When dealing with septic tanks this is usually the one service that many average people are able to perform on their own. We don’t want to sound rude by saying that. We believe that is just simply a fact. Getting your septic tank pumped every so often can be a great idea. As long as it is used as a preventive measure and not the end all be all of solutions. If you want to fix all of your septic tank issues by pumping the tank you are going to literally hit a brick wall sooner rather than later. We’ll explain why in just a bit.
What Does Pumping The System Actually Entail?
Pumping your tank is basically the equivalent of forcing the wastes inside the tank out to the septic drain field. In a perfect world, this process should be automatically done by your septic tank, and obvious if you need to help it out it is because of a pending issue. A lot of tanks nowadays come with a built-in pump that makes it a lot easier to go through this process. That is why we mentioned that a lot of people can get this done on their own.
How Often Do I Need To Pump It?
This is a really tough question to answer. To be honest, if you hardly use your tank then you can years and years without pumping the tank. We are literally talking decades here. That is of course if for instance only two of you live in a very large house. That is because the tank that was installed in the house is probably built to handle a tougher use that what you are putting it through. If you live in a house that is the other way around then the opposite applies as well.
Septic Tank Capacity
Septic tanks have different capacities. In simple terms, some can handle more wastes than others. So, here is where problems usually start brewing up. If you have a place that is only occupied certain times of the year a good idea would be to pump the tank at your arrival or right after you leave. That way you are actually helping the tank manage a lot of wastes that it may not be accustomed to handling. Effectively making sure that it doesn’t clog up and for the most part, saving yourself from a sure issue.
You May Need A Bigger Tank
The most common mistake is trying to pump the tank when you already have an issue on your hands. When you have a piping issue chances are a pipe is already clogged up almost completely. Pumping the tank may give temporary relief, but not a long-term solution. If you find that you constantly need to pump your tank, you may need a bigger tank. As we’ve said tank capacity is something that you have to be aware of. If you are sending too many wastes to a very small tank you are bound to have problems!