You probably know you're supposed to have your septic tank pumped every three to five years to avoid a stinky bomb in the front yard, but did you know what actually happens when the technicians show up to pump it? At Hemley's Septic Tank Cleaning of Gig Harbor, Washington, we want to make sure our customers know everything there is to know about septic tank pumping.
Here, we have provided a step-by-step breakdown of the septic tank pumping process to fill in the gaps:
- Locate The Tank: We can do it or you can, but someone needs to dig up the septic tank so we can access it. The lid needs to be exposed in order for us to get the hose inside.
- Check The Liquid Level: Your tank should be releasing certain harmless liquids into a portion of your lawn known as the drain field. Once the access lid is open, we need to check the liquid level in the tank. If it's lower than the outlet pipe that leads to the drain field, the tank could be leaking into the ground, but if it's higher, the liquid is not draining properly and the pipe might be clogged.
- Sucking: Now for the fun part—we will stick the hose down into the lid and pump all the contents of the tank into our handy truck. That's how all of that noxious waste gets transported as far away as possible from you and your family.
- Backflow: As the septic tank is being pumped, a technician will watch to see how much liquid flows back out of the tank’s outlet pipe. A large amount of backflow could mean liquid is not oozing into the drain field, but a small backflow could signify the drainage pipe is sagging.
- Tank Cleaning: Your tank doesn't only store liquids: There is a layer of solid sludge that has accumulated underneath the fluids. We will loosen all of those solids up so they can be sucked into the truck, and then we’ll hose everything down, leaving you with a truly clean septic tank.
- One Final Check: After we've pumped your septic tank dry, it needs to be checked for structural damage. Our technicians will look for leaks, cracks, damaged baffles, and other common and uncommon problems. We will let you know if we've found anything, which will save you heartache in the long run.
Thank you so much for reading this edition of “Septic Tanks 101.” At Hemley's Septic Tank Cleaning, a family-owned business for 50 years, we offer septic services ranging from grease trap cleaning to portable toilets to septic troubleshooting, repairs, and pumping. For more information about our services, visit our website or give us a call at (800) 699-7854. If you are calling after hours, we can be reached at (253) 851-3432.