Unless you have a large family, an abnormally high water usage, or use a garbage disposal, pumping every three years should be adequate.
Depending on the age of your septic system, the King County Health Department may have an as-built on file; an as-built (or records drawing) is a drawing of your septic system. You may contact them by phone at (206) 477- 8050.
To eliminate digging for future septic maintenance, we recommend installing risers on your septic tank lids. They can be installed either above the ground or just below the surface. They are locking, and gas tight. They eliminate virtually all the labor involved with pumping and maintaining the septic tank and promote regular maintenance.
In both types of installation, the cost of having the risers installed verses the cost of the labor to uncover them each time - not to mention the back-breaking pain of doing it yourself - they will usually pay for themselves.
Feel free to contact us for referrals to companies that sell and install risers.
If your home was built after 1972 (or if the septic system has been replaced), you probably have a two-compartment tank, with two covers. Both of these will need to be accessible. Both compartments of the tank will need to be serviced. If you have a pump tank, there will be an additional lid.
Dump fees are included in the price of pumping, as are travel fees.
We clean and inspect the baffles. This is included in the pumping fee.
If you have a pump tank with sludge in it, the pump tank must be pumped along with the septic tank. If the pump tank goes without pumping, it will eventually fill with solids and create problems.
Our truck can service most homes, and we carry extra hose for difficult to reach tanks. If you're concerned about access to your home or septic, feel free to contact us.