Preventing Plumbing Problems

Preventing Plumbing Problems

Having Your Septic Tank Pumped: Tips For First-Timers

by Calvin Simmmons

Having your septic tank pumped out every few years will go a long way toward keeping it functioning and flowing properly. Luckily, this is not something you have to do yourself. There are professional septic companies that have big, pump trucks and massive hoses they can use for the job. You might, however, benefit from the following tips the first time you have your septic tank pumped.

Locate the tank before your appointment.

When the septic company pulls in, one of the first things they'll ask you is where your tank is. So, if you don't already know, you'll want to do some sleuthing to figure it out. Most septic tanks are located in the backyard, a few feet from the home. There may be a little cap, less than a foot in diameter, leading to the tank. Sometimes, it is even marked by a raised vent. If you don't see any of these indicators right off the bat, then look at the grass pattern. Is there a place where the grass is denser, greener, and lusher? If so, that's where the septic tank is likely located. Make note of it, and show the septic company. If they know what general vicinity to look in, they should be able to find the actual tank opening.

Be there for the appointment.

Eventually, you can likely have your septic company come out and service your tank while you're not around. But the first time you have them out, you want to be there. This gives you a chance to ask questions and get feedback on your tank use in person.

Ask how full the tank is.

If your septic contractor does not tell you how full the tank is, ask them for this information. They should be able to tell you how much solid waste was in the tank before they pumped it. This can help you determine how often, going forward, you need to have the tank pumped. For instance, if there were only a few inches of waste in the tank, you can generally get away with waiting another year or two before pumping it, next time. On the other hand, if the tank was nearly full, you may want to have it pumped more often.

The tips above should go a long way toward helping you out when you have your septic tank pumped. Talk to the pros to learn more! 

Formore info about septic pumping, contact a local company. 


About Me

Preventing Plumbing Problems

It isn't always easy to know where to start when it comes to household maintenance, but a few years ago I realized I needed a new septic system. We were having a problem with our drains draining properly, so we turned to some experts for some help. They walked us through every aspect of the plumbing process, and within a few days, we were having a brand new septic tank installed. It was great to see just how much better things ran when the septic was working, and this blog is evidence of how much something like that can help.