How Often Should A Septic System Be Pumped?

by | May 26, 2022 | Plumbing & Septic Services, Septic Pumping

How Often Should A Septic System Be Pumped? | Septic System Pumping Is A MustGenerally, septic systems are not the same as the common city sewer systems familiar to people. In the city sewer system, once the unwanted waste has been flushed down a sewer drain, it is transported to a water treatment plant for treatment. Conversely, septic tanks are owned by people and are located on private land. Waste drained down a septic drain doesn’t go very far from its source. It’s being stored in an underground tank until a septic pumping firm is contacted to empty it. And so, it is the homeowners’ responsibility to schedule when to pump the tank.

How often a septic tank should be pumped

The standard septic tank requires pumping regularly. However, the times vary for different households. Depending on some factors, homeowners should pump out their septic tank every three to five years. Factors to consider are the amount of waste and wastewater generated in your house, the number of people who live in your home, and the size of your septic tank.

Septic tanks can fill faster than three years

The presence of a clogged or broken drainpipe, which can transport liquids and waste to the septic tank, might give the impression that your tank is backing up. While this implies your tank typically isn’t full, it might still be filled with liquid, which can ultimately make its way through deep clogs.

Keeping your septic system functioning well

Here are a few tips to keep your septic tank in good working condition:

  • Make effective use of water: Septic systems collect and treat all the water flushed down the drain and the toilet, so conserving water means less stress on your system.
  • Take care of your landscape: It is recommended that you place your septic system at least 100 feet from any trees, and away from trees with more robust roots.
  • Keep the drain field free of obstructions: Avoid parking a car, building a structure, or planting trees or a garden over the drain field of your septic system. Make sure your downspouts are pointed away from your drain field to keep it from becoming wet, which will hinder its ability to absorb and filter wastewater.
  • Schedule regular system inspections and pumping: If you are connected to a septic system, you should have it examined at least once every three years, if not more frequently.

Septic system maintenance in Minnesota

Don’t forget about the importance of taking care of the septic system on your property. The easiest thing to do is leave it up to the septic professionals. Serving Minnesota, reach out to our experts at Dan’s Plumbing and Septic and take advantage of our effective septic system pumping services. Schedule your service now by calling (763) 434-6814.

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