Septic Tank Pumping – How to pump your septic tank when it gets full

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Septic tank pumping is necessary long before the septic tank fills to the brim. However, should your septic tank be full, it is time for you to get your septic tank pumped by a certified septic tank pumper. The typical septic tank pumping cost lies somewhere in the ballpark of $200-$300, though the actual price for your pumping job depends on a number of factors. One of the factors is the size of the septic tank. If your septic tank is 1,000 gallons, then $200-$300 is the normal price range; if your tank is 2,500 gallons, the job will cost somewhere around $800. If your septic tank is larger than 1,000 gallons but less than 2,500, the price of septic tank pumping will be somewhere between $200 and $800. Another factor that may affect your pumping cost is whether or not the pumper has to find your tank and pry it open. If the pumper has to perform this additional labor, you will pay an additional $200-$400. Other additional costs you may have to pay certified pumpers depend on the region of the country you are in, whether you live in a suburban, urban, or rural setting, and so forth.


Whether you employ a certified pumper or do the job yourself, you will need a septic tank pumping truck. A septic tank pumping truck is a vehicle that contains a vacuum used for pumping septic tanks, as well as a holding tank for the sewage and water drained from a septic tank. The pumping truck takes the vacuum, connects it to the septic tank, and sucks the sewage and water right out of the septic tank. Of course, before connecting the pumping truck to the septic tank, make sure the pumping truck motor is working properly. If you intend to clean your own septic tank and purchase a pumping truck, there are a few places you can find septic tank pumping trucks for sale. First, check your local newspaper or local radio station to see if there is a place that sells discounted pumping trucks where you live. You can also call a regional septic system maintenance company and see what advice they would have to offer on where to look for pumping truck deals. Lastly, you can purchase a pumping truck from a next-door neighbor or someone that lives on the same or an adjacent street.


There are two major types of septic tank design: traditional septic tanks and aerobic septic tanks. Within the two major types of septic tanks, there are several different kinds: mound system ($9,000-$25,000), standard gravity system (cost: $3,500-$7,500 for installation), evapotranspiration system ($25,000 +), bottomless sand filter system (cost: $5,500-$8,500), pressure system (cost: $5,000-$10,000), Wisconsin at grade system ($6,000-$10,000), and recirculating sand filter system ($10,000-$15,000). Check with your local septic tank expert to determine which system is for you and check your budget to determine which system you can afford.


Septic tank problems that indicate it is time to clean your septic tank are the buildup of sludge, septic tank buildup, small tank size, and failure to secure the septic tank or install it correctly. First, the buildup of sludge will contribute to septic problems. Sludge (also known as solid waste) can back up into the system and cause slow flushing of the toilets, slow draining of shower water, and even discolored water (if the problem becomes severe). Next, the tank may not empty properly. If the septic tank is not installed properly (or put together tightly), the tank may not properly empty the waste out into the leach field and may slowly clog up the septic tank itself. The result may be that all the solid waste and water will run right back into the water system. Another problem regarding the septic tank involves tank size. Tank size also plays a role in how quickly the tank will fill up. If the tank is too small, and there are three or more people in your home, you may find yourself with a backed up septic tank rather quickly.


There are some ways to ensure septic tank care and prevent septic problems. First, get your septic tank pumped out every 1-5 years. Often, the problem is not the septic tank but simply the buildup of waste that has occurred. Tank pumping can take care of this problem. Next, do not place garbage in the septic tank. Solid waste is a kind of garbage that septic tanks can break down (due to the bacteria present within them). Massive waste such as baby diapers and cigarette butts are not decomposable within septic tanks. Conserving water is another care tip. Be mindful of the amount of water you use in dishwashing and laundry, and cut back on the frequency of these activities. Lastly, do not drain grease or oils of any kind in your water supply. These oils will also flood your septic tank and cause it to overflow—which will create even bigger problems.


Septic tank pumping is necessary to ensure both proper human waste disposal as well as proper function of a home’s waste and water elements. Without a well-functioning home, you cannot have well-functioning family.

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