How Often Should a Septic Tank Be Pumped Out? 

How Often Should a Septic Tank Be Pumped Out? 

Do you own an Atlanta, Georgia area property with a septic system? The key to keeping your plumbing system healthy, safe and effective is regular maintenance. Pumping and cleaning your tank routinely, will provide you and your loved ones with a reliable waste management system that will last many years to come. At Mr. Rooter of Atlanta, we provide a range of residential and commercial plumbing services in Atlanta, Roswell, Decatur, Marietta, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and other nearby cities. Unsure if your tank needs to be pumped? Here are a few tips for determining whether it's time to schedule septic maintenance services for your property.

Why Is Septic Maintenance Important?

Many people accidentally neglect their septic systems because that which is out of sight, is usually out of mind. Your tank is buried beneath the ground, so most families don't realize it's time to empty the tank until they start to struggle with messy backups, overflowing toilets or a flooded yard. Leaving a septic tank unattended for a long time can create big problems for your tank. Certain kinds of waste and debris may settle on the floor and walls of your tank, and begin to harden. Once this begins to occur, it can severely reduce your septic systems holding capacity and hasten the need for repairs or replacements. When you schedule your pumping and cleaning services as recommended, you'll avoid such disruptive issues, and enjoy your plumbing system for much longer.

How Often Do You Need to Pump Your Septic Tank?

The correct frequency of pumping and cleaning a septic tank varies. Each home has different requirements and needs. A large family who loves hosting guests will likely fill their tank fast, whereas a single person or young married couple without children need services less often. In addition, the size of your tank and amount of water usage must also be taken into account. As a rule, an average sized tank for a family of four should be pumped every 2 to 3 years. A larger household may need to schedule a septic tank pumping annually, and a home with one or two people probably needs to get their tanks cleaned out once every 4 or 5 years. You'll want to pump your tank more often if you or someone in your home:

  • Uses the garbage disposal frequently.
  • Love to entertain overnight guests or throw large parties.
  • Have an ejector pump that's connected to the septic system.
  • Wash a lot of laundry.
  • Own a small business that's ran from home.
  • Improperly dispose of grease, coffee grounds or other materials into the drains.
  • Use a water softener which is attached to the septic system.

Signs Your Septic Tank is Full

Of course, sewage floods are always a telltale sign that you waited too long to pump your tank. However, there are more subtle ways to know when you need to call a plumber. If you start to notice slow draining water in your bathtub and kitchen sink, or start to smell foul odors from your drains or while walking around your yard, it's probably past time for a service appointment. Clogged pipes and blocked sewer lines can also be a warning signal, although sometimes it can simply indicate a blockage that needs to be removed. If it's been over a year or two since your last maintenance service, and you're seeing red flags, it's best to call a certified plumber who can inspect your tank and provide necessary services.

Need Professional Septic Tank Services for Your Home? Call Mr. Rooter of Atlanta Today

Is it time for your next septic tank pumping or cleaning? Then contact the team at Mr. Rooter of Atlanta, Georgia. Our certified plumbing professionals will come to your home or business with all the tools and equipment needed to get the job done right. Call today for more information or to schedule your next appointment.

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