Septic system pumping

What to Expect When Your Septic System Needs Pumping

Your septic system is probably not something you think often about. But, as with other aspects of your home, it needs regular maintenance too.

It’s important to have septic services performed by a vacuum truck contractor in Edmonton once the sludge level in your septic tank reaches about 30 to 50 percent capacity or about once every two to four years. Otherwise, you could end up with raw sewage filling your lawn, or worse, seeping into your ground water.

Even though septic pump outs are definitely not a DIY job, at Magnan - NSD Vac Truck Service, we encourage our customers to watch us work so that you can gain a better understanding of your septic system, and we can answer any questions that might come up.

Here’s What You Can Expect During a Septic Pump Out

1. Inspecting liquid levels. Before the pumping begins, we will locate and uncover the tank access lids. We will note the level of liquid in relation to the tank's outlet pipe. If the liquid is below the pipe, this could indicate a leak in the septic tank. If it is higher than the pipe, there could be a problem in the drainfield.

2. Pumping the septic tank. We will lower a large “vacuum” hose into the manhole which is connected to a strong pump on our truck. It sucks up all of the solid and liquid waste from your tank and transfers it to our storage tank (affectionately known in the industry as, “The Honey Wagon”). To ensure the tank is thoroughly cleaned we will use a septage spoon and backflush to loosen the sludge that may be lurking in the corners of the tank.

3. Watching for backflow issues. While pumping, we’ll look for backflow from the tank outlet pipe. Significant backflow could mean there’s a problem with drainfield system. A small amount of backflow may indicate that there’s a sag in the pipe to the drainfield.

4. Checking for signs of structural damage. Once your tank is cleaned out, we will inspect it for signs of structural damage. We’ll look for damaged baffles, cracks in the tank, an open weep hole, and mid-seam leaking. To prevent structural damage, we do not scrub or power wash the tank’s walls.

5. Filing a report. If we find anything out of the ordinary or any signs of current or impending problems, we will explain the issue and offer advice on your best course of action.

Finding Trusted Septic and Sump Services in Edmonton

If you need septic tank services or sump services, you can rely on Edmonton’s experienced and insured technicians at Magnan - NSD Vac Truck Service. Book your septic pump out today!
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