Most septic tank experts will tell you that the average septic tank should be pumped every three years or so. But with that said, you should know that this guidance is based on average use by a family that includes maybe the parents and a couple of kids. If your personal situation is a bit different than that, you might want to make a change to that maintenance schedule. Here are some of the possible scenarios that might push you towards contacting a septic tank pumping company more often.
You Throw a Ton of Parties
Is your family's house the go-to place for all family gatherings? Are you bringing in the entire clan every Thanksgiving and Christmas and maybe for other holidays throughout the year? Do you frequently have parties for your co-workers or friends every Friday night? Parties or large gatherings tend to mean a lot more food (and grease) could be going down the kitchen drain, and it's also possible that your toilets could be getting a workout, with everyone at the party having to make multiple pit stops throughout the night as the food and drinks continue to flow. All of this extra stress may cause your septic tank to fill up sooner rather than later.
You Rent Out Your House on a Daily or Weekly Basis
Do you have a spare room or maybe even an entire house where you rent out space to travelers on a regular basis? Your family of four might have a specific amount of laundry or cooking you do every week, and that's not likely going to change. But if you are frequently inviting other people into your home and those individuals are using your kitchen to cook meals or using your washing machine to clean their clothes before they go back out on the road, this is going to add to your septic system's workload.
Your Kids Are Growing or Your Family Is Expanding
Your kids probably didn't use a ton of water when they were very small. You handled a lot of their responsibilities when it came to keeping them and their clothes clean. But as your kids turn into teenagers, they will have more agency in how often they are making use of the shower, the dishwasher or other water-based appliances around the house. If your family has expanded over the years and you now have more than a couple of kids who are into their teen years or older, you might need more frequent septic tank pumping to handle the increase in water and waste.
To learn more, contact a septic tank pumping company.