If your home has a septic tank, you know that it requires periodic pumping. Pumping the septic tank essentially removes water and solids so that the tank does not impact your home's indoor plumbing. When the tank becomes full, there is a high likelihood that your septic tank will back up into your home and leave an awful mess. There are some things you can do to prepare for your septic tank pumping, including the following:
Call a Trusted Septic Pumping Service
A professional septic tank management service is required for pumping out a septic tank. If this is the first time you are having your septic tank pumped, you need to find a trusted pumping service to do the job. You may want to contact the company who installed your septic tank to see if they provide septic pumping services. If they do not, call around to different providers in your area to compare costs and services.
Be Prepared for the Unknown
You never know what may happen when you get a septic tank pumped out. Because you do not have to have the tank pumped out very often, things may change or need repair since it was last pumped. Even if you did not have any issues prior to the pumping, just know that you may need some additional maintenance.
Provide Pertinent Information About Your Septic Tank
When you prepare to have your septic tank pumped out, be prepared with any important information that you can provide to your septic tank cleaning service. One useful tip is to maintain a log of incidents or issues you have had with your tank in the past. You should also be able to provide the technician with the size of your septic tank, its age, how much it can hold, and when or if it was last cleaned. This information can greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to do the job. You may be asked questions about these details as you schedule your septic pumping, so be prepared with that information when you call.
Know Approximately How Much Water Your Household Uses
This can be difficult unless you have a system in place that tells you how much water your home uses on a daily or monthly basis. Water usage is important to know when pumping out a septic tank because it can help determine exactly how much water and waste may be present. You can do a rough estimation based on the number of people who live in your home, how often you wash clothing, and the like.