Septic Tank Pumping Tips

As septic tanks collect and store waste, anaerobic bacteria in the tank begin to break down some solids into sludge on top of the water. Other solids fall to the bottom, becoming a thick, sludgy substance that needs to be pumped out of the tank. A home’s septic tank capacity will determine how often the waste is pumped out.

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Keeping your septic system well maintained can prevent major problems with the system. A septic tank that requires frequent pumping can cost more than one that is properly sized and inspected on a regular basis. Using an online septic system calculator can help you determine how large your tank is, and how often it should be pumped out.

You can also prevent septic tank pumping expenses by following the recommended maintenance schedule. A septic system that has been properly sized for your home will be much more cost effective in the long run than a septic system that must be pumped out frequently because it is overloaded with waste.

When a company arrives to pump out your septic tank, you can help make the job go as smoothly as possible by ensuring that all machinery and vehicles are clear of the site. Also, keep all pets (both housepets and working animals like horses) away from the tank while it’s being pumped out.

Some homeowners wonder whether adding septic system additives purchased from hardware stores can reduce the amount of sludge in their tanks. Research from Kansas State University shows that these products are often ineffective and could actually cause serious damage to your septic system.