SEPTIC FACTS

When do I pump?

Pumping out the septic tank typically ranges from 2-3 years depending on how many people live in the house. If you have a septic system that has a aeration system or a smaller trash tank then pumping may need to be done yearly.  The only way to know is to have it checked by using a sludge tool.  This is also checked during an inspection.

 

How much does pumping cost?

The cost starts at $495 for Camano Island and $700 for Snohomish and Skagit County up to 1000 gallons.  The price covers dump fees, fuel, wages, maintenance, etc. The cost may increase for several reasons such as, tank flooding due to lack of service, additional tanks, digging to access the tank(s) openings, difficult pumping because of wipes and or grease in the tank and waiting too long between pump-outs.

 

My alarm went off do I need to pump my system?

Most importantly don't panic, we can help.  There is a wide spread belief that because your alarm sounded you need to have the tank pumped out.  This rarely is the case.  An alarm is an early warning that something is not quit right.  Depending on what type of system you have it may require more urgent attention.  We can often fix the problem without pumping and this saves you money.

 

Do we have to be home for the Inspection or Pumping?

In most cases, no.  All components are generally outside that we need access to unless you have an older pump system (1980 - 1995) that has the alarm inside the house.  We need to look at all available components during our inspection.  99.99% of pumping is done outside (.01% are inside an old cabin under the floor, seriously).

 

How much does a new system cost?

New systems typically range between $8,000 - $35,000. It all depends on your site location, soil, how much room and how many bedrooms.  All new or replacement systems will be required to meet current codes.

 

Tools we have to help you?

We offer ongoing maintenance agreements where we keep all the inspections and work on file and electronically along with a reminder service for when its time for your next inspection or pumping.

What is an Inspection?

An inspection evaluates the condition of the septic system as it was intended.  All components that are accessible are inspected (tank, alarm, baffles, filters, pump, drainfield, floats, system settings, etc).  During this evaluation several test are completed and a report is generated that you will get a copy of.  We will let you know if or when the tank(s) need to be pumped. During the inspection all filters in the system, if accessible, will be cleaned.  After the inspection is complete you will receive a report with any recommendations or deficiencies that need to be addressed.

 

Is the inspection a County thing?

Yes and No.  The inspection requirement is a State Law that was pass by the legislature in July 2007.  The Counties that border the Puget Sound are required by this law to have an O&M (Operation & Maintenance) program and to promote and enforce the septic inspections.  Due to the number of failing septic systems state wide and the pollution that was occurring from human waste in our drinking water and the waterways the law got passed. Taking care of your septic system is responsible septic ownership and its being a good steward of our resources (drinking water, clamming, crabbing, fishing, etc.).

 

Why are inspections (O&M) important?
  • Identifies potential problems before failure occurs and this can save you a lot of money (usually thousands)

  • Protects you, family members, pets and others from getting sick from human waste

  • Protects the environment which is our necessary resource for water and food

  • Allows you to demonstrate through action responsible stewardship and septic ownership

 

How much do inspections cost?

Most inspections cost from $250 - $600 for residential and more for commercial.  This depends on the system type and accessibility.  There are charges to expose lids for the inspection.  We can install risers and lids on old and new systems to make future inspections and pump outs easier.

 

Is wastewater (septic) harmful?
YES! it contains:

Harmful bacteria & viruses like MRSA, Pink eye, Sty, E.Coli, Hookworms, Cholera, Hepetitis A, Giardia, Shigella, Staph, COVID, and others.

Look for some of our FREE ONSeptic classes coming soon to learn more about pumping out tanks and how to take care of your system.

 

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