How long does it take to check septic tank?

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Posted by: from Brampton
2/10/2016 at 2:14:55 PM

I have a 3,000 gallons septic tank that pumps the sewage to 3 consecutive chambers from premier tech.

I was told last summer to have my pump emptied for premier tech to replace the filters. I have hired the company who installed my septic tank to do so but they failed to tell me that my pump was not working fine.

By the time they finally returned my calls, they told me that my electrical is messed up as my box was under ground where it should be 6 inches above ground. They quoted me a ridiculous amount for the repair as they needed to empty the pump again (600+hst) as well as checking or rewiring the electrical and replacing the pump.

I made a few phone calls and someone suggested to hire a plumber who can check the pump. the plumber told me my pump is fine but the electrical is messed up.

I made a few calls to find an electrician experienced with septic tanks. I finally found one but he wants to wait for a warmer weather. My question is:

Am I safe to wait for the spring with the tank just covered with a tarp? I worry about the sewage backing up to the house.

Please help.


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Martin from Whytes Maintenance in Perth
Date/Time2/10/2016 at 3:08:57 PM

It takes about 1 hour to pump the tank.. usually anywhere from 250.00 to 300 in the Lanark county area. Check your local yellow pages for a licensed sewage operator and as for the inspection.. if its just interior visual about 15 minutes. If you suspect a leak, you might have to dig it up.. then it could be more like 1 to 2 hours depending on size and location. If its leaking you will have to replace it. You will also have to get a permit to do so.

You can usually get the localhealth unit to inspect as well, or again call a licensed professional.

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Date/Time2/10/2016 at 3:18:29 PM


My name is Jason. As a Power Engineer, pumps are one hour to check. depending if they are easy to access.

There are different types of tanks and system. I would think 300 to 500 dollars would cover the maintenance cost which should be once a year. Drive time is which depends on cost.

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Date/Time2/11/2016 at 10:22:47 AM

Maximum 1 hour.

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Date/Time2/14/2016 at 1:55:32 AM

My question is did the same company that installed the tank also do the electrical box?

To answer your question.

If the inner tank and pump are exposed then it should be an hour for inspection. Based on the inspection that should determine amount of work required. You could hire a separate contractor to do an inspection of your own, then you would know how much work is involved.

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