Typically, the Frequency of Septic Tank Pumping Is Every 2 to 3 Years

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandAugust 20th, 2021

Septic systems exist in approximately 1 in 4 American homes because they are a cost-effective and clean way of getting rid of waste water. If managed correctly, a septic tank can provide many years of trouble-free service. Let’s briefly explain how a septic system works so you can understand why septic tank pumping is necessary.

There are two compartments in a typical tank. The first has the baffle and inlet pipe. The baffle plays an important role because it prevents sewage from rushing straight through the tank. This compartment is the biggest, so most solids can either float or sink. The reason for it being so big is to allow enough time for solids to settle so they can’t enter the absorption field.

Southeastern Septic Pumping TruckThe other compartment has very few solids – only effluent. The outlet baffle accepts effluent from the center of the tank, where there is the least amount of suspended solids.  If the tank is working well, there should be hardly any solids in this compartment.

Having your system regularly inspected will determine when septic tank pumping is needed. Most tanks should be inspected and pumped every 2 to 3 years, but those with mechanical components should be inspected more often. You’ll find information about the frequency of inspection and pumping in your system’s documentation.

Note: Just because you’ve gone for some years without problems, this doesn’t mean you don’t need septic tank pumping. It’s better to do it on your own terms, rather than in an emergency situation. Keep a record of pumping and inspections for future reference by using this EPA worksheet.


For septic tank pumping in Lakeland FL, contact us at Southeastern Septic. Our owner, Shane Ray, has over 10 years of experience, and we are committed to providing quality service at affordable prices. Give us a call today!

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