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Sewer Pumping 101 | A Guide For First-Time Customers

by Jurjen Zandvliet

A slow flush, weird drainage issues, and telltale odors--all of these are signs that your home's septic system is indeed reaching an overly full state. It's time to call up a sewer pumping professional to have your tank properly pumped and cleaned. If this will be your first experience with sewer pumping services, you are bound to be a little bewildered by the process. Here are a few of the most common questions first-time residential customers tend to have about septic tank cleaning and pumping and the answers you are going to want to know.

First off, how much is this going to cost?

Having your septic tank pumped is one of the less-costly maintenance tasks you will likely face as a homeowner. Average costs are usually somewhere between $75 and $200. However, costs can be a little higher, falling closer to the $300 mark, in some areas and if your tank is a larger model or harder to reach. 

How does the professional even find the tank?

If you have no idea where your septic tank is, the sewer pumping agent can usually track it down without a hassle. Many times, the tank can be located by tracking down ventilation pipes. In some cases, the professional will use a geological scanner to track down the tank.

Will this mean your yard will have to be dug up?

In order to reach the septic tank, the professional will have to dig out a small space in most cases. However, many newer septic tanks are designed in a way that allows minimal effort to reach the tank opening so it can be pumped. Rest assured, whatever is disturbed during the pumping process, the professional will do their best to put it back as it was before they leave.

Should there be someone home?

There is usually no need for someone to be present during the sewer pumping process. However, it is a good idea to give directions to or somehow mark the septic tank location on your property to make things easier on the professional.

How often will this have to happen?

The length of time your septic tank can go before it needs to be pumped again will depend on the size of your tank in comparison to the size of your household. In general terms, you should expect to have to have the tank pumped about every three years. Visit to learn more.