What to Expect When a Septic Tank Pumper Comes to Your House   Share

by Greg Smith, Roto-Rooter of Mobile

Having your septic tank pumped regularly is an important household maintenance task that can help spare you the expense of dealing with unnecessary and costly septic system repairs that could be avoided simply by following proper maintenance procedures. However, hiring someone to perform septic system maintenance is only effective if the task is performed properly and thoroughly.

Expectations for Professional Septic Tank Pumping
As a homeowner, it’s important for you to be aware of what you should expect when you hire a professional to perform septic tank maintenance for you. Learning what you should expect is the best way to hold the service provider that you select accountable. This is the best way to be certain that you are really getting what you are paying for when you contract with a licensed hauler to pump out your septic system.

1. Pump Both Sides
You should be aware that septic tanks have two sides, with each one serving a different purpose. The front side, referred to as the inlet side, is the solids compartment. The back side, also known as the outlet side, is the water compartment. Proper septic tank pumping protocol requires that both compartments should be pumped out – and you should make sure this is done when you hire someone to handle this task for you.

2. Full Tank Inspection
Pumping the tank itself is only one thing that should be done during septic tank maintenance procedures. It’s also important for the tank to be inspected so that potential problem areas should be identified. A full inspection can be performed when both sides of the tank have been pumped out and are open. Be sure that your service provider checks outs the working levels, walls, sides, pipes and filters to determine if any areas need to be cleaned, repaired or replaced. 

3. Be Sure the Work is Done Properly
Communicate with your service provider about your expectations for septic tank pumping and maintenance service before the work begins. Verify that the professional hauler you hire plans to perform complete pumping of both inlet and outlet sides of your tank, as well as perform a full inspection and report any problems that are found to you before leaving.

About the Author
Greg Smith is President of Roto-Rooter of Mobile, Alabama. The company provides industrial, commercial and residential plumbing repair services, including video pipe inspection, throughout Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties in Alabama.