Let me ask you this: What happens if you don’t change your engine oil in your vehicle? Chances are your vehicle won’t break down if you wait longer than the recommended time to change your oil, but waiting too long or never changing it will have negative effects on your engine. It’s the same with your septic system.
The average recommended pumping frequency is between 3 and 5 years, depending on the tank size and the number of occupants. A year or two longer won’t cause your system to fail immediately, but continued neglect will shorten its lifespan and get you looking for Septic Pumping Near Me sooner.
Why Septic Systems Must Be Pumped
When you flush a toilet or discard of dinner scraps down a garbage disposal, the wastewater travels down the drain, through underground pipes into the septic tank. Most of the water is released into the ground and the waste is held inside the tank. Eventually, the sewer solids will fill the tank. If it reaches max capacity, it can overflow and you can experience bad smells, a mucky yard, and plumbing issues inside your home. Luckily, there’s an easy fix – having the septic tank pumped.
Waiting Too Long to Pump Is a Bad Idea
Sludge buildup is a slow process, so many people use their septic system for a long time before pumping it if they don’t experience any backup. — for most people it’s “out of sight, out of mind.”
We get many calls from owners with the same story: “My septic system is 20 years old and I’ve never pumped the tank out.” We are careful to let them know that we can pump their tank now, but it may not solve the problem if damage has already been done (i.e., if sludge has entered the drain field).
Septic system regulations have changed drastically in the last 15 years, and often older systems with this kind of damage must be completely replaced. Perhaps if the septic system’s owner had had the tank pumped on a regular basis, they could have gotten many more years of life out of their system.
Mistakes to Avoid When Pumping Your Septic Tank
As with any technical task, there are certain things that should be avoided when endeavoring to properly care for your septic system.
- Pumping too rarely leads to early drain field failure and potentially costly repairs
- Pumping too frequently is a waste of money
- Pumping the septic tank in an effort to “fix” a failing drain field
- Pumping the septic tank without a septic system inspection
Pumping without an inspection can result in misidentified or unidentified issues that can cause more expensive problems in the future.
Scheduling Septic Tank Pumping Service
The good news is that once you remember to schedule maintenance for your septic tank, your job is over. At Mid-Tenn Septic & Plumbing, we can handle the dirty (and smelly) work of the pumping. You don’t have to run around the internet searching for “septic pumping near me” – we will send the nearest technician to your property in a hurry. Once the septic tank is pumped out, it should be good to go for another few years. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today and we’re ready to serve you safely!
- Mid-Tenn Septic and Plumbing
- 4470 old Lebanon dirt rd. Mt Juliet TN 37122
- (615) 808-7898