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Old 04-08-2013, 07:12 AM
Location: Near Falls Lake
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Originally Posted by VickiR View Post
Back in the day, we never pumped a septic unless there was a problem. About 10 years ago, septic companies began to say that the septics should be pumped about every 8 years. Now, the septic companies say it should be pumped every 4 years. I wonder...

Kinda like calling a roofer to ask if you need a new roof...I've yet to find one that says no!

Periodic pumping of septic tanks has been recommended for as long as I can remember and makes perfect sense. I've seen some that haven't been pumped in 20 years and still work fine whereas others go into failure within a few years. There are a lot of variables. One thing is for certain-ruin the drain field and you will wish it was pumped!
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:45 AM
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Make sure to be there when they pump and inspect and i mean right next to them. I have seen some of the "bad " guys try to take advantage of people by saying there are issues when there are none. Happened to a friend when someone came to pump and kept saying how there are lots of issues and it might cost extra to pump, did some quick research and he was known to try this, called another, guy laughed and said everything looked fine, pumped and left.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:58 AM
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Thanks for everyone's input - will get it looked at today - you guys are great!
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:32 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Originally Posted by rfb View Post
I use one company that inspects our system and cleans the filter between the tanks in our septic system and let us know when the tank needs to be pumped, and have a second company pumps the tanks when necessary. That setup has worked well for us the past 12 years :-).
I'd love to know the 2 companies that you use. Sounds like a smart idea. You can DM me if you'd rather.

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