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Septic Tanks

Take care of your septic tank before it is too late. Aardvark Waste Services provides Move in, Emergency and maintenance Septic Service in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.Many homeowners are unaware of the importance of periodically pumping their septic tank to remove the buildup of organic and inorganic waste that accumulates in the form of scum and sludge in the septic tank. If not managed properly these solids will accumulate to a level where they are being agitated each time new waste enters the septic tank and consequently will be flushed through to the drain field plugging off the soil and leading to septic system failure, disgusting messes in your home or yard, and expensive repairs.

The only way to know if the septic tank is in need of pumping is to check the level of scum and sludge in the septic tank. This is done by opening a lid and using a shovel or other suitable tool to estimate the thickness of scum in the septic tank. When the scum reaches 5" to 8" thick, it is time to pump your septic tank out.

There is no certain number of years between proper septic tank maintenance. The length of time between pumping your septic tank is a direct result of what and how much you put in the septic tank. In my experience, the average length of time for proper septic system maintenance is 5 to 8 years. However, I have seen septic tanks that were 20 years old and just ready for the first pumping. I have also seen septic tanks completely full and backing up after only 1 year. Don't take anyone's word for it! Check your septic tank!

I recommend the new system be checked after the second year of use then checked every two to three years. If the scum level in your septic tank reaches 5" to 8" thick, you should seriously consider pumping your septic tank.

Waiting until your septic system backs up to have it pumped, is like waiting until your car engine starts knocking and pinging and then doing an oil change.


If you are purchasing a home with an existing, used septic system, I recommend having the septic tank inspected prior to purchase.