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Septic Pumping

Portland / Vancouver Metro – The Dalles – Hermiston OR & Tri Cities WA

Speedy Septic is proud to offer comprehensive septic pumping services to homeowners and businesses in the Portland Oregon, Tri-Cities Washington, and Hermiston Oregon areas. You shouldn’t have to worry about septic tank problems; let us do the worrying and the work.

When you own a septic tank, it’s important to have it pumped regularly. If it gets full, there will be nowhere for the sewage to go and you’ll begin experiencing backed-up drains and pooling lawns–not to mention irreversible damage to your septic system.

What Are the Signs Your Septic Tank Is Full?

  • Pooling water above the tank and drainfield: if your septic tank is full wastewater will begin to overflow and rise to the surface
  • Greener more lush grass above the septic tank and drainfield: wastewater is nutrient-rich, so if it’s seeping into your lawn, you’ll notice patches of greener grass
  • Foul odors: sometimes the signs of a full septic tank aren’t seen but smelled, if you’re getting a whiff off sewage in your yard or drains, it’s likely sulfur
  • Slow drains: if your drains and toilets aren’t working properly, there may be a problem with your pipes or septic system
  • Gurgling sounds: if you hear gurgling sounds when you run water down the drain or flush your toilet, this could be an indication that your septic tank needs to be pumped
  • Septic tank alert system is going off: many septic tanks are equipped with alarm systems that will alert you that your septic system is full or in need of maintenance. It could be a flashing light or loud sound

If your septic system is showing any of these signs, it may be time to have your septic system cleaned. At Speedy Septic, our technicians have over 40 years of experience in septic pumping. We’ll clean your septic tank, evaluate its condition, inspect the drain field, check the distribution box, and more to make sure your septic system is operating as intended.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn some of our most frequently asked questions regarding septic pumping, septic maintenance, septic inspection, and more.

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Your Comprehensive Septic Evaluation

With every septic pumping job, you’ll also receive a Septic System Evaluation—a service only Speedy provides!

Do You Really Need to Pump Your Septic Tank?

Yes, you need to pump your septic tank. Neglecting to have your septic tank pumped could result in backups and eventually septic tank failure and the cost to replace a septic tank comes at a high premium–around $7,000 to $15,000.

Toilets Not Flushing With Septic Tank

There are several reasons why your toilet may not flush. Most often, it’s the outlet filter on the septic tank that needs cleaning. Many plumbers will diagnose the problem as a drain field issue and will recommend replacing it so make sure you work with a company that is highly experienced in septic systems, like Speedy Septic. Our technicians are highly trained, DEQ certified, and receive continual training to remain local industry leaders.

How Often Should Septic Be Pumped?

Your septic system, whether it’s a septic tank or holding tank, must be pumped periodically. For an average-sized household, 3-5 years is the recommended range. However, the frequency of septic cleaning depends on several factors:

  • The capacity of your septic tank or holding tank
  • Flow of wastewater
  • The volume of solids in wastewater (if a garbage disposal is used, more frequent pumping is required)
  • Number of people in your household
    • 1 person = every 5 years
    • 2 people = every 4 years
    • 3 people = every 3 years
    • 4 people = every 2 to 3 years
    • 5 people = every 1 to 2 years
    • 6+ people = every year
  • Solids ratio – In Oregon DEQ recommends pumping your septic tank or holding tank when sludge and scum take up over 35% of the tank volume
  • Type of septic system
    • Pressure distribution system: every 2 years
    • Simple gravity systems: every 3 years
    • Mound systems and other alternative systems: every year

A Speedy Septic technician will be able to determine a more exact frequency while at your property. If you’re unsure when your septic system was last serviced, you can check with your county’s public health center.

Where Does the Waste From Septic Tanks Go?

Once a Speedy Septic technician completes your septic pumping, the contents are taken to our Eastern Oregon treatment facility and are eventually returned to the earth as a fertilizer.

Experts in Septic Cleaning

Septic cleaning is inevitable but what makes Speedy Septic a cut above the rest is not only our cleaner approach with the process, but if our technicians see that your system needs minor repairing, they’ll perform those on the spot, saving you time and money later on.

We understand scheduling septic pumping services can be a hassle, especially if it’s an emergency so we offer 24/7 customer service. To schedule your septic cleaning, give us a call today!

Septic Pumping in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

Also Serving Customers In These Regions

Portland Vancouver Metro
Portland OR | Gresham OR | Troutdale OR | Sandy OR | Cascade Locks OR | Clackamas OR | Happy Valley OR | Oregon City OR | Canby OR | Molalla OR | Beaverton OR | Hillsboro OR | St Helens OR | Scappoose OR
The Dalles
The Dalles OR | Hood River OR | White Salmon WA | Bingen WA | Parkdale OR | Mosier OR | Biggs Junction OR | Dufur OR
Hermiston OR | Arlington OR | Boardman OR | Umatilla OR | Irrigon OR | Pendleton OR | Tri-Cities WA | Kennewick WA | Richland WA | West Richland WA | Pasco WA