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How often should a septic tank be pumped?

You might be thinking to yourself - "When WAS the last time I pumped my tank? Have I waited too long?" The answer to your question is more than likely a resounding "no".Septic Tank Diagram


Septic tanks are a marvel combination of engineering and biology - they are designed to be self-regulating, self sustaining systems. All of your household waste collects in it - not merely that which is flushed down the commode, but also your washing machine drainage, that of your sinks and bathtubs, etc. When you flush/drain your waste, it passes through your drain lines and is emptied into your septic tank (whether it be a one or two tank system). There, the waste naturally settles into three layers according to its density.

Sludge is the bottom most layer, and consists of all heavy, dense solids - including non-biodegradable solid waste (i.e. tissue paper, condoms, hygiene products, etc). All oils, proteins - the less dense, lighter material floats to the top to form a layer called scum. And, the effluent, or middle layer of wastewater is that which is eventually filtered and drained into the soil of your leechfield.

You have to understand that problems can occur because of any one, or combination of these three layers. You should take into account what exactly you are draining into your tank when deciding how often you should pump it. Flushing too much low quality toilet paper down the commode might result in a hefty buildup of sludge. Draining too much water by often washing half-loads instead of fewer full loads of laundry will upset the balance of your system. Or, even draining too much oil, or non-biodegradable chemicals like bleach, detergents etc. can lead to a buildup of scum.

As if that's not enough to worry about - homeowners with garbage disposals, swimming pools that empty into the septic tank, and any number of other factors have to be considered in their septic tank pumping schedule as well.

As you can see, septic tanks are complicated systems. And, the truth of the matter is that there is no definitive answer as to how often it should be pumped. On average, most people fall in a range of 3-5 years, some run into problems as soon as 1 year later and others don't pump it at all. The quality of the system's ecosystem determines the frequency at which your tank needs to be pumped. It's a case by case basis, and depends on how it the septic tank is being used, or more specifically; how it is being maintained.

Our product, Activator 1000 helps to maintain your septic system and lengthen the period between pump-outs. It ultimately aims to eliminate the need to pump out your tank at all. Pumping your tank completely kills off that delicate ecosystem that has maintained it in the interim. Thus, the time in between each pumping is a struggle for the system to rebuild and reestablish biological equilibrium. By using our product monthly, you will be replenishing your system with the enzymes and bacteria it so desperately needs.

Using our product to help balance your septic tank's ecosystem will ensure that there are no problems with sludge buildup. It will clear away any backups or problems with your drain lines - and that is ALL of your drain lines (sinks, showers, washing machines etc). The size of your house, the number of people present in your household - none of it matters. In the end, all factors aside, regular maintenance should the only concern when deciding whether or not you should pump your tank. Activator 1000 is your sure way to alleviate all of your pumping worries.

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