Proper maintenance is imperative to keep a septic tank in good, working condition. Part of this important maintenance includes pumping out the septic tank every so often. A lot of people aren’t sure how often a septic tank needs to be pumped out. Here are some guidelines we have compiled to help clear up confusion on septic tank pumping frequency.

Every 3-5 Years

One of the easiest guidelines we can give you to follow is to have your septic tank pumped at least every three to five years. This is a very general guideline and the actual frequency can change based on different circumstances, but pumping it at least this often can help avoid serious issues.

Garbage Disposal

Those who have and use a garbage disposal will need to have their septic tank pumped more often. This is because the solids that are sent into the septic tank can’t always disintegrate by themselves and need to be pumped out. The more these kinds of solids are put into the tank, the more frequently the tank will need to be pumped and emptied.

Tank Size

Different tank sizes can change how often a septic tank needs to be pumped. Smaller tanks need to be pumped more often because they fill up a lot faster. Very large tanks, on the other hand, can sometimes go a long time without having to be emptied. This is especially true for those with a large tank who don’t use a garbage disposal and don’t use very much water.

Water Usage

The amount of water that is used in the home can greatly affect how often a septic tank needs to be emptied. We’ve found that those who use very little water don’t need to have their tanks emptied quite as often. The reverse is true for those who use a lot of water, as they have to have their tanks pumped more frequently.

Resident Age

The age of those who live in a home with a septic tank can impact how quickly a septic tank fills up. A family with younger children usually uses a lot more water and puts more solid waste in the septic tank than an older married couple with no children at home.

Pumping out a septic tank is a very important piece of maintenance to keep a septic system working well. How often a tank needs to be emptied can depend on a lot of factors. Those who have a lot of people or children living in the house, or who have a small tank size, may find they need to pump their tank more often. This is also true for those who commonly use a garbage disposal, or use a large amount of water.