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Septic tank question #8693539 09/22/22 10:47 PM
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About when to get it cleaned out. Had a plumber over today to snake out a line and he said it might be time. We have been in the house mostly the wife and I since December 2009 if that helps. Are there signs to look for or just a general length of time? Also for those that live in the Seguin area is there anyone you would recommend?

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We moved into house I grew up in 1978. Traditional septic system. 4 of us.

We never had it pumped. Ever. No maintenance all those years.

The septic system worked until my dad connected to the city sewer in 2019 as he was afraid he would pass and we would not be able to sell the house with it not being hooked up to city sewer.


My house has the aerobic system and we have had it pumped 4 times in 16 years. Every time the guy pumps it out he tells me the horror stories of people who send grease down their sinks.

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We have two septic tanks at the main house - one for Gray water and one for Blackwater - and we get the black tank pumped out once a year, just before the entire family descends upon us at the Christmas holidays. We don’t want system overload. The Guest house and barn apartment septics don’t get pumped out but every 3 or 4 years.


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I get my conventional septic tank pumped every 2-3 years. Been here since ‘91, have had the lid replaced due to collapsing about 5 years ago. I could get it pumped every year, and it would be cheaper than having to replace the conventional system with an aerobic system.


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A little over 40 years and never pumped. But the washer and the kitchen sink don't run into it.

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Originally Posted by don k
A little over 40 years and never pumped. But the washer and the kitchen sink don't run into it.


In that liberal area where you are I would delete the post. Gray water is a big no no to TCEQ.

To the OP, I think the general rule of thumb is pump about every 2-3 years, depending on your soil and now deep and well designed your drain field is.

On a conventional system if you wait too long to the point of bathtub sewage backups then you for sure waited too long.

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It depends on whether you have an aerobic system or conventional. On my aerobic every 5 to 6 years is about right and make sure they pump both solid tanks. With 2 people and being careful about what you put in there you could go longer. If aerobic and the water comes out of your sprinklers is brown then time to pump. A few no no's are feminine products, rubbers, vegetable labels, and wipes. Toilet paper only. I like to pull my pump occasionally and check for debris. I pulled it one time and found a rubber stuck to it.


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Depends on the number of people using it, and how frequently. Family of 4, full time use, I would have it cleaned every 3 years.


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Old place was conventional pumper truck guy said with just the wife and I to pump every 4-5 years.
New place is aerobic had it pumped when we moved in in July. Glad I did pump truck guy said it was full of baby wipes.

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'Pretty sure I have two conventional ones, not far from each other, here at the ranch. (Crappy metal barn built first, then the house. Clean out traps show main lines go slightly different directions. Weeds are different over where I think #2 is.) I think the inspector missed one in all the weeds when we were buying the place. I've had the one he found pumped, but finding anyone to do it out here is a PITA. I try to apply Rid-X and root killer alternatively. Otherwise, I'm "letting sleeping dogs lie."


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I've had septic tanks for years and several different places. Always get mine cleaned/pumped every 5 years.

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Yeah, we have two at our place...one for original barn and apartment, and now another for new house. Both traditional...new one too new to worry about, and original now about 5 years without pumping or problems, but also not used near to capacity. My plan, unless something happens, is to have them both on same pump schedule so not to double pumper visits. Will probably wait another couple of years, then get them both done at same time. Maybe 8 years for original and 3 for new by the time we get them cleaned.

And FYI - the installer here said stay away from RidX. This was a surprise to me and I have been using it for years, both here and on another house we owned on septic. He said that sludge is healthy for the system, and RX breaks down sludge too much, but not enough to be liquid. As a result, small particles make their way into laterals and will eventually clog. Far better to have the sludge in tank for pumping than to have a clogged field that needs to be dug up.


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A little over 40 years and never pumped. But the washer and the kitchen sink don't run into it.


In that liberal area where you are I would delete the post. Gray water is a big no no to TCEQ.

To the OP, I think the general rule of thumb is pump about every 2-3 years, depending on your soil and now deep and well designed your drain field is.

On a conventional system if you wait too long to the point of bathtub sewage backups then you for sure waited too long.

You must not know where I live if you think this is a liberal area.

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About 4 years on my aerobic system.

Another question... for the aerobic guys. How diligent are you on adding chlorine tabs? I drop one or two in a month on the system near my house. I got a separate tank down by my shop/barn. Never bother with tabs in it and wonder if that's OK.


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Originally Posted by dkershen
About 4 years on my aerobic system.

Another question... for the aerobic guys. How diligent are you on adding chlorine tabs? I drop one or two in a month on the system near my house. I got a separate tank down by my shop/barn. Never bother with tabs in it and wonder if that's OK.

The way a septic guy explained it to me is the only reason for chlorine tabs is to add a level of disinfectant in case someone gets a face full when the sprinklers come on. They do nothing for odor. If your water smells it is because you have a compressor problem or tank needs to be pumped. I have not used them for about 15 years. When we had inspections I just dropped a couple in before the inspector showed up. I did rig up a little bleach drip.


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