What Time of Year Should You Pump Your Septic Tank?

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For many homeowners, their septic tank isn’t something they think about until it isn’t working correctly. But if you want to keep everything running smoothly, when should you get it pumped and serviced?

What Season Should You Pump?

Pumping in the winter is the worst possible scenario and should be avoided when possible. The cold ground and volatile weather makes it much more difficult to access and work on your septic tank. Factors like snow make it even more of a challenge to locate the tank.

It’s a good idea to try and be proactive, pumping your tank before the weather goes bad if there is any chance of needing a pump soon. Spring and summer are the ideal times to pump, so it is smart to schedule ahead to avoid pumping in bad weather if you think you will need to pump soon. Being proactive can save you quite a bit of trouble and ensure that your pump is accessible.

We recommend scheduling your spring or summer pumping appointment as early as possible.

How Often Do You Need To Pump Your Septic Tank?

Generally, you should pump your septic tank every 3 to 5 years. The more occupants of your house, the more often you will need to pump.

There are several things that tell you it’s time to pump your septic tank. These include pooling water in your yard and odors coming from your drains. Click here to learn more about the signs you need to get your septic tank pumped, and click here to learn more about how often to pump.

If you are unsure when your tank needs to be pumped, it is best to have your septic service provider. They can tell you when you need to get your tank pumped and help make you a pumping and maintenance schedule.