Things to Consider When Getting Your Septic Tank Cleaned

Sewer and septic issues can be a real cause for concern for homeowners. After all, who wants sewage coming up in their yard? Having a good grip on where you’re at in regards to your septic tank and how it’s set up can make all the difference. If you aren’t familiar with how often your tank needs to be pumped or how much it will cost, you could be at the mercy of whatever company you end up calling. Before you make that call, here are a few suggestions as to what your options are.

How often should I clean my septic tank?

Every situation is different, however it mostly depends on what size your tank is. The standard size for a residential home is 1,000 gallons. Taking this into account, the average septic system pumping should occur every 3 to 5 years. Just like you would with your car’s oil, you want to consider having your septic system cleaned closer to 3 years than 5.

This is also something to consider if you are thinking about getting a septic tank put in on a property. If you want to absorb more of the costs up front with less overall maintenance, a 1,500 gallon tank may be a better option.

How do I choose a company to come out and pump my septic tank?

When choosing a septic and sewer professional, there are a couple of areas to take a look at. Like any service business, you should do research on review sites like Yelp, Facebook, and Google. These are all places to survey the quality, cost, and professionalism associated with septic and sewer professionals.

When you finally pick a company, you should ask probing questions about their service offerings. A lot of companies will give an up-front low cost for septic services, yet they will tack on additional fees for digging, driving, or maintenance. You want to always ask questions about costs associated with the job to get a better idea of what it will be at the end of the day.

If possible, it might also be helpful to ask about the technicians qualifications. Are they certified? Are they plumbers? It’s important to know that whomever you choose to have come do the work is knowledgeable about any septic and sewer issues. Cleaning a septic tank can get out of control fairly quick if they don’t know exactly what they’re doing.

After servicing the Nashville area for almost 50 years, we have seen everything and won’t stop until we fix the problem. Our mission is to help people with any septic, sewer, or grease issue you could think of. If you have any questions about what you should do about your septic and sewer situation, give us a call at 615-262-0667.

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