How Often Should you Pump Your Septic Tank?

When the Time for Septic Cleaning and Hiring a Plumbing Contractor Comes.

Regular maintenance is the single, most important consideration in making sure your septic tank works well over time. Many homeowners believe that if they didn’t have any problems with their septic tank so far, they don’t need to pump them out. Unfortunately, this is a serious misconception. Whether it’s a cesspool, innovative/alternative (I/A) septic system or a conventional septic tank, they all need to be pumped out on a regular basis. Read on and find out whether it’s time to hire a plumbing contractor for a septic cleaning service.

Close-up of oil and water mixtureProperly designed septic tanks have enough space for about four to five years’ safe accumulation of sludge. If the septic tank is not pumped during this period, the sludge settles on the bottom and interior walls of the tank, creating a layer of solid waste. The bigger the layer is, the harder for the sewage to settle. In other words, if the septic tank is not cleaned regularly, the sewage will have less and less time to settle. When sewage doesn’t settle properly, more and more solid wastes escape into the soil absorption system.

Cleaning your septic tank regularly helps prevent waste from escaping into the drainfield. As a reputable plumbing contractor who specializes in septic cleaning, we recommend pumping your tank at least once at every three years. This way you ensure your system will work fine for many years to come and no unexpected back-ups will occur.

If you’re a nonresidential septic tank owner, make sure you determine how often to pump based on pumping records and prior accumulation. If the system is used frequently, you may have to pump it as often as once a year.

When hiring a plumber to perform septic cleaning, make sure you choose one that has experience. We, the team of C Mac Plumbing, have more than twenty years of plumbing and septic cleaning experience. If you need us in Anniston, AL, call at (256) 236-9371.