So…What Exactly Happens During a Septic Pump?



Routine septic pumping is essential for keeping your system healthy and well. In fact, it can be the deciding factor in its overall lifespan. But what happens during a septic pump, anyway? Let’s look at how a septic system is typically pumped.



In general, septic pumping involves the following steps:

  1. Locating the tank lid. Your septic technician will locate the lid of your septic tank. If you’re not sure where the lid is located, don’t worry! Our team can find it for you.
  2. Removing the lid. Next, your technicians will uncover the lids. Never attempt this yourself; it should only be done by a professional.
  3. Checking the tank’s liquid level. Once the lids are open, your technician will check the tank’s liquid level and compare it to the outlet pipe. This will help us determine if there are any leaks or issues with the drainfield.
  4. Pumping the tank. Now, it’s time to pump the tank. Your technician will insert a hose that is connected to a vacuum truck. The hose will suck out liquid and solid waste.
  5. Observing the outlet pipe. As the waste is pumped, your technician will check the outlet pipe for backflow. This will help them identify any drainfield backups or problems with the drainfield pipes.
  6. Washing the tank. Your technician will wash the tank with clean water to break down solids.
  7. Inspecting the tank. Your technician will examine the tank for signs of corrosion, damage, or leaks. This is just as important as pumping, as it allows your technicians to find issues before they get worse.
  8. Covering the tank lid. To complete the process, your technician will securely cover the lid.



To protect your septic system, keep an eye out for signs you need a septic pumping:

  • Slow draining or flushing. This is an early sign. In this scenario, you can avoid future problems by getting a septic pump ASAP.
  • Lush drainfield grass. This means excess waste is leaving your tank and “fertilizing” the drainfield grass.
  • Odor. If your toilets, drains, and septic tank area are stinky, you need a septic pumping.
  • Standing water. Water may pool on your property if your tank is full.
  • High nitrate concentration. Check the nitrate levels of your well water at least once a year. If your septic tank is full, nitrates can flow into the well water.



If you’re due for a septic pumping, contact us at (480) 351-1725 to schedule an appointment. We can explain what happens during septic pumps, along with how often you should get them. This depends on the size of your household and family.

Our team is also equipped to install and repair septic systems in the Greater Phoenix areas. Get in touch today!


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