A basic septic system consists of a reservoir tank which separates wastewater into three layers: floating scum, water, and sludge. The water layer is treated and siphoned off into the drain field, where it seeps out into the surrounding soil several feet underground. While it is recommended to have your septic system inspected by a professional plumber at least once every three to five years, there are several factors that can increase recommended septic pumping guidelines, such as:

Rate of Use

A household that uses a significant amount of water will need to pump their septic system more frequently, particularly if the tank is undersized or if there is an increase in the number of family members in the home. Some utilities such as water softeners and hot tubs can overload the septic system and disturb the solids inside. The early warning signs septic system blockages are easily identifiable, and typically involve backwash, slow drainage, and wet areas around the tank and drainage field.

Amount of Solids

A high amount of solids entering the system (usually via the garbage disposal) will affect the frequency of septic pumping. More solids means that the sludge layer will accumulate more quickly, as will the scum layer if the solids are particularly oily.

Electrical/Mechanical Components

If your system uses items such as electrical float switches or water pumps, then it’s important to have these components professionally inspected annually to spot any early signs of damage or wear and tear. Be aware that no amount of tank additives can replace regular pumping, so do not forget to schedule an annual checkup with your septic company.

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