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Frequently Asked Questions

How often do you need to empty a septic tank?

As a general rule, you should ideally empty out your septic tank once every three to five years. However, the actual frequency will vary depending on usage and how many people live in your household.

How many years does a septic tank last?

40 years

The other major component is the septic tank. A well-built concrete tank should last at least 40 years. Steel tanks tend to fail in 20 to 30 years and good-quality plastic tanks may last from 30-40 years. Extend the life of your septic system with regular pumping, water conservation, and commonsense care.

What are the symptoms of full septic tank?

4 Symptoms That Your Septic Pump Needs Service

  • Bad Smells. Follow your nose…this symptom is unmistakable. …
  • Pooling Water. Pooling water or marshy areas around the septic tank could be signs of a leaking tank giving off moisture. …
  • Slow Drains. Excessively slow sink drains, bathtub drains, and toilets could be a sign that your septic tank is full. …
  • Sewage Backup.

What happens if a septic tank is not pumped?

After years of use, buildup of sludge and floating waste reduces the effective capacity of your septic tank. This causes waste to pass through the tank too quickly. Two things can happen at this point: Waste will begin to clog the pipes within your septic system rendering it ineffective.