Find a septic tank pumping service in Chicago, IL

Find septic tank pumping services in Chicago, IL

Find septic tank pumping services in Chicago, IL

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Find septic tank pumping services in Chicago, IL

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Top 10 septic tank pumping services in Chicago, IL

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

All Plumbing Services

4.9Exceptional(60)
85 hires on HomeGuide
24+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Tom S. says, "We had a garbage disposal to be replaced. Alberto was very quick with a quote, which was fair and better than several others. Set a time for less than 2 days and got the job done cleanly and efficiently. Could not ask for a better experience." Read more
H2Flow Sewer&Drain LLC

H2Flow Sewer&Drain LLC

5.0(1)
1 hire on HomeGuide
4+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
John C. says, "The workers are very friendly they explain everything thoroughly and they work with your schedule. They finish the job in a very clean and timely manner " Read more
Achilles Restoration 316

Achilles Restoration 316

5.0(1)
5 hires on HomeGuide
4+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Patricia D. says, "They went above and beyond our experience. They are hard working honest contractors. " Read more
Gilbert Sewer N Plumbing

Gilbert Sewer N Plumbing

4.9Exceptional(38)
46 hires on HomeGuide
5+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Heather F. says, "Came out fast and did the job with a reasonable price and took all the galvanized pipe about 200ft and install with copper excellent job thanks jr " Read more
H2flow Sewer&Drain LLC

H2flow Sewer&Drain LLC

New on HomeGuide
5+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Big or small the job will get done with us
Marco Plumbing

Marco Plumbing

New on HomeGuide
Serves Chicago, IL
soi profesional en lo q hago mi trabajo es mi presentación 15 años en el negocio amo lo q hago espero q confíes en mi. gracias
Tittle Construction, LLC

Tittle Construction, LLC

New on HomeGuide
Offers online services
14+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
When I see the smile on my customers face when I complete a job.
Emi Construction

Emi Construction

New on HomeGuide
8+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Hi, my name is Costi, I’m doing sinks , tubs, toilets and sewer service rodding.I have over 7 year’s experience.I’m very responsible, fast and reliable.
Sewer Excavators

Sewer Excavators

New on HomeGuide
24+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
We are a plumbing and sewer repair company .Illinois Sewer Excavators service residential and commercial property. Located in the West suburbs. We have been in business since 2008 . We offer reasonable prices, great work and guarantee are service . No job is too big or small .
JimsPlumbingandSewerService

JimsPlumbingandSewerService

5.0(1)
Serves Chicago, IL
Debra says, "I was very happy with the service that james gave!! " Read more

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 Chicago septic tank pumping services

Recent success stories from people in the Chicago area.
Michael B.
THE BEST OF THE BEST!! You only need Alberto and his crew for all your plumbing needs! I will never need to look for another plumber again! We were in a mess with a sewer backing up into the downstairs bathroom/laundry room which happened during the coldest zero and subzero weather! And we had water and debris backed up and were unable to fully use our facilities. What a mess!! Cleaning up was horrible! Well, I left a message on this Homeguide site in the wee hours of the morning, and in no time I received a call from Alberto with All Plumbing Services. He was at a job near my home and was able to come out within hours. We had an estimate by another plumber for $11,000 and I didn't know where to start, as we could not afford that. Alberto said for that much, he could replace my entire house's incoming and outgoing lines! He told us that he was seeing people being overcharged badly for this kind of work, and that he felt bad for people, knowing that so many are going through hard financial times. That sure helped the emotional component of having your life disrupted by something like this! We lived in our house for 39 years and never had this problem before. So Alberto came over and did a free video inspection of our sewer lines and told us where the problems were. He made a contract for us that was $4200 instead of the $11,000 from the other company!! This was a life saver! Alberto is the nicest guy, too. He is very experienced, friendly, understanding, emotionally supportive, and honest. In getting to know him, he talked about how he loved what he did in his line of work, including making his own custom made pipe lines, making his own threads. You can see his pictures on this site. And he spoke often of his mentor, who he values every day he goes to work. His mentor was a man of high integrity and great knowledge of plumbing. He always told Alberto, "Always be honest. As long as you are honest with people, you will always have customers." Well, how true. And Alberto was very honest with us. We are so glad to know him! So before the work was started, he went to our Village Hall and got all the legal paperwork done for doing the job and for setting up and inspection with the health dept. who has to inspect and approve the work being done. It was no problem as Alberto is licensed, bonded, and insured, with the state of Illinois. He does work all over Illinois and even in Indiana. He also is contracted to service all the Dunkin' Doughnuts in the area! Alberto says he does not usually charge as much money as most plumbers because he doesn't see the need to charge more than what things should actually cost. Now that's a rare person right there!! So the work was started and completed in record time, and just in time for the inspectors to come by. They told him "Nice work!!" And the Village was quite surprised at the total cost of the job. They said there was another home close by that got charged $45,000!!!! They, themselves, saw how reasonable Alberto's company was. I'm telling you, are we blessed. So as it turns out, the obstruction in the sewer line had more to do with the part of the line nearest the city part of the sewer. There was some clogging near the house and the need to replace some sewer line which cracked and leaked, but not as bad as we thought. The biggest obstruction was near the street, way down away from the house. There was huge tree roots that were growing there that finally interfered with our free flow. This house was built in 1971, and we've lived here since 1985. This was our first backup! Even in the 1990's when we had 24 inches of rain in 24 hours that flooded Naperville, we only had puddles in our yard and no drainage troubles! So there is this neat roto-rooter machine that Alberto used to break up those thick roots. It forces water out at such a high pressure that it could cut your hand off! So it got those roots cleared out very well. That's another thing we appreciated so much. Alberto always told you what was being done, and when, and kept you informed every step of the way. And if he foresaw a problem that would add to the cost, he told you ahead of time. We couldn't have asked for more. His team is hard working. It was near freezing and wet and muddy everywhere. But his crew did their job with so much effort and nothing stopped them! I am beyond impressed! Thank you, Alberto. And thank you, Alberto's crew!! I know you work HARD!
All Plumbing Services
David U.
Did a good job. Explained how things worked.
Gilbert sewer n plumbing
Carol M.
On time with proper equipment. Knowledgeable associates all worked as a team. Positive attitude. Would recommend Chicago Service Group for a professional moving experience and haul out. A+++++ service. Would hire again.
Chicago Service Source, Inc
Jack
Their rates were competitive , their service and quality of their painting was very good and they finished entire house in time quoted . very neat , clean , no splatter , great job guys . WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND . ALREADY DID .
Lurock construction
Maria J.
Good work at reasonable price
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