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Septic Pumping and Septic Services in Vancouver WA and Portland ORPortland / Vancouver Metro – The Dalles – Hermiston OR & Tri Cities WA

Speedy Septic proudly provides a wide range of septic services to homeowners and businesses in Oregon and Washington. Our team of experienced septic technicians is licensed, bonded, and insured. We’re also the number one Certified Septic Inspection provider in the state of Oregon! From installations and repairs to septic pumping and inspections, Speedy Septic does it all! We’re constantly working towards setting a higher standard.


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Learn About Your Tank!

Click on a component to learn about it's function...

Input Baffle

Where sewage enters from house

Output Baffle

Wastewater goes to drainfield

Sludge Layer

also referred to as the solids layer contains all the solid material that is not supposed to leave the tank or enter any other system components. This is the material that needs to be pumped out on a regular basis.

Inspection Pipe

When pumping two-compartment septic tanks, both sides should be pumped to allow for a complete visual inspection of the tank and baffles.


The scum layer contains the grease, fat, and other non-water soluble materials that go down the drains and toilets.


The wastewater layer, also known as the effluent layer, contains the treated water that has cleared and can safely leave the septic tank to the next step in the septic system.

First Compartment

This is where sewage is processed. Only the clear effluent or wastewater layer should leave and go into the second compartment.

Second Compartment

This compartment contains the effluent filter which helps ensure no solids leave the tank and enter the dosing tank. Once clear effluent or wastewater enters this compartment, it will then go out into the next system component.

Air Space

Septic tanks are designed to leave some room at the top in case of a blockage or in the event a large amount of effluent water comes into the tank. It prevents backing up out of the tank lids or into the home. .

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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We Strive for Excellence

At Speedy Septic, we ensure we are consistently delivering our high standard of courteous, quick, and reliable septic service. Everything we do is guided by these three core values:

    • Speed: when your toilet won’t flush or drains won’t drain, every minute counts. Speedy Septic has the largest fleet of trucks in Oregon and offers service 24/7.
    • Integrity: Some companies conceal charges until it’s too late to do anything. With Speedy Septic, we will never perform any additional work until you see and approve the estimate. And with us, you only pay for what we pump– and many of our trucks have advanced measuring equipment to determine the precise gallon extraction.
    • Quality: Our technicians receive continuing education, making them master troubleshooters with the expertise you can trust. They’re often called in to solve problems other companies couldn’t handle. Save time, money and hassle by calling Speedy Septic first.


Have Questions about Septic Service?

Generally, 40 years or more if properly maintained. The type of septic system you have will also determine how long it will last for. 

No, while pumping a septic system can be costly every 3 to 5 years, it’s significantly cheaper than it would be to repair your septic system. To repair a septic system it often costs thousands of dollars, which you can save by having your septic system pumped once every 3 to 5 years.

No, unless they’re not properly taken care of. If untreated sewage is floating around on your property it can contaminate your property and groundwater. Sewage issues can also cause potential health hazards. 

No, most septic tanks don’t require electricity to function, but this all depends on the type of septic system you have. If your septic system uses a pump, you’ll want to conserve water during a power outage.

Yes, just be vigilant about what you’re putting down your garbage disposal, not putting anything other than food waste down it. 

No, your septic system should be easily accessible and your drainfield needs oxygen to help it naturally treat the wastewater it receives from the septic tank. If you build on top of the drainfield, it won’t properly get the oxygen it needs and thus lead to failure. It’s best to avoid building or driving on top of septic systems.

Generally, your septic tank should be pumped every 3 to 5 years, but this depends on the size and type of septic system you have.

Septic tanks should be placed on level ground where there is at least 8 feet or more of soil.

It’s a good idea to have it inspected so you’ll know exactly what you’re dealing with. An inspection will determine the age of your septic system, it will help uncover any issues, and it will determine if you need it pumped.

It typically takes about 3 to 5 days to install a septic system but this depends on your location, the weather, the wastewater treatment system, and local regulations.

The best way to know when to pump a septic tank is to check the levels of the solids. To determine if pumping is necessary, we perform a sludge test. A sludge test should only be performed by a qualified septic technician to measure if the solid level is high enough for pumping.

Rid-X and yeast isn’t good for septic tanks because it can harm or kill off the “good bacteria” that helps break down and clarify the build-up in a septic tank. In fact, the EPA states that people should “beware of septic tank additives” and that “periodic pumping is the only true way to ensure that septic systems work properly and provide many years of service.”

No, septic service companies don’t regulate septic systems. In Oregon, we are only required to report untreated sewage flowing above ground into a waterway. Our job is to help you, your family, your home, and your septic system to ensure they all work together in the best way possible. It’s in everyone’s best interest to help you fix your septic system before it gets to this extreme.

Our Cleaner Approach for Septic Cleaning

Many septic cleaning companies use the property owners’ hose to provide water for the septic pumping– which means the same hands that touch the septic tank, are touching your property. At Speedy Septic, we use our own hoses and septic pumping equipment. Our truck is also equipped with a pressure washer which enables us to thoroughly clean your tank after it is pumped. Every hose is then cleared and capped before it is rolled back up, ensuring no residual sewage spills onto your property. The waste is then recycled at our eastern Oregon treatment facility where it is eventually returned to the earth as fertilizer.

We Are Constantly Working Towards Setting a Higher Standard

Speedy Septic is your local source for all septic services in Oregon and Washington. Our technicians are highly-experienced in septic systems, bringing more than 40 years of experience combined! Our goal is to be your complete septic system provider. For quick and reliable septic services, contact Speedy Septic today!

Septic System Excavation in Portland OR and Vancouver WA and The Dalles

Septic Services 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