There’s no question that you should have your septic tank pumped. It increases your septic system’s lifespan and prevents unpleasant problems from occurring. However, many homeowners put it off because they don’t care to pay for it. Exactly how much money does it cost to have your septic tank pumped, and is it worth it?
Average Cost of a Septic Pumping
Like any maintenance or home improvement project, the exact cost of your septic tank pumping largely depends on the state of your system. After all, an overflowing tank with cracks and leaks is going to cost more to fix than a tank with an extra layer of sludge at the bottom.
Before you get your tank pumped, make sure you receive an estimate (and explanation of the estimate) from your septic system professional. On average, it costs anywhere from $300-$600 to have your septic tank pumped and cleaned.
Factors that might affect your overall cost include the size of your home, the size of your tank, how long it’s been since your last pump, and where the tank is located. That said, to avoid clogged and backed up drains, it is extremely important that you have your tank professionally pumped every 3-5 years (or if you suspect a problem).
Additional Septic Services Required
Pumping your septic tank isn’t the only professional service you should invest in. To ensure your system reaches its full lifespan, you should have your entire system professionally inspected, cleaned, and serviced along with your tank.
Trust us, it hurts a lot less to repair a minor crack than to replace the entire system because your pipes exploded.
Tips for Maintaining Your Septic Tank
In addition to scheduling regular septic system inspections and having your septic tank pumped when necessary, you can take other maintenance steps to increase your system’s lifespan.
Only flush toilet paper.
Diapers, baby wipes, feminine products, paper towels, napkins, etc. are not toilet paper. They are not meant to disintegrate in toilet water for easy passing through pipes. Flushing non-flushable items is the fastest way to clog your pipes and create a smelly (and expensive) problem.
Trust your clogged drains.
If you notice any of your drains backing up, do not dismiss it. Sometimes, a clogged shower drain is the result of excess hair. You can buy products to help with that. However, if the drain continues to back up after you use the product, call a professional. It is much better to deal with the problem before it gets out of hand.
Perform your own visual inspection.
Don’t be afraid to check on things yourself. Visually examine your drains, drainfield, tank, etc. to ensure that no cracks or leaks are developing. You should do this every month or two.
Try not to overload your system.
It is important that your septic system is the right size for your house and your family. That said, large parties or gatherings can often put extra strain on your system and clog it up. Take proper precautions by cleaning your tank before or afterward and reminding your guests to flush flushable items only.
How Can Norway Septic Help?
Norway Septic Inc. is a service-oriented company dedicated to providing excellent septic tank cleaning and septic tank pumping services to homeowners and business owners in the Michiana area. We take pride in doing the job that others leave behind. If you need a new effluent filter or if you would like to schedule a septic tank cleaning by one of our professionals, call us today.