Septic Pumping 101

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If you’ve never lived in a home with a septic tank before, it’s understandable to feel concerned about how to keep this key system in good working order. Fortunately, in the majority of cases, keeping your septic system in good condition is a simple matter—all it takes is a little routine maintenance. The biggest thing you will need to worry about is septic pumping, and in this article, our team at Tampa Bay Septic will tell you everything you need to know on this topic to keep your tank in peak condition.

Septic Pumping 101

What is Septic Pumping, and Why Do I Need It?

First, we’ll explain how a septic tank works in order to illustrate why septic pumping services are necessary. In a private septic system, waste flows from your pipes and into a large underground concrete tank. From there, liquids flow out of the tank through more pipes and into the drain field, where the liquid is filtered, treated, and released back into the soil. Solids, on the other hand, sink to the bottom and will remain there until they are removed. The removal process is septic pumping, in which experts like us vacuum out all the waste and pump it into a tanker truck, and then transport the waste to a proper disposal facility. Without regular pumping, the tank would overflow, leading to all kinds of unpleasant problems.

How Often Do I Need Septic Pumping?

Although things like the capacity of your tank and the number of people in your household can affect how often you will need to have your tank pumped, a good guideline is to have it pumped every 3 to 5 years. Our experts can assess your tank and provide more specific guidance, and we can also set you up on a schedule so that you don’t have to worry about keeping track of those dates yourself.