From how much a septic tank pumping costs to how frequently you should be pumping out your tank and what's the difference between getting the septic tank cleaned and pumped-out, we'll cover the basic septic tank pumping tips.

Septic Tank Pump-Outs FAQs

  1. What is septic tank pumping?  Instead of cleaning a septic tank, some companies will offer a service called septic pumping, or septic pump-outs.  These septic services companies will take a giant hose, put it into the septic tank. and suck up liquid, solids and sludge just from the top of the tank.
  2. Is septic tank pumping the same as septic tank cleaning?  Many companies use these phrases interchangeably - but the truth is a pumping is kind of a short cut job.  The septic services company is already there, they have their hose and pump in the septic tank, why not just give the customer a septic tank cleaning, get all the sludge from the top (which competitors sell as a pumping only) and do a thorough cleaning, making sure all sludge and anything at the bottom of the tank has been removed?  That's what we do at Double Flush Septic Services. And that is why we do not have a separate page for "septic tank pumping" because on every pumping call, we give a thorough septic tank cleaning.  The service requires the same equipment and Scott, our owner and technician, goes through almost the identical process. The difference is that a cleaning drains out the tank and cleans everything stuck to the bottom to reduce the time needed between septic tank servicing and lengthen the life of your septic tank system.
  3. How often do I have to get my septic pumped?  The frequency with which you clean your septic tank depends on how much use your septic system gets.  An active household with 6 members that holds several large gatherings a year will want to clean their septic tank at least yearly, while a household of empty-nesters that simply host an Easter brunch once a year could likely go three years between septic cleanings.
  4. How do I know when the people I bought the house from last had their septic tank pumped? It is required that you get a septic inspection when buying a home with a septic tank.  As part of the septic inspection you will learn when a cleaning should be performed, how frequently to get a septic pumping and begin a relationship with a reliable septic services company that can make sure you participate in the regular maintenance to extend the life of your septic system and hopefully avoid septic emergencies.
  5. How much does it cost to get my septic tank pumped? The cost of your septic tank service will always depend on the size of your tank, where you live and the amount of waste.  When you maintain your septic tank regularly, with the appropriate frequency of septic tank cleanings, you can usually rely on between $250-500.  Some other septic services companies will charge trip fees or travel fees depending on where the septic tank for the home or business is, but not Double Flush Septic Services.  We charge the same no matter how far - so no travel fees, etc. It is a flat rate and does not change. If you're in our service area, just give us the size of your tank (how many gallons) and we can give you a quote. Call or text us for a quote or fill out our online Contact Us form and we will work up a free quote ASAP.


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  • Rags and strings
  • Coffee grounds
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Sanitary napkins and tampons
  • Diapers
  • Cigarette butts
  • Antibacterial soaps
  • Trash
  • Condoms
  • Bandages
  • Dental Floss
  • Cat Litter
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Other non-degradable products

Emergency Septic Tank Cleaning Wooster


You can do your part to keep your septic tank healthy and reduce the frequency of septic tank pumping. First, don't put anything down your septic system that is non-biodegradable, such as cigarette butts, diapers, paper towels, and more. Plus, installing an effluent filter, which helps to decrease the number of solids that leave the tank helps promote your septic tank's health.


We service the Northern Ohio area; are service area includes Lorain, Wayne, Portage, Summit, Stark and Medina Counties. Our family-owned septic company is the one to call for all of your emergency septic tank services, including septic tank pumping. We can work around your schedule when it's convenient for you, including working on weekends and evenings. Our team offers efficient septic tank pumping, so we take up as little of your time as possible. We take our time to ensure your septic tank looks good and is in good shape for the future. Rest assured, when you partner with our local, family-owned septic company, your Northern Ohio home or business will be well served. Call to get started today!

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