How Long Does it Take to Pump a Septic Tank?

For the average sized three/four bedroom home with a 1000 to 1250 septic tank, you can expect septic pumping to take on average up to 30 minutes.

The actual time to empty the tank will depend on several things, including:

  • The size of the septic tank.
  • The number of people who use the water in your home or business.
  • The type of equipment the septic pumping service uses.
  • Whether you have kept up with regular maintenance.
  • Whether the system is blocked, this could be because of the incorrect disposal of items that don’t break down, such as baby wipes.

As a rough guide, you can expect your septic pumping to take:

  • 1000 – 1250 gallon tanks take between 20-30 minutes.
  • 1500 – 2000 gallon tanks take between 45-60 minutes.

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