You should pump your septic tank at least every five years. This is a good rule for anyone who has just bought a septic tank and lives with a moderately sized family. While this rule does not apply to all septic tanks, it can be very useful because it provides you with a guideline to help you measure how much the tank has been used. Pumping frequency normally depends on a number of factors such as the septic tank size, the number of people in the house, and their habits. 

How Often Should a Septic Tank Be Pumped? (Pumping Frequency)

When you have a septic tank on your property, you might not know what the septic service intervals for the tank will be. This is especially important if you have never owned a home with a septic tank before. You can pump your septic tank with help from our local professionals, and you should think of how often you need to pump your septic tank. These few rules will help you understand how to manage the tank, and you can keep your home clean, your property fresh, and avoid any backups or damage.

Can You Wait Longer To Pump Out Septic Tanks?

You can wait up to 10 years to drain your tank provided that you live alone and do not use the septic system very much. You may feel like you can pump your septic tank waste less frequently to save money, but it will be difficult for you to know if the tank is working properly. This is why you should have the tank serviced once a year.

The septic service that you receive is a simple inspection of the tank that will allow you to know how well it is functioning. This is a good time for you to learn about any problems you might have with the tank. You can have these small problems fixed now, and you do not need to worry about them later. At the same time, you will also learn if any major problems need to be fixed. You can keep the tank in good condition, and it can hold up to the pressure of years of flushes.

How Do You Set Up Your Service?

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You should call our local septic service technicians to pump out septic tank waste and inspect the tank itself. When we come to your home, you do not need to be there. We take care of everything, and we make sure that you know how your septic tank works so you can take better care of it. If you have questions, we can answer them, and we will let you know how much longer it will be before you should pump your septic tank.

You get a good idea of how long it will take for you to fill the tank, and you can set up a regular septic service that you do not need to worry about. We arrive for the septic tank cleaning no matter how many years it is in the future, and the tank will be pumped clean. We still give you the same inspection, and we can show you any problems that might have arisen. We can also give you tips for taking care of the tank because it could be a long time before we come back.

How Do You Cut Back On Septic Tank Volume?

You want to make sure that your septic tank is not filling too quickly, and there are a few tips that will help you ensure that the tank is not overfilling. The tank could crack and leak if it is overfilled and you do not realize it needs to be pumped, and you do not want to have a backup or a leak around your home.

You should make sure that all your toilets do not run constantly. If toilets run too much, they will send water into the tank that could cause it to overfill, leak, or crack. You should have a plumber service these toilets, and you can turn them back on when you are ready.


The only thing your toilet is meant to handle is human waste. Even if you are flushing toilet papers in your toilet. Make sure to only use thin toilet paper in all your bathrooms. You do not want the tank to fill up too much, and you do not want the tank to start to expand because you have not managed it properly. You should also consider how much you flush down the toilet that does not belong in the septic tank or grind it in the garbage disposal. Many families will flush paper towels and other products down the toilet when they should be thrown in the trash.

It is common to see signs in homes and bathrooms letting people know that they should only use the toilet paper provided. This is very important because you do not want the people who visit your house to flush things that do not belong. You also want to avoid clogged toilets because the pressure of unclogging a toilet could cause damage to the septic tank.

Warning Signs of a Full Septic Tank

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After asking “how often to clean septic tank”, the next thing most homeowners want to know is “What are some signs that it’s time for septic tank pumping? Since you can’t easily check to see how full your tank is, you’ll have to rely on some other observations. Here are some things that might indicate it’s time to give us a call.

  • Slow drains, especially if the problem involves more than one drain
  • Sewage backing up into your home
  • Raw sewage or standing water in your yard
  • Foul odors inside or outside your home

Surprisingly enough, a lush, green lawn is often one of the first signs that your septic tank is reaching its limits. When your tank becomes full, sewage can seep underneath the soil and act as a fertilizer. The result is patches of thick, very green grass right over the top of your septic system. If you notice a disproportionately green lawn, chances are you need septic tank pumping.

Lingering Odor

A strange smell coming from drains inside your home or on your property that just won’t go away could signal a septic tank overflow.

Properly functioning sewer systems rely on bacteria to break down solid waste inside a septic tank. And while this bacteria effectively breaks down most of the solid waste, turning it into a gas or sludge layer, some of the waste remains in a solid-state. Over time, the remaining solid waste can build up and cause an overflow, and the built up gas begins to spread out from your toilet and drains inside your home. 

