The pumping process itself is pretty straight forward. A large truck, sometimes referred to as a “Honey Wagon”, with a big tank, suction pump, and a large hoses will come to the property and park in the general vicinity of the septic tank. The operator will remove the manhole cover from the tank, lower the suction hoses into it and fire up the pumps, sucking the accumulated waste into the holding tank on the truck. A good pumping service will also provide a thorough inspection of the septic tank once it is pumped clean. They will inspect the tank, valves and inlet and outlet ports for damage such as cracks or clogs.
They will also inspect the ground around the tank for signs of leaks as well. Any problems should be brought to the homeowner so that they can be dealt with to ensure the proper operation of the entire septic system. The cost to get a septic tank pumped out varies and will depend on where you live along with a few other factors. Normally it will cost between $125 to $250 or more.
The easier the job the less it will cost but there are some circumstances that can cause the price to increase. The first problem many homeowners run into knows exactly where there septic tank is buried. This is particularly true for people who have purchased a home with an existing system. If it is buried and its location isn’t readily apparent then your septic pumping service can use a plumbing snake with a radio emitter attached to the end.
Septic Tank Problems-You will not know if you need to do septic tank cleaning if you do not know any of the signs that point to problems with your septic tank. It is best to know the signs of a problem with your septic tank instead of being caught by surprise.
A properly designed, constructed and maintained septic system should be virtually trouble free. Unfortunately things do go wrong and problems with the septic tank are usually the cause. But since they are buried, out of sight out of mind so to speak, it’s not until a nasty odor starts to hang over the property that the homeowner is aware that something is amiss.
Septic Tank System Design-Designing a septic tank system is an important part of building a home that does not have access to a city sewer system. In fact serious consideration must be given to where the septic system should be placed on any property before the final house design is decided on. Doing so can mean saving thousands of dollars on the design and construction of the septic system.
Septic Tank Maintenance-Living the rural lifestyle has its advantages for those who wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of a more urban environment. It also means that certain services aren’t readily available including access to a municipal sewage system. In these cases a self contained waste management system or septic system is needed and the septic tank is the most important part of this system. It only makes sense then that regular maintenance is an important part of keeping the tank and the rest of the system in good working order.
If the pumping contractor has to dig down to find the lid this can add to the cost of the service. This is also the perfect opportunity to install a riser to avoid this issue for future pump outs. The liquid waste leaves the tank through an outlet pipe and continues to the absorption field, also called the leach field, where an entrenchment of piping discharges excess water into the ground soil through multiple drainage holes.