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An average home with two baths and three occupants is estimated to produce over 85,000 gallons of wastewater annually. Your septic tank filters the scum, solids and pretreats the wastewater before it flows into the drain field for final purification. If your septic system is not cared for properly, it may become a neighborhood health hazard and an expensive health problem.
Veggie Scout Septic Tank Pumping offers comprehensive septic system services for all properties in Portland, Oregon. We have been providing fast and reliable septic services for more than ten years. Our customers trust us to maintain their septic systems properly.
The maintenance we provide, including routine pumping, can help maintain the efficiency and prolong the life of your septic system.
Call a professional to inspect your system at least once a year. Furthermore, periodically check the drain field areas for any odors, wet spots, or surfacing sewage. Generally, we recommend septic pumping every three to five years.
Below are some scenarios that your septic tank is due for pumping.
If you want to measure scum accumulation, nail a 3” square block to a 6’ pole and poke the block through the scum layer. Next, move the pole up and down carefully to feel the resistance as you move the block up against the bottom of the scum layer.
Put a mark on that place on the pole that is level with the ground. Then feel around for the bottom of the outlet pipe and mark that level on the pole. If the two marks are 3” or less apart, your tank is due for septic pumping.
If you want to measure the sludge level, wrap a rag around the bottom 3 feet of the 6’ pole and fasten it with tape. Push the towel down to the bottom of the tank and twirl it. Afterward, mark the pole at the ground level.
Then, pull it out after a few minutes and measure the difference between the top of the sludge layer and the bottom of the outlet pipe. When the distance is 12” or less, your tank needs to be pumped.
When you notice any of the following signs, call us immediately for assistance.
Veggie Scout Septic Tank Pumping is the most trusted name in septic tank care and maintenance services!
Give us a call now at (503) 975-8615 for all your septic tank inquiries. Veggie Scout Septic Tank Pumping proudly serves Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding areas.