How Often Should You Have Your Septic System Serviced or Pumped?

May 15, 2017 Published by Leave your thoughts
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About one quarter of the homes in the United States have septic tanks, as opposed to being hooked up to a main city sewer system line. Septic tanks are in place to get rid of household wastewater and, when regularly maintained, can provide you with many years of problem free water drainage. But you must perform preventative maintenance on your system, including having the septic tank pumped and inspected on a regular basis.

So, how often should you have your tank pumped or call for septic service in Mora, MN? And what else does a homeowner need to know about septic maintenance? Read on to find out!

Septic inspections and tank pumping

Maintaining a septic tank inspection schedule is one of the most reliable ways to gauge whether you need septic pumping. During an inspection, the inspector will check for trouble spots, make sure the system looks good and determine whether pumping is needed at the present time. Plan on septic tank inspections once every three years, although septic systems with mechanical components will need more frequent inspections.

The system’s manufacturer documentation will give a recommendation about inspection frequency, which will depend on your family size and rate of use. Let’s use as an example an average four-bedroom home using a 1,200 to 1,500 gallon septic tank. For a family of four people (the average household size), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recommends scheduling septic tank pumping every three years.

However, every situation is different, meaning you might need pumping every two years, or only every five. It’s the layers of sludge and grime inside the tank that determine when septic tank pumping is needed. If the inspector finds that the system is too small for the size of the property, then it will need to be pumped more often.

Keep the following septic tank pumping tips in mind:

  • Know service costs:
    Call a few septic maintenance companies to get price quotes for tank inspection and pumping. Ask about additional fees for things like septic tank lid locating. You also want to get a list of everything included in the inspection so you can perform a more accurate price comparison.
  • Be proactive:
    While you may wait until a light bulb goes out or for the oil change light to come on before doing something about it, this is not a game you want to play with your septic tank. If your household produces a lot of wastewater and the tank is the right size for the house, then pumping every three years is wise. But tanks that are not used much could go years without signs that they need to be pumped. Rule of thumb: it’s better to pump on a regular schedule than wind up in an emergency situation.
  • Keep documents and records:
    For quick reference, write down the manufacturer, size, age and maximum capacity of your tank. You should also keep all maintenance service records and keep track of inspection and tank pumping dates.

If you need septic service in Mora, MN, give A & A Septic Service LLC a call. We are MPCA certified and EPA certified for your protection and peace of mind!

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