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Tips To Prepare For Septic Pumping

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All septic systems need periodic pumping and annual inspections. How frequently your system is pumped depends on its size and how heavily its used, but most systems are pumped every few years to ensure they are running well. The following tips can help you prepare for your septic tank pumping.

Tip #1: Mark the tank location

An overgrown or hidden tank access isn't just annoying, it can also cost you money. This is because septic services may charge a finder fee if it takes a lot of time or effort to find or uncover the tank. If this is the first time you are having the tank pumped, you may be able to find the access by walking your property or by checking with the property drawings and details on file with the city or county office. If you must pay the finder fee, make sure to make note of the location and keep it clear and accessible for future pumping and maintenance.

Tip #2: Clear access

The septic company will need to bring there truck onto your property and then run hoses out to the tank. You will want to make sure that their vehicles have access and parking spots near the drain field (but not on it), and that they can easily move their equipment from this area to the tank. If the truck must drive onto or park on a lawn area, refrain from watering the area for 24 hours so that the trucks won't leave ruts in the area. Move lawn furniture, your vehicles, and outdoor toys and rec items so that nothing is in their way as they work.

Tip #3: Plan your water usage

You should not put any water into the septic system during the pumping process. Suction is created in the tank during pumping, and trying to put more water into the tank can lead to problems with the process. Don't schedule laundry or a houseful of guests on pumping day. It's best to stop all use of the drains in your home a couple of hours before the crew arrives so all waste water has time to drain into the septic tank. If you must use a sink or toilet during the pumping process, plug the drain or refrain from flushing until the process is complete.

For more help with your septic system or to schedule a pumping and inspection, contact a septic maintenance contractor in your area.

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15 February 2017