by Barry Stone, Certified Building Inspector | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014
DEAR BARRY: I have some questions about maintaining a septic tank. Someone told me to have my tank pumped every one to two years. Someone else said, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.” I’ve also been told that pumping can disturb the solids, causing them to seep into the leach lines and clog the system. My system is 12 years old and has never been pumped. What is your advice?
DEAR KEN: There are differing views about how often to pump a septic system. One-to-two years is a needless waste of money. Every five years is a more reasonable routine. If the bacterial environment in the tank is good, solids should continue to decompose, even if you wait an extra year or two.