How Often Should You Call a Pumping Service for Your Septic Tank?
Knowing when your septic tank or grease trap needs the attention of a pumping service can vary. It’s an important question because if septic tanks and grease traps are not regularly cleared, they can be the source of a severe health and safety hazard.
Septic tanks perform an essential job. They take wastewater, treat it, so it poses no harm to the environment, and then return the recycled water to the local ecosystem. As you can guess, a failing septic tank system can create serious environmental and health issues if it develops problems. It’s for this reason that every septic tank should be pumped at regular intervals.
When Should I Call a Pumping Service?
How often you have your septic tank pumped will vary depending on the size of the household. As a rule of thumb, a septic tank servicing a home of two people should be pumped every three years. If the tank services five people, then it should be pumped every two years. Any more people than that and the recommended pumping service frequency is every 12-months.
It’s vital to monitor sludge levels, as they can easily overwhelm the septic system, clog the drain feed, and cause catastrophic failure if not kept in check.
Grease Trap Services
Grease traps are designed to prevent grease and other solids from entering the septic tank. Sludge builds up over time and will sit on the bottom of the trap, while oil and grease will float to the top.
A regular pumping service will ensure your grease trap and septic tank are always in good working order. When your grease trap reaches over 25% of its capacity, you should call your plumbing company.
While you’re septic tank and grease trap are being pumped is also a good time to have it checked for any faults or problems that may have been developing unnoticed.
Pumping services we provide:
- Flood Mitigation
- Sand & Oil Interceptors
- Grease Traps
- Septic Tanks
- Holding Tanks
- Other (i.e., manholes, etc.)