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What Happens in a Septic Tank Pumping

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Many people are told that if their home is on a septic tank that they need to have it pumped regularly. Yet, few people actually know what happens during a septic tank pump. First and foremost, know this: a septic tank pumping is not a DIY project! Having your septic tank pumped requires hiring a trusted septic service company do the job for you. Here you will learn the basics of what happens during a septic pump so that you can better understand the task and why you should remember to schedule it routinely.

Your septic tank is an underground holding container for all of the waste that leaves your homes through pipes in your bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. Perhaps just knowing what your septic tank holds will be encouragement enough to remember to have it pumped regularly! During a septic tank pumping, a septic service company will come to your property and locate the lid to your septic tank. They have the specialized equipment needed to locate your tank if you do not know where it is located. Once found, the lid will be uncovered and opened, and a vacuum pump will be inserted down into the tank. The vacuum will suck up the gallons of liquid sludge and wastes from your tank.

The process of pumping a septic tank will take between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of your tank and how long it has been since it has been pumped. Once the tank is empty, specialized cleaning tools and a hose will be used to clean the outlet effluent filters. These filters are what connect your tank to the drain field, and they are necessary components that keep solid waste from entering the drain field. After the process, the lid to your tank will be replaced, and the vacuum truck will leave your property to properly dispose of the tank’s contents in a non-hazardous, state-approved location.

As you can see, this is not a DIY project! While it is a simple project, it is one that only professionals can complete. Septic Service Pro is the name you can trust for your septic tank needs. Call us when it’s time for your septic tank pumping.

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562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

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6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

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Jim is a true professional who worked with me over months to identify and correct septic field problems. His positive attitude and helpful discussion in resolving issues is the best I found.


Mike and Shane came out and did an outstanding job on replacing our septic pump. Same day service - and they came out on a Friday evening! Mother's day would not have been very happy if they didn't save the day. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!


We had our septic tank pumped and baffle tee replaced. The guys were on time, respectful and quick. They cleaned up very well after the job and even fluffed our pine straw to perfection!! We'd recommend these guys without hesitation.


Michael and Shane did an awesome job. Had to pump the septic,install a new baffle tee and tail out line. Very little yard displaced. Will definitely use Septic Service Pro again. Very pleased.


We live in Dawsonville. The crew that came out was very professional. The company owner explained to me the value and the many details about the septic that I did not know, that is why I chose them in the first place. Excellent service. R.McGary


Jim and his crew installed a new leech field for us quickly and professionally at a very reasonable cost. They handled all of the permitting and inspections and completed the work in a timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone.


Michael and assistant pointed out a leaking toilet that I didn't know I had (saved me $ there!). They also disturbed very little of the yard to get to the tank. Not the super cheapest but no hard upsell when they got here. Very pleased.


The team was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and FAST to arrive. The bill was extremely reasonable for the work needed to be done. I would HIGHLY recommend Septic Service Pro.


These guys were amazing. Jim and Mike came when they said they would, did the job, explained everything they did. Very courteous,and professional. I am a handicapped person and felt extremely comfortable with them at my home. Thank you!!!!!


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Cumming, GA 30040

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