At some point in time, a misconception spread that not every septic tank needed to be pumped. While it’s true that pumping only needs to happen roughly every three to five years, it’s entirely false that any septic tank would never need to be pumped.
How Septic Systems Work
Before you can begin to understand the importance of septic pumping, you must first understand how septic systems work. Your septic system collects your waste into a septic tank, from which the wastewater is then pumped away into a drain field and filtered before returning to the soil. There are microorganisms within your septic tank that help to break down the waste, but you can’t expect the waste to disappear entirely. It will build up over time and require a professional pumping to prevent any issues.
Avoid Issues and Hazards with Septic Pumping
Some issues that can occur if you fail to keep up with septic pumping include septic failure, sewage backups, and worse. Because your septic tank and system handle your wastewater and disposal, there is a lot that could go wrong if your septic tank ends up cracking or overflowing due to a lack of pumping.
One example is that the bacteria from the wastewater could get into your soil and groundwater and cause issues for your family or even the whole neighborhood. Scheduling a regular septic pumping every three to five years or as needed can prevent any of these issues from happening and keep everyone safe and healthy.