There has never been a more important time to ensure proper function
Septic pumping is one of the most fundamental things you can do to keep your septic systems working properly throughout the year. When you think about it, spending the better part of a year practicing social distancing, COVID-19 has us spending more time at home using our residential septic systems. That makes it that much more important for homeowners to knows how often they should schedule a home septic system pumping.
Cooke’s Plumbing & Septic of Stuart, Port St. Lucie and the Palm Beaches knows that whether you are new to a property with a septic tank or you are trying to figure out how to care for the one you’ve had through hurricanes, floods, and now a quarantine, you could use a few tips about septic tank pumping frequency.
How Often Should You Pump the Septic Tank?
Regardless of the circumstances, you should have your home septic tank pumped every year or so. This general guideline is the best place to start. That said, many factors and conditions contribute to your home’s septic pumping frequency. The fact is, even if you historically only require having your septic tank pumped every 2 years, you may have to have it done more often when there is suddenly higher usage times.
Higher usage contributes to increased solids and wastewater going into the septic system. And when you schedule a septic tank pumping with Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic, our technician performing the service can evaluate your tank’s condition and help you determine how often you should have your tank pumped.
Other important considerations include the age of your septic system, the size of your tank, your standard seasonal usage changes, and the use of any septic additives.
Why is Septic Pumping Important?
It’s not difficult to understand why having your septic system pumped is a crucial part of your system’s health, in general. It is the specific whys and whens that can escape us. When your tank is pumped, our technician is removing all the sludge and scum that builds up in the septic tank over time. Bacteria present in the tank helps to break down solids, but can protect you from costly repairs and septic emergencies when the quantity of solids and bacteria levels are out of balance. And the risks are more prevalent now with alternative housing and restaurants being closed down or at a severe shortage.
The number of people living in your house is one of the biggest factors that will determine how often you need to have your septic tank pumped. Everyday activities such as: Restroom Visits, Cleaning Dishes, Showering, and Laundry.
The Impact of Coronavirus on Septic Pumping
With such uncertain circumstances like periodic lockdowns and household member being home more (and contributing to the production of more wastewater), increased home activities may be impacting your septic system, almost especially if it has been some time since the last pumping. Generally speaking, as the household gets more use, and increase in the frequency of septic pumping should be happening also. And in addition to all of the increased usage, protecting your family can take its own toll on your septic system.
Cleaning agents can impact the good bacteria that help break down solids. It is important to remember that disinfectants, anti-bacterial agents, and bleach should not enter your drains.
Whether it’s time to have your septic tank pumped or you need some professional council, call Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic Services. Residents along Florida’s Treasure Coast have been able to rely on the Cooke’s name for affordable, customer-first service for over five decades, including throughout this entire quarantine experience.
Call Cooke’s at 772-287-0651 today for Septic Tank Pumping in Port St. Lucie and Ft. Pierce
The licensed plumbers from Cooke’s can evaluate your system and determine the best course of action. We’ll judge how quickly your solids accumulate and create an accurate projection when your tank needs to be pumped. If you have a septic emergency at your home or business, Cooke’s is available around the clock to service your system and correct the issue right the first time, quarantine or no.