If you own a septic tank, it is essential you regularly clean and pump out your tank to ensure it can continue to function as required and does not become blocked or damaged. It can be difficult for homeowners in Australia to know how often they should get their septic tank pumped out. In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about how often to pump and clean a septic tank.
As a general rule of thumb, septic tanks that are between 1600 - 4000 litres should be pumped every 2 - 4 years. This frequency can change, however, based on the following factors.
As you may suspect, the higher the number of people in your household, the faster your septic tank will fill up.
You can calculate how much wastewater your household generates based on the number of people living in your house and the amount of water they use.
If members of your household flush items such as baby wipes or sanitary products that can cause blockages in a septic tank, your tank will need to be emptied and cleaned more regularly.
Naturally, a larger tank will require pumping and cleaning less frequently than a smaller tank. Even if you have a large tank, however, it is essential you consider the above factors as if you have a large household you may need to empty your tank as regularly as a smaller model.
If you are in doubt about how often your septic tank needs to be pumped and cleaned, contact our professional team at Wet Waste. We offer septic tank cleaning services and will be able to advise you how frequently to pump your tank based on your tank size and household.