Emptying household septic tank. Cleaning sludge from septic system.

There is an old TV commercial for a big-name brand of automobile oil filter where the mechanic talks about the expense of overhauling an engine. He goes on to say that spending a few dollars on changing your oil and filter regularly can prevent expensive repairs later on. This is in no way dissimilar to having your septic system serviced. In addition to saving you the hassle of not being able to use your septic system, preventative maintenance will save time and money in the long run.

Having your septic tank pumped on a regular basis to keep it free of sludge is important for the system to run smoothly. At Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic, we serve Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Jupiter and the surrounding Florida communities. We know Florida homes and have years of experience servicing the area’s septic systems. Regrettably, we see far too many homeowners that are not hooked up to a municipal sewer system neglect their system until it stops working.

Septic Tank Cleaning Frequency

Depending on the number of people in your household, the size of the tank, age and overall condition of your system, septic tanks should be pumped every two years on average. Additionally, if items that are known to cause septic-tank issues are routinely flushed down the toilet, or you have a garbage disposal, you may need a septic tank cleaning more often.

When scheduling a pump out, it is always best to err on the side of caution and have a septic tank pumping done annually. Homeowners should bear in mind that groundwater contamination often occurs if the septic system fails. Costs to remediate a contaminated water well will often be well above the costs of repairs to the septic system itself. Regular septic tank cleaning will all but eliminate the potential for major problems as well as increase the efficiency of the septic system.

Warning Signs

Unfortunately, there are typically no indications that your system is in need of a cleaning. One day it just suddenly stops working and by the time you notice foul odors or a system backup, it is usually too late to prevent expensive damage to your leech field. This is why regular septic tank pumping is so crucial to remove undissolved solids before damage to the system takes place.

When you call Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic, we will perform a thorough service of your septic system so you can be assured that your system will function properly. We begin by first performing a complete pump out and then cleaning or changing the filter as needed. Then, we check to confirm that all other parts of the system are working correctly.

Like the mechanic in the TV ad alludes to, the only bad time for preventive maintenance is after something breaks. Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic serves the Florida Gold Coast and adjacent areas year round. You can call us today to schedule a pump out and save yourself the hassle and expense of a big repair bill later on.