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Septic Care And Maintenance
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An average home with two baths and three occupants is estimated to produce over 85,000 gallons of wastewater annually. Your septic tank filters the scum, solids and pretreats the wastewater before it flows into the drain field for final purification. If your septic system is not cared for properly, it may become a neighborhood health hazard and an expensive health problem.

Scout Septic Tank Pumping offers comprehensive septic system services for all properties in Portland, Oregon. We have been providing fast and reliable septic services for more than ten years. Our customers trust us to maintain their septic systems properly.

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The maintenance we provide, including routine pumping, can help maintain the efficiency and prolong the life of your septic system.

  • Our septic technicians pump the tank from top-down to bottom. We remove the solids that can clog your septic system if allowed to accumulate.
  • Our technicians don’t push one particular maintenance schedule. We work with you to figure out the best routine for your system based on several factors.
  • We understand how remembering your pumping schedule can be difficult. That’s why we will automatically send you a reminder when your system is due for pumping.
  • We also keep records of your septic system, so we’ll know the size of your tank and other information when you call.

When to call for septic pumping?

Call a professional to inspect your system at least once a year. Furthermore, periodically check the drain field areas for any odors, wet spots, or surfacing sewage. Generally, we recommend septic pumping every three to five years.

Below are some scenarios that your septic tank is due for pumping.

When the bottom of the scum is within 3” of the bottom of the outlet device

If you want to measure scum accumulation, nail a 3” square block to a 6’ pole and poke the block through the scum layer. Next, move the pole up and down carefully to feel the resistance as you move the block up against the bottom of the scum layer. 

Put a mark on that place on the pole that is level with the ground. Then feel around for the bottom of the outlet pipe and mark that level on the pole. If the two marks are 3” or less apart, your tank is due for septic pumping

When the top of the sludge layer is within 12” of the bottom of the outlet

If you want to measure the sludge level, wrap a rag around the bottom 3 feet of the 6’ pole and fasten it with tape. Push the towel down to the bottom of the tank and twirl it. Afterward, mark the pole at the ground level.

Then, pull it out after a few minutes and measure the difference between the top of the sludge layer and the bottom of the outlet pipe. When the distance is 12” or less, your tank needs to be pumped. 

Septic System Failure

When you notice any of the following signs, call us immediately for assistance.

  • Foul odors, surfacing sewage, wet spots, or lush vegetation growth in the drain field area
  • Gurgling sounds in your drains
  • Slow draining fixtures
  • Septic tank backups
 Call Our Septic Specialists! Scout Septic is the most trusted name in septic tank care and maintenance services!
Benefits of working with a veteran owned & operated company
  • 1. Fully Stocked Trucks
    Full-service attention where we handle all documentation requirements with your specific municipality.
  • 2. Competitive Pricing & Transparent
    We are proud to offer straightforward help when you need it. No hidden fees and no hassle.
  • 3. Professionalism, Expertise and Cleanliness
    Our technicians are cross-trained and able to jet lines service traps and oil with one truck in a single stop.
Helpful Resources
Check out our informative booklets and links on Clean Water Services and the FOG Program.
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