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A Homeowner's Guide to Scheduling Septic Pump-Outs

Having regular septic pump-outs boosts the longevity and efficiency of your septic system. They also help to prevent backups, odors, and other expensive issues. This guide will walk you through the frequency of pump-outs, signs it’s time for a pump-out, the process of scheduling, and the costs and considerations involved.

Frequency of Septic Pump-Outs

The frequency at which you should schedule septic pump-outs depends on the size of your tank, the number of people in your household, and your water use. We recommend having a septic tank pumped every three to five years. However, households with high water usage or a garbage disposal may need more frequent pump-outs. Regular maintenance checks help determine the optimal schedule for your specific situation.

Signs It’s Time for a Pump-Out

Smells from your drains and slow drains are strong clues that your septic tank needs to be pumped. Excessively green or lush patches of grass around your drain field could be from a sewage leak fertilizing the area. Pools of water around your drain field or septic tank area may signal an overflowing tank too. The most severe sign that your tank needs a septic pump-out is sewage backing up into your home.

Process of Scheduling

Scheduling a septic pump-out is straightforward. Contact professionals and provide them with details about your septic system, such as its size, age, and the last time it was pumped. They may also inquire about the number of people in your household and your average water usage to determine the urgency of the service.