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Periodic pumping is the primary maintenance required for septic tanks. However, many household practices can impact the overall health and operation of a septic system. Septic tank users who take care not to introduce ex... More »

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Septic tank maintenance tips include having the system pumped every two to five years, maintaining the drainfield, limiting water use, and keeping chemicals and solid waste items out of the system. Drainfield maintenance... More »

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Signs of a septic tank problem that are detectable inside the home include slow-draining sinks and toilets, gurgling sounds in the plumbing, constant plumbing backups and strong sewage odors. Outside indicators include s... More »

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Septic tank owners should have their tanks pumped approximately every three to five years to avoid clogs and other issues, recommends the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Septic tanks are als... More »

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The average time period for pumping a septic tank is about one to four years between cleanings. Septic tank pumping frequency depends on the size of the tank, the waste-water volume, and the solids content based on the n... More »

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Inquire about licensing and insurance coverage of septic pumping companies to ensure the business has liability insurance and is certified to complete the work. Septic pumping companies should also be able to provide an ... More »

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