Category: Septic Pumping FAQ - WNC Independent Labs
Service your septic regularly
April 25, 2022
Can you pump from this pipe?
February 6, 2022
That depends on what you have: Cleanout – cannot be used for pumping Cleanouts are about 4″ across (usually with a twist off cap) that are installed on the line between the house and the tank. They are for cleaning the line – they do not provide direct access to the tank. We do sometimes....Read More
Septic Pumping: It won’t solve all septic/plumbing issues.
February 3, 2022
Septic Pumping only solves the problem of the tank being too full. If something else is causing an issue, pumping will not solve it. Sometimes it requires a septic contractor, sometimes a plumber. Drains in the house are smelling, bubbling, draining slowly, or not draining at all. Is it only happening in one drain or....Read More
Septic Pumping: One lid or Two? Inlet or Outlet?
February 2, 2022
Most septic tanks in this area have two lids – one over the inlet pipe, one over the outlet pipe. Usually they are about 20 to 24 in square for concrete tanks, or round for plastic tanks. This can vary depending on age and type of tank – some will have one lid, some will....Read More
How often do I need to pump my septic tank?
January 29, 2022
The NC Laws and Rules say: a) Any person owning or controlling the property upon which a ground absorption sewage treatment and disposal system is installed shall be responsible for the following items regarding the maintenance of the system:(2) Ground absorption sewage treatment and disposal systems shall be checked, and the contents of the septic tank....Read More
Septic Inspection: To Pump or Not to Pump
January 27, 2022
The state rules say we are required to tell our clients: Client requesting this inspection has been advised that for a complete inspection to be performed the tank needs to be pumped. And then give them the option to opt for a pump or to decline a pump. Tanks should be pumped on a regular....Read More
Septic Pumping: Flowable Solids
January 25, 2022
Tanks should have 3 layers – fats, oils, and greases float to the top; other waste settles to the bottom; the middle layer of effluent (mostly water) should move to the outlet side of the tank, where it should settle some more, before the effluent goes to the drainfield (leaving the solids – fats, oils,....Read More
Septic System: Uncovering & Recovering
January 12, 2022
There are a few different situations: Septic Pumping only – uncovering the lids is not included in our septic pumping service, but is available for an additional fee.Septic Inspection – our inspection includes uncovering lids if accessible and 3ft deep or less.Septic Repairs – there is a charge to uncover by hand or by small....Read More
Septic Pumping: 1,000 Gallons
January 8, 2022
Our pump service is for up to 1,000 gallons. Most tanks in this area are 1,000 gallon tanks. This means the tank holds about 1,000 gallons of wastewater and still have 9 inches of air space between the top of the waste and the top of the tank. A tank that is overly full or....Read More