Or so we thought. Had a brand new septic put in 3 years ago. 1,000 gallon tank with 500 feet of leach lines. Hubby mowed the pasture off today & noticed water seeping out of the lid on the septic. :help: I assumed the tank needed pumped & thought we were in big trouble since Cabin Fever always says to pump your septic. I of course have my dad that says he has nevre had his pumped & there were 11 kids in the house when I grew up. Not sure how he got by with not having it done. We were going to wait another year or 2 thinking to do it every 5 years. Anyway, called the guy that does the pumping & he told us to take off the lid & feel for another handle where the outlet pipe comes in. Come to find out that there is a filter in the end of that pipe & the guy that installed it did not tell us that we needed to remove it at least twice a year & clean it out. Pulled out the filter & it was clogged bad. Took the hose & sprayed it out & cleaned it good & now the septic is back to working like it should. :dance: I am going to go ahead & have it pumped. How often should we get it pumped out? Is every 5 years enough? Too often? Not often enough? There are 9 people in the house. The water from the washing machine does not go into the septic, but all the other drains do. We only have 1 bathroom, don't know if that matters. Is it common for the filters to be put in now-a-days? I had no idea that it had one. Could have saved us a lot of worry if we had known.