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TRAPS on PLUMBING FIXTURES
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How to pump out or clean a septic tank: this septic tank pumpout article series provides a step by step, photo-illustrated guide to opening, pumping, and inspecting septic tanks, how a conventional septic tank is located, opened, pumped out, cleaned, and inspected. This guideline is intended for septic pumping tank truck operators and as general information for homeowners or septic service companies concerned with septic system care. The steps in servicing a septic tank are listed below, accompanied by photographs that show each of the critical steps in pumping, cleaning, and inspecting a septic tank.
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With the vacuum lines all connected, the pumper truck's vacuum pump operating, and the muck rake inserted into the septic tank, tank cleanout can begin. The operator moves both the vacuum line and the muck rake continuously during the pumping operation, to break up scum and sludge, to mix these materials with effluent in the tank, and thus to remove them with the vacuum hose. The breakup of sludge and scum and the mixing of them with tank effluent permits easy removal with the vacuum hose.
After removal of the scum layer and the first several inches of effluent, an astute septic pumper operator may pause the pumping operation and even shut off the pumper truck for a moment to listen. If one hears septic effluent spilling back into the septic tank from the tank outlet line the operator has learned that the drain field is saturated, in failure, and is going to need replacement. This is valuable information which may otherwise be tough to obtain.
If the septic tank is plastic or fiberglass it may have a bottom or side plug. The operator should be alert for possible accidental removal and loss of the tank plug during pumping as without the plug the tank will drain improperly into surrounding soil. Lost plugs will need replacement.
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