Check and pump out your septic tank

If you have a septic tank on your property, you are responsible for checking and emptying it.

You should always use a plumber or waste handler to get your septic tank pumped out.

Check your septic tank

Septic tanks should be checked every one to two years.

You should check for signs that your septic tank is not working properly.

Some of these signs include:

  • the sewage in the toilet or liquid waste from other fixtures flows away very slowly
  • liquid waste overflows
  • wet areas are seen at the top of the septic tank
  • there is a strong unpleasant smell near the septic tank
  • the grass around the tank is green and growing well.

If your septic tank shows any of these signs it may need to be pumped out.

Pump out your septic tank

Septic tanks should be pumped out every three to five years.

Find a list of certified plumbers or licensed waste transporters in the Northern Territory (NT).

Last updated: 22 July 2020

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