Septic Tank Pumping: Is it Really Necessary?

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If you’re somewhat familiar with septic systems, then you likely know that they require regular maintenance in order to function properly. As part of that maintenance, they require septic tank pumping on a regular basis, typically every two to three years. How often your septic tank needs pumping will vary based on:

  • Amount of use your system gets: The more waste that is flushed, the more often you’ll need to pump.
  • What is flushed: Flushing or draining personal care products, excessive oils, or even anti-bacterial soap, which kills some of the germs needed to break down your waste, can lead to more frequent septic tank pumping.

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  • The climate you live in: The sludge that can decompose in your system will do so quicker in warm climates than cold climates.

So, what if you decide to neglect or avoid septic tank pumping? Can it really be that big of a problem? While the right conditions may allow you to go an extra year or so, you run the risk of septic backup and other problems. Not pumping your septic tank can result in:

  • Water backup in your home
  • Clogged or slow drains in your home
  • Sewage smell in your home or yard
  • Swampy spots in your yard near the tank
  • Water contamination for your household and possibly nearby properties

It is clear that septic tank pumping is not something to be put off or forgotten. At Lee Kirk & Sons Septic, we can make it easy with a regular septic tank pumping schedule. Our reliable team will make sure your system is well cared for and can be relied on. Call us today to learn more about septic tank pumping and other important septic maintenance tips.