When should you pump your septic tank?

Pumping out your septic tank may not seem like the most glamorous job, but it's necessary. Blue Heron Septic suggests scheduling septic tank pumping and cleaning services....

  • When you're buying or selling your home
  • Every 3-5 years, depending on how many people live in your home
  • When your drains get clogged easily or your toilets won't completely flush

Avoid backflow issues with routine septic tank cleaning service. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

Septic Tank Pumping

All septic systems will require periodic pumping and cleaning. Solid waste is broken down to the highest degree possible, but remains in the system until it is physically removed. High levels of solids not only disrupt the treatment process, but put undue stress on the components of the system. In order to prevent costly repair or system failure, it is recommended that septic systems be pumped every 3-5 years.

How often should my septic be pumped?
The answer to that question is different for every system. Some of the variables that affect the need for pumping are:

  • Tank size/capacity
  • Household size/capacity
  • Volume of wastewater
  • Schedule of water usage
  • Amount of solids in the wastewater

The table below shows the suggested number of years between pumping for different system and household sizes (number of people).

The use of a garbage disposal or flushing harmful solids into your system will reduce the amount of time between pumping by about 20%. Example: Six people living in a household with a 750 gal. tank would increase their pumping frequency from 1 year to about every 7 months with the use of a garbage disposal.

Blue Heron Septic offers both knowledge and experience along with competitive pricing to our customers. If you suspect your septic system is in need of pumping, or if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

*most residential aerobic septic systems have 500 gallon systems.