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A few weeks ago, my husband and I met with a general contractor. We talked with this professional about building an addition onto our small home. At this time, he informed us about a problem with our septic tank. We learned we would have to relocate a couple of septic lines before construction could begin on our home. Are you considering building an addition onto your house or business? Before you get too far along in this complex process, think about consulting with someone from a reputable septic service in your area. An expert from a septic service can inform you if your current septic tank will be large enough to accommodate the addition. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common tasks performed by septic services. Enjoy!


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Questions To Ask Before Pumping Out Your Septic Tank

Debra Chapman

Although your septic tank is installed underground, it needs to be maintained regularly to function effectively. One of the tasks you should do is seek a septic tank pump-out service. This helps you avoid having a smelly drain or spending so much on septic tank repairs. But before you can hire experts to clean the septic tank, it's crucial to gather as much information as you can on the service to make informed decisions. Below are some relevant questions you should ask before asking professionals to pump out your septic tank.

Is it really essential to empty the tank?

One of the main reasons property owners need to empty their septic tanks frequently is overload. Usually, the waste that's deposited in the tank is broken down by bacteria. The air and water are released into the system while the solid substances are deposited at the bottom. 

Over time, the solid layer grows, making it easy for solid substances to leave the septic tank to the percolation area. Before you know it, the grass near that area will become greener, or you and your neighbors may smell the awful odor. Opting to clean out the tank gives you the chance to get rid of the solid waste so the septic tank can function efficiently for longer.

How soon should you pump out your septic tank?

Although this question is important, it isn't easy to get a straightforward answer to it. Each property owner's situation varies, and there are several factors that determine the duration between one pump out to another. For instance, people that use dishwashers or wash their laundry often will need septic pumping services sooner. Larger families or buildings occupied by many people will require the service sooner than smaller families or properties that aren't so populated.

Since the answers to this query vary, you should consider knowing the key factors that increase pumping frequency. They include the number of occupants in a building, the garbage disposal method you use (food waste grinders increase pump out frequency), cleaning products you use, and how big your house is.

Should you have a pump-out schedule?

Pumping out your septic tanks not only boosts the system's efficiency but also helps you avoid health hazards and costly repairs. Therefore, it's crucial to have a pumping schedule so you can prevent these issues. Try to remember how long you waited before you started having overflow issues and then create a plan.