How Often Should I Pump My Septic Tank in Miami, Florida ?

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How Often Should I Pump My Septic Tank in Miami, Florida ?

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Just as you change the oil on your car to keep the engine running smoothly, a septic tank needs regular maintenance to perform at its’ best. All kinds of septic systems from conventional to alternative systems to cesspools need regular pumping maintenance.

It’s surprising how many people think that if they haven’t had a septic problem before, they don’t need to pump septic tanks. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Regular pumping keeps solids from escaping and clogging soil pores. With everyday use, solid materials start to settle at the bottom of your septic tank while lighter materials like grease float to the surface. Failing to pump the system often leads to costly emergencies.

The general recommendation is to have your system pumped once a year if you use a garbage disposal and at least once every three years if you don’t. Since the frequency in which you pump also depends on how often your system is used, it’s a good idea to look at the sludge levels after getting it done. If it was at capacity, don’t wait as long between flushes, but if you still had room in the tank, you could wait a little longer to pump next time around.

A well-designed septic tank can hold about three to five years’ worth of sludge without issues. If this amount goes past capacity, it means the new sewage entering your septic tank doesn’t have enough time to properly settle before it leaves the tank. This can lead to solid wastes escaping the Soil Absorption System (SAS) in your tank. If the SAS can’t do its job absorbing liquid as it enters the tank, you’ll wind up with a plumbing backup or gross wastewater bubbling to the surface.

Once you decide to get a septic system pump, make sure your contractor gives you a receipt or report showing how many gallons were pumped out of the tank and if it was at capacity. Use the date of this as a record to help you plan the next time you will need a pump done on schedule. Ask for their opinion and look at the results and put a reminder on your calendar. Your contractor will send a copy of this report to the local Board of Health and you will have an idea when to make your next visit.

Jason’s Septic Inc. has over 15 years’ experience providing septic tank help in the Miami area. Call us for a free estimate today at 305-252-1080, or visit:

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