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Our Services
We have been serving the
Portland area since 2011.
About Us
We are a full-service pumping company serving all residential & commercial properties.

Your One-Stop Septic System Service Company

Whether you need a new septic system or a repair, you need a service company that will provide you with fast, reliable services. After all, we don’t need to tell you how important a well-functioning septic system is!

In Portland, Oregon, you can rely on VeggieScout Septic Tank Pumping.

We are a family-owned, full-service, septic system company and provide top-notch results. We’ve served Clackamas and Multnomah County since 2001. 

When you call, we dispatch skilled cross-trained technicians. They’ll come equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to meet your needs fast and efficiently. We pride ourselves on being responsive.

Being veteran-owned, we understand the value of respect. Customer service is our top priority, and we go the extra mile to guarantee excellent service 24/7. Reach out to us for your free quote today!

Why Choose Us

We know how important proper waste removal is for your home and business—and we know how hectic life can be. We go the extra mile to offer comprehensive grease trap and septic system services.
Soon to be CDVOB Certified Disabled Veteran Owned Business

Areas we serve...

Wide variety of services

With years of experience, there is no septic tank issue we can't handle. From regular pumping to repair and replacements, we do it all.

Quality and excellence

We strive for excellence and aim to exceed your expectations with every service we offer.

Competitive rates

Despite our high-quality services, we still believe in offering fair, reasonable pricing.

24/7 services

We are always on the clock. In a septic emergency, our team will be ready to remedy the issue fast.

Responsive service

We answer the phone and can get to clients quicker than our competitors as we operate 24/7

Family/ Veteran owned and operated

We are experts and professionals in the wastewater industry

State of the art equipment

We have powerful trucks and Jetters that clean tanks and lines quickly.

Trained Professionals

Our technicians are cross-trained and able to jet lines service traps, oil, and septage with one truck in a single stop.

Our Services

At VeggieScout Septic Tank Pumping, we offer a wide range of services, including pumping, repairs, and more.

Grease Trap Cleaning

We understand how important it is to keep grease traps clean. Our team will ensure you're compliant with legal regulations and have your grease trap spick-and-span fast. We can also set you up on a maintenance plan with visits tailored to your usage level. How often your grease trap will need attention depends on its size and how much grease you use. Our team can help you select the perfect cleaning schedule.

Cooking Oil Recycling

We care about the environment and our community. That's why we also offer cooking oil recycling services. Get in touch with our team today. We'll create a pick-up schedule for regular collection of your used cooking oil.

Septic Tank Pumping

With proper care, your septic tank will only need pumping every 3 to 5 years. Our team is well equipped to provide you with this service. Utilizing the vacuum capabilities of our pump trucks, we'll remove the waste in your pipes and tank. You can count on us to empty your property's septic system and leave you worry-free.

Septic Tank Repairs & Replacement

Besides septic tank pumping, we also offer septic tank repair and replacement services. From tank clogs to float repair, our team can handle any septic tank issue. If your system is older or damaged, we'll also help you decide if a replacement is a better option. If that's the case, our team can offer prompt service, replacing your old tank with a brand new one.

Septic Tank Installations

Need a septic tank installed? Proper installation goes a long way in preventing issues down the line. Get in touch today to have your concrete, fiberglass, or conventional plastic septic tank expertly installed. We guarantee prompt and quality service for all your septic tank installation needs.

Septic Inspections

Not sure if your septic needs pumped or repair? If you suspect there might be an issue with your tank or are buying a new home, we're happy to ensure it's in good shape. Backed by experience, our septic inspections provide a full evaluation of your system. We'll identify defects and offer easy-to-understand explanations of potential solutions.

Septic Tank Care & Maintenance

Catching small issues before they become big problems is key to keeping your septic system functioning at its best. We tailor our septic tank care and maintenance services to do just that. Each visit includes a level check and a full inspection. We can also provide beneficial bacteria to reduce your need for septic tank pumping.

Drain Field Services

Potential issues with your septic system aren't limited to your tank. The condition of your drain field can also affect your system. We have the skill to spot drain field problems and offer reliable solutions. If necessary, we can even replace your drain field. We'll do whatever it takes to get your septic system running again.

Hydro Jetting

Our advanced equipment allows us to offer no-dig, no-damage clog removal. No matter how deep in the pipe or how severe the blockage, we have the tools to get the job done right. Our hydro jetting services even remove pipe build up to decrease the chance of future clogs.
FAQS
  • Keeping wash practices in areas that are protected from rainwater and where the wastewater drains to a grease interceptor.

  • Preventing spills of oil waste being transferred to an outside oil waste bin.

  • Designing a trash enclosure with a roof, a water source, and a drain connected to a grease interceptor

Yes, if your facility qualifies as a Food Service Establishment (FSE), as defined in the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC): “A facility that engages in activities of preparing or serving food or beverage for consumption either on or off the premises, including but not limited to restaurants, cafes, commercial kitchens, caterers, hotels/motels, schools, hospitals, prisons, correction facilities, nursing homes, care institutions, and any other facility preparing and or serving food/beverage shall have a Pretreatment system (Grease Interceptor) to protect the public sewer.”

