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Septic Tank PumpingRegular septic tank pumping is one aspect of septic tank maintenance that shouldn’t be ignored. This is because when wastewater leaves your home, it makes its first stop at the septic tank. Here, any fats and oils settle at the top, a liquid layer of effluent remains in the middle of the tank, and any solid waste settles at the bottom. As the solid waste accumulates, there is less and less room for additional wastewater to come through the tank and eventually make its way out to the drain field for treatment.

Although you probably already know that you need to have septic tank pumping performed consistently, you may not know exactly when you should have your tank pumped. Although most septic systems need to be pumped every three to five years, the exact timeframe depends on:

  • The number of people currently living in your household
  • The size of your septic tank
  • How much waster your household uses on a daily basis

Keep in mind that even if you have your septic tank pumped regularly, that doesn’t mean you can forgo preventative measures to keep this aspect of your septic system up and running. To avoid the need for an emergency septic repair, it’s best to conserve water in your home to the best of your ability and avoid flushing anything besides toilet paper and human waste down the toilet.

Has it been a while since your last septic tank pumping appointment? If it has, contact us at American Waste Septic to set up a time for us to come and pump your tank.