Should I have my septic tank pumped?



On- site wastewater treatment system represents a significant investment which you will want to protect. With proper operation and regular maintenance, your system will function and last longer.


Do not wait until your system shows signs of failure to have your septic tank pumped out. Waiting can mean complete clogging and an expensive repair bill. Call Pat Jackson Inc. /Tri-City septic tank cleaning service, to clean your septic tank AT LEAST EVERY TWO TO THREE YEARS. (This is the state of Maine recommendation.) Periodic pumping of the septic tank is far less costly, then the repair or replacement of the entire system.


While your tank is being pumped, ask the operator to examine the inlet and outlet baffles in the septic tank. If either is broken, have the repairs done immediately. The inlet should also be checked to see if wastewater is continuously flowing into the tank from previously undetected plumbing leaks. The outlet baffle is more important than the inlet, its loss will allow solids to go directly to the absorption area; failure of the system is common result.


Septic systems generally give little warning they are about to fail. However, the following systems often indicate the leaching system is becoming clogged: (A) Sewage odor near the septic tank or leaching field, (B) slowly running drains and toilets, and (C) Sewage on the ground over the leaching field.


Protect the system by keeping soil over the drain field covered with vegetation to prevent erosion. DO NOT drive heavy vehicles over the system; avoid construction over the system. Maintain natural shape of the land immediately down slop of the system and protect the area from cutting and filling. Landscape the yard to divert water from the tank and field. Be sure that the roof, gutters, and foundation drains do not flow over, or into the system.


Here are a few tips to help you locate and dig the correct cover on your septic tank.

  • Look for the 4″ sewer pipe running from your toilet and shower to the outside wall of your home. Usually your tank is 8 to 15′ from the exit point of the sewer pipe.
  • Perhaps you have noticed an area outside where snow melts each winter usually it is within the 8 to 15′ range. This is a good place to start. Use a bar to probe the ground and locate the four corners of the tank.
  • A septic tank is approximately 8′ long by 5′ wide and has three different covers. However, some tanks are longer and can be plastic making it more difficult to locate.
  • We asks that you locate and dig the center cover to allow us to properly clean your tank and remove the solids.
  • Care should be taken if you have a pump with your septic system. Unground electrical wiring will be present and could be a potential hazard. If you have a pump chamber this cover should also be located and dug so it may be pumped at the time of our service.
  • If you are experiencing slow drains and if the digging is fairly easy you might consider digging all of the tank covers. Exposing all of the covers would allow us to check your inlet area to clear any solids that may be restricting the flow. It would also allow us to clearly see your outlet baffle to make sure it is secure.
  • Call our office if you have any questions while locating your tank. We can also locate and dig your cover for you

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