How do I know when my septic tank need to be pumped? It is a question we get very often here at Orlando Septic Services. Let’s face it, not many people remember to schedule their septic check up. But waiting until wastewater is backing up into the bathtub, have slow drains, or a soggy drain field, then, all you can think about is having your septic tank pumped. It also means expensive and time consuming repairs. 

Which is why it is so important to keep up with your septic schedule. It will give you peace of mind your septic system is working properly. If you think about how much your system gets used, basically 24/7, it requires routine maintenance. 

Sudden up-ticks, such as everyone spending more time at home during a pandemic, means more water and toilet usage. Which means it will need more frequent pumping. 

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends:

The average household septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a septic service professional. Household septic tanks are typically pumped every three to five years.

Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components should be inspected more often, generally once a year. A service contract is important since alternative systems have mechanized parts.

Four major factors influence the frequency of septic pumping:

Household size

Total wastewater generated

Volume of solids in wastewater

Septic tank size

They also remind us the toilets and drains should not be used as trash can

Your septic system is not a trash can. An easy rule of thumb: Do not flush anything besides human waste and toilet paper. Never flush:

Cooking grease or oil

Non-flushable wipes, such as baby wipes or other wet wipes, and diapers

Feminine hygiene products, dental floss

Cigarette butts, coffee grounds, cat litter

Paper towels, pharmaceuticals

Household chemicals like gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze, and paint or paint thinners