Important Things To Know Before Having An Older Septic Tank Pumped

Septic tanks can last for decades. However, as your septic tank ages, it may start to deteriorate or develop some issues. It's important to keep this in mind as you make plans to have your older septic tank pumped. In many ways, the process will be the same. You'll call a septic company, make an appointment, and wait for them to come pump the solids out of your septic tank. However, there are a few important things to know going into this if your septic tank is on the older side.

The Septic Company Will Need to Be Careful Not to Park Over the Tank

It is never a good idea to drive or park over the area where your home's septic tank is located. However, it's even more important to avoid this when your septic tank is older. That's because older septic tanks often become more fragile, and they are, therefore, more likely to crack or bend when they are put under pressure from a car parked over them. When your septic company arrives, they will bring a big pumping truck. Don't be surprised if they need to move some lawn furniture, ask you to move a car, or otherwise clear space so they can park further from your septic tank. They're doing this to protect your older, likely fragile tank.

The Septic Company May Recommend an Inspection Along With the Pumping Appointment

Some septic companies automatically include an inspection with every pumping service. Others bill an inspection as a separate, additional service. Don't be surprised if your septic company strongly recommends an inspection. With an older tank, there is an increased potential for holes, cracks, and other issues. A septic company should really look over the tank every few years in order to determine when a new tank is needed.

You May Be Advised to Have the Tank Pumped More Often

As a tank gets older, your septic company may recommend having it pumped more often. This is often because there are holes close to the top of the tank, and waste could go through them if the tank gets too full. If you have the tank pumped more often, the waste won't reach that level, which will allow you to squeeze a few more years out of the tank before replacing it.

Now that you know these important points, you are better prepared to have your aged septic tank pumped. Reach out to a local residential septic tank pumping service to learn more.

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Do you know how to find and address issues with your septic system? Neither did I until about three years ago. My wife and I had purchased this lovely home in the middle of the mountains, and it relied on an aged underground septic system. We struggled with problems like overflowing toilets and bad smells for a few months until we realized that it could be due to the septic tank. Fortunately, a friend of ours came out and showed us how to identify problems and get them addressed. I want to teach everyone a thing or two about septic tanks, so that you don't struggle like I did.

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