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Septic Pumping Services In The Puget Sound Area

Septic systems collect all the wastewater from your home or business. When you turn on the faucet or flush the toilet, that water runs into your septic tank. That tank needs emptying at regular intervals to avoid a messy overflow that could damage your system and cost you thousands in repairs and replacements. A+ Services makes septic pumping simple and safe for homeowners and business owners in the Puget Sound area including Thurston County, Pierce County, Lewis County, and Mason County, WA. Our specialists are licensed, bonded, insured, and experienced in working on these systems. We offer efficient, professional pumping services that address your unique needs. Contact us today to learn more about septic pumping offers.

How Does a Septic System Work?

Septic systems have two major components: the septic tank and the leaching field/drain. The septic tank is a watertight receptacle designed to receive both liquid and solid waste from interior drains and toilets. The solid waste that remains in the tank is sludge that must be removed. The liquid portion of the waste flows out of the septic tank through a series of pipes and settles in a subsurface disposal area called the leaching field. While mainly made of sewer rock, the leaching field allows distributing liquids to plants and soil.

Why Does A Septic Tank Need To Be Pumped?

Bacteria inside your septic tank can help break down the large volume of solid waste and sludge within your tank. However, over time, that sludge will build until the tank is full.  This buildup generally fills an average-size tank every three to five years. To remove it, you should enlist the professional septic pumping assistance of A+ Services. Our specially trained technicians can help you avoid:

  • Tank and system damage
  • Tank overflow
  • Sewage backup and standing water
  • Damage to your plants and grass
  • Sluggish draining and flushing
  • Foul odors
  • Nitrates in well water

a+ services employee pumping septic line

How often should we clean our septic tank?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), professionals should inspect your septic tank and remove excess solid waste every three to five years. However, if your system is undersized or sees heavy regular use, you may need to service your system sooner. There are also septic tank components – electrical float switches, pumps, and other mechanical elements – that require an annual inspection. Determining when to empty your tank will depend on:

  • Size of Household/Business: Larger homes and businesses have more people. Those extra users create more waste. That waste may need to be removed more frequently.
  • Septic Tank Size: Larger septic tanks can hold more waste and sludge, so they may need fewer pumping visits. However, you should consider how many people occupy your house or commercial property, how much waste they produce on average, and get the exact size of your tank for an accurate measurement during service. Having this information can give you a precise service timeline.
  • Generated Waste Water: When your residential or commercial property sends a high volume of wastewater into your septic tank, the tank will fill faster with both liquids and solids. Higher volumes require more frequent services.   
  • Solids in Waste Water: Properties with multiple toilets or garbage disposals tend to create more solid waste. Solid waste fills the septic tank at a faster rate than liquid waste.
A Plus Plumbing septic tank truck

Signs You Need Your Septic Tank Pumped

When you are unsure whether your septic system has a blockage or needs to be pumped, our experts can help. Our company has been in business since 1994, and we know the telltale signs that a septic system needs pumping. These signs include:

  • Slow Draining/Plumbing: A slow drain may simply be a small, easily fixed blockage. On the other hand, it may be signs of a larger issue, like a full septic system. Do not take the chance. Talk to our trained technicians and let us prevent a sewage mess you do not want.
  • Clogs & Backups: When your septic tank is full, a sewage backup can ruin your interior. The A+ Services team moves quickly to diagnose the issue and provide innovative septic pumping solutions to safeguard your home or business.
  • Health Hazards: Due to the nature of septic waste, if your loved ones or employees are exposed from a backup or clog, they could fall ill. Our inspections and pumping assistance can identify and resolve potential health hazards quickly.

The Septic Pump Process

Regular septic tank inspections can help you establish a timetable for service. Our technicians will work with you to devise the right service schedule to keep your tank clear. When it is time for your annual, bi-annual, or tri-annual service, our waste removal truck will arrive promptly at your location to provide professional assistance. Call (360) 491-1400 for septic service pricing and available times.