Tips For Reducing How Often Your Septic Tank Needs Pumped

10 May 2023
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Many people enjoy not having a monthly sewage bill thanks to having a septic tank on their property. However, that tank needs to be pumped every few years. This is a service that you need to hire a professional to do and while it is still a reasonable expense compared to the cost of public sewage services, you might be interested to learn how you can stretch out the time between pumping in order to save as much money as possible. If so, you will want to check out the following suggestions: 

Don't Use The Garbage Disposal In The Kitchen Sink

Sure, a kitchen sink garbage disposal can be a very convenient thing to have and make use of. However, the ground-up food becomes a sludge that adds to the amount of solid waste in the septic tank. The best thing to do would be to stop using the garbage disposal. Instead, take food scraps like lettuce, potato peels, and egg shells and make outdoor compost. You can also just throw the scraps of food away in the trash can.

Reduce The Time Spent In Showers

All of the water that goes down the drain is going to end up in the septic tank. While you might not want to reduce the number of showers you take, you can certainly try to reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower. Some people will set a timer on their phones and will get out once the timer sets off an alarm. Other people will turn off the shower while they lather up with shampoo and body soap and then turn the water back on just long enough to thoroughly rinse off.

Upgrade To A Bigger Tank

If the size of your family is growing and you have a small septic tank, you might want to replace it with a larger one. Sure, it will cost you money to do that but it should be worth it in the end since the tank will not need to be pumped or serviced as often.

As you can see, there are a few different things you can do to stretch out the time between septic tank pumping. Just make sure that you are not waiting too long in between pump appointments so you do not accidentally end up with an overflowing or cracked septic tank. That could be a big expense so you want to avoid that.

To learn more, contact a company like Overbey's Excavating & Septic Service