Septic Pumping

How often should I have my septic tank pumped?

Under normal conditions, most families can go 3-5 years between pumpings.  The size of the tank, useage, and number of people in the household is what determines how long you can wait.  Unfortunately, most people wait until there is a problem before they call to have their tank pumped.  Regular pumping helps prevent solids from excaping into the drainfield and clogging the drainlines.

How does a septic tank work?

Solid materials settle to the bottom of the tank, forming a layer of sludge.  Grease and lightweight materials float to the surface creating a layer of scum.   Liquid flows between these layers and out into the drainfield.  When the sludge level increases too much, the drainfield becomes clogged and it cannot absorb liquid at the rate it enters the tank.  Plumbing will back up or unsanitary wastewater will bubble to the surface.  Repairing drainlines or replacing an entire system is much more costly than routine maintenance (tank pumping).

How much does it cost to have my tank pumped?

The cost varies a bit from job to job; however having a tank pumped usually costs less than a yearly city sewer rate. 
Please call for an estimate.

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