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HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO PUMP MY SEPTIC TANK?

Regular pumping of your septic tank will extend the life of your septic system and protect your septic drainfield. The table below provides septic pumping recommendations as to how often you should have your septic tank pumped. For example, a 1,000 gallon septic tank used by two people should be pumped every 6 years. If there are eight people using a 1,000 gallon septic tank, it should be pumped yearly. It is also a good idea to have the septic tank pumped before a large gathering of people or more frequently if you use large amounts of cleaners or heavy use of a garbage disposal.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM SEPTIC PUMPING FREQUENCIES IN YEARS

 

Number of Persons in Household

Tank Size (Gallons)

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

1000

12 yrs

6 yrs

4 yrs

3 yrs

2 yrs

1 yr

1 yr

1250

16 yrs

7 yrs

5 yrs

3 yrs

3 yrs

2 yrs

2 yrs

1500

19 yrs

9 yrs

6 yrs

4 yrs

3 yrs

3 yrs

2 yrs

1750

22 yrs

11 yrs

7 yrs

5 yrs

4 yrs

3 yrs

3 yrs

2000

25 yrs

12 yrs

8 yrs

6 yrs

4 yrs

4 yrs

3 yrs

2250

27 yrs

14 yrs

9 yrs

7 yrs

5 yrs

4 yrs

3 yrs

2500

32 yrs

16 yrs

10 yrs

7 yrs

5 yrs

5 yrs

4 yrs

Our septic pumping technicians will offer their suggestion for your next pumping after your initial septic service with us. We typically recommend pumping your septic tank every three years to reduce the risk of having any drainage problems or septic back-ups. A rule of thumb, if you do not remember the last time you had your septic tank pumped, it's time to do it again.

WHY DO SEPTIC SYSTEMS FAIL?

The most obvious septic system failures are easy to spot. Check for pooling water or muddy soil around your septic system. Notice whether your toilet, tub or shower drain backs up when you flush or do laundry. You may hear bubbling or gurgling sounds when you flush your toilets. You might also notice strips of bright green grass over the drain field. Septic systems also fail when partially treated wastewater comes into contact with groundwater. This type of failure is not easy to detect, but it can result in the pollution of wells, nearby streams, or other bodies of water.

Contact John's Septic Service if any of these circumstances are true for your home. A trained septic tank professional is always available to come check out your situation if you suspect such a septic failure.

Septic tank failure causes vary drastically but most often include the introduction of "toxic" materials to the septic system or from overloading the septic system. Remember that your septic system contains a living collection of bacteria that digest and treat waste. Don't kill them off or they won't be able to do their job!

Practices or items to avoid overusing include:

  • Household toxics: oil based paints, solvents, toxic cleaners, pesticides, excessive household cleaners.
  • Draining a hot tub or swimming pool in your septic system. (Instead, drain water onto turf well away from the septic tank and drain field according to local regulations).
  • Excessive use of water purification systems including water softeners.
  • Frequent use of a garbage disposal which can significantly increase the accumulation of sludge and scum in your septic tank.

So what is the purpose of using bacterial additives in my septic tank and system? . . .

  • To promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the septic tank.
  • Healthy bacteria are essential for proper septic tank operation. A healthy bacteria level digests organic waste.

The bacteria in the wastewater isn't always strong enough to maintain your septic system because of the typical home-care products that we use kill bacteria before they even get to the septic tank. Please visit our Residential page to learn more about John's Septic Service Environmental easy to use septic tank packets. If you feel you may need a bacteria treatment, call us at 435-688-2836.

What is Septic Tank Additive and How Should I Use It?

Septic tank additives and treatments WILL NOT ELIMINATE routine septic tank Septic Tank Pumping Casa Grandepumping.

It is NOT possible to eliminate pumping your septic tank by using additives or septic tank bacteria (ie: RID-X). No matter how efficient a septic tank bacteria additive is, there will always be a buildup of inorganic matter floating on top and lying at the bottom of the septic tank. Extreme buildup will plug the drainfield lines. See illustration above.

Monthly doses of the beneficial bacteria and enzymes found in John's Septic Service Environmental Septic Treatment (ST) packets will assist in maintaining the healthy colony of necessary bacteria. John's Septic Service Environmental ST is a granular blend of bacterium that should be used every month. It is simple to use and is the most effective way to maintain your septic system.

Alternative additives or natural additives are often posted online or advertised as a fix for your full tank. They DO NOT work! Natural additives such as vinegar or yeast packets are not effective and will do absolutely nothing for the scum and sludge inside your septic tank. ONLY use products designed and approved for your septic tank!

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