Find a septic tank pumping service in Washington, DC

Find septic tank pumping services in Washington, DC

Find septic tank pumping services in Washington, DC

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Find septic tank pumping services in Washington, DC

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Top 10 septic tank pumping services in Washington, DC

Homeowners agree: these Washington septic tank pumping services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Hspeed Plumbing

Hspeed Plumbing

4.8Excellent(6)
30 hires on HomeGuide
6+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Benjamin T. says, "Price was reasonable and the work performed in a timely manner." Read more
O’Meara Restorations

O’Meara Restorations

New on HomeGuide
12+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
We are a locally owned and operated company that values honesty, integrity, and treats your home as if it were our own. We offer a variety of general contractor services that are customizable to each individual project. We charge at $75 trip charge, which is waived with any service. Some services we provide are Water Heater Installation, Water Heater Repair and Commercial Plumbing. Other services include: Leak Repair Drain Replacement Drain Cleaning Commercial Sewer Installation You will find us to be competitively priced, paying close attention to the details of each project that we are involved with. We look forward to building lasting rel...
RL Martin

RL Martin

4.8Excellent(12)
15 hires on HomeGuide
25+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Lester E. says, "Craftsmanship and commitment to produce quality results " Read more
ABA Plumbing

ABA Plumbing

New on HomeGuide
3+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
I am a super master plumber work the job one time
Owens Lawn And Construction Service..Dump Truck Service

Owens Lawn And Construction Service..Dump Truck Service

5.0(1)
3 hires on HomeGuide
32+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Armand F. says, "Ronnie is very polite and upfront about the work he is going to do and the price. No hidden costs! All of his workers are very polite individuals. I will contact Ronnie for any future projects that I have " Read more
American Masters Plumbing Co LLC

American Masters Plumbing Co LLC

4.0(6)
11 hires on HomeGuide
18+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
J.C And Pamela C. says, "Quick and kept me informed about the time for arrival." Read more
Trana Construction Llc

Trana Construction Llc

New on HomeGuide
23+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
We do work to customers satisfaction We

Your Septic System Repair, Maintenance, or Inspection questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on HomeGuide.

How much does septic tank pumping cost?

Septic tank pumping costs $250 to $895, depending on the tank size and location. Pumping may cost as little as $250 for a 750-gallon tank, or as much as $895 for a 1,250-gallon tank.

Completely replacing a damaged septic system can cost up to $10,000, compared to the price for regular pumping. Proper maintenance can help a septic tank last for up to 50 years.

How often should a septic tank be pumped?

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends inspecting and pumping your septic system every 3 to 5 years. Septic pumping frequency depends on the number of residents, the amount of wastewater generated, the volume of solids, and septic tank size.

Professionals should also inspect the system every 3 years to look for leaks and layers of scum and sludge. The tank needs pumping when the bottom of the scum layer is within 6" of the bottom outlet tee, or the top sludge layer is within 12" of the outlet tee.

However, if you suspect your tank is full, don't wait until then to call a professional.

How long does it take to pump a septic tank?

Pumping a septic tank takes 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the tank size, volume of waste, and equipment used. During this time, the technician will:

  • Note the tank’s liquid level and make sure there’s no leaking
  • Lower a specialized vacuum hose into the tank
  • Pump the waste to their truck
  • Watch for backflow
  • Backflush the tank to rinse off any remaining sludge
  • Inspect the tank for any damage

Who pumps septic tanks?

Septic tank companies have the skills and equipment to pump and clean a septic tank safely and efficiently. Routine septic cleanings can help keep you flushing without issue.

If you have a clog, you may be unsure whether to call a plumber or a septic service. Call a septic service if there are numerous backed-up drains, a gurgling sound when you flush the toilet, or you have sewage odor or a soggy patch above the septic tank buried in your yard. Call a plumber if only one or two drains appear affected

How can I tell if my septic tank is full?

Your septic tank may be full if:

  • Your toilets are draining slowly or backing up.
  • There are foul odors in the home.
  • Your grass is greener than usual above the tank.
  • There's standing water in your yard.

How do I choose a septic tank pumping service?

Start by searching our list of professional septic tank pumping contractors, then:

  • Look for certified septic tank pumpers that have been in business for several years.
  • Check their online reviews at HomeGuide and Google.
  • Get estimates from several companies to compare.
  • Ask about hours of operation and same-day emergency services.
  • Make sure the company uses the latest equipment.
  • Ask about the warranty policy.

What questions should I ask septic tank contractors?

When looking for local septic tank pumping companies, ask the following questions:

  • How long have you been working in this area?
  • Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?
  • Are there any other fees I can expect?
  • Will you hire any subcontractors for this job?
  • How long will the project take?
  • Will this job need any permits? If so, will you get them?
  • Do you offer a warranty for your labor?
  • Can I have a written estimate and contract?

Reviews for Washington septic tank pumping services

Recent success stories from people in the Washington area.
Gerald J.
He came in, I showed him the job and he performed the work. He then showed me what he did and how to operate it all at his quoted price.
Hspeed plumbing
Bernard S B.
Promptly and reasonably
RL Martin
My H.
Extremely swift response to the initial inquiry; valuable assistance provided at the time of purchase; Professional; Best experience with a contractor EVER.
American Masters Plumbing Co LLC
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