How often must my septic tank be pumped?
The need to pump a septic tank is directly related to how much sludge/scum has accumulated within the tank. Factors that affect sludge/scum accumulation or pumping frequency include:
- Tank size
- Number of people using the system
- Use of a garbage disposal (garbage disposals cause more solids to be put into the system)
- Dumping of fats and greases into the system
- Frequent washing of soiled clothing

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1. What is a compliance inspection?
2. What is a failing system?
3. When is a compliance inspection required?
4. Does Scott County require a compliance inspection whenever a home is bought or sold?
5. When does the Scott County Zoning Ordinance cause a septic system to be reviewed?
6. If a system is found to be “failing” when must it be repaired or replaced?
7. Will the County require replacement of a failing system if it is located in an area proposed for City Sewer?
8. If a system is relatively new, will the system still need a compliance inspection?
9. How long is a compliance inspection valid?
10. How long should an individual sewage treatment system last?
11. How much does a new system cost?
12. If my ISTS is failing, will I need to replace it with a mound?
13. Does the County require all systems to be inspected and fixed?
14. Will the County’s new required maintenance inspection program result in discovery of failing systems?
15. How often must my septic tank be pumped?
16. What does a maintenance inspection include and how much will it cost?