This post is going to focus on septic tank pumping frequency and effluent filter cleaning frequency

Septic Tank Pumping

As part of a maintenance program, solids need to be removed from the septic tanks.  The frequency of pumping depends on several factors:

  1. The capacity of septic tanks
  2. The amount of wastewater generated (how many people live in the home?)
  3. The volume of the solids in the wastewater (is there a garbage disposal?)

The more people per household, the more frequently the tanks will have to be pumped.

In addition, the use of a garbage disposal will require more frequent pumping of the tank.

Our rule of thumb is:

  • If you have a large family(4+)  and/or a garbage disposal, pump once per year
  • If you have a smaller family and no garbage disposal, pump every two years

Effluent Filter Cleaning

As part of a maintenance program, effluent filters need to be cleaned. The frequency of cleaning depends on several factors:

  1. The number of septic tanks
  2. The amount of wastewater generated (how many people live in the home?)
  3. The volume of the solids in the wastewater (is there a garbage disposal?)
  4. Is there a water softener?

The less septic tanks there are, the more often the filter will need to be cleaned

If there's a water softener, the filter will need to be cleaned more often

Our rule of thumb, based on the above pumping frequency guidelines, is:

  • If you should pump your tank once per year, clean you filter at the time of pumping
  • If you should pump your tank every two years, but have an effluent filter, you should clean your filter once per year
  • If you have only one septic tank and/or a water softener, take the guidelines above and double them (if you should clean your filter once per year but have a water softener, clean it every 6 mos.)

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