Not Sure What To Do? Tips For Pumping Your Septic Tanks

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After we moved into a home with a septic system, I realized that we had to do something to understand what to expect. We started reading more and more about septic issues, and before we knew it, we had our first problem. Fortunately, because we were prepared, we didn't have to second guess our decision to call a repair person. Now when we have septic system issues, we don't worry as much about it and it is a great feeling. This blog is all about understanding common septic system problems and knowing how to fix them the first time around.


Not Sure What To Do? Tips For Pumping Your Septic Tanks

6 January 2023
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If you bought a home with a septic system, it's time to learn about maintenance. Septic systems are an efficient way to process your residential waste. But, these systems do need routine maintenance. Part of the maintenance includes routine pumping. Your septic tanks should get pumped at least once every three to five years. This will help keep waste flowing from your home to the tanks. There are some steps you can follow to make the most of your routine septic pumping. Read the list provided below.

Here are some tips to follow for septic tank pumping.  

Don't Wait Until the Last Minute

If you want to avoid problems with your septic system, don't let the tanks get too full. Many people wait until both tanks get filled to schedule tank pumping. That's the worst thing you can do. If you wait too long, you'll get stuck dealing with some unpleasant problems.

First, your pipes will start smelling like sewage. Second, your toilets won't flush all the way. Finally, you could end up with raw sewage in your bathtubs and showers. Or, you could have your tanks pumped before they overfill. That approach will protect your septic system and your home. 

Learn the Location of the Lids

Now that you have a septic system, learn the location of the lids. Your septic system includes two septic tanks. One tank holds the solid waste, and the other tank holds the liquid. Both tanks need to get pumped.

One way to improve the process is to uncover the lids before the septic company arrives. You can uncover the lids using your shovel. Uncovering the lids can save you time and money. Be sure to place caution tape around the open holes though. That way, you can avoid accidents and injuries. 

Try to Avoid Winter Pumping

If you live in an area that gets freezing temperatures, try to avoid winter septic pumping. Digging through frozen soil can get time-consuming and tiring. Not only that, but the sludge can freeze. This makes it more difficult to empty the tanks. Avoid these problems. Try to schedule septic pumping during the spring and summer months. 

Schedule an Inspection

If it's time to have your septic tanks pumped, don't forget the inspection. Pumping will remove all the waste from inside the tanks. But, it won't let you know what's going on inside the system. That's why septic inspection is so beneficial. The inspection will find problems you need to take care of. The septic crew can take care of the inspection while they're pumping the tanks. 

Protect your septic system. Use the tips provided above to avoid problems when getting your septic pumped.