It’s a new year, at time for a fresh start for your body and your life. Why not consider a fresh start for your septic tank? If it’s been 3-5 years since your tank has been cleaned, now is the time! Don’t procrastinate and put it off any longer: cross this off your to do list NOW!
What If You Don’t Pump Your Tank?
Cleaning your septic tank is the key to the life of your septic system. Postponing pumping can wreak havoc on it. Here’s a few things that could happen:
- Just because your toilets are flushing, doesn’t mean you don’t need to pump your tank. There are usually no signs you need to have your tank cleaned for maintenance, so if you wait until you have a problem, the damage has been done and pumping wont solve your problem.
- Sludge and solid waste will accumulate in your tank and build up, eventually leaving the septic tank, entering and clogging the drainfield (your yard could flood or you could have backup in the house)
- Your system’s lifetime can be shortened. Systems usually last about 25 years, but failing to pump every 3-5 years can shave time off that lifespan. 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. The average cost of a new system is $10,000 to $15,000 dollars.
You don’t want your resolution next year to have to be to replace the system. Call a professional to take care of your tank today. Below is a handy chart that can help determine if your tank requires pumping now.