How often should I pump out my sand mound?

Time and money are both very important aspects of any person’s life. You spend your valuable time, trying to earn valuable money to pay for your needs. This is the basic reason why you should have good investments. One of the best investments that you have is your home. You have to make sure that you did the right thing by spending your life savings on something that was supposed to last for a very long time. When you decided to buy your home, the septic system that was included was in the form of a sand mound. Septic system professionals everywhere get the same old question of how often should I pump out my sand mound?

At first, you thought it was a lump of soil left by the construction people but the septic expert explained to you that it was actually your own personal septic system. It was a sand mound because your property was on a high water table and the soil type could only accommodate a sand mound.

Even if this was the case, a sand mound still required the same level of treatment that was given to a conventional septic system. Many homeowners always said that the sand mound was more sensitive than the conventional septic system, which is underneath the surface. The heat in the conventional septic system is regulated well because it is kept in by the soil that covers it. The sand mound is exposed to the elements especially to the cold weather. One of the reminders left for homeowners is to regularly inspect the construction fabric that lines the sand mound especially before winter season. If the construction fabric happens to be deteriorated before snow falls and it’s not replaced, then the sand mound system will freeze over and the household will experience a very foul winter season.

You took the opportunity to ask the septic expert one of the many questions that nagged you… How often should I pump out my sand mound? The septic expert told you that the sand mound’s pump out schedule depends on the living situation in your home and even in the way the system is used. The sand mound is especially designed and installed for your home in a limited capacity. If your household is composed of only two people, then the sand mound should be pumped out every 3 years. For a household that has 5 members, you should have a pump out every 2 years. If you have a household that has 6 or more members, then it should be a yearly pump out.

Budget should not be an issue at all when pumping out your sand mound is concerned. A budget of $150-$400 should be set aside. For a household of two that pays $150 for every pump out, $50 every year should be set aside until the set date arrives. This is not a very big amount compared to the $7,000-$30,000 that you have to pay for a new sand mound installation if and when your present system fails.

Before the actual pump out schedule, proper inspection should be performed by a knowledgeable septic professional. The drain field should be checked for any tracks or footprints that are heavy enough to cause damage to the field’s components. The tank should be inspected for chemicals that are harsh and could kill off the resident bacteria in the sand mound. The pipe lines should also be assessed for any damages or leaks. Only after a thorough inspection will the septic professional proceed with the pump out. After pumping the sand mound, recommendations should come from the septic expert to help you improve the system and to help you prevent any form of damage or failure.

Be careful in choosing the right septic professional who will conduct the pump out of your sand mound. There are some who are just after the money and the time they have to spend on your sand mound, without thinking if their service was of high quality or not. See to it that you get good referrals from the health department. Ask any septic system professionals how often should I pump out my sand mound? You should get the same answers.