When you should pump your septic system

Whether you’re a residential or commercial property owner, septic tanks can be a truly cost-effective way to deal with waste water. That being said, they need regular maintenance or they’ll stop working. Here are a few indications that you might need to get your septic tank pumped as soon as possible.

Alert signals or alarms

This first indicator is usually more common with regards to commercial properties, but it can apply in certain residential settings. Many kinds of septic systems are hooked up to an alarm system of sorts that lets you know when its time to clean our your tank. Sometimes, it’s a light flashing, sometimes it’s an actual siren sounding. Either way – if your system is telling you something – then it’s time to listen and do it!

Unpleasant odors

Hey, it is what it is, right? If you can barely stand to be in your back yard or in a particular bathroom because of a, let’s say… pungent odor… then it’s at least time to get your septic tank looked at, if not pumped altogether.


Sometimes, septic tanks tell us they’re full by simply not allowing us to flush our toilets or make them seem backed up. Once you’re broken out the plunger and then eventually the plumbing snake – and you’ve had no luck – then it’s time to call in a pro to get a look at your septic tank.

At the end of the day, it’s important that you get your septic tank pumped regularly by a professional. One of the most common questions we get is ‘how often?’ and that really depends on a variety of things, including, but not limited to:

  • How many times it’s been cleaned in the past
  • How old the system is and how well it’s been taken care of
  • The size of the system itself
  • The number of people using the system

At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is to have a pro come out and give you the answer. Give us a shout to day, and we’ll be happy to help!