How long has it been since you took advantage of our Burke VA septic tank pumping service? If you’ve recently purchased your home, its former owner may not have kept good records of that sort of thing, or may not have left them for your reference, so you may not know.
When in doubt, the safest course of action is to assume that it’s time and schedule service right away. The reason is simple: If your tank fills to capacity, the raw sewage inside only has one place to go, which sadly, is right back into your house.
If you’ve ever had the misfortune to deal with that particular situation, then you know what an ordeal it can be. In addition to the staggering cost to clean up the mess, the smell is horrendous and until the cleanup is complete, it poses a genuine health risk to you, your family, and anyone who sets foot in your house to visit.
Generally speaking, we recommend taking advantage of our Burke VA septic tank pumping service every three to five years to minimize the risk of a backflow of raw sewage and keep your system functioning at or near an optimal level. We also recommend having your system inspected every three to five years, and in practice, many of our customers get both of these services performed on the same visit.
Bear in mind, however, that this is meant just as a guideline. Every household is different and you may wind up needing your tank pumped out more or less frequently than that. Record keeping over the long term will help you establish a good baseline for your particular household.
One of the major factors that determines exactly how often you’ll need to make use of our Burke VA septic tank pumping service is the quality of your home septic system habits. If this is the first time in your life that you’ve lived in a home with a septic tank, you may not realize that septic habits are a thing. They are! Mostly, it comes down to increased awareness and mindfulness.
For example, if you live in a home that’s connected to a municipal sewage system, you don’t have to worry much about what gets flushed down your toilets or poured down your sinks. While it may cause a clog in one of your pipes, the second you clear the clog, whatever it was that got flushed down the drain or toilet becomes someone else’s problem.
That’s not how things work if you own a home with a septic system. There is no one else, so one way or another, you’re the one who will have to deal with the problem. The less often that inappropriate materials get introduced to the system, the less often you’ll need your tank pumped out. When you do though, the solution is simple. Just give us a call.