3 Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Septic Tank Pumping

Most of the systems found in the average home are easy to inspect and pretty straightforward when it comes to their care and maintenance needs. The residential septic system, however, differs because its components are typically buried underneath the soil of the lawn. 

With few visual clues to help detect the development of early trouble, most homeowners rely on preventative maintenance to help them ward off repair problems. For most, septic tank pumping is the cornerstone of a proactive septic system maintenance strategy, even though many may still lack a clear understanding of the process. 

If you would like to know more about the home septic system pumping process, here are some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers. 

When is septic tank pumping needed? 

Septic tank pumping can be used in two ways. The first is to reduce waste levels in the tank when they have become so high that the septic system is struggling to do its job. The second is as preventative maintenance to help prevent the tank levels from ever getting too high. 

While emergency pump-outs are an excellent resource for homeowners to have, using a regular pumping schedule based on your family's actual usage volume and the size of your septic tank is the best plan for extending the usable life of your system. 

An experienced septic tank pumping technician can help homeowners devise the right pumping schedule for their tank based on historical information, family size, water usage, and other details. According to general guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), septic tanks should be inspected every 3 years and pumped as needed, usually every 3 to 5 years. 

Will the truck drive over the lawn? 

This question often arises due to concerns about damage to the lawn from a heavy truck. The answer, however, is usually no. Septic system pumping trucks typically carry enough hose to be able to reach the tank from a safe parking spot at the curb or from the driveway of the home. 

Is the septic tank pumping process messy and smelly? 

The answer to this question is usually that there can be odors due to the exposure of raw sewage during the process. The good news is that these smells typically dissipate quickly once the pumping process is completed and the tank opening is closed. 

Homeowners who have more questions about the septic tank pumping process or who need to discuss scheduling a pump-out should contact a septic tank pumping company in their area.