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A few weeks ago, my husband and I met with a general contractor. We talked with this professional about building an addition onto our small home. At this time, he informed us about a problem with our septic tank. We learned we would have to relocate a couple of septic lines before construction could begin on our home. Are you considering building an addition onto your house or business? Before you get too far along in this complex process, think about consulting with someone from a reputable septic service in your area. An expert from a septic service can inform you if your current septic tank will be large enough to accommodate the addition. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common tasks performed by septic services. Enjoy!


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4 Ways To Prepare For Septic Tank Pumping

Debra Chapman

If it's getting time to have your septic tank pumped out again, you'll want to think about how to prepare for the process. The septic tank pumping service does all of the work, so there is nothing for you to help with when the work is ongoing. However, you might want to prepare for the visit in the following ways. 

1. Let The Service Know Of Any Issues You Have

When you call to set the appointment for septic tank pumping, let the service know if you've been having any problems with your tank, such as sewer odors, frequent toilet clogging, or wet areas in the yard. The septic service will do a light inspection of your tank when they pump it out, and it helps to know in advance if you're having any difficulties they should check.

2. Decide If You'll Be Home

You probably won't need to be home when the septic tank pumping is done since there is nothing you need to do. However, if it isn't inconvenient to take off work, you may want to be around to talk to the contractor if you have any concerns about your tank or the drainfield.

Also, if your tank is in the backyard behind a fence, you may want to be home to let the contractor in the yard if you're not comfortable leaving the gate unlocked. The pump truck stays on the street, but the contractor needs to pull a long hose to your septic tank, so they'll need access to your yard.

3. Locate The Tank And Lid

Since it's probably been a few years since the tank was pumped out last, the tank and lid may be covered with grass. You may want to locate the tank yourself so the contractor finds it easily.

You can start where the main sewer line exits your house. If you don't know where that is, look for the cleanout box in your yard that should be close to your home. You can work your way from the box or drain to the septic tank, which shouldn't be too far from your house.

Pull the grass off the lid so it's easy to spot. The contractor can find a buried lid, but they may charge you extra since it takes more time to complete their visit if they have to search for the tank.

4. Clear A Path If Needed

When you set your appointment, let the service know what gate you want the contractor to use and any other details they should know about finding your septic tank. If it's necessary, move things out of the way so they can access the gate and pull the hose to your septic tank without having to work around lawn chairs and picnic tables. They'll appreciate having easy access to your tank so they can do their job and get your tank cleaned out. 

Reach out to a septic tank pumping service for more info.