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Is the Size of Your Septic Tank Still Working for Your Home?

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Whenever a home is built and a septic system is installed, the system is typically sized to handle a specific number of users in the home. Most of the time, the size of the septic tank will correlate with the number of bathrooms and bedrooms in a home. For example, a 1,000-gallon septic tank generally accommodates a family of four. A septic tank of this size will generally need to be pumped every 2-3 years to keep it functioning correctly to handle the waste from the family of four. However, families tend to grow over time. What if a family of four expanded to a family of six or a grandparent moved into the home? It is easy to focus on setting up bedrooms or even adding on an addition to your home, but have you thought about upsizing your septic system to accommodate the number of people inside your home?

Does Size Matter?

Septic tanks need to be sized correctly to handle the number of occupants that are using the plumbing system. If a tank is too small, not only will it need to be pumped frequently, which will cost a significant amount of money over time, but the extra strain on the system can cause catastrophic issues. An improperly sized septic system can cause embarrassing backups, foul odors, drain field problems, and groundwater contamination.

Other Factors to Consider

Household capacity is the most contributing factor when considering the size of a septic system. However, there are other factors to consider when evaluating whether your septic system is working for your family.

  • Is your home equipped with water-efficient fixtures and appliances?
  • How conscientious is your family about preserving water usage at home?
  • Are your appliances, toilets, and sinks working correctly?

The best way to know if your septic system is adequately sized for your family is to contact a professional. At Septic Service Pro, we are the trusted experts at helping our clients maintain a healthy septic system. If your family grows, it is essential to remember that it will impact how your system operates.

Contact Septic Service Pro for all your septic system needs.

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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Buford, GA 30518

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