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How do you know when to pump out a septic tank?

When you should have your septic tank cleaned?

If your home's sewage is managed by an onsite septic system, then you probably already know that your septic tank requires periodic cleaning to keep it in good working order. What you might not know is how often you should have your septic tank pumped.

As sewage enters a septic tank, the liquid effluent is extracted from the waste, leaving behind a layer of sludge and scum. If left uncleaned, over time this sewage waste can build up and cause damage to your septic system, which is why periodic cleaning and pumping out is essential to keeping your septic system working. This article will provide you with some important information about septic tank cleaning and pumping out.

Warning signs that you need a septic tank pump-out

Before considering the general amount of time between periodic cleans, always check for these telltale signs that your septic tank needs to be pumped, which include:

  • Unpleasant sewage odours.
  • Wet areas or pooling water around your septic tank.
  • Overflows of liquid waste.
  • Thriving grass growth around your septic tank.
  • Drains aren't clearing easily.

If you notice any of these signs around your property, then contact a septic tank specialist for an inspection.

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How often should your tank be cleaned?

In general, a septic tank should be pumped every 2 - 5 years, however, there are other factors to consider. Ultimately, the time between cleans depends on the number of people in your household, the age of your septic tank and the tank's storage capacity. You can always consult with a professional wastewater plumber to seek advice when you need septic tank maintenance.

What are the benefits of septic tank pumping?

  • Prevents damage to your septic system/filters.
  • Eliminates any bad smells from the tank.
  • Prevents sewage overflows or pooling near the system.
  • Prevents blocked sewer drains.
  • Ensures a good drain flow.

Your local septic tank cleaning professionals

If you need help with a septic tank, get in touch with the team at Express Wastewater. We are industry professionals when it comes to septic tank installation and repairs. Our team can provide you with a professional septic system service in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Logan and many other regions across South East Queensland. Contact us today by calling 1300 722 517 or by completing our septic tank service request form.