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Septic Tank Pumping in Prince William County VA - What to Expect

Septic tanks require pump-outs when the solids that accumulate in the tank begin to reach the tank’s storage capacity. You should contact SES about Septic Tank Pumping for your Prince William County VA home, when total solid accumulation is between 30% and 50% of the total capacity.

Here’s a checklist of what should happen during the septic tank pumping at your Prince William VA home.

Before Pumping

  • Note the liquid level of the tank in relation to the tank’s outlet pipe. If the liquid level is above or below your outlet pipe, you have a problem. A liquid level is below the outlet pipe means there is probably a leak in your tank. A liquid level above the outlet pipe may indicate a problem with the pipe to the drainfield or the drainfield itself.

While Pumping

  • Pump the tank from the manhole, because pumping from inspection ports may damage tees and baffles. However, if pumping must occur from inspection ports, be sure to pump from both ports in order to pump all areas of the tank.
  • Watch for backflow from the tank outlet pipe. Significant backflow indicates a drainfield system backup. A small amount of backflow can indicate a sag in the pipe to the drainfield.
  • Pump the tank thoroughly; use a septage spoon and backflush to loosen the sludge in the corners of the tank.
  • Don’t “seed” the tank by leaving septage in it.
  • Don’t scrub or power wash the tank’s walls.

After Pumping

  • Check the empty tank and note any signs of structural damage such as an open weep hole, leaking mid-seam, damaged baffles, or cracks.
  • Ask for a report or detailed receipt of the pump out. If you have any questions or concerns, ask the SES pump technician.

For more information on septic tank pumping in Prince William County VA or for septic tank inspection services, contact Prince William, VA's leading septic system experts at SES today. Serving all of Prince William County, our professionals at SES are trusted and knowledgeable in their field.

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