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Septic Tank Maintenance Q&A

How often should your septic tank be pumped?

How often a tank should be pumped varies, depending on its size and the number of people using it. It’s important to know how large your septic tank is in order to determine how often it needs to be pumped. A larger  tank will have to be pumped less often than a smaller one.

 A house of two with an average size tank, that holds around 1000 gallons, will need to get it pumped every six years or so, a household of four generally averages around every two to three years before it requires pumping  and a household of eight will probably need a pumping yearly. This can vary somewhat from household to household; a professional inspection will give you a more accurate estimation of how often your septic tank needs to be pumped.

It’s also a good idea to have your system pumped if you are expecting heavy use, such as an increase in the number of people currently using your septic.

What other maintenance does a septic tank need?

 Your septic tank needs to be inspected regularly to insure that there are no issues such as cracked baffles, baffles disperse the waste inside the tank and help prevent soild waste from entering the field lines. Your septic tank also needs its filters to be cleaned as well. Both these items generally fall under the same maintenance schedule as your required septic tank pumping and are normally take care of at the same time.

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