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What Happens If I Don’t Pump My Septic Tank?

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We hear something like this all the time: “We just bought a new {to us} home and found out that the septic tank has never been pumped. Should we have it done?”

Before giving you the obvious answer, let us ask you a question: If you haven’t had your car’s oil changed in six months, should you have it done? Of course!

It is important to understand what your septic tank is and what it does. Your septic tank is basically a “holding tank” for all the waste that exits your home. While in this holding tank of sorts, the solid matter breaks down into what is referred to as sludge. Liquids in the septic tank move on to the absorption area and are carried off from the tank. In order for waste to break down properly and for water to be carried off, the septic tank must work properly. A tank that is not pumped on a regular basis simply cannot do its job.

The sludge buildup process is a slow development, and this is why many people find themselves in trouble. Too many people wait until something goes wrong with their septic tank before they look into treating it. Let us be the first to tell you that waiting too long to think about your septic tank is never a good idea. Believe us – this is our job, and you do not want to face this mess!

A septic tank that is not pumped is becoming more and more full of all the waste matter that leaves your home. Every time you flush your toilet, it has to go somewhere; if you have a septic system, then that is where it goes. If you have multiple people living in your home, then every time each person flushes all of the waste travels to your septic tank. This information is not to gross you out, but to let you know exactly what goes on – and why you need to pump your septic tank.

It is recommended that septic tanks be pumped every 3-5 years. Waiting longer than that really leads to unwanted and costly problems. At Septic Service Pro we provide the Septic Cleaning Services you need. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and receive a free pumping estimate.

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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6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

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