Septic System Mistakes To Avoid

Septic Tank Pumping: 3 Instances When You Should Avoid Pumping The Septic Tank

by Melinda Crawford

Instead of relying on a main sewer line and system, many households actually rely on septic tanks that have been installed on the property to get rid of their waste. The septic tank will continue to fill up with time. It is vital that you clean the septic tanks by pumping them once every two to three years. This will help maintain the tanks, so that they remain functional and efficient for a longer period of time. While it is important to pump the septic tank, you have to choose when to pump the tank wisely. Here are 3 instances when you should avoid pumping the tank, and should try to schedule the septic tank pumping for another time.

If the Septic Tank Has Not Been Inspected for Some Time

Before getting the septic tank pumped, you want to make sure that it is in good condition. The condition of the interior of the tank should be inspected first to confirm that the tank will not collapse when it is being pumped. An inspection can also tell you whether pumping the septic tank might be worth your time. If the tank is in poor condition, you might need to install supporting structures or repair the tank before you can proceed.

If the Septic Tank Is Going to Be Inspected Afterwards

You should also avoid getting your septic tank pumped before an inspection. Pumping your septic tank before an inspection will help conceal any issues or problems that your septic tank might have. If you are going to be using a dye test to inspect your tank, pumping the septic tank beforehand will cause the dye to dissipate easily to the bottom of the tank. You won't be able to detect the dye at all even if something was wrong.

If There Were Heavy Storms or a Flood Days Prior

Keep a close eye on the weather when you are planning on pumping your septic tank. It's best to avoid days after a heavy storm or a flood. If your septic tank is plastic or fiberglass, pumping the tank at this time may cause it to rise and float. On the other hand, if the septic tank is concrete, pumping the septic tank at this time may cause mud, silt and floodwater to enter and preoccupy the tank. Wait until drier weather before you get your septic tank pumped.


After the septic tank has been pumped, it will run a lot more efficiently and effectively. By pumping the tank, you are getting rid of waste that cannot be easily broken down. If you fail to pump the tank within a reasonable amount of time, this sludge can end up becoming an obstruction.