The Importance of Regular Septic Tank Maintenance

In This Article: Prevent Tank & Property DamageCounteract Contamination & PollutionImpacts Resale ValueContact Us for Service


Properly maintaining your septic tank is essential to the integrity of your home, health, and environment. Though your property size and number of household members certainly play a role, on average, septic tanks should be pumped and emptied every three to five years and get maintenance every 6 months. Upholding a regular maintenance and pumping schedule can preserve the longevity of your septic tank, and prevent dangerous damages and contamination. Below are several reasons why regularly pumping out your septic tank is important.

Prevents Tank and Property Damage

septic tank maintenance & pumpingOver time, waste and water particles solidify and clog up your septic system. This obstructs your piping, which causes significant plumbing backups. Clogged tanks lead to leaky pipes, blockages, and foul odors circulating throughout your home. The pressure produced from excessive buildup can result in fractures or cracks forming in your septic tank. Compromised septic tanks can cause serious and expensive property damages. Regularly pumping out your septic tank both ensures your plumbing system’s efficiency, and prevents detrimental damages. Upholding a consistent septic tank maintenance schedule also provides the opportunity to remove obstructive items from your plumbing system, before they cause serious buildups or damages.

Counteracts Contamination and Pollution

Adhering to a regular maintenance and pumping schedule prevents dangerous property contamination. Clogged septic tanks can overflow, and hazardous waste and water can subsequently spill onto your property. This contaminated material compromises your groundwater and poses a severe public health risk. Septic tank waste is essentially raw sewage, which contains harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Some of these pathogens can cause severe airborne infections. This waste pollutes the environment and significantly increases the risk of developing serious illnesses. Damaged or overflowing septic tanks can produce foul odors that cause respiratory illnesses as well. Performing regular septic maintenance can eliminate the risk of contaminating your property.

Impacts Your Home or Property’s Resale Value

If you’re looking to sell your home or property, it is imperative to uphold a consistent septic tank pumping schedule. Potential buyers will examine the quality and maintenance of major home systems, such as the septic and plumbing units. Properly maintained septic systems are a fantastic selling point, as potential buyers will reject properties that contain serious issues, and require expensive repairs. Damaged or compromised septic systems can significantly decrease your home or property value. Many buyers, especially those with pets or children, will steer clear of homes that pose serious contamination risks. Having a quality septic system conveys to buyers that your home or property is structurally sound and well-maintained. This can alleviate a buyer’s hesitancy or concern, especially if he or she is unfamiliar with septic systems.

Septic Tank Maintenance FAQs

How often should my septic tank be maintained?

That really depends upon your use, the construction, age, etc. The EPA recommends an inspection every 3 years minimum. If you’re experiencing issues such as standing moisture, odor, or slow draining or backing up within the house – an immediate inspection & pumping should be scheduled.

How often should my septic tank be pumped? 

For the average household (2 adults, 2 children) the average pumping interval is 2 years. That also can depend upon the size of your system, location, age, and other important factors. Not sure if you need a pump? Call us and we’ll walk through the indicators with you.

What do you look for when you do a septic system maintenance & inspection?

  • What type of septic system you have.
  • How large is your system?
  • Is there any surface indicator of a problem (standing waste/moisture, odor, etc)?
  • Is the tank itself in good condition?
  • Are the solids in the tank high and is it in need of pumping? 
  • Was the liquid in the tank at the proper level?
  • Multiple other factors – call us for more info. 

Contact Us For Septic Tank Maintenance Help

Septic tank maintenance is crucial to the safety of your home or property. Pumping and emptying your septic tank every three to five years and getting maintenance every 6 months prevents potential damages and contamination. Here at Acuantia, we are committed to ensuring the integrity and longevity of your septic tank, and therefore the health and safety of your home. Contact us here for further maintenance information and available services!