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When Should You Pump Your Septic Tank?



A Quick Look at Septic Systems

Septic systems involve a relatively easy-to-understand process. Wastewater makes its way from your home into the septic tank. There’s then a three-part combination of materials with the sludge (solids) on the very bottom, the effluent (liquid) above it, and at the very top is the scum (grease). The effluent goes into a distribution box, which then — as the name suggests — distributes the wastewater into pipes that are part of a specially designed drain field in the backyard and eventually into the soil. ADB Construction & Septic Corp. understands that each aspect of this system needs to work properly, and we have the expertise to make that happen.


How Often to Pump a Septic System


Pumping is the process of emptying your septic tank of its sludge to avoid overflowing the tank or blocking the outlet pipe that leads to the drain field. It’s typically ideal for plumbing experts to pump a home's septic system every 2-5 years, but the team at ADB Construction & Septic Corp. can give you an estimate based on several factors. While it’s easy to push off a septic tank appointment, it’s better to stick to the recommended timeframe for your specific system.


Waiting too long could result in many problems you don’t want to deal with, including sewage backing up through the sewer lines and into your home. It could come through the garbage disposal, a floor drain, the shower drain, and even the washing machine. Adhering to the recommended appointment is much less expensive and stress-free than dealing with the after-effects of not scheduling the appointment in a timely fashion.


Multiple factors can impact how often you should get your septic system pumped, including:

  • Type of septic tank: There are several types of septic tanks, including plastic and concrete. The type (and its condition) impact how often it needs to be pumped.

  • Size of septic tank: The size of the septic tank has to correspond to the number of residents or bedrooms. The larger the home, the bigger the septic tank is likely to be.

  • Size of household: The more residents living in the home, the more the septic system will be used. This means it may need to be pumped more frequently than a home with fewer residents.

  • Measurement of the sludge/scum from the septic tank: The septic tank technician will use a stick-like tool to measure the sludge at the interior bottom of the septic tank and the scum inside at the top. The ratio of the two measurements compared to the size of the tank determines if (and how often) a septic tank needs to be pumped.

What Time of Year Is Best to Get a Septic Tank Pumped?


Winters in the United States can be brutal, including in our home state of Connecticut, making fall the best time to get your septic tank pumped. The process may become more complex when the temperatures are low and the ground is solid.


Considering many people make an appointment for autumn septic tank pumping, call ADB Construction & Septic Corp. during the summer to set your appointment, so you have a broader choice of days and times. However, if you notice an issue with the septic system, call any time for immediate assistance.


ADB Construction & Septic Corp. Has You Covered


Call ADB Construction & Septic Corp. in Manchester, Connecticut, today, whether you want to schedule a standard septic pumping appointment, you're curious about what the septic pumping process entails, or you’re dealing with a problematic plumbing situation. We’re available 24/7 to help our clients with septic emergencies. We're fully licensed and insured and our 20+ years of experience in the industry have prepared us for all types of septic issues on residential and commercial properties.

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