Septic systems aren’t fun, sexy or exciting. Most people don’t think much about them until and unless there’s a problem. Here’s a quick question for you: When was the last time you had a Warrenton VA septic tank pumping?
If you’re struggling to remember the date, or just flat out don’t remember, the safest course of action is to give our office a call and schedule service immediately. Then, once we pump the tank out for you, we recommend having it done every three to five years in order to minimize your risk of a serious system problem. We also recommend having your system inspected every three to five years and in practice, most people have both services performed at the same time.
It’s important to bear in mind that the timeframe we recommended above for tank pump outs is just a rule of thumb. Every family and every household is different and you may need our Warrenton VA septic tank pumping service more, or less frequently depending on a number of factors, including:
- How many people you have living in your home
- How often you have overnight guests staying with you
- How much water you have running through your system
- And how good your septic tank habits are
Most of those are pretty intuitive but the last point raises some curious eyebrows. If this is the first time you’ve lived in a home with a septic system, you may not even be aware that there’s such a thing as septic tank habits, good or bad.
Mostly, these come down to increased mindfulness. Here’s what we mean: If you live in a home that’s tied to a municipal sewage system, you don’t have to worry much about what gets poured down your sink drains or flushed down your toilets.
About the worst problem you’ll face is a temporary clog, and once that clears your pipes, whatever you flushed or poured is off to the sewage treatment plant where someone else will deal with it.
If you have a septic system though, there is no one else. Ultimately you are responsible for everything that finds its way into your system.
Biodegradable materials are fine. The bacteria in your tank will break these down in due time and process them on out of the tank. Non-biodegradable materials, however, can’t leave the tank. They just sit there, taking up progressively more space until a Warrenton VA septic tank pumping is required to clear out the junk.
If you skimp where that’s concerned, ultimately your tank will reach capacity and the raw sewage it contains will have nowhere else to go but back inside your home. Don’t let that happen. Call us today!