A lot of families have their septic tanks pumped every few years. However, depending on a few different things, you might find that you need to have your septic tank pumped more often than your neighbors do. These are a few signs that your septic tank might need a more frequent pumping.
1. You Have a Large Family
Obviously, a large family is generally going to create a lot more wastewater than a smaller family. This means that if you have a large family, such as if you have a lot of kids or if you have other friends or family members living with you, then you might need to have your septic tank pumped more often. This is because more people create more wastewater by taking more showers, running the sinks more often, flushing the toilet more often, etc.
2. You Wash a Lot of Clothes
If you find yourself washing clothes all the time, there is a chance that you'll need to have your septic tank pumped frequently. Each time that you wash a load of clothes, gallons and gallons of water are sent to your septic tank. If you'd like to help reduce the impact that your laundry has on your septic tank, consider spreading your loads out throughout multiple days during the week rather than doing them all in one day, and switch to a liquid laundry detergent that can be less likely to clump up and clog your plumbing.
3. You Flush Chemicals Down Your Toilet
It might seem natural to flush chemicals down your toilet, such as the cleaning water that you use to mop your floors. Plus, you might pour chemicals down the toilet that are supposed to help with the septic tank or the plumbing in general. However, you should know that chemicals can affect the healthy bacteria in your septic tank, which can make it harder for your septic tank to break down waste. If you continue flushing a lot of chemicals, you're probably going to need to have your septic tank pumped more frequently. Avoiding doing so unless absolutely necessary can help cut down on the impact on your septic tank, however.
The frequency with which you have to have your septic tank pumped can depend on a lot of factors. These are a few signs that you might need to have your septic tank pumped more often than the average family. If you'd like more personalized advice for your situation, consider talking to a septic tank pumping professional. Contact a company like DAN'S ALL AMERICAN PLUMBING LLC to learn more.