Is Septic Pumping Really That Bad? What Homeowners Need To Know


Septic pumpings are an essential part of maintaining your septic system. While it may seem like a hassle, it can help prevent problems and save you money in the long run. However, many homeowners are hesitant to schedule a pumping because they're worried about how unpleasant the process may be. The truth is, septic pumping doesn't have to be a nightmare. Here's what you need to know about septic pumping, how often you pump, and whether or not it smells as bad as you think.

What Is Septic Pumping?

Before determining whether septic pumping is all that terrible, you must understand what it is and why it's important. Septic pumping is the removal of solid waste from your septic tank. In many areas, your waste travels to a municipal wastewater treatment center where it is processed. However, homes with a septic system use a large tank to store waste, which needs to be emptied periodically. This is where septic pumping comes in.

A professional will come to your home and use a large truck to vacuum the tank. Most of the time, the pump truck will take the waste to a sewage treatment plant for disposing of properly.

How Often Do You Need to Pump?

The frequency of septic pumping ultimately depends on several factors, including:

  • Size of the tank
  • Number of household members
  • Age of the system
  • Overall water usage.

However, most experts agree that you should aim to have your septic tank pumped every three to five years. If you just purchased your home and the previous owners can't remember when they last had it pumped, scheduling a pump out should be top on your list of things to do.

Does It Really Stink That Bad?

The answer is no, not really. Yes, when the tank is opened, you will notice a smell, but it is tolerable. The professionals you hire to pump your septic tank will have proper safety gear, and the smell should not cause any health concerns. The tank is outdoors, and the smell rapidly dissipates into the air. Once the truck leaves, the odor fades completely.

Septic pumping really isn't that bad and certainly isn't something that should be avoided or ignored. It is an essential maintenance job that needs to be done by a professional every few years to avoid costly repairs and contamination. A little prevention now can save you significant headaches in the future.

For more information on septic pumping, contact a professional near you.


14 April 2023

Fast Facts and Deep Insights: Septic Edition

As you read the articles on this website, you will notice two things. First, they are all about septic services in some ways. Second, some go deep — and others are full of more surface-level facts. This is kind of like your septic system itself! The tank is buried deep, but the drain field is more superficial. You don't have to be an expert on septic systems, but as someone who owns one, you should at least know how to tell when something is wrong with yours so you can call for service. You'll get that level of understanding from this blog — and probably more!