The time has come to have your septic tank pumped. Hopefully you don’t have to wait long for the service providers to arrive, but the thought will probably crop up at some point: how long does it take to pump a septic tank? The answer changes depending on several factors. To estimate that answer for yourself, continue to read below.
How Long Does It Usually Take?
An easy indication as to how long your septic tank will take to pump is to remember how long it has taken in the past. This doesn’t help if you are just getting service for the first time since you moved in, or if your system is new. In either case, you might be able to get a ballpark estimate by contacting a neighbor, provided they also have a septic tank. Houses of similar sizes will likely have septic tanks of similar sizes.
How Large is your Septic Tank?
If you know how big your septic tank is, you can start to narrow your estimate down. Pumping a septic tank may only take fifteen to twenty minutes for a smaller tank, but a larger tank will likely require closer to an hour. And this is all not counting setup time, and any time that may be spent locating your tank’s cap and digging it out.
A Fuller Tank Takes Longer to Pump
If your tank is so full you have noticed problems, your pumping service will take longer than usual. It’s simply a matter of how full the tank is. If you are waiting on a routine pumping, you shouldn’t have to wait as long.
Other Factors that Affect Pumping Time
Like we mentioned above, if your tank’s cap is easy to locate and open, it won’t take as long for the pump technicians to finish up. The pump they use will also change the completion time. A more powerful pump will work faster, and the same goes for other equipment involved.
How Long Should it Take to Pump a Septic Tank?
Don’t expect to block out your whole day just for a septic service, unless there are other problems going on with the system. If you estimate about an hour after the pump first turns on, you will likely be surprised how quickly it gets done. Trust Maui Pumping Services for quick, reliable, quality pumping service and give us a call today!