How Does Septic Pumping Work?

Technician pumping septic tank.

Septic systems work by transferring the waste in your home through an underground pipe that connects to the septic tank. The tank is able to break down wastewater with bacteria. The solid waste sinks to the bottom of the tank, and the water flows out in a separate pipe. To avoid backups and flooding, you’ll need to make sure it receives proper maintenance. Here’s our guide on septic pumping so you know what to expect during your appointment.

How does septic pumping work?

When you schedule an appointment with a professional like Supeck Septic Services, we’ll arrive in our tanker truck equipped with vacuum equipment. The cleaning process will consist of a few simple steps.

  1. Uncovering the tank– First things first, open the lids to your tank. This might seem like a simple task, but corrosion and general wear-and-tear can make it difficult. In some cases, your lid will need to be replaced.
  2. Pumping the tank– Once we have access into the tank, a high-power hose from our truck-mounted vacuum system is used to evacuate the liquids and waste.
  3. Visual inspection– After cleaning is complete, it’s time to check the tank’s interior and exterior for any root presence or deterioration.
  4. Covering the tank– Your cleaning and inspection is complete! Now we can close and cover the lid back up. Septic tanks are sometimes buried below ground. If the lids are buried, your technician may suggest risers be installed

How often should you get your tank pumped?

It’s recommended to get your tank routinely pumped every two to three years. How often you need your tank pumped will depends on a few factors:

  • Size of household– Larger households are more likely to need service more frequently because they generate a large amount of waste.
  • Septic tank capacity– Smaller tanks hold less sludge and will need more frequent cleaning.

Contact Supeck Septic Services for Septic Pumping

Is your septic system due for service? As Northeast Ohio’s largest septic provider, we offer exceptional routine and emergency care. Make sure your system runs smoothly with regular maintenance from Supeck Septic Services. Contact us at (888) 725-0209 to schedule an appointment.