Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

Septic Tank Pumping Tips

by Toni Richards

Many homes throughout the country rely on septic systems for the proper disposal of wastewater and refuse. Over time, the tank holding this wastewater and refuse can fill up. To prevent a serious plumbing disaster, you need to get your septic tank pumped regularly.

Here are three tips that you can use to ensure your pumping experience is a positive one.

1. Partner with the right contractor.

It's important that you work only with a licensed and bonded contractor from a company like Lutzky Contracting when it comes to getting your septic tank pumped. These contractors carry insurance policies that allow them to pay for any damages that may occur during the pumping process.

These damages can include the driving of heavy machinery over your landscaped lawn, damage to the septic tank itself during pumping, or improper pumping that results in future septic tank leaks. Avoid the possibility of financial stress in the future by partnering with the right contractor for your septic tank pumping needs.

2. Locate your tank before contacting a pumping professional.

If you want to reduce the amount of time required to pump out your septic tank, it can be beneficial to locate the tank before the pumping professional arrives. Some tanks will have a vent pipe that sticks up out of the ground.

This pipe can be used to pinpoint the tank's location. If your tank doesn't have a visible vent pipe, then you will need to obtain a copy of the permit issued when the tank was installed. This permit will illustrate the location of the tank, allowing you to direct the pumping professional to the right location upon his or her arrival.

3. Make sure the contractor has unrestricted access.

In order to properly pump out the contents of your septic tank, the contractor that you hire will need to have unrestricted access to the tank. This means that large trucks, backhoes, and other heavy machinery must be able to drive up to the tank's location.

You should ensure that any outdoor furniture, sheds, or vehicles that might be restricting access to your septic tank are moved prior to the arrival of the pumping professional.

Finding ways to make the septic tank pumping process easier will allow your pumping to go smoothly. Take the time to partner with a licensed and bonded contractor, pinpoint your tank's location, and ensure that the contractor has unrestricted access to your tank when you need your septic system pumped in the future.