How Often Do You Pump A Septic Tank?

Chattanooga Septic Systems
April 25, 2017

Pumping your septic system helps to  eliminate the hard sludge that collects at the bottom of the tank and also the grease floating near the top. Both sludge as well as grease can foul the disposal fields. Find some other reasons why septic tank may get clogged here. The frequency of pumping depends on your tank capacity, number of residents and how much of your wastewater is solid.

For instance: let's imagine your tank is 1,500 gallons, you've got four people in the family, and also your solid waste is the ordinary amount. After that you must pump your container every 4 years. On the other hand, suppose there's just one person using a 1,500-gallon tank. After that the frequency of pumping extremely decreases up to 10 years. The amount of people dumping wastewater down the drain makes a huge difference in exactly how often the storage tank requires pumping.

So does the size of the tank. Going back to our household of four, let's imagine the tank is a dinky 900 gallons. Then you better pump it every 2 years.

The volume of solids in the wastewater varies with such points as garbage disposals, area you live in, how often you're doing laundry etc. A family with a garbage disposal (compared to one that scuffs the meals right into a wastebasket) unloads as much as 50 % more solid wastes down the drain, and also, as a result, needs to pump the septic tank twice as usually.

Chemicals don't do any good and the reason is very simple. Waste solids sometimes also include sand, grit, plastic bits, and various non-organic materials. This stuff has to be pumped out and couldn't be dissolved by any enzyme or bacteria. However, there may be some issues with organic solids too. If they do not digest well, they accumulate.

When you add microorganisms to the tank, these new ones need to compete with those that existed before  and have already adopted to the tank. The previous microorganisms have the home area advantage and often just eat the new ones.

Of course, these are just the examples to draw the approximate picture of how often you should pump out your tank. Another good idea is  to pump the septic tank before or both before and after heavy us and then go back to normal usage levels.

The absence of regular maintenance septic works leads to an early drainfield failure and costly repairs. Get in touch with Chattanooga Septic Systems company for a professional inspection and service!

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