Septic Tank Pumping: How Often Should It Be Done?
You have your own septic tank and are enjoying the benefits of saving the environment and saving some money. How can you ensure that your septic tank continues to serve you well?

One key maintenance tip for your septic tank is regular septic tank pumping. This helps to keep your tank clean and have it performing at optimal efficiency. Without septic tank pumping, your septic tank may overflow or become clogged, which would have a ripple effect on the other water systems on your property.

How Often Should You Have Your Septic Tank Pumping Done?

Typically, we recommend septic tank pumping to be carried out every 3 to 5 years. The frequency of septic tank pumping depends on several factors:

  • The size of your septic tank; the larger the tank, the longer you can go between pumping.
  • The volume of waste water, which depends on the usage of the septic system

The correlation between the size of your septic tank and how heavy its usage is can make a huge difference in how often you should pump your septic tank. As such, when installing a new septic tank, it’s important to pick the correct capacity of septic tank to fit your needs.

That said, a good rule of thumb is to have your septic tank pumped every 3 to 5 years. Some signs that you need septic tank pumping include bad odors coming from your tank, slow water drainage in your sink and bathroom, or even clogged drains.  If you notice of any of those signs, call us at Sauer Septic, and we’ll get your septic tank pumped and cleaned!