May 31, 2016 by

A lot of newer homeowners in the Victorville, CA, and surrounding High Desert area tend to get nervous when it comes time for their first septic tank pumping.  Many, especially those who’ve moved to the area recently, may never have had dealt with septic tanks before.

Septic tanks, of course, aren’t maintenance free.  Septic Tanks need to be pumped out every 3-5 years to ensure proper function, and to prevent any leakage into lawns or surrounding areas.  The good news is, the process is easier than it might sound, and something that the experienced plumbing professionals at Roto Rooter High Desert handle often.

When you’re dealing with your first septic tank pumping, here’s what to expect:

The Process of Septic Tank Pumping

Exposing the septic tank lids.

The first step is finding and uncovering the lids for the septic tank.  When you don’t know their exact location offhand, that’s no problem.  A professional can quickly locate and expose them.  Or, if you know where they are, you can uncover them yourself to save a little money.

Checking the fluid levels.

Before the pumping begins, an expert will check the fluid levels.  If they’re too high or too low, this is a sign of other issues with the septic system.  However, this is fairly uncommon if you haven’t had other signs of septic problems.

The pumping.

The pumping itself happens thanks to a large specialized tanker truck, with a vacuum system attached.  A hose goes into the tank, the vacuum is turned on, and both the solid and liquid waste is pumped out.  When done properly, none of the material ends up on your lawn.

Interior cleaning.

In the event there’s significant built-up sludge around the edges of the tank, specialty tools and water sprays will be deployed to knock all the remaining material loose.  This extra material gets sucked up as well.

Final inspection.

After all the material is removed, the last step before re-covering the access hatches is a visual inspection of the tank’s interior.  This is the best time to look for cracks and other problems that could cause issues later on, and the best opportunity to fix them before the next pumping.

Septic tank pumping doesn’t take long, and it’s completely safe. When it’s time for a septic pumping in Victorville, CA, the certified experts at Roto Rooter High Desert will be there. ContactRoto Rooter High Desert today to schedule an appointment!