What to Expect When You're Expecting a Septic Pumping Service

If you're the brand new owner of a house that has a septic tank, you should be happy that you've made a choice that is environmentally-friendly, low maintenance, and can last for decades at a time.

Having a septic system can also be a reason for slight trepidation, as well. We've all heard horror stories of sewage backing up into the yard, creating a huge (and smelly) mess that can take days to get rid of. Fortunately, regular septic pumping can eliminate most of the problems that you'll ever run into.

Here's what you should expect at a regular septic tank service appointment.

Removal of Septic Tank Covers

Upon arrival, your technician will take the cover off of your septic tank and drop a hose inside the septic tank. Some septic companies require you to remove the cover previous to their arrival, while others will remove it for you. Either way, it's best to check with your septic tank service company to see what you need to do before they get to your home.

Pumping the Septic Tank

Once the hose has been lowered, they'll turn on the pump from the truck and begin the septic pumping process. This should take less than thirty minutes in total, but could take up to an hour depending on the size of the tank and how much sewage is inside. Your technician will most likely stand near the tank to monitor the progress, but also watch to see if there is any significant backflow from the tank outlet pipe. If so, they may try to also determine the source of the backup and may recommend additional septic tank services.

Septic Tank Cleaning

Once all the waste has been collected inside the truck, the technician will use a device called a "spoon" to clean the inside of the tank and dislodge any sludge that may be stuck to the walls. This ensures that the tank is fully drained and you won't have any major sections breaking off and clogging the pipes. Finally, they'll rinse the walls of the tank with water to ensure it is squeaky clean.

Septic Tank Inspection

Just because the tank has been drained and cleaned doesn't mean the job is done! Once the tank is clear, the septic pumping technician will perform a visual inspection to make sure there are no leaks, cracks, or holes inside the tank. Once they've confirmed the tank is in proper working order, they'll clean up the job site, move their equipment back to the truck, and be on their way.