How Often Do You Really Need a Septic Pump-Out?

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How often do I need to schedule a septic pump-out? If you have a septic tank, you’ve probably heard a few different answers to this question, which can be frustrating. The truth is, while there are a few general recommendations for septic pump-out scheduling, the best schedule should be determined by a trained professional after they’ve assessed your system. In this article, we’ll review the main factors that determine how often you need a septic pump-out.

How Often Do You Really Need a Septic Pump-Out?

The first consideration is how many people live in the house. Your septic technician will need to know this so they can calculate a rough idea of how much waste is being produced and therefore needs to be processed in the tank. The number of people in your household directly impacts how often you must schedule a septic pump-out, with more people generally meaning more frequent pumping.

Next, your technician will need to get an idea of how much wastewater you produce. Wastewater includes what you produce from running appliances like dishwashers and washing machines, taking showers or baths, washing your hands, and flushing the toilet. This is often tied to how many household members you have, but your technician may also ask if you have appliances that use water and how often you run them to help them calculate the best septic pump-out schedule for your needs.

The last thing that significantly impacts your septic pump-out schedule is the tank itself, namely the size and type. In general, larger tanks can accommodate more waste, but some tanks are more efficient than others and can be smaller while still processing a comparable amount of waste as a larger but less efficient model.

If you have questions about your septic system or would like help determining how often you need to schedule a septic pump-out, our team here at John E. Byrd, Jr. Trucking and Tractor Service LLC is happy to assist you. Simply give us a call to inquire about scheduling an appointment with one of our skilled technicians.