As part of preventative septic system maintenance, it's recommended to have your septic tank pumped periodically to keep the system in good working condition and to avoid any potential issues that could disrupt your daily household routine, pose health and safety hazards, and result in expensive repairs.
That said, septic tank pumping requires proper planning to do it quickly, efficiently, and safely. If it's your first time scheduling septic tank pumping for your home, the following tips can help to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience.
Find the Location of Your Septic Tank
When the pump truck arrives at your residence, the pumping crew will ask you to show them where your septic tank is located so they can start work. Unfortunately, septic tanks are typically buried underground and can be difficult to locate over time.
If you don't remember the location of the tank, consult the septic tank map and use a soil probe to find it. Clear the area around the tank to locate the access lid. Make sure the lid can be easily removed to allow easy access when the pumping crew arrives.
Asking the pumping team to locate your septic tank may attract additional fees, which can significantly increase the total cost of your pumping service.
Disconnect the Water Supply to Your Major Appliances
While it is not a must to shut off the water supply to your home during septic tank pumping, it's best to keep usage to a minimum because the pump truck needs to create a vacuum in the tank to effectively remove the waste. Any additional wastewater can interfere with the pumping process.
Consider turning off the water supply to any heavy water-using appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines. You may still use water or flush the toilet if necessary.
However, resume normal water usage only after the pumping process is completed.
Be Prepared for Sewer Odor
Septic tank pumping is a stinky job, so be ready to deal with unpleasant sewage smells when the pump truck starts drawing the water and waste in your septic tank. You may want to inform your neighbors to shut their windows and doors during the pumping process as you should.
Knowing what to expect during the septic tank pumping process is essential for ensuring adequate preparation. Book a consultation with a septic system service provider—such as Overbey's Septic Tank Service & Triad Industrial Services—to learn more about how to ensure a smooth, stress-free pumping experience.