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Septic Care and Maintenance Clackamas County, Oregon | VeggieScout Septic Tank Pumping

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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.

  • Our septic technicians pump the tank from top-down to bottom. We remove the solids that can clog your septic system if allowed to accumulate.
  • Our technicians don’t push one particular maintenance schedule. We work with you to figure out the best routine for your system based on several factors.
  • We understand how remembering your pumping schedule can be difficult. That’s why we will automatically send you a reminder when your system is due for pumping.
  • We also keep records of your septic system, so we’ll know the size of your tank and other information when you call.

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.

When the bottom of the scum is within 3” of the bottom of the outlet device

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

When the top of the sludge layer is within 12” of the bottom of the outlet

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. 

Septic System Failure

When you notice any of the following signs, call us immediately for assistance.

  • Foul odors, surfacing sewage, wet spots, or lush vegetation growth in the drain field area
  • Gurgling sounds in your drains
  • Slow draining fixtures
  • Septic tank backups
Call Our Septic Specialists!

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.


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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.

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Benefits of working with a veteran owned and operated company:

Handle all documentation requirements with your specific municipality

Emergency services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Straight forward help when you need it

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