When do I need to get my septic tank pumped out?

When do I need to get my septic tank pumped out? This is a common question from many homeowners. Most systems require pumping every 2 to 4 years as a rule of thumb. The size of the home and the number of residences directly determine the length of time a system should go without pumping. Solids may build up if the system is not pumped on a regular basis. If the solids are allowed to make their way out to the drain field, they will eventually clog the system causing a buildup of bio mat and restrict the leaching process.

There are direct signs that will indicate that a system requires pumping. Gurgling sounds coming from the toilets are a direct indication that a system is full and is in need of pumping.

Strong odors and septic smells are always a good indication your system may be in need of pumping.
Wet spots in the drain field are a direct indication the system is in serious need of pumping and may have a bio mat build up in the drain field. Heave doses of beneficial bacteria may be used to restore failed drain field septic systems.

Inspect your septic tank and drain field for septic odors, wet spots and grass discoloration. Setup a regular pumping schedule with your local pumper. He will be able to advise you on the frequency of when your system should be pumped and inspected.