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SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECT DIAGNOSE REPAIR
SEPTIC CARE INSTRUCTIONS
SEPTIC D-BOX INSPECTION
SEPTIC DRAINFIELD FAILURE DIAGNOSIS
SEPTIC DYE TEST PROCEDURE
SEPTIC FAILURE SIGNS
SEPTIC INSPECTION & TEST GUIDE
SEPTIC LIFE EXPECTANCY
SEPTIC SUPPLIES & PARTS
SEPTIC SYSTEM DESIGN ALTERNATIVES
SEPTIC SYSTEM DESIGN BASICS
SEPTIC SYSTEMS, HOME BUYERS GUIDE to
SEPTIC SYSTEM SAFETY WARNINGS
SEPTIC TREATMENTS & CHEMICALS
SEWAGE BACKUP PREVENTION
SEWAGE EJECTOR / GRINDER PUMPS
SEWER GAS ODORS
SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT
SINKHOLES, WARNING SIGNS
SOAKAWAY BED FAILURE DIAGNOSIS
SULPHUR & SEWER GAS SMELL SOURCES
TOILETS, INSPECT, INSTALL, REPAIR
TRAPS on PLUMBING FIXTURES
TREATMENTS & CHEMICALS, SEPTIC
VIDEO GUIDES: Septic Videos
WASHING MACHINES & SEPTIC SYSTEMS
WATER SOFTENERS & CONDITIONERS
WATER SUPPLY & DRAIN PIPING
WASTEWATER TREATMENT BASICS
WATER, WELLS, WATER TANKS: TESTING GUIDE
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
Septic tank pumping guide & procedures, step 1: things to check before starting the actual septic tank pumpout or cleanup. In these articles the steps in servicing a septic tank are given by photographs that show each of the critical steps in pumping, cleaning, and inspecting a septic tank.
This 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.
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While it is common for a septic service company to send a pumper truck with a sole operator, pumping septic tanks is an inherently dangerous procedure and I advise against working alone. An operator can be injured, or overcome by fumes such as methane gas.
Don't lean over or crouch down at the tank opening such as shown in the photo above. In this example case the operator was not working alone. Having a buddy watching is invaluable.
If someone does fall into a septic tank, do not enter the tank to try to save them - call emergency rescue. Double fatalities have occurred when a second worker entered a septic tank to try to safe the first who had entered the tank and was overcome by gases.
Because cleaning septic tanks involves potentially dangerous hazards (cave-in, collapse, methane gas explosion, or asphyxiation) readers should be sure to read our SEPTIC & CESSPOOL SAFETY article.
If a cesspool, drywell, or seepage pit is or might be installed, be sure to read Cesspool Safety Warnings.
Citation of this article by reference to this website and brief quotation for the sole purpose of review are permitted. Use of this information at other websites, in books or pamphlets for sale is reserved to the author. Technical reviewers are welcome and are listed at References. This is a chapter of Inspecting, Testing, & Maintaining Residential Septic Systems an online book on septic systems.
Below at in the form of individual detailed articles are the Steps in Septic Tank Cleaning Procedure in the order that they should be performed
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