If your septic tank is backing up or if you’ve seen signs that something is wrong with it, it may be time to have it pumped. You should have your tank pumped every three to five years, depending on the size of the tank and how many people live in your home. But how much does septic tank pumping cost? If you’ve never owned a home with a septic tank, you might be wondering exactly how much you’ll have to pay for this kind of septic tank service. There are a few factors that play a part in determining your cost.
Where Do You Live?
Your location is going to play a part in how much it pays to have the tank pumped. This isn’t because certain companies charge more just to charge more. Instead, it has to do with the differences in the cost of living. Just about anything you buy in New York, for example, is going to be more expensive than something you purchase in a small town in Texas. The average cost of having a tank pumped southwest part of the country is normally around $300 to $400. In the far northwest in states such as Oregon, however, prices typically start around $450 and can range up to $750.
In Atlanta however, the average cost is going to be closer to $350 for an average sized tank.
Buyer Beware! Some septic tank companies will advertise a very low price then change the price when the get there.
The Size of the Tank Also Plays a Large Part
Some homes have fairly small septic tanks that only hold up to 750 gallons of sewage. Others have huge tanks that can hold over 2,000 gallons. This is another major factor that will determine how much it costs to have the tank pumped. Smaller tanks can be pumped more quickly, so it doesn’t take as long.
Smaller tanks may also need to be emptied more often. If you have to have a smaller tank pumped every three years, you may end up paying more than if you had a larger tank that only needed pumping every six years. It’s all part of septic tank maintenance.
Your Home Also Affects the Cost
In addition to the size of your tank, your family size also impacts how often the tank needs to be pumped. With more people in the home, even a larger tank is going to need pumping every three or four years. If you have five or six people in your family, you may have to have your small 750-gallon tank pumped once a year, and that will quickly add up.
There are other things that will impact how quickly your tank fills up. There are a lot of daily activities that impact your septic tank. For example, if you put a lot of things down your garbage disposal, all of that waste will end up as sludge in the tank. Since sludge is primarily what needs to be pumped out, it will fill up the tank more quickly. Putting things such as grease and coffee grounds down the drain will also fill up the tank faster or cause issues such as clogging up the drain pipes.
Your activities can also cause the tank to need to be pumped more often. If you have a lot of people over, your septic system will be used more. The same is true if you do a lot of laundry in one day. This puts a lot of strain on your system, which can fill up the tank with wastewater.
Is Your Septic Tank in Need of Pumping?
If your tank needs to be pumped, give Septic Masters, LLC, a call today. We will come out to inspect the tank and give you a more precise quote for pumping it.