Having your septic tank pumped on a regular basis is essential if you want to keep your system in great shape. Without regular pumping, you could face a wide variety of expensive and messy problems ranging from sewage backups into your home to a clogged drainage field or wastewater spillage.
It's easy to see the importance of pumping your septic tank regularly, but you might not know how often it should be done. The following talks about some of the factors that could affect how often you'll need to have your septic tank pumped.

It Depends on Your Septic Tank's Capacity

The overall capacity of your septic tank is one of the biggest factors when determining how often it should be pumped. The size of your septic tank usually depends on the size your home and the expected amount of wastewater that needs to be treated on a daily basis.
Keep in mind that septic tanks are available in a broad range of sizes, from relatively small tanks that hold 500 gallons or less to massive tanks capable of holding 2,500 gallons or more. Large tanks won't need to be pumped as often, but that shouldn't stop you from having the tank inspected on a regular basis, just in case.

Household Size Also Matters

You should also consider the number of people who use your septic system on a regular basis. For instance, having a growing family gradually places more stress on your septic system due to increased usage. As a result, you'll likely need to have your septic tank pumped more often than before.
As the number of people living in your home shrinks, however, so will the usage your septic tank experiences. This also reduces how often your septic tank needs pumping. If you're living by yourself or with your significant other, expect to get a visit from the honey wagon less often than a family of five.

Additive Use Can Also Have an Impact

Many homeowners use septic tank additives under the belief that they help break down solids and keep the septic system in good health. However, there's plenty of debate as to the true effectiveness of these additives, with many experts convinced that septic tank additives do more harm than good.
Instead of breaking down solids, many septic tank additives actually kill off beneficial bacteria and allow solids to remain. Some additives can also produce harmful byproducts that not only harm the septic tank itself but also pose a risk to the soil.
By disrupting the way your septic system normally works, septic tank additives can actually have a negative impact on its overall health. This means that a septic tank pumping will likely be a more frequent occurrence, especially if you want to keep your tank in good shape.

Don't Forget About Your Garbage Disposal

You may not realize it, but using your garbage disposal also affects how often you'll need to have your septic tank pumped. By using your garbage disposal on a regular basis, you're sending sizable amounts of solid food waste through your septic system. Combined with the ordinary solids that end up in your septic tank, an influx of food solids could make septic pumpings more frequent than usual.

What We Recommend

Current county ordinances require homeowners to have their septic tanks pumped at least once every three years. At Eckmayer Inc, we usually recommend that our customers have their tanks pumped every two years for greater peace of mind.
If you've recently installed a septic tank and never had it pumped before, you should have your septic tank inspected on an annual basis until the time comes for pumping. Keep in mind that the need for regular septic tank pumping can fluctuate depending on your lifestyle changes.
We have the expertise and experience to deal with just about any septic issue. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.