FAQs That Customers Have Before Their First Septic Cleaning

Calling a company to come clean out your septic tank may seem a bit foreign to you if you've previously lived in a home connected to public sewers. So, the first time you make arrangements for a septic cleaning, you're likely to have a few questions. Discover the answers in this article.

Where will the septic pumping truck park?

If you've seen septic pumping trucks before, you know how big they are. So, you might be worried about where one will park or how it will fit into your yard. The thing is, septic pumping trucks are equipped with pretty long hoses. They can easily park on the side of the street and run those hoses all the way to your septic tank. There's generally no need for them to pull into your yard, or even your driveway — although most will gladly park in your driveway if there is space.

How long will the process take?

If everything goes as planned, the whole appointment should only take an hour or two. The septic techs will have to dig up and access the septic tank, pump it out, and then cover and bury the tank again. The actual pumping should only take 30 minutes or so. If your tank is buried under compact soil or in a hard-to-access place, your appointment will take a little longer, but still, setting aside half of a day is more than sufficient.

Will your system work better after having it pumped?

This depends on how badly your septic tank actually needs to be pumped. If it is just starting to get full of solids, you may not yet be noticing problems like slow drains, and your system will probably keep functioning the same after being pumped. On the other hand, if you're already experiencing septic problems like slow drains and toilets that barely flush, then having the tank pumped should solve those problems.

When will you need to have the tank pumped again?

The answer to this question depends on so many factors, from the size of your tank to how many people live in your home. You'll likely need the tank pumped again after a couple of years, but your septic technician can give you a more specific estimate after they see and pump your tank for the first time.

With these questions answered, you should now be ready to have your septic tank pumped. Rest assured: the process really is simple from the homeowner's perspective. Contact a septic cleaning service to learn more.