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How often should a septic tank be pumped?

To keep your septic tank functioning optimally and to avoid backups, your septic tank needs to be pumped regularly. You might be asking this question if you have noticed slow draining, gurgling sounds or foul odors coming from your tank. To avoid this, ensure that your septic tanks is cleaned every 2-3 years, bearing in mind that this recommended time period depends on these factors:

  • size of the household
  • size of the septic tank
  • the amount of wastewater generated.

Signs that your septic tank is full and needs to be pumped

  • Gurgling sounds from your pipes or toilets
  • Pooling of water around the drain area in your garden
  • Slow draining in showers, basins, or toilets
  • Foul odors emitted from drains, toilets or your outside area which indicates a buildup of sewage
  • Backups, meaning sewage backing up into your home, is an obvious indication that your septic tank needs to be pumped immediately.

How are septic tanks pumped and cleaned?

A professional septic tank service provider will:

  1. Access: Firstly, the tank needs to be located. The lid is underground so the service provider will dig to lift the lid.
  2. Assess: The provider will assess the condition of the tank and the degree of buildup
  3. Pump: A specialised vacuum truck is used to remove the solid and liquid waste
  4. Clean: A high-pressure water hose is used to clean inside the tank and remove whatever scum remains
  5. Inspect: The provider will now inspect whether the tank, pipes and drainage system is functioning optimally
  6. Dispose: The waste is transported for safe disposal

Please ensure that you hire a qualified, professional septic tank service.

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