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Septic tank pumping or cleaning cost

Guide to septic pumping costs

The national average for septic tank pumping or cleaning cost is $469, with most homeowners spending between $402 and $536. (Home Advisor)

Size of tank

Obviously, smaller tanks cost less to clean, although you may need to do them more often. Larger tanks require more labor and possible machinery to dig up and pump the tank.

Replacing common parts

You may need parts replaced, such as a filter, which could cost a few hundred dollars. However, this filter is necessary in maintaining the function and longevity of your drainfield.

Soil fracturing

If your professional notices that your tank is failing, they can sometimes resurrected by properly pumping the tank, cleaning the drain field lines, installing filters and a process known as fracturing the soil, which involves inserting a hollow tube into the ground and injecting a 300-pound blast of air. While this procedure could cost into the thousands dollars, it’s much less expensive and much less hassle than installing a new system.

Keeping it clean

You know that your septic tank will work only if the bacteria in it are healthy and hungry. If they get sick or die, your septic tank will start sending un-digested waste out to the drain field which will quickly plug it up. Below are some “weird” things that could kill your septic tank:

  • Chemotherapy Drugs
  • Anti-Bacterial Hand Washing Soap
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaners
  • Bath and Body Oils
  • Dishwashers
  • Water Softeners
  • Time-Release Pills and Capsules

Tip

Once your septic tank is uncovered – take photos of it and diagram it in relation to your home. This information can save you money and could prove valuable if your tank needs additional service in the future.