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One Sign It’s Time To Pump Your Septic System

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If nothing seems wrong with your septic system—toilets are flushing, drains are running, and no weird smells—how do you know when you need to pump your septic tank? Ask yourself one question: has it been 3-5 years (or more) since your septic tank was pumped?

If you answered yes, your tank likely requires a pumping now. Extenuating circumstances do exist that might affect the frequency, but they are few and far between. You may need to pump your tank less often if your home has been vacant for a long period of time.

As a general rule, the chart below can help you determine if your tank is due for cleaning. Tank sizes usually correlate with the number of bedrooms in the home.

  • 1 bedroom: 500 gallons
  • 2 bedroom: 750-gallons
  • 3 bedroom: 1000-gallons
  • 4 bedroom: 1250-gallons
  • 5 bedroom: 1500-gallons

If you still aren’t sure if your septic tank needs to be pumped, schedule a consultation with a local septic service company (like us!). One of our core values at Van Delden is to maintain honest and integrity with our customers. If someone calls us and requests a pumping, we will always let the customer know if the pumping is required or not. Sometimes the customer still prefers to have their tank pumped, but it’s our job to be honest about the tank’s actual state. We will never recommend a someone a service they don’t need. That’s our promise.

2 thoughts on “One Sign It’s Time To Pump Your Septic System

  1. When the tank needs cleaning does the oder from the outlet drain increase? When washing clothes or showering will the discharge of water be immediate?

    • I’m sorry…I’m not sure what you are asking with the first question. But when you use water inside the house, it immediately flows to the tank, then almost immediately that same volume of liquids flows to the drainfield. If your system is something other than a conventional system, then the answer will vary. More information might be helpful 🙂

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