Smells from solid waste do not suddenly go away. Contact a professional plumber to pump out this waste immediately to avoid a backup into your home. Plumbers have septic pumpers and other equipment that easily remove solid waste and wastewater from your tank.

Frequent Washroom and Drain Clogs

If your toilets, sinks, and bathtubs drain more slowly than usual or stop draining completely, you could have a clog somewhere in the sewer line. Frequent clogs resulting in slow drains can also indicate that your septic tank requires pumping

If you’ve tried chemical drain cleaners or used a plunger to help clear your drains, but the drains quickly become clogged again, you should contact a plumber.

Only a full inspection of sewer pipes and septic tank can reveal the issue – it’s much easier to remove a sewer line clog, or empty the septic tank now than to clean up a sewage backup, or replace the sewer line or septic tank later on.

Septic Tank Overflow

Visual signs of a septic tank overflow include water puddling around the tank and surrounding soil, or brown or yellow patches on your lawn.

Wastewater leaches out into the septic drain field and surrounding soil regularly to help prevent an overflow. Normally, this happens slowly to prevent oversaturation. However, a septic tank full of solid waste can push this water out of the tank at a faster pace and cause wastewater to puddle.

Brown or yellow patches on your lawn could indicate the presence of bacteria and solid waste. Both pose serious health risks if left unattended.

Septic Tank Alarm

Newer septic systems feature an alarm that’s wired to your home that can alert you to a potential overflow.

Don’t ignore these signs your septic tank needs pumping. Never try to fix septic tank issues yourself. Expert plumbers have septic pumpers and other equipment to clean out tanks and make the necessary septic tank repairs.

Read: Why is my septic tank alarm going off

Importance of Professional Septic Tank Pumping

Are you experiencing any of the above signs? If so, please know that your problem will only get worse and not better. So you should never attempt to “ride it out” as long as possible. Put off septic line pumping and you run the risk of raw sewage getting into your home. Not only is this very messy, but it could result in significant structural or property damage.

Never attempt to pump your septic tank yourself. Not only is this probably illegal, but it is only a temporary fix at best. Instead, contact us for professional septic system services in Atlanta. Our work will always comply with state and local guidelines, ensuring you are fully protected from any fines and penalties. Please contact us if you are experiencing any of the above warning signs.

There’s no need to put off septic tank pumping when we are only a phone call away. We provide prompt, affordable service to those in Decatur, College Park, East Point, and other nearby cities in Georgia.

Advantages of Regular Septic Pumping

Here at The Original Plumber, we advise our Georgia clients to stick with the three-to-five year interval whenever possible. There are plenty of advantages to sticking with a regular septic tank pumping schedule, even if you are not currently experiencing any problems.

For starters, routine septic tank pumping provides you with peace of mind. Septic tank problems often occur at the most inconvenient times, such as when you are expecting company. By having your tank pumped on a regular basis, you can hopefully avoid a sudden, last-minute surprise.

Frequent septic pumping can also help you avoid costly septic tank repairs. While pumping your tank, we’ll check for problems with your drain field, drain pipes, and septic lines. Many times, we are able to catch small problems before they become bigger ones. By making timely repairs, you can greatly extend the life of your septic system as well.

Caring for your Septic Tank

Septic system care is important in order to extend the life of a septic tank. All septic tanks will eventually reach capacity. Even so, there are a few things you can do to prevent yours from becoming full too soon. A few best practices to keep in mind include:

  • Never flushing anything other than toilet paper and human waste. This includes paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and even “flushable” wipes.
  • Limiting the number of coffee grounds you place in the garbage disposal.
  • Using only biodegradable laundry and dish soap.
  • Not pouring grease down your kitchen sink.
  • Roof drains, sump pumps, and other rainfall drainage systems should be kept away from the drain field area.
  • Keeping tree roots and vegetation away from your septic lines.

All these things affect how well your septic system works.

Contact The Original Plumber

The Original Plumber provides plumbing services to residential and commercial customers throughout Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. We can quickly identify the problem and start making repairs on the same day. We’re open 7 days a week to serve you.

When you have a septic tank on your property, you need to make sure that you pump the septic tank at regular intervals. You can go as long as ten years if you live alone or are not home all that much. You should have the septic tank pumped once every three to five years for a normal family, and you may need to have the tank pumped every year if you have a big family or host a lot of events. Call your plumber to get the best advice on your routine maintenance schedule. Work with us to make sure that you can keep your septic tank in the best possible condition, prevent backups, and keep the house as fresh as possible. Ask us about our septic tank maintenance programs.