DO I NEED MY SEPTIC TANK PUMPED?
The frequency of pumping depends on several factors:
- The capacity of the septic tank
- The volume of wastewater (related to size of household)
- The amount of solids in wastewater (e.g. garbage disposals produce more solids)
THE SEPTIC TANK IS ONLY ONE PART OF AN ON-SITE WASTEWATER SYSTEM
It is designed to remove solids prior to the effluent entering the soil absorption field, provide for the digestion of a portion of those solids, and store the remaining solids.
Garbage grinders impose an additional solids load on the system. Solids must be removed periodically to prevent them from entering the soil absorption field. For a properly designed septic system, the tank should be inspected and pumped every 1 to 5 years.