Herring Sanitation gets to see a great deal of septic systems that have been neglected and the strangest thing happened to our new driver Andrew as he was finished pumping one such tank.
Andrew arrived at the home to service the Septic Tank and was greeted by a very nervous gentleman. Andrew proceeded to find the tank and expose the lid. But as he put the hoe into mix the tank up he immediately said ‘I guess it’s been a while since you serviced this tank’. The homeowner who was watching the entire process admitted that it had been quite a while since the tank had been serviced. Well, to the relief of both the homeowner and Andrew, the tank did not take any extra work to pump.
When Andrew presented the invoice for payment the homeowner said, ‘can I ask you a question? What is the longest you have heard that a septic tank has not been serviced for?’ Andrew answered honestly with a big smile that he was just fairly new on the job but that the week before he had just near killed himself pumping a tank that had gone 18 years without service. Andrew went on to say how it took him over two hours, how he had to backwash the tank and how hard it was to mix the solids up and get the grease out of the lines. He also reported how that homeowner had a wet spot and how their fields were probably ruined.
That’s when the homeowner who was talking to Andrew confessed (as if he was telling his doctor that he really doesn’t exercise) ‘to tell you the truth this tank has never been pumped and it was installed in 1987.’
Lucky! Lucky! Andrew reported to the office that surprisingly the tank was in his words ‘not bad at all’.
Now our advice is, don’t try it. Board of Health recommends pumping a Septic Tank every two to three years for a reason.