It will vary depending on how many people are living in a household and how much water is used when bathing, washing clothes, dishes, etc.

 

For and average family of 4 or 5

 

CONVENTIONAL SYSTEM

Roughly every 5 years.

 

AEROBIC SYSTEM

Roughly every 5-7 years.

 

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN THE SYSTEM IS FULL AND NEEDS TO BE PUMPED?

 

CONVENTIONAL SYSTEM

Toilets flush slowly

Water backs up in the shower or tub

Standing water in your drain field

Water and/or sludge around the lid of the tank

 

AEROBIC SYSTEM

Similar to conventional but...

Sprinklers may discharge dark, foul smelling water

(if clear and smelly, you may just need to add chlorine and/or have the aerator checked)

Water is dirty and thick in the pump tank - like a really thick malt.

 

 

WHEN SHOULD YOU PUMP YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM?

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Sludge in pump tank

Saturated field lines (drain field)