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PHOTO of the septic tank opening after the cover has been removed. How & Why to Inspect the Septic Tank Before Pumping & Cleaning

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Septic tank inspection before pumping:

What to look for and what it means. Information visible in the septic tank before pumping it can be very diagnostic about the condition of both the septic tank and the drainfield.

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.



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Inspecting the Septic Tank Condition Before Pumping Begins

PHOTO of the septic tank cleanout cover being removed.

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A Photographic Guide to Pumping a Septic Tank

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As the septic tank cleanout cover is lifted clear of the tank the worker keeps his back straight to avoid injury.

Notice that the worker above has also spread his feet and found secure footing before lifting the tank cover. Slipping at this point can lead to a serious injury or even to falling into the septic tank.

PHOTO of the septic tank opening after the cover has been removed.

Once the septic tank cover has been removed, we can observe that the level of sewage in the tank is at a normal level (Second photo at left). Low sewage level in an in-use system would indicate a leaky or damaged septic tank.

Before starting tank pumping, inspect:

PHOTO of a modern concrete septic tank baffle

PHOTO of a repair at a septic tank leak at its
inlet pipe

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