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How Often Do You REALLY Need Septic Pumping?

One of the biggest concerns of septic system owners is how often they need their tank pumped out. On the one hand, you don’t want to go through the trouble of scheduling an appointment and paying for septic pumping before it’s needed, but you also don’t want to wait until the tank is too full and risk backflow and flooding problems. So, what is your average septic tank owner to do when determining how often to pump their tank? Check out these factors, all of which affect your septic pumping timeline:

  • Size of tank– Obviously a tank with a larger capacity will be able to hold more than a smaller tank and therefore need fewer septic pumping appointments. However, even the size of the tank is affected by this next factor.
  • Size of household– The average family of four usually needs their septic pumping performed every three to five years. Households with more people would need septic pumping more frequently and smaller less frequently.
  • Water usage– How much water a family uses plays an important role as well in frequency of septic pumping. Do you have small children who only bathe a few times per week or stinky teenagers who shower before school and after sports? What about showers with multiple jets? How often do you do laundry? All of these factors need to be included when thinking of septic pumping frequency.

If you are new to your septic tank and want to ensure a regular pumping schedule, get in contact with a trusted septic professional like ours at Sauer Septic. An experienced professional will be able to give you a better estimation of when you’ll need to have septic pumping performed. Contact us today with any questions you might have.