If you have a septic tank on your property, then you know the importance of taking regular maintenance steps, like calling for septic system cleanings and tank pumping. Neglecting septic service needs and ignoring the signs of impending problems can lead to costly repairs and increase the likelihood of septic waste backing up into your home or over your drain field.
So, how often should you pump your septic tank? That’s up for debate among homeowners, but on average, experts recommend that tanks be pumped every two to three years.
Septic tank pumping frequency
How often you should get your septic tank pumped depends on a few things. When it comes to residential septic pumping in Strafford County, NH, the first thing the professionals will say is to consider the number of people living in the house—as well as the average number of guests who come through—and the size of your septic tank. For example, a family of four with a 1,000-gallon tank will use about 300 gallons of that space in about 1.5 years. Compare this to a single person with the same size tank, which will take about 5 years to fill to the same 300-gallon level.
However, it’s possible to misjudge the frequency with which your septic tank ought to be pumped. Common mistakes to avoid include:
- Not pumping enough: By not pumping the septic tank enough, the tank can fail, causing the drain field to fail as well. This can lead to costly repairs.
- Pumping too often: There is such a thing as pumping too frequently. Some say that it’s a waste of money, unless you have high foot traffic in your home all the time. Consider pumping before heavy use to avoid septic backups instead of doing it every couple months because you think it keeps it cleaner.
- Pumping to fix a plumbing issue: Don’t pump your tank just because you have a clogged drain or a failing drain field. Investigate to locate the true source of the problem.
- Not cleaning enough or having an inadequate tank size: If it has been more than 3 to 5 years since your last tank cleaning, you are at risk of a backup. Make sure your tank is big enough for your family. Additionally, the more bedrooms your home has, the bigger the tank needs to be. This usually means there are many people using the household water.
- Not accounting for your home-based business: Some types of home businesses require the use of a lot of water—such as a hair salon, daycare center, photography development studio or elderly care—which increases the risk of septic tank damage from overfilling. Also, some businesses use chemicals that are harmful to septic systems. Keep this in mind and dispose of chemicals properly.
If you have a septic tank, you should consider partnering with a professional septic tank pumping service to create a proper pumping schedule. This way, your septic tank will never become too full and will stay in good working order. Contact the team at B.H. Cameron Septic Services LLC to learn more about residential septic pumping in Strafford County, NH!
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