Septic Tank Pumping

Septic tanks are waste water treatment systems designed to take in the waste water from your household through an entry pipe and then discharge the processed and cleaned water into the underground water tables. 

Septic tank pumping is a vital process that is absolutely essential for the longevity and cleanliness of the tank. There are certain factors that you should consider to decide on when and how to pump and clean your septic tank, and many regions have strict regulations on the frequency of tank pumping.

Septic Tank Pumping Considerations

In most households there are usually 3 or more people constantly sending waste water to the septic tank, and since the tank will get filled or blocked in time due to the amount of waste discharged to it, there will be a need for regular servicing. If a septic tank is not pumped with adequate frequency, the solid wastes may build up inside and even reach the surface of the tank, possibly causing dangerous contamination.

You can find below a simple list showing when septic tank pumping will be required based on the number of people living in your household and the actual capacity of the tank you are using.

A septic tank of 2000 liters used in a household of 4 people must be pumped once every year. The pumping frequency for the same capacity with 2 people living in the household is approximately once every two and a half years. If you have a septic tank of 1000 gallons, and there are 4 people living in your household, pumping the tank once every two and a half years would normally be enough.

However, you should also make sure you know the regulations of your state regarding the pumping and cleaning of septic tanks in order to be certain that you’re abiding by those laws.

Septic Tank Pumping Tips

1- The frequency of pumping will depend on the capacity of the cesspit and the number of people living inside the property. The more the people and the lower the capacity, the shorter will be the frequency of pumping. For instance, if you have a 1000 gallon tank and only you and your spouse are using it, pumping the tank once every six years would be enough. If on the other hand, the tank’s capacity is 500 gallons and there are 5 people using it regularly, you must pump the tank approximately once every 7-8 months.

2- When you pump and clean your septic tank, the bacteria that “process” the waste and consume it to clean the water inside the tank will also be eliminated. In such cases, you can purchase and use the starter bacteria sets sold in the market in order to make sure that the waste is consumed as it was meant to be in order to clean the water inside the tank.

3- Try to conserve water in your bath, toilet and kitchen in order to increase the frequency of service required for the tank. The more water and waste you discharge into the tank, the more frequent servicing it will need. Also make sure that you don’t discharge any unnecessary waste or trash into the tank. Each tank has a fixed capacity and throwing non essential waste will needlessly consume that capacity.

Septic tanks are an indispensable part of your property and taking good care of your septic tank through timely cleaning and septic tank pumping, you will not only extend the lifespan of the tank and avoid any septic tank problems, but also make sure that the wastewater treatment in your house is processed with utmost safety.

If you would like your septic tank pumped properly by a company you can trust give us a call at Crown Septic today!