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any homeowners call us at Wilson Services wondering “how often should septic be pumped?”. While the answer is different for each home, we are always happy to provide septic system service. Here’s what you need to know to decide when to call for septic tank pumping.

Keep in mind that regular pumping protects your home septic system from damage. If you see signs that you need to pump your septic tank, putting it off only leads to more problems. You can end up with septic leaks, broken parts, and more problems.

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Factors That Affect Septic Tank Pumping Frequency


There are a few factors that come into play when you’re deciding how often you should pump a septic tank. These include:

  • The size of your tank. Larger tanks can go longer without pumping. Read this blog post about “Signs Your Septic Tank Is Full“.
  • The number of people in your house. This is the number one factor determining when you need to pump your home septic system. The more people that use the system, the more often you will need to have it pumped. Keep in mind that visitors and guests count, too, even if they only stay for a few days.
  • The age of your septic system. Older systems will need a septic system service more often than newer ones.
  • Septic system additives. If you’ve added substances to your system, let us know. These can make your pumping needs more or less frequent, depending on what has been added.


Better Safe Than Sorry


Some people will tell you that your system needs septic tank pumping every 1-2 years. Others will say every 3-5 years. The truth is that you may need an expert’s evaluation and opinion to know for sure. We can give you that and help you make sure you don’t overload your system.


If you’re not sure when the system was last pumped, it’s a good idea to get it pumped now and start counting forward from here. That way, you make sure that the system won’t be damaged and you know exactly when you’ll need to call for septic tank pumping next time.

Septic System Experts

At Wilson Services, we can help you figure out the answer to, “How often do you pump a septic tank?” and get you set up with your next pumping appointment. We’ll evaluate your tank and give you personalized recommendations. Then, we’ll keep your septic system running well, no matter what it takes! And, if you need it – call for septic pumping in Sussex County, NJ today!