Holding Tank Pumping FAQs

What is the difference between a Holding Tank and a Septic Tank?

A Holding tank does not allow for any of its contents to leach away into the ground, whereas a septic tank will allow waste water to run through a leaching field and a bacterial breakdown of some of its contents.

How often will I have to have my Holding Tank pumped?

Short Answer – It Depends! Everything is based on the size of the tank and the amount of water which you use. There is no good timeline to give as it really depends on the residents use of water. Everything (Showers, Toilets, Dishwashers etc) will drain into the Holding tank. If the holding tank becomes full, it can back up into the house. Our experience has been that many holding tanks are pumped about every 6-8 weeks, but again…it all depends.

How do I know if my Holding Tank is full?

Most holding tanks have an alarm which will alert you to the holding tank being full, assuming that they have been kept in good repair. Some holding tanks also use (often improvised by the owner) dip sticks to determine how full the holding tank is, especially when no working alarm is present.

I would like to install a Holding Tank, How do I go about it?

Putting in a new holding tank is often not very easy, or I should say is often frowned upon by the regulators. Often it will only be allowed if there was already a holding tank on the property and it’s not possible to install a Septic Tank. In order to do so, you will need to contact a licensed installer (those who install septic tanks are licensed to install holding tanks as well) who will walk you through the process.