Septic tanks require pump-outs when the solids that accumulate in the tank begin to reach the tank’s storage capacity. The tank should be pumped when total solid accumulation is between 30% and 50% of the total capacity. We recommend pumping your septic tank every 3-5 years, more often if you have a garbage disposal.
Note the liquid level of the tank in relation to the tank’s outlet pipe. A liquid level below the outlet pipe usually indicates a tank leak. A liquid level above the outlet pipe can indicate a problem with the pipe to the drain field or the drain field itself.
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Pump the tank from the end lids or manhole. Pumping from inspection ports may damage tees and baffles and may result in a less than complete pump-out. Watch for back-flow from the tank outlet pipe. Significant back-flow indicates a drain field system backup. A small amount of back-flow can indicate a sag in the pipe to the drain field. Pump the tank thoroughly. Use specialized cleaning tools and back-flush to loosen the sludge in the corners of the tank.
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Check the empty tank and note any signs of structural damage such as an open weep hole, leaking midseam, damaged baffles, or cracks. Leave site in a sanitary condition.