Find a septic tank pumping service in Philadelphia, PA

Find septic tank pumping services in Philadelphia, PA

Find septic tank pumping services in Philadelphia, PA

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Find septic tank pumping services in Philadelphia, PA

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Top 10 septic tank pumping services in Philadelphia, PA

Homeowners agree: these Philadelphia septic tank pumping services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
M. T. D. Drains. L. L. C.

M. T. D. Drains. L. L. C.

4.5(2)
3 hires on HomeGuide
Serves Philadelphia, PA
Ted D. says, "Job was completed with no issues. " Read more
South Jersey Engineers LLC

South Jersey Engineers LLC

New on HomeGuide
36+ years in business
Serves Philadelphia, PA
South Jersey Engineers is the largest and most experienced septic system design and engineering company in South and Central New Jersey, with over 35,000 projects completed since 1988. We also provide and coordinate a wide variety of related services such as inspection report analysis, site suitability determination, repairs, installations, real estate agent training, and expert services for legal matters. Unlike other engineers who offer many different services, South Jersey Engineers' focus is limited to septic system matters. Our goal is to determine the least cost solution that will provide long term performance, and all work is superv...
PhillyPlumber

PhillyPlumber

4.8(4)
6 hires on HomeGuide
5+ years in business
Serves Philadelphia, PA
Tashauna B. says, "I originally reached out to him for a tank replacement and he ended up having to replace the whole toilet. He did good work and came and stayed until he got the job completely done." Read more
Gamboa Construction

Gamboa Construction

5.0(4)
Offers online services
1 hire on HomeGuide
12+ years in business
Serves Philadelphia, PA
MaryAnn M. says, "He was very knowledgeable and explained the process well. He did an excellent job and cleaned up very well after completing the work. He’s a nice guy too." Read more
Lucca Home Services

Lucca Home Services

5.0(1)
5+ years in business
Serves Philadelphia, PA
Steven I. says, "Prompt, reasonable price, Does nice work." Read more
Mastodon Builds ,LLC

Mastodon Builds ,LLC

5.0(1)
3 hires on HomeGuide
7+ years in business
Serves Philadelphia, PA
BD says, "The service and quality was fantastic! Thank you! " 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 Philadelphia septic tank pumping services

Recent success stories from people in the Philadelphia area.
Margie S.
We have had nothing but great service from Mr. Dunphy. We have used his service at least four times in the past year regard our aging church on different matters from replacing old heating pipes to our drains. He completed all tasks quickly and solved our problems. He was respectful of our property and cleaned up the work site when done. I highly recommend Mr. Dunphy.
M. T. D. Drains. L. L. C.
Jethro C.
Phillyplumer replaced my hot water heater. He arrived within the promised time frame and completed the job in a professional manner.
PhillyPlumber
Dinh
This company is awesome. They do what they say and finish the job in a very timely manner. i have had multiple full renovation with them and I have to say by far the best I ever had.
Gamboa Construction
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