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Why Should I Pump My Septic Tank?

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Why should I pump my septic tank?

Most people wait until they have a problem to pump out their septic tank, but this is not the right approach — by then, your system is usually past the point of no return. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Cleaning your septic tank is critical

Cleaning your septic tank is the key to the life of your septic system.

The purpose of the septic tank is to separate the wastewater from the solid waste and allow only the wastewater to enter the soil absorption field. The less frequently the tank is cleaned, the more solids are likely to enter the soil absorption field.

When this occurs, your soils and drainfield will clog and lead to system failure. In most instances, the entire system will have to be brought up to current regulations set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and your local permitting authority, which usually requires an entirely new system.

How often should my septic tank be pumped?

Conventional septic tank should be pumped every 3 to 5 years, depending on the size of the tank and the household wastewater usage.

For example, a family of six on a 1000-gallon tank will need to pump out the tank more frequently than a family of 3 on a 1000-gallon tank.

In Bexar County, the tank is required to be pumped/cleaned at least every five years in order to renew the License to Operate for the system.

Schedule a septic tank pumping

Whether you know you need a septic pumping or aren’t sure, we can help. Give us a call at 830.249.4000 (Boerne) or 210.698.2000 (San Antonio) or contact us online to schedule an appointment.


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