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Why Is Pumping Septic Tanks Important?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 25% of U.S. households are on septic systems. Septic systems are easy enough when they are functional. However, when the system becomes overloaded or unhealthy, it is difficult to remedy because the whole thing is underground!
Did you know that the average person uses 50 to 75 gallons of water per day?
If you’re on a septic system, then all of that water is flowing into your leach field!
A healthy septic system must be pumped before the tank builds up too much sludge (on the bottom of the tank) or scum (floating on the top of the tank.) When these layers become excessive, they are forced into the leach field, plugging it up. Leach fields are expensive to replace (10k on average) – plus the environmental damage can be catastrophic.
For these reasons, septic tank pumping at regular intervals is essential. Pumping the septic tank removes excess sludge and scum, preventing them from flowing into the leach field. Depending on the size of the leach field, and the size of the tank, pumping may have to occur each year, or as infrequently as every 2 to 3 years.
See the table below to find out how often your septic tank should be pumped. (If you don’t know the size of your tank, there should be a record of it with your municipality.)
|Tank size (gallons)||Number of Persons In The Household|