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SEPTIC TANK PUMPING

If you have a septic system to handle sewage disposal, getting your septic tank pumped is a regular maintenance must. For prompt assistance, give us a call today.

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    Septic Tank Pumping

    As with all services that take care of your home or business, you want to hire a septic tank pumping team that takes pride in what they do and how they do it. As a third-generation business operating in Oregon since 1959, Byers Septic Tank Service is just that. The work we do, we do well, with respect for our customers and their property. If you have a septic system to handle sewage disposal, getting your septic tank pumped is a regular maintenance must. For prompt assistance, give us a call today.

    The Process of Septic Tank Pumping

    When the team from Byers Septic Tank Service arrives to pump out your septic tank, the first thing they will do is locate the access lid to your tank (usually a plastic, fiberglass, or concrete cover). Then the pumping begins, which tends to last about half an hour, depending on tank size. Pumping may also involve some cleaning of the septic tank, especially where larger amounts of grease and solid waste are encountered.

    After pumping, we get everything back to looking how it was before we arrived and head out to dispose of the waste at the county wastewater treatment center. This whole process usually takes less than an hour on-site, unless there are complicating factors.

    Are you ready to get your septic tank pumped? Get in touch to schedule a time for our trucks to come to you.

    The Need for Regular Septic Tank Pumping

    Septic tanks can be mysterious for some homeowners – and misinformation can lead to making potentially costly decisions (or indecisions, as the case may be). We hope that the following can be helpful as you look to hire septic tank pumping services.

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    How a Septic Tank Works

    Before we talk too much about a septic tank itself, we should discuss how a septic tank is just a part (albeit an important part) of a larger conventional septic system, which is made up of sewer lines, the septic tank, and the drainfield.

    The role of sewer lines it to carry sewage from the drains into the septic tank. In the septic tank, solid waste is broken down over time by natural bacterial processes. As it is broken down, the waste settles to the bottom. Liquid waste remains in the top and middle portion of the tank, and is sent either by the force of gravity or by an electric pump to the drainfield.

    At the drainfield, liquid waste (effluent) is distributed into the ground where it is filtered by the natural properties of the soil. Much planning goes into drainfield development to ensure that the soil will properly handle the volume of liquid waste going into it.

    Consequences of Failing to Pump a Septic Tank

    When a septic tank is not pumped out regularly, eventually solid waste ends up filling the tank, making it impossible for the natural decay processes to take place and pushing solid waste down the system where it’s not meant to be. This not only can cause significant damage to the drainfield components, but also makes septic tank pumping significantly more difficult. A septic tank pump truck works best when the ratio of solid to liquid waste is 30% or less – more than this, and additional measures may be required to get the tank fully clean.

    This means that the consequences of failing to pump a septic tank on time are usually more money out of your pocket, and perhaps a gross mess. Dealing with a septic tank situation may be the last thing you’re wanting to spend time on right now, but it’s not something you can afford to put off.

    Our team tries, if possible, to be to your property within a day for septic tank pumping. If you have an emergency situation, we will do everything we can to be there on the same day. Give us a call to schedule service now.

    How to Tell When a Septic Tank Needs to be Emptied

    The easiest and wisest course of action is to use a table such as the one below to regularly schedule the pumping of your septic tank.

    Septic Tank Pumping Frequency in Years

    Household Size
    Number of Occupants

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

    Tank Size
    (Gallons)

    Septic Tank Pumping Frequency (Years)

    500 5.8 2.6 1.5 1.0 0.7 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1
    1000 12.4 5.9 3.7 2.6 2.0 1.5 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.7
    1500 18.9 9.1 5.9 4.2 3.3 2.6 2.1 1.8 1.5 1.3
    2000 25.4 12.4 8.0 5.9 4.5 3.7 3.1 2.6 2.2 2.0
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    However, if tables aren’t your thing, there are other, less convenient ways to tell that your septic tank needs to be pumped. Unfortunately, when many of these things happen, you won’t have much time to get your septic tank serviced, so keep our number handy!

    • Visual Inspection
    • In the case of septic systems with easy-to-access septic tanks, brave homeowners can go check the level of sewage in the tank themselves. Of course, this is not very helpful if you don’t know what it looks like for your septic tank to be “full.” We may be able to help you perform a successful visual inspection if you give us a call.
    • Backed-Up or Gurgling Drains
    • This is a commonly occurring sign of a backed up septic system. When plunging doesn’t seem to help, it is entirely possible that the backup in your toilet is caused not by the toilet itself but by the septic tank needing service. If this is the case for you, call us today!
    • Alarms
    • Many systems are equipped with alarms, whose function is to indicate a mechanical failure in the tank. If you hear an alarm on your septic tank going off, it may mean that you have had a pump system failure.

    Additives Are No Substitute for Regular Septic Tank Pumping

    MYTH: Adding bacteria to a septic tank will reduce the need for pumping.

    FACT: Bacteria are essential to breaking down solid waste so it can settle to the bottom of a septic tank. However, all the bacteria you could ever want are already present in the tank to do that job. Our experience shows us that there is no observable difference between homes that add bacteria to their septic tanks and those who do not. Additives, therefore, are not a valid way to delay the regular maintenance of your septic tank. The solids that could wreak havoc on your system will remain in the tank until they are pumped out.

    MYTH: Adding bacterial cultures to a septic tank is necessary after long periods of disuse.

    FACT: While it is true that if not used for a long time, bacterial levels in a septic system will be depleted, it is not true that they need any help being re-established. When a septic system begins to be used again, bacterial levels will quickly return to normal all on their own.

    Commercial Holding Tank Pumping

    If you own a commercial property which is not connected to sewer services due to location and does not have a septic system due to space limitations, you likely have a holding tank for waste. Good news: our pump trucks are fully equipped to handle your waste removal needs! Get in touch today to arrange service.

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Septic Tank Pumping

    Where do you take the waste you pump from a septic tank?

    Everything we pump goes to the county sewage treatment plant, same as it would if your house or commercial property were connected directly to the public sewer. Currently, we are applying for a permit to recycle the material we pump by treating it and using it as agricultural fertilizer, which would be a pretty exciting development.

    How often should a septic tank be pumped?

    The range on this service can be 1-30 years, depending on the number of people making use of the septic system and the size of the septic tank. See the information above for more details, or get in touch.

    Do septic tank additives reduce the need for septic tank pumping?

    Not at all. They might somewhat speed the decay of solid waste, but that will not substitute for regular pumping.

    How long does it take to pump a septic tank from start to finish?

    Generally about an hour, but this depends on factors such as ease of access, volume of the tank, and how long it’s been since the tank has been pumped last.

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