I have to admit that I was a little concerned about having our septic pumped because I waited a little longer than usual this time around, though I don't quite know what "usual" actually is. I still don't have a definitive answer as to the proper interval between septic evacuations, with some people saying every few years and others preaching longer intervals. I get a sense the previous owners had long in-betweens, though I can't say for sure. I know the last time we did it we waited 3 years and it seemed fine. This time around it was more like 6 years, and I was expecting a scolding from the septic guy. I was even a little pensive of seeing what was going on inside that tank.
As usual, my concerns were unfounded, and even Mr. Septic said it looked fine, whatever fine means for a septic tank. As long as there were no problems, that's fine with me. He pumped the tank and sealed the lid and was off. I'm much relieved to have a fresh start, and can stop thinking about it for another few years. I'm thinking that 5 years might be a good interval, but we'll see how it goes.
The big question is, will I take the long view and modify the latch to make it easier to find and open the next time, or will I take the short-sighted approach and simply fill the darn hole back in and be done with it? We shall see.
Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Chris for the pic.