How often should you pump your septic tank?

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February 14 2011 - Attleboro
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A lot more often if you use a garbage disposal. It would be about 4 times more often if 4 people live in the house compared to only one.

Talking to a local septic sucking service would be a good idea.
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February 16 2011
Beware of doing it too frequent - if not needed.

During a Title V inspection, the inspector is supposed to go into the local Board of Health (BOH) or equivalent office and search the records there - as to how frequent the waste disposal system was pumped. If a septic was pumped more than 1x in a year a "red flag" goes up. The next question - is there a leak in the tank?

It used to be that the septic pumping companies had to provide a document to the local BOA every time they pumped a septic tank. But what if they hadn't?
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February 16 2011
Some counties are requiring every 5 years with documentation to go on file with them. Depending on usage & size of system, best to have Septic inspected every 3 years or so. This charge will be considerably less than repairing overflow damage.
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February 15 2011
If you pumped bi-annually it would be more than most.
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February 15 2011
First thing to do is to call your town/city and ask if they have a requirement as to how often it needs to be.  It really does depend on the size of the tank and leach field and how many people are using it.  If it hasn't been done for a few years, maybe you should get it done and get the expert advice of the septic pumper. 
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February 14 2011
If the system was built and maintained properly it should only need pumping every 3-5 years.
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February 14 2011
It can depend on use,  but a rule of thumb is every other year
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It depends on a lot of factors including size of tank and drain field, use and many others.  Some have to be pumped yearly, others can go for decades.
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