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Posted on: April 11, 2022

Building Inspections Corner: Septic System Pumping

Septic System Pumping

Septic System Pumping 

Minnesotans with homes connected to municipal wastewater services may not be aware of the role of septic systems in protecting water quality in the state. More than 618,000 Minnesota homes and businesses use septic systems, including hundreds in Blaine.

An average home with two baths and three occupants can produce about 250 to 300 gallons of wastewater per day. That is a lot of flow for an on-site septic system to treat and process. This is why regularly pumping your septic tank is perhaps the most important factor in maintaining your septic system. A neglected septic system can quickly become a health hazard and an expensive problem all around. Replacing a septic system can be as expensive as buying a new car. Just as you would regularly have your car serviced every few thousand miles, you should likewise clean your septic tank after a few thousand flushes and laundry loads.

When to pump? 

The MPCA and the University of Minnesota recommends pumping all tanks every two years. In Blaine, city ordinance requires that any septic tank be pumped, cleaned, and inspected through the tank maintenance manhole no less than once every three years. In lieu of pumping, homeowners can have a licensed service provider send a form to the City verifying the levels in the tank do not meet the pumping threshold. This might apply for systems with very light usage.

Who can pump? 

Pumping must be done by a licensed service provider. After the pumping is completed, they submit a Septic Tank Maintenance Reporting Form to the City of Blaine.

When was the last time my tanks were pumped? 

You can view previously submitted pumping and maintenance records on BlaineMN.gov/PropertyInformationLookup. The City of Blaine will also send a pumping/maintenance reminder when tanks are due for pumping and maintenance.

What happens if I sell/transfer my property? 

If the system hasn’t had a compliance inspection recently (in the past five years for a new system or the past three years for an existing system) a compliance inspection is required when the property is sold or transferred. A qualified private septic inspector must perform the compliance inspection. A Compliance Inspection is not the same as pumping or maintenance, it is a more detailed inspection of the condition of the entire septic system.

More information is available at BlaineMN.gov/SepticInformation.

For help with a dispute with a residential contractor, call 800-657-3944 (press 5) or [email protected].

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