How Often Should I Get My Septic Pumped?

Express Septic Services is here to pump your septic tank whenever you need us to. We can also inspect, maintain, repair, or replace your septic system depending on where it’s at in its lifespan. Septic systems don’t last forever and a failing one can leave you with an expensive environmental clean-up bill. How often should you get your tank pumped? It depends on a few factors.

Inspections and Pumps

According to the EPA, a household septic system should be inspected every three years. If the tank needs to be pumped at that time, it should be. In some cases, tanks can wait another one-to-two years before they need pumping so, on average, a septic tank should be pumped every three to five years. If you have an alternate septic system that uses electrical float switches, mechanical components, or pumps, you should have your system inspected every year and pumped when needed.

Pump Times Are Not Absolute

There are some things that can increase or decrease how often you need to have your septic tank pumped, however. Your household size is one determinate factor. If you live by yourself, you won’t need to have your tank pumped as often as a household filled by a large family. You do not generate as much wastewater as a large family does. You also do not generate as much solid waste as the large family. This said, if your tank is smaller, you may still have to have pumped every three years.

Ways to Delay Pumping

You can extend the life of your septic system and how often you need to have the tank pumped if you set a few rules within your household. Use water efficiently to avoid septic system overload and make sure you fix any leaking or running toilets. If you replace your plumbing fixtures and washing machine with high-efficiency ones, you’ll get more life out of your septic system. Avoid putting things down the drain that will collect in the tank, too, such as hair and food. Prevent clogging your septic system.

Express Septic Services is available to customers in Anderson, Greenville, and Spartanburg, SC. We’d be happy to inspect your septic system and discuss a pumping and maintenance plan perfect for your household. Call us today and we’ll dispatch a certified technician to your home at a time that is convenient for you. We believe in maintaining the health of septic systems to help our customers avoid expensive septic system repairs and replacements down the road. Call us today!

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