Learning About Plumbing For Residential Dwellings

What To Expect From Your First Septic Pumping

Having a septic tank for the first time is a little different than using a standard sewer system, but it's nothing that you can't become accustomed to. If you're going to need your first septic pumping done soon, here's what you can expect from the process.

After Arrival

When you set up an appointment to have your tank pumped, a large truck will arrive on the day of the pumping. This is what will be capturing and holding onto everything that comes out of your tank.

Once they've arrived, you should plan on not using your plumbing until the process is complete. Try to use the bathroom as soon as they arrive so that you won't need it for a while. Also, keep using sinks to a bare minimum, or better yet, don't use them at all. This is because that fluid will be filling the tank while they're trying to pump it, which could make the process more difficult and time-consuming.

Pumping the Tank

Once your septic technician is ready, they'll begin pumping the tank. This is a process where they connect a massive hose to your tank and then run a motorized suction device that pulls the fluids and top scum out of your tank and into the truck they're using. This process shouldn't require any involvement from you, so feel free to sit back and get comfortable inside until they're done working on the tank.

Inspection

Once your septic tank has been pumped, your technician will likely want to speak with you. This is because they'll perform a brief inspection after the majority of fluid and scum has been removed from the tank.

If there are any problems with your tank, they'll let you know. But most importantly, they will explain when you need your tank cleaned. Keep in mind that having a septic tank cleaned is a separate process from having it pumped. You won't need it to be cleaned as often as it's pumped, but you should never skip a cleaning. This can cause the septic tank to break down and its drainage pipes to become damaged, so consider setting up an appointment then and there for a septic cleaning so that it isn't forgotten about.

Having a septic tank isn't too much of a hassle, really. Other than having it cleaned and pumped every few years, you won't need to do much else to keep it running well. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to ask your technician.