How Much Does Septic Tank Pumping Cost?

Septic Tank Pumping Cost

How Much Does Septic Tank Pumping Cost?

One of the factors to consider when you have a septic system in your home or business is how much does septic tank pumping cost for cleaning and other maintenance. Luckily, these costs are minor and the services don’t take much time if done regularly.

Maintaining your septic tank and drain field is not difficult, but it does require some planning. It’s important to budget money, time, and resources to keep all aspects of your home running smoothly, and your septic system is no exception. With proper maintenance, it should be one of the easiest pieces of home-ownership, however, as most septic companies can service your tank and system quickly and easily.

Usually, there is a set rate for pumping your septic tank, based on the size of your tank (septic tanks usually run from 1000 gallons to 2500 gallons). Of course, if there are blockages, leaks, or other problems, those costs could rise. The more people using a septic system, the more often you should hire a professional to inspect and pump your septic tank.

The Environmental Protection Agency suggests pumping your septic tank a minimum of every three years to avoid septic system problems and environmental health hazards. And, while the EPA suggests that minimum service, the age, use, and size of your tank are all factors to consider when making a service plan.

If you smell foul odors in your drain field or septic tank area, or if you notice soggy or sinking ground, puddles, or other unsightly changes to your septic system, call us right away. Untreated septic problems are not only dangerous to the health of people, animals, and watersheds but can create even more expense and hassle for you, the property owner.

At Shankster Bros., we work hard to offer complete septic pumping service at a reasonable cost. If you’re concerned about the costs associated with your septic system, please call us today (260)-982-7111 for a professional evaluation of your septic. We are committed to the health of our community and so we offer top-notch septic service at an affordable, reasonable price.

Seasonal Septic Tank Cleaning

Septic Care: Seasonal Septic Tank Cleaning

The holidays are over, but winter certainly isn’t. We often get asked about the best time of year for seasonal septic tank cleaning and pumping, so here is our answer: now!

If you are starting to wonder about your septic system, or are considering getting it pumped, you should do so. We are happy to talk you through your specific system, water use, sanitation needs, treatment, and more, but the short answer is that septic tank pumping and cleaning is always a good idea for the care of your septic system.

Another thing to consider is your family’s schedule and needs. Are you expecting guests this spring? Or will you have children returning from college this summer? If so, definitely pump your septic tank before you have a house-full. There’s nothing worse than a septic system emergency with a full house of water-users!

Proper Care for Your System

Septic systems can become overwhelmed with a sudden increase in use. Take the time to remind your guests about the unique needs of a septic system. For your convenience, here is a list of what to avoid sending into your septic tank:

Don’t Allow Into Your Tank

  • Food particles (basically anything that can go in the trash should.)
  • Antibacterial soaps
  • Feminine products
  • Bleach
  • Grease and fat from cooking

There is no garbage disposal that really works well for a septic tank, and I will explain a bit about why. When we eat food, our bodies process it and impregnate it with bacteria that will help it break down. When we run food through the garbage disposal, it does grind it up but does not start the breakdown process nor add the appropriate bacteria. In short, if one is to use a garbage disposal on a regular basis, they will need to pump their septic tank more often than if they do not use the disposal.

If you know that you will have guests who may not be as vigilant about the health of your septic tank as you are, it’s always wise to pump ahead of time. It will cut down on the number of potential hazards or emergencies and will give you peace of mind. It’s especially important for those who use their home as a vacation rental (even occasionally) or host guests frequently.

The good news is that almost anything that could clog your septic tank up can be removed with a pumping, and pumping/cleaning is a relatively affordable way to keep your septic system running smoothly.

Have Questions or Need Septic Maintenance

If you have questions about your septic system, please call anytime: (260)-982-7111. We are always here to help.