How to get ready for your septic tank pumped

The average septic tank needs to be pumped every 1-3 years. That being said, there are factors that might make it necessary for the system to be pumped more than that – from the age of the tank, the design to usage, etc.

This is important as an overfull septic tank can be a disaster – not just for your indoor plumbing, but the environment around your home as well. If you have slow or gurgling drains or notice odd septic-related odors in your home, you might be due.

But what happens between recognizing you need to get your septic system pumped and the actual visit itself? Do you have to do anything? That’s what we’re here to discuss today. Here is how you can prepare for your septic tank pumping.

Clear debris

The first thing you’ll want to do is clear away any debris near your system. This is important because when the inspector comes, he’ll need to check the tank, etc – and lawn debris can cause a lot of issues inside a system. Mulch is particularly harmful or septic systems so if you have any near your tank – remove it.

Keep good records

To help make sure everything goes smoother, have your maintenance records handy. That’ll help make the inspector’s job much easier. Also, if you have any guides and know the specs of your tank (age, size, capacity) then you’ll want to share that as well.

Be prepared for surprises

While we never like sharing bad news, you should be prepared for a surprise or two. Even when people are getting their septic tank pumped every 2-3 years – that’s still a long time between visits and a lot can happen and change inside a septic tank. Just be prepared for bad news.


Depending on the tank, getting your septic tank pumped can cost anywhere from $300-$600. Make sure you’ve got the money in your budget and as always – make sure you get multiple quotes so you can get the best deal possible. Do your homework, read online reviews and choose wisely.

Hopefully these tips help you prepare for your next septic tank inspection. If you’d like to learn more about the process, feel free to give us a call and we’ll provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!