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Is it Time to Pump Your Septic Tank?

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One of the key ways to keep your septic tank working correctly is through regular maintenance. For most homeowners with septic systems, there is very little that needs to be done on a monthly basis to ensure their wastewater is disposed of properly. However, a thorough pumping and inspection are needed to keep the system functioning; but how often should you have this performed?

Septic Pumping Schedule

There is not a set amount of time that should pass between septic pumping services. For most homes, this will depend on a few different factors. These include:

  • How big is the tank? Septic tanks are sized based on the house, which can impact how often the tank will need to be emptied. If you have a small house, you likely have a smaller tank that may need more frequent pumping.v
  • How many people use the septic system? If you have a large house with only two or three people living in it, you may only need a cleaning once every several years. However, a small home with many people living there can expect to need pumping more often.
  • The amount of waste produced. Everything that goes down the drain must be processed by the septic tank. If you have a home-based business that requires plumbing use, you may require a pumping scheduled more often.

The problem with septic tank maintenance is that it can be impossible to know how full your tank is unless you have an inspection. If your system is working efficiently, the solid waste is broken down and pumping is not needed often. However, the more food, paper and solid waste that are put down the drain, the more likely frequent pumping will be needed.

In most cases, having your septic system pumped and inspected every three years should be effective. Even if the tank is not full, this can prevent overfilling your tank and ensure that all the components are working correctly.

If it has been a few years since your last septic pumping service, do not wait for a septic backup to occur. Call our team at Septic Service Pro at our locations in Cumming or Buford, GA to schedule your next septic maintenance service.

Posted on Behalf of Septic Service Pro

Posted on Behalf of Septic Service Pro

Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

Buford Office

6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

Phone: (678) 899-6457

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Based on 117 reviews

Jim is a true professional who worked with me over months to identify and correct septic field problems. His positive attitude and helpful discussion in resolving issues is the best I found.


Mike and Shane came out and did an outstanding job on replacing our septic pump. Same day service - and they came out on a Friday evening! Mother's day would not have been very happy if they didn't save the day. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!


We had our septic tank pumped and baffle tee replaced. The guys were on time, respectful and quick. They cleaned up very well after the job and even fluffed our pine straw to perfection!! We'd recommend these guys without hesitation.


Michael and Shane did an awesome job. Had to pump the septic,install a new baffle tee and tail out line. Very little yard displaced. Will definitely use Septic Service Pro again. Very pleased.


We live in Dawsonville. The crew that came out was very professional. The company owner explained to me the value and the many details about the septic that I did not know, that is why I chose them in the first place. Excellent service. R.McGary


Jim and his crew installed a new leech field for us quickly and professionally at a very reasonable cost. They handled all of the permitting and inspections and completed the work in a timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone.


Michael and assistant pointed out a leaking toilet that I didn't know I had (saved me $ there!). They also disturbed very little of the yard to get to the tank. Not the super cheapest but no hard upsell when they got here. Very pleased.


The team was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and FAST to arrive. The bill was extremely reasonable for the work needed to be done. I would HIGHLY recommend Septic Service Pro.


These guys were amazing. Jim and Mike came when they said they would, did the job, explained everything they did. Very courteous,and professional. I am a handicapped person and felt extremely comfortable with them at my home. Thank you!!!!!


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562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

(678) 899-6457

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