Septic Tank Pumping
The MPCA recommends having your septic tank pumped every 3 years. The proper way to pump a septic tank is through the manhole access. Older systems may not have these manholes accessible and are buried, which would mean that it needs to be dug up prior to pumping. Unfortunately, Midway Sewer does not provide the service of digging up the manhole. Not digging up the manhole and pumping the septic tank through a smaller pipe (anywhere from 4-6 inches), does not get all of the solids out of the tank. It is best to pump through the manhole as that provides the best access to ensure all of the solids are removed from the tank. When we pump the tank, we will do our best and backflush to remove everything
If your tank needs the manhole exposed, there is an option to add risers to make it ground level and you will never have to dig or search for that manhole access again! While we do not always have time to install these risers like we have in the past, we can certainly point you in the right direction of someone who can help or even explain how it should be done if you are a DIYer.
Midway Sewer really prefers to stay on driveways when coming to pump your tank. The truck is big and heavy and can cause some yard damage when not on solid ground. We would much rather grab some extra hoses than drive on your lawn. We carry anywhere from 120-150 feet of hose on our truck so if you feel we would need more, just let us know that when making your appointment.
If your system has a filter in place, when we are pumping the tank, we will make sure to rinse off your filter as well. These should be rinsed off at least twice a year otherwise they may cause an alarm to go off or a backup.