, and accessibility of the tank including how much digging will be required to gain access to the tank.

In terms of how often septic tanks should be pumped, the size of the tank is an important factor.  An average sized tank should be pumped every three to five years.  It is a good idea to get a specific recommendation for your own tank from a sewer-septic professional.  Unfortunately, there is no way to tell whether a septic tank needs pumping without having it inspected by your plumber or sewer-septic professional.

If you leave you septic tank too long without regular pumping, it can cause serious problems with your septic system such as a clogged drain field.  You may begin to notice problems inside the house such as sewage backups, difficulty flushing toilets, and slow drains.  If you notice any of these problems, have your system checked out by a good sewer septic contractor.  If you set a regular schedule to have your septic tank pumped, this can save you from costly repairs or future problems.

Your septic tank system is a critical component of your home and should be given serious consideration.  Prevention is usually much less expensive than repairs for severe damage.  Don’t wait for your septic system to fail.  Have it inspected and pumped regularly and avoid septic system problems before they even begin.