Septic Tank Pumping & Cleaning

Your septic tank has a significant job of filtering the solids from the liquids from your home or business and then distributing the filtered water into your drain field. Whether you are experiencing drainage issues or just need a routine pump out, our experienced technicians are here to pump, clean, inspect and maintain the integrity of your septic tank system to ensure its safety, reliability, and longevity. If we find that your septic line is clogged, we are one of the only companies in the area that also offers expert drain cleaning services.

What is a Septic Tank?

A septic tank is an underground biological reactor that separates and stores filtered waste solids leaving your home until they can be pumped out and removed. The filtered liquids flow from the septic tank to the underground drain field and seep into the surrounding drain field bed.
If not appropriately maintained through routine maintenance, solids can escape the septic tank and flow out into the drain field, clogging or damaging the leach lines, leading to a failed drain field that costs tens of thousands of dollars to repair.
Typical domestic septic tank system

Why Choose Rapid Flush for Septic Tank Pumping & Cleaning?

Replacing a failed or damaged drain field is very costly, so it’s crucial to pump a septic tank routinely to prevent drainage issues, damage and extend the life and reliability of your septic system. The industry standard is to pump a septic tank every three years, but we know not all septic systems are the same, nor are they being used in the same ways. That’s why we don’t take a one size fits all approach.
To provide you with a custom recommendation on how frequently to pump your septic tank, our team considers the number of people in your household or business, the size of the tank, what materials enter the tank and take a scientific approach using specialty measurement devices. Unlike many other septic pumpers, we will pump out your entire septic tank to ensure it’s completely clean and inspect the condition and integrity of your tank to ensure its safety, saving you thousands of dollars in the long run.
We’ve been pumping and cleaning septic tanks in Michigan since 1942 and are proud to provide the best value in the industry for your home or business. We’ll ensure your septic system is safe for your family or employees and will last a long time.

What to Expect When Getting Your Septic Tank Pumped?

Our technicians will locate your septic tank using various methods, including using maps, drawings or diagrams, and physical probing and digging. For hard to find tanks, we can use a specialty radio transmitter and receiver and/or ground penetrating radar (GPR) to accurately locate your tank to within an inch. We will then pump out the entire contents of your tank and thoroughly inspect the condition and integrity of your septic tank, filters, and drain field to provide you with a detailed report of the health of your system and make recommendations for what might be required to ensure the health of your system. After cleaning your tank, we’ll dispose of the pumped-out waste at a state-approved disposal facility to protect our environment. From there, we can schedule you for recurring services at the appropriate intervals to ensure the safety, reliability, and longevity of your septic system without the hassle of having to remember to call and book an appointment.

Results of Septic Tank Pumping & Cleaning

Results of Septic Tank Pumping & Cleaning
“A septic tank after it has been completely emptied and cleaned by a trained Rapid Flush professional.”

FAQs about Septic Tank Pumping

It depends on the number of people in your household or business, the size of your tank, and what materials go through the tank to be filtered. Our experienced team can inspect your tank and provide you with a custom recommendation on how often to pump your septic tank.
If you have not pumped your tank within the last 3 years, you should have your tank pumped and inspected. Chronic signs that your septic tank needs to be pumped are experiencing slow or clogged drains, sewage backups, smelling unpleasant odors, or seeing water pool around the septic tank or drain field on your property. Ask about our Septic System Maintenance Program which takes the guesswork out of when to pump your septic tank and ensures your system operates as long as possible.
Your septic tank is always full, but the most important thing to consider is how much waste solids have accumulated in the tank as excess solids pose a significant risk to the life of your drain field and system as a whole. Signs of an unhealthy septic system include; drainage problems, backups, accelerated grass growth near or around the drain field, or sludge or pooling around the drain field. If you’re unsure if your septic tank is full, our team can help inspect your tank and determine if it requires pumping and cleaning.

In our honest and transparent approach, we recognize that it’s impossible to provide an accurate quote without first inspecting your septic system. That’s why before starting any work, we provide a free quote inclusive of assessing the size, condition, ease of access to your septic tank, and recommendations to help maintain the life of your septic system and prevent the high costs of replacing your tank. If you don’t like our price, you are under no obligation to use our service, but you will still benefit from the information and recommendations we shared with you.

Warning: Be wary of low prices, especially quotes provided over the phone without an inspection. There are bad actors in the industry that charge low fees but don’t fully pump out the septic tank’s contents to save money on their disposal costs. This practice can immediately damage your drain field as the waste solids are mixed up during the pumping process and begin to flow out to the drain field. The other tactic used by some unprofessional actors is providing a low quote over the phone only to increase the price significantly once they arrive.

Schedule a Septic Tank Appointment

Does your septic tank need to be pumped and cleaned? Our team is available 24/7 to service you! Schedule a septic tank appointment today.