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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 septic system installation and repair 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, it’s our goal to raise the standard of excellence in our industry. That’s why our technicians take care to deliver reliable craftsmanship and courteous service that puts your satisfaction first. Everything we do is guided by these three core values:

    • Speed: When your toilet won’t flush or your drains are backed up, every minute counts. That’s why we make speed a priority. With the largest fleet of trucks in Oregon and 24/7 emergency service, our team will get there first.
    • 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?

Septic systems typically last 40+ years. That said, there are three main factors that can impact the overall lifespan of your system.

The first is your maintenance; without proper care, your tank may prematurely wear down or become damaged. Investing in regular pumping and maintenance will help your system last for decades.

The second factor is your septic system type. Not all tanks are created equal, and some may last longer than others. If you aren’t sure which type is right for you, then don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts! We’ll help you find the right fit for your household. 

Finally, volume can also have an effect on how long your septic tank will last. Tanks that get a lot of use – especially compared to their size – are more likely to experience problems.

Septic repairs are significantly more expensive than regular pumping. Depending on the specific problem you’re having, repairs could cost you thousands of dollars – or even lead to a total breakdown that would require you to completely replace your system. Additionally, problems with your septic tank can lead to serious property damage such as:

  • Yard or basement flooding
  • Mold growth or pest infestations
  • Warped or unstable foundation

Meanwhile, pumping generally costs a few hundred dollars. Getting routine pumping service once every 3 to 5 years will help you avoid major breakdowns that could cost you even more. 

Septic systems are designed to have a positive impact on the environment by eliminating waste and recycling water.

That said, a poorly maintained tank could cause harm and lead to public health or pollution problems from untreated sewage. That’s why it’s crucial to invest in regular pumping and septic maintenance services to keep your system functioning correctly.

Most septic tanks do not require electricity to function. However, there are a few types of septic systems that require the use of a pump, which does require electricity to run. If your system uses a pump, you’ll want to conserve water during a power outage.

Not sure what type of septic you have? Our experts can help! Just give us a call and we’ll examine your system to help you determine whether your tank requires electricity or not.

Yes, you can use a garbage disposal with a septic tank. However, it’s important to be careful about what you put down the drain to avoid clogging up your system. To prevent a malfunction or breakdown, avoid flushing or draining items such as these:


No, you should not build anything on top of your septic system – even if it is not a permanent structure. Your septic tank should always be easily accessible, both for pumping services and in case you ever need any emergency repairs. 

Additionally, your drainfield needs oxygen to properly treat the wastewater it receives from your septic tank. Covering the drainfield with a structure or object of any type could lead to failure, leaving you with the risk serious health hazards.

Generally, your septic tank should be pumped every 3 to 5 years. However, there are a few factors to consider when determining how often you should pump your tank, such as:

  • Age of your system
  • Size of tank
  • Type of system
  • Volume of waste

Not sure how frequently you should pump your tank? Our technicians can help you create the perfect pumping and maintenance schedule to keep your system performing optimally. Just give us a call to speak with an expert today!

Septic tanks should be placed on level ground where there is at least 8 feet or more of soil, typically at least 10 feet away from your home or building. However, there are several other factors to consider when installing a new septic system, including:

  • Soil type
  • Slope
  • Ease of access
  • Size of tank
  • Depth

Mistakes during the planning stage could leave you with long-lasting problems that may even lead to a premature breakdown. So, if you are looking to install a new septic system and aren’t sure where it should be placed, be sure to get in touch with one of our experts! 

Septic problems can be expensive, and they’re the last thing you want to deal with after purchasing a new house. That’s why you should always invest in a septic tank inspection prior to finalizing your purchase. 

During your inspection, an expert will be able to identify:

  • Any potential issues or damages
  • The age, size, and placement of your system
  • When the tank should be pumped
  • If the tank needs to be replaced

It typically takes about 3 to 5 days to install a septic system. However, there are a few factors that could impact the total length of your project, including:

If your septic tank becomes too full, you run the risk of breakdowns or backups. Always keep an eye out for these signs that your septic tank is full: 

  • Gurgling sounds in your pipes
  • Trouble flushing the toilet
  • Frequent backups or clogs
  • Unusually lush grass on the drainfield
  • Water pooling in your yard

If you still aren’t sure whether your septic tank is full, contact one of our experts! We will determine if a pumping is necessary by performing a sludge test. It’s important to note that sludge tests should only be conducted by a qualified septic technician to prevent exposure to raw sewage.

Rid-X and yeast are not good for septic tanks because they can harm or kill off the “good bacteria” in your system. This bacteria is designed to break down the solids and clarify the buildup in your tank, which makes it necessary for your system to funciton properly.

In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency states that people should “be aware of any 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.”

In the state of Oregon, septic service companies do not regulate septic systems. We are only required to report untreated sewage flowing above ground into a waterway to alert others of possible contamination and public health hazards. 

At Speedy Septic, our goal is to help you, your family, and your home in the best way possible. To keep your property safe and hygienic for your loved ones, we always recommend fixing septic issues well before it could become a public health hazard, and we will work with you to find affordable solutions that meet your needs.

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 for a faster and more hygienic service. 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