How Often Do Septic Tanks Need to Be Serviced?
Septic tanks need frequent service to keep them running properly and efficiently. However, the exact timeframe varies based on the size of your tank and your water usage habits, among other things. Some systems may need pumping as often as once a year. Generally, however, you should have your septic system inspected and pumped every three to five years.
Why Do Septic Tanks Need to Be Pumped?
Pumping is a necessary component of routine septic tank maintenance. When your tank reaches capacity, it will require pumping.
Septic tanks operate as filters to separate solid matter from liquids. When wastewater enters the tank, solids float to the top. Over time, however, bacteria break down the solids, thus causing them to settle on the bottom of the tank in a layer of sludge. A middle layer, resting between the sludge and scum, is transferred outside through baffles that block the scum layer.
When tanks are not routinely pumped, sludge and scum layers can accumulate and render the baffles ineffective. When this happens, solids are typically forced into the drain field. This leads to a host of additional problems, including:
- Foul sewer odors
- Premature system failure
- Sewage backup
After a sludge layer builds up, the septic tank will require cleaning to restore its full capacity and function.
Contact Mountain Septic to schedule your septic cleaning, inspection, or pumping in Pagosa Springs.