to Keep Your Septic Tank Healthy: Tips and Tricks

to Maintain Your Septic System and Avoid Costly Repairs

What Happens if You Do Not Pump Your Septic Tank?

The most obvious problem with not pumping your septic system is that it will not work correctly. If no wastewater is pumped out of the tank, the bacteria inside can clog up the drain field pipes or even overflow onto your lawn and home. That is bad news for anyone who wants a clean yard!

If too much water is entering your tank at one time (for example, because you are using too many appliances at once), it may overflow into the yard instead of just backing up into the house. And suppose too much organic material gets into those pipes over time. In that case, they will become completely clogged with waste and start causing problems around your property.

If you do not pump your septic tank every three to five years, there could be serious consequences. In this article, we will discuss the effects of not pumping your septic systems and the reasons why you should have a regular pumping schedule for your septic tanks. 

The tank can overflow, contaminating your home and/or yard.

If your septic tank is not pumped, it can overflow. This is called a “backup,” and it can be extremely messy and expensive to clean up. It is best to avoid this by having a backup plan in place.

To keep from having to deal with an overflow, here are some things you can do:

  • Use the recommended amount of water daily for household use. Do not wash cars or clothes at home if possible; go somewhere else to do them (like a laundromat). If you must wash cars or clothes at home, try using very little water so that there is not much left over after each use—and do not let the water sit in the hose while you’re using it.
  • Avoid putting too much food waste into your septic tank; try composting instead when possible. 

The bacteria in the tank will clog up the drain field pipes.

When the septic tank fills up or new organic matter enters the tank, there’s not enough oxygen for the bacteria to continue feeding. This causes some of them to die and clog up your drain field pipes. Also, if you do not pump the tank and it fills up with too much water, then your septic system will not be able to handle the amount of water being put into it. Therefore, not pumping your septic system enough can lead to a backup of sewage into your home or yard.

The leach field can get completely clogged up with organic matter, which could mean a big expense.

If your septic tank is not pumped regularly, the leach field can get completely clogged up with the organic matter. This will cause damage to your pipes and possibly even to your drain field. If that happens, you will need to hire a professional to clear out all of the debris from your system. This service can be costly; some companies charge around $1000.

It will cause environmental contamination.

If you neglect to have your septic tank pumped, it will cause problems that can affect your household and the environment around you. Once the tank is full, some waste will be sent to the drain field without being processed. Some wastes can also be released if the septic lines are broken. Some of the wastes may seep into the soil, contaminating wells or underground water. In fact, your neighbors could be negatively impacted as well.

The members of the household or the people around it can acquire diseases.

Although septic systems are generally easy to maintain, they pose a serious health threat because they are sewage treatment systems. Raw sewage can leak into the soil around a septic system if it is not pumped when blockages form. Saturated soil can allow waste to rise to the surface, potentially harming you and your loved ones and spreading a wide variety of diseases. Maintaining a consistent schedule of pumping and cleaning helps reduce the likelihood of disease transmission. 


Now that you know why it is important to get your septic tank pumped on a regular basis, the next question is how often. Most experts recommend that every one to three years is good, but you should also consider how many people live in your home before making this decision.

Also, you can help keep your septic tank in good condition by ensuring it is not used as a garbage disposal. Even though it may seem like your septic tank is designed to handle all of the waste, this would be considered overloading your system and could cause problems.

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