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Our home has two 800 gallon tanks next to each other, from the previous plumbers drawing it looks like they are connected. http://imgur.com/dSSZwiy

I was looking at http://www.nesc.wvu.edu/pdf/WW/publications/pipline/PL_FA95.pdf

And they say 1500 gallons for 2 people should be pumped every 9.1 years. Should I use that guide for my combined tank size or should I follow whatever is closer to 800 gallons?

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What's a "grauge?" –  Chris Cudmore Jun 20 '13 at 13:43
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Check out this answer here: diy.stackexchange.com/a/1712/928 It sounds like you have a 800 gallon septic tank, and an 800 gallon grey water tank. Which means you should pump for 800, not 1600. Also check if you have a weeping tile bed. The second tank could be a holding tank only, and will need to be pumped when full (Rare. I've only seen this in rocky terrain where a tile bed is impossible). –  Chris Cudmore Jun 20 '13 at 13:47
    
A terrible misspelling of garage, not my drawing :) –  chrisan Jun 20 '13 at 13:48
    
And thanks I think you are right –  chrisan Jun 20 '13 at 13:54
    
@chriscudmore Looks like an answer, walks like an answer... –  HerrBag Jun 20 '13 at 15:32

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Check out this answer here: diy.stackexchange.com/a/1712/928

It sounds like you have a 800 gallon septic tank, and an 800 gallon black water tank. Which means you should pump for 800, not 1600.

Cautionary note:

In some rare circumstances, most notably the rocky lake district of Muskoka in Ontario, weeping beds are illegal (lake water contamination), and the second tank is actually a holding tank. In this situation, you need to pump out the tank fairly often, or it will fill up and overflow.

If you have a nice lawn that stays green without watering in the dog days of summer, then you most likely have a weeping tile bed.

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