In our experience, many septic system owners know very little about their septic systems because they’ve usually just moved to a rural area or have never concerned themselves with the details before. What everyone who has a septic system should know is the importance of septic pump-outs and what they entail. Here’s everything you need to know about septic pump-outs:
How Does Septic Pumping Work?
The main equipment involved in a septic pump-out is a large vacuum pump that is attached to a septic truck. The end of the pump is placed in the septic tank to suck out the sludge at the bottom before the liquid can rise to an unsafe level.
Who Can Do Septic Pumping?
A septic pump-out is not a DIY task. It should always be handled by a licensed septic company to ensure that the septic system remains intact and the waste does not contaminate groundwater or the surrounding environment.
How Often Is Septic Pumping Needed?
The EPA recommends scheduling a septic pump-out every 3 to 5 years, at least for most household septic tanks. The truth is the actual frequency depends on factors like the size of the household, the average amount of waste generated, and the size of the tank itself.
What Should Be Done Between Septic Pumping Services?
You can take excellent care of your septic system between septic pump-outs by reducing your water usage, flushing only items that are meant to be flushed, and avoiding putting chemicals down the drain, since they can interfere with important bacteria.
Contact us today for a septic pump-out quote.