If your home has a septic system, then there are certain routine maintenance steps you should be aware of to help keep things running smoothly. One of the best ways to properly maintain your septic system and ensure it runs effectively for years to come is to invest in regular septic tank pumping. The septic system is comprised of two main elements: the septic tank and the drain field. All wastewater that leaves the home from sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and appliances like dishwashers and washing machines will pass through the plumbing and into the septic tank. The septic tank has a complex combination of bacteria that begin the treatment process on all wastewater that enters the tank. Liquid and water waste pass through to the drain field, while solid waste sinks to the bottom of the septic tank and slowly builds up over time. A septic tank pumping will clear out all wastewater inside the septic tank, including the buildup of solid waste. Here’s what every homeowner needs to know about scheduling a septic tank pumping.
Best Time of Year for a Septic Tank Pumping
You might be surprised to find out that there are recommended times of year for septic tank pumping. While septic emergencies can happen and require septic tank pumping no matter what time of year, when you schedule your regular septic tank pumping and maintenance, professionals recommend the spring and summer months. In fact, winter is the least recommended time of year to schedule a septic tank pumping depending on the climate of where you live because the ground may be frozen over, making it more difficult to access the septic system.
The best time of year for regularly scheduled septic tank pumping is in spring and summer, when the ground is softer. This is also a great time if you have regular holiday visitors in the wintertime, which contributes to higher usage of the septic system. A septic tank pumping in the spring or summer can help by clearing out a septic tank that is near capacity or to prepare for an upcoming season of visitors and higher usage of the septic system.
Signs That a Septic Tank Pumping Is Needed
It’s Been More Than 2 Years
The general rule of thumb for when to schedule a septic tank pumping is every three to five years. If it has been more than two years since your last septic tank service, then reach out to the professionals to determine when is the next best time. If you don’t know when the last time your septic tank was pumped, then you should schedule a septic tank pumping as a precaution.
Fixtures Are Slow to Drain
If you start to notice that sinks and tubs are slower to drain than usual, this can be a sign that the septic tank is starting to fill up. When the septic tank nears capacity, there is less room for wastewater to enter the tank and get processed. This can lead to a backup in the plumbing and the wastewater you are flushing down the drain has nowhere to go.
Foul Odors Inside or Outside
If you start to smell a foul odor or sewage smell inside or outside of the home, then you might be in need of an emergency septic tank pumping. If sewage is backing up in the pipes, it can cause unpleasant odors to rise from the drains in the home. Bad odors on the property, especially near the drain field, can be a sign of overflow or another issue that requires a septic tank pumping.
Pooling Water in the Yard
It is helpful to know the general area of where your septic tank and drain field are located on the property. While these two components are generally housed underground, you can keep an eye out for signs around the area, including pooling water. If you notice pooling water in the area, this may be a sign of a septic tank overflow, which will require a septic tank pumping.
Recommended Frequency of Septic Tank Pumping
When should you have your septic tank pumped? At Septic Masters, LLC, we recommend a septic tank pumping every three to five years to keep your septic system running smoothly. Our team of professionals will come out to the home and assess the septic system to provide a specialized recommendation for a septic tank pumping schedule that best suits your home.