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Emptying Your Septic Tank

Without a doubt, your septic tank needs pumping every now and again. The only question is, how do you know when it needs it? Because your septic tank will invariably become full, you want to make sure the job gets done before the sludge flows out into your drain field. Most systems need pumping every 3 to 4 years, but some septic tanks can go as long as 8 to 10 years without being pumped. So how do you know when it's time to drain your septic tank? Here are a few tell-tale signs to watch out for.



  • Alarm: While not every septic tank comes equipped with an alarm system, for those that do, it's a pretty handy feature. If you hear a high-pitched buzzing sound coming from your septic tank, you'll know it's time for a pumping.
  • Smell: Even if your tank isn't full, a strong smell is a strong indicator that there's a problem. After emptying your tank, if the smell persists, it might be time to call in a professional.Even if your tank isn't full, a strong smell is a strong indicator that there's a problem. After emptying your tank, if the smell persists, it might be time to call in a professional.
  • Overflow: While not ideal, an overflow is an obvious sign that a tank needs pumping. Keep in mind that not all overflows are caused by a full tank, so if pumping doesn't fix the problem, give Need A Plumber Canada a call right away.
  • Toilet Back-Up: If your toilets are backed-up, and a snake hasn't fixed the problem, try pumping your septic tank. When a tank becomes full, toilets, showers, and bathtubs will sometimes become backed up. At this point, you will definitely want to call in a professional to help avoid the spread of disease that is associated with human waste.

At Need A Plumber Canada, we want to help you avoid the Calgary plumbing problems that come from a full septic tank, so if you think it might be time for a pumping, give us a call! Our professionals will provide the guidance, products, and services you need to get the project resolved as quickly as possible.