How To Avoid An Emergency Septic Pumping Situation

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For many people in King, Pierce, and Thurston counties, septic tanks are just part of daily life. Discovering that your tank has begun backing up into your home is like a nightmare. Emergency septic pumping is no fun for anyone. That’s why we are sharing a few tips to help you avoid emergency pumping situations.

Schedule Routine Septic Pumping

Septic tanks are designed to hold all the wastewater exiting your home’s pipes. Both liquid and solid waste eventually begin to build up inside the tank. If left alone and ignored, the tank can become full and begin to overflow. Routine septic pumping helps fight buildup and backup. The frequency depends on the size of the tank, but most tanks need to be pumped every two to seven years. We can help you determine how often your tank needs to be pumped.

Avoid Flushing And Disposing Non-Degradable Materials

There are quite a few items around the house that simply don’t belong in your septic tanks. The more things that go down your garbage disposal and that get flushed down your toilet, the more waste piles up in your septic system. When there are a lot of substances that do not decompose easily, it increases the chances of a backed-up tank.

In the kitchen, avoid pouring coffee grounds, cooking grease, fats, and chemicals down the disposal. In the bathroom, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers, and “flushable” wipes don’t belong in the toilet. All of these items are non-degradable and can lead to a clogged tank.

Reduce Water Usage As Much As Possible

Cutting back on some of your routine water usage can help prevent the need for emergency septic pumping. Whenever possible, install low-flow shower heads and toilets. If you are expecting overnight guests, and you know this means more showers than normal, try getting all your laundry done a few days in advance.

Schedule Routine Inspections

Scheduling a septic system inspection once a year is less expensive than surprise costs that arise from undiagnosed problems. An annual inspection right before winter is a great idea. Many times, routine inspections identify a problem while it is small and easily dealt with. Regular maintenance and scheduling inspections can help prevent emergencies.

Don’t Use A Garbage Disposal

Fibrous and tough foods passing through a garbage disposal can wreak havoc in your septic system. Garbage disposals are not recommended in households that use septic systems. However, many homeowners prefer to use one to dispose of food waste. Try to limit its use to small, infrequent quantities. You might also try using a garbage compost bag instead.

Contact Us To Avoid Emergency Septic Pumping

Has it been a while since you had your septic tank inspected? A routine inspection may be just the ticket to help prevent an emergency septic pumping request. If you are worried about your septic system, or it has been a long time since it was pumped, contact All Septic & Sewer. Call us today at 1-888-541-6680 or fill out our convenient online form to schedule a free consultation.

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