If you have a septic system, you might think that you need to have the tanks pumped about once every three to five years, but that might not be quite right. There are a variety of issues that can increase the need for septic pumping. Some of those issues may include problems with your seepage field, such as poor soil saturation. But, there are other issues that can increase your need for septic pumping. Here are just three of the reasons you may need to have your septic tanks pumped more often than once every three to five years.
Your Septic Tank has a Sewage Ejector Pump
If you have a sewage ejector pump installed as part of your septic system, you may need to have your septic tanks pumped more frequently. Sewage ejector pumps are needed when bathrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms are installed below the main sewage or septic lines. The purpose of the sewage ejector pump is to pool wastewater up to the main sewage or septic levels so that it can flow through to the septic system. Unfortunately, sewage ejector pumps can allow floating debris to escape into the seepage field, which is why you need to have your septic tanks pumped more often.
You're Family Is Home More Often
If your family is home more often, such as if you've started home-schooling your kids, chances are good that you're using more water than you used to. If that's the case, your septic tanks are going to fill up faster. If you plan to maintain your three-to-five-year schedule for your septic service, you need to change those plans. Now that your family is home throughout the day, there's a good chance that your septic tanks will overflow if you stick to the original schedule. Before you're faced with a septic emergency, talk to your service provider about reworking the pump schedule.
Your Septic Tank Capacity is too Small
If your septic system is too small for the size of your home, you need to increase the frequency of your septic service. Once every three to five years is fine when your septic tanks are designed for the size of your home. But, if the wrong size tanks were installed, your system can't process the amount of waste that's being generated. To avoid problems, you need to have your septic tanks pumped more often. It's also a good idea to talk to your service provider about installing a larger septic system for your home.
For more information, contact a septic tank pumping service.