To pump or not to pump? (Septic)

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Had a septic issue last night. It backed up into the basement. So I dig to the tank
Lid and pulled it this morning. A huge gob of toilet paper was stuck in the baffle and that’s what was clogging it. Got it loose and everything seems to be fine now. Question is, do I go ahead and pay to have it pumped now also while it’s open? I haven’t lived here long so no idea when or if it has been pumped. House is 13 years old. I do have Rid X to add. Thanks for opinions.


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I wouldn't if there didn't seem to a lot of paper elsewhere.
 
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Does your washing machine run into it?...the detergent will clog it faster than anything
 
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I've been in my house since 1996 and never had mine pumped out. My parent's house has been way longer than that since the new tank was put in and it's never been pumped. Since you found a specific problem in the line feeding into the tank and fixed it I'd just cover it up and forget about it.
 
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Good time Charlie":obqbyq3f said:
Does your washing machine run into it?...the detergent will clog it faster than anything
washing machine does run into septic. Been meaning to “fix” that lol


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I would have it cleaned out since you have it open then you will now what kind of shape it is in. I had problems with mine last spring and had it pumped twice before we figured out the problem, the first time they pumped it out stopped up the truck line several time. Septic tank was a foot deep in baby wipes and had a hard crust on it.
 
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medic":1kcvuaza said:
I would have it cleaned out since you have it open then you will now what kind of shape it is in. I had problems with mine last spring and had it pumped twice before we figured out the problem, the first time they pumped it out stopped up the truck line several time. Septic tank was a foot deep in baby wipes and had a hard crust on it.

This IS a good point and I just re-read the original post where he said he hadn't lived there long. There is no way of knowing what the previous owners may have flushed down the toilets. Taking that into consideration it's not a bad idea to get it cleaned out now.
 
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Mike Belt":36l3pjto said:
Depends. Is it full? If so I might go ahead and have it pumped.

All septic tanks are full. That's how they work.
 
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My mistake. I have a septic system and have had it pumped before so should have known.

You could get you a blow out valve from the hardware store and blow the line leading into the tank for extra measure while you're there.
 
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If I had it dug up, I would definitely get it pumped. Also, why was toilet paper hung in the baffle? Is your drain/septic pipe sticking too far out into the baffle? I had that problem and had to cut the pipe back some. It would be nice to get it pumped and get a fresh start with it - so you know you won't have to fool with digging it up for a while (hopefully). Also, I had a lid put on mine with a hatch that is above the ground. I think it cost about $400. The guy who pumps the septic tank sold it to me and installed it. Money well spent. No more digging up my yard when I have a problem at the baffle or need the tank pumped.
 
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When I lived where we had one every time I've ever had to open a tank then I have it pumped. I think each opening happened once every 10 years or so.
 
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keep it inoculated with anaerobic bacteria..that is what makes it work.

I guess I would go ahead and pump it if I had the lid off.

It is cheaper than a fill line
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I would go a head and do it if you plan on living there for a while. We paid $200 for a guy come and do our last year and he live over your way I think.
 
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Pump it. It cost us $175 Thanksgiving day. Worth it.


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Pump it. Add several packages of Brewers yeast. Repeat several times a year with the yeast. Pump every 2 to 4 yrs depending on use. Prevention definitely better than repairs.
 
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Built my house and moved into it in March 2002 so almost 16 years ago. Never been pumped but since you haven’t been there long and know the history you might go ahead with it. As for adding Rid X had a septic guy tell me it was a waste because your tank has more bacteria than it needs.
 
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Happened to me once, the plumber took a iron bar and chiseled the baffle off, said that was the reason for backing up, said the baffle was as useless as tits on a boar hog, I didn't pump and have had no issues for 3 yrs now
 
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I would have it pumped if I were new to the house.

When I first got my farm the tank backed up so I had it pumped. Turns out there was a bunch of condoms that had been flushed and they had clogged the line between the tank and the field lines. I don't know who was responsible for all that, I figured they had a perpetual smile on their face...

I made a sign that is on the wall behind the toilet that says, "Only P's go in here. Paper, Pee and Poo"
 
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Carlos Viagra":28tvenq7 said:
Imo the lid being open doesnt matter. Because when you call to have it pumped, locating and removing the lid is included in the price of evacuating the tank.

As long as its working and you have confidence that it will continue to do so, I'd leave it alone.

Good luck with it bud.
When I had mine pumped it was cheaper if they didn't have to dig it up and pull the lid.
 

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