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Septic Pumping

Septic troubles are the last thing you should have to worry about. However, our tanks get a lot of daily use and can accumulate significant buildup over time. That is why septic pumping is an important part of keeping your system in good shape. 

If you are in need of quality septic pumping services, turn to the experts at Goodman Sanitation! With over 70 years of experience serving homeowners throughout the Portland OR area, we are confident that we can provide you with reliable results and an excellent customer experience. We can also help troubleshoot any potential problems that could lead to bigger issues down the road, so you can rest assured that your septic system is totally taken care of.

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Why is Septic Tank Pumping Important?

It can be easy to forget about your septic system until there’s a major problem. However, pumping your septic tank is a crucial part of taking care of your system and avoiding serious problems. Here are some top reasons why it’s crucial to regularly pump your septic tank:

  • Prevent biohazards. Untreated wastewater is very dangerous to your health, which is why a backed up or overflowing septic tank is such a big problem. Failing to pump your tank could cause major health complications for you, your neighbors, and anybody who comes into contact with contaminated water.
  • Increase efficiency. Pumping your septic tank removes solid waste and buildup from your system, which allows the unit to function easily. Not only does this increase efficiency and help your plumbing system drain faster, but it can also prevent backups and other issues. 
  • Protect your property. If your septic becomes too full and floods your drainfield, it could cause a lot of damage to your property – especially if the wastewater reaches your home. A leaking septic tank is a huge problem that is easily preventable with regular maintenance and pumping. 
  • Avoid costly problems. Septic tank failures can cause all sorts of issues, from property damage to expensive repairs. Pumping a septic tank is a lot faster and more cost-effective than installing an entirely new system. 
  • Protect the environment. A leaking septic tank can have huge repercussions for the environment. Wastewater can contaminate soil and water sources, which can seriously impact local plant and animal life. Children may also be at risk of coming into contact with the contamination, especially if there is standing water nearby. 



Septic Pumping FAQ

If you aren’t sure where your septic tank is located, there are a few steps you can follow to find out where it is. Here is how to find your septic tank:

  • Follow the sewer pipes: The sewer pipes in your home will lead right to your septic tank. If they are exposed, try following them to locate your tank.
  • Find the tank’s lid: Some tanks have a lid that is above ground. If you can identify the lid, then you’ll know right where the septic tank is.
  • Use a soil probe: A soil probe is a metal rod that you can poke into the ground until you touch the septic tank. This can be an effective option if there aren’t any other clues.
  • Get an inspection of the yard: If you aren’t able to find your septic tank on your own, a professional inspection can help you locate your system.

Knowing when to pump your tank can help you avoid unsanitary and damaging septic problems. Some common signs that your septic tank is full include:

  • Water pooling in your yard on the drainfield
  • Toilets, bathtubs, and sinks draining slowly
  • Grass is greener or more lush above the septic tank
  • Gurgling sounds throughout your plumbing
  • Foul odors around the septic drainfield
  • Your septic tank alert is going off

If your septic tank becomes too full, it could leak raw sewage into your drainfield or home. Raw sewage isn’t just unpleasant to deal with; it can also pose a threat to your family’s health, which is why it’s important to regularly get septic pumping services.

The best time to get your septic tank pumped is in the late spring or early autumn. During these times of year, the ground is soft from rainfall or snowmelt. Not only will excavation be easier, but emptying the tank can also help with drainage. Though summer can also be a good time to pump your septic tank, snow and frost during the winter can pose a big challenge.

Most homes should pump their septic tanks at least once every 3 years. That said, there are a few other factors that can impact how often your septic tank needs to be pumped:

  • Number of people in the household: The more people in your household, the more wastewater you produce. Larger households will need to pump their system more frequently.
  • Size of your septic system: Larger septic systems can handle more waste, which means they don’t need to be pumped as often as smaller tanks.
  • How frequently you clean your drains: If you don’t clean your drains, more solid waste can travel through your pipes and into your septic system. This extra waste can fill your septic system faster, requiring you to pump it more often.
  • Age of your septic system: Older septic systems may not function as efficiently as newer tanks. If your septic tank is old, then it will likely need more maintenance and pumping than newer options.

Goodman Sanitation offers emergency septic services to keep your home protected 24/7. Our trained staff is available around the clock and can help with any problem, from leaking and flooding to slow drainage. With over 70 years of experience serving the Portland OR area, we’re confident that we can provide you with fast and effective solutions when you need them.

Reliable Septic Tank Maintenance

With the help of the experts at Goodman Sanitation, you can rest assured that your septic system is in good hands. Our experienced professionals take a partnered approach to maintenance and strive to support the long-term health of your septic system. We have been serving home and property owners throughout the Portland OR metro area for over 70 years, and we are proud to offer proactive maintenance services that extend the life of your septic system. Contact us today to schedule your septic maintenance!

Septic Pumping in Portland OR

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