Septic Tank Cleaning-Explained

In North America, septic systems are still super popular. One reason is that they are much cheaper than being connected to city sewer and another reason is that there are a lot of areas that do not have access to a centralized city sewer system. The key to keeping your septic apparatus humming along with no problems is proper maintenance. Septic tank cleaning is part of that proper maintenance and many people wonder how much does septic tank pumping actually cost? That is a fair question, but it has a somewhat unfair answer.A good rule of thumb (I love rules of thumb!) is that it will cost between $125 and $250 (or more) to have a septic system cleaned. Why the price variation? Simple.Here is another rule of thumb, the more difficult it is for the septic cleaning guy to access your septic system, the more it will cost you to have it pumped.

As you may know, most septic tanks are meant to be buried under ground. If you do not have a septic riser installed, then you or the septic tank guy will have to dig a hole down to the septic container lid. A backbreaking job, no doubt, and the contractor will want to be compensated. If there is digging involved you will be looking at closer to $250 for your septic tank pumping cost.Some people do not even know where their septic tank is; let alone where to find the access lid. Luckily, there are septic system service companies that have special tools used to locate septic containers.One is a simple plumbing snake, with a not-so-simple radio transceiver attached to the end. The plumbing snake is fed through the house pipes and into your septic container. Then the contractor goes out and uses a radio receiver to determine where the end of the plumbing snake is and voila! There is your septic container.

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Summary Of Septic Tank Cleaning


Septic trucks are a type of heavy-duty vehicle designed to collect, transport and dispose of the refuse from septic tanks. While the equipment is able to handle this dirty job, it does not mean that the vehicle itself must remain dirty after a job. Cleaning should be at the top of a list of things that need to be performed at the end of every vacuum truck shift.Despite the fact that this equipment is designed to perform a messy job, keeping the vehicle cleansed is something that an operator should not overlook. Following are several benefits in performing this important chore:Prevent Premature Deterioration – Septic trucks deal with dirty fluids which have potentially caustic properties. Although components of these vehicles, such as the storage tanks and the vacuum units, are protected with a layer of paint or made of stainless steel, continuous exposure to these caustic elements will cause damage.

To prevent premature deterioration and increase the service life of these vehicles, it is important to clean the components after use. Daily flushing will reduce the exposure to caustic fluids and extend the life of the equipment. Positive Image – Although the services that are performed by this equipment deal with unclean material, the vehicle itself does not have to conform to its application. A neat and tidy truck can take away the stigma associated with septic cleaning services and present a positive image to clients. Better Work Atmosphere – The physical appearance of a septic truck can even affect the attitude of the employees who use the vehicle. Driving a clean and well-maintained vehicle can help boost the morale of the workers. Lower Health Risk – Waste water contains pathogenic organisms which have the potential to cause disease if they come in contact with humans. Regular cleaning of the equipment will reduce the likelihood of septic truck operators coming in contact with contaminated fluids and reduce the risk of acquiring a disease.