How often should I pump our septic tank?
Generally speaking, septic tanks should be pumped every one to five years. The frequency is dependent upon the amount of wastewater your home generates. The design of your system, number of people using the system, and household features (example: sink disposals, hot tubs, and water softeners) are items that should be considered when making the decision on how often to pump.
Waste that is generated by other on-site sources such as commercial businesses or shops will create the need for more frequent maintenance. Your septic tank is a solid waste settling/holding tank. When the capacity of your tank is reached, solid waste can flow into your secondary treatment system such as your lateral absorption trenches, mound, or sand filter. When this occurs, it may require costly repairs to your system.
Please contact us at (515) 382-7240 for more information on septic tank pumping.

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1. How do I apply for a permit to install a septic system?
2. How often should I have my private water supply well tested to ensure the water is safe to drink?
3. How often should I pump our septic tank?