Grease Interceptor is an overall term, a product category like faucet or window. A grease interceptor is equipment connected to the building sewer that captures the wastewater discharge from the food/beverage service area fixtures and drains (F&D). This equipment is made up of a baffle system intended to slow the wastewater discharge long enough (retention time) for the FOG and food solids to separate from the gray water. The FOG floats to the top; the food solids sink to the bottom; and both contaminates stay in the FOG storage capacity allowing gray water to pass through to the public sanitary sewer system. The gray water discharge travels through conveyance (pipes/pump stations) and on to a wastewater treatment plant for processing. Contaminates stored in the grease interceptor have the potential for resource recovery.

The food/beverage service industry utilizes two main types of grease interceptors. Grease interceptors need to be installed so all areas in contact with wastewater can be maintained and visually inspected.

Reminders
  • FOG storage capacity will determine long term maintenance costs.

  • Capital costs (short term) -vs- Maintenance costs (long term)

  • Grease Removal Device (GRD) is also a U.S. EPA term used to describe all grease interceptor types.

Grease Interceptor Types
  1. Gravity Grease Interceptor (GGI) is the large vault (concrete, plastic) with at least two internal chambers and installed outside. This grease interceptor allows the velocity of wastewater discharge not to slow down until it reaches the first chamber, the inlet bay, for processing (retention time). The inlet bay is where FOG and food solids separate from the gray water. The inlet bay is also where these contaminates are captured/stored (FOG storage capacity) until maintenance service is completed. The gray water then continues on to the second chamber for further processing unless it is the final chamber, the outlet bay. The outlet bay is not intended to capture/store FOG, but to provide an indicator of service needed to comply with the Local Sewer Use Ordinance. A GGI’s FOG storage capacity is the largest available.

  2. Hydromechanical Grease Interceptor (HGI) is smaller equipment (plastic, metal). This HGI uses an internal baffle system with flow control to hold waste water in the building sewer until the HGI has time to process (retention time) FOG and food solids from the gray water. This creates added FOG abatement costs by increasing building sewer maintenance. There have been recent advances in HGI design. Improved features:

    • Less reliance on flow control, which means less or no building sewer maintenance

    • Larger FOG storage capacity, which means less frequent pumpout as compared to old design.

    • Easy access for maintenance and visual inspection for FSE/Property owners

If you are unsure at all call Matt @ 503-975-8615 or the appropriate municipality FOG Manger

Food Service Establishments (FSEs) are required to have an appropriately sized and effectively maintained grease interceptor which protects the Public Owned Treatment Works (POTW). A grease interceptor not effectively maintained or not having a grease interceptor may be putting your FSE at risk for sewer back-ups and/or contributing to cause interference with the POTW. Federal, state and local regulations clearly assert interference, which includes a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO), is classified as a violation of the Clean Water Act. Enforcement actions may have the FSE/Property owner pay for all costs involved which will include fines.

Read the Rules & Regulations

  • Effective maintenance is removing the accumulated contaminates before the FOG storage capacity is filled, preventing unacceptable levels of FOG bypass.

  • All food/beverage service area F&D are connected to a grease interceptor.

  • FSEs or Preferred Pumpers shall provide a maintenance schedule 7 days prior to service.

  • FSEs must keep records of service for inspection (Preferred Pumpers provide this service).

  • FSEs or Preferred Pumpers must submit all required reports within 10 days of service.

Hydromechanical Grease Interceptor (HGI)

Management should inspect service before driver closes lid and leaves the site.

  • Open, check inspection port for FOG bypass with water running through HGI

  • Clean inspection port

  • Vacuum out all FOG and food debris

  • Scrape sides and lid (remove all 3D debris)

  • Take out baffle and scrape clean

  • Pour water down sides to flush waste to bottom for pump out

  • Management inspects for quality of service before it is filled with water and closed

Gravity Grease Interceptor (GGI)

Management should inspect service before driver closes lid and leaves the site.

  • Open, check outlet tee for FOG bypass

  • Begin vacuuming the entire GGI of all its contents to the rendering truck.

  • Scrape FOG build-up from the walls of the GGI.

  • Pressure wash all FOG material to the floor of vault (walls, fittings) and vacuum into truck.

  • There should be no visible FOG material on any surfaces

  • Inlet/Outlet tees along with all piping inside of GGI should be very clean.

  • Management inspects quality of service when done.

All Grease Interceptors
  • FSE or Preferred Pumper must submit service schedule 7 days prior to maintenance performed

  • FSE or Preferred Pumper note any repairs needed on FOG report.

  • FSE or Preferred Pumper note FOG level and food solids level on FOG report.

  • FSE or Preferred Pumper submit FOG report within 10 days

Preferred Pumper

The Preferred Pumper list is made up of companies that have signed agreements to uphold a performance standard Preferred Pumper Program Standards (PDF, 44KB).

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