Septic Pumping and Service


What We Do

Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner in need of septic tank services, Arne's has the solutions for you. Proudly serving all of northeastern Oregon, we are a full-service septic company offering a wide variety of services to our customers. We handle everything when it comes to your septic tanks and septic systems, whether it is installations, repairs, or emergency services.

Arne's strives to provide the highest level of customer service to its clients. Our highly qualified and experienced technicians only use top-grade products and state-of-the-art equipment, so you can expect nothing less than exceptional work from us. No job is too big or too small for our professionals! Call Arne's for dependable, reliable service on your septic tanks and septic systems.

DEFINITION OF A SEPTIC SYSTEM

There are two main parts to the basic septic system: the tank and the drain field. The household wastewater flows into the tank where the average detention time is 24 hours. The tank should have at least a 1,000 gallon capacity.

Typical domestic wastewater is made up of wastewater from showers, baths, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, and sinks. The figure below illustrates typical percentages from each source.
 
 
Household wastewater is comprised of approximately 99% water. Suspended solids, which make up the remaining 1%, contain soluble and insoluble substances such as nitrates, phosphorous and heavy metals present in varying concentrations, and bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms.

Wastewater that cannot be discharged to sanitary sewers for treatment at a centralized wastewater treatment plant must be treated on the site where it originated. Systems for on-site treatment of domestic wastewater are referred to as “septic systems”, “subsurface disposal systems” or “individual sewerage systems” (SSDS) among others. An acceptable septic system is one consisting of a house sewer, a septic tank followed by a leaching system, any necessary pumps, siphons or flouts, and any groundwater control system on which the operation of the leaching system is dependent.

Sewage flows from the household into the septic tank where the heavier solids settle to the bottom forming a sludge deposit. Lighter solids, such as grease, float to the top and form a scum layer. The liquid flows from the septic tank into an absorption leaching system where it soaks into the soil.
 
This process provides treatment of the sewage by gravity settling and skimming, biological decomposition and soil filtration. Proper functioning of a septic system depends on adequate design, proper construction, careful use and maintenance.

How often you pump your septic system is determined by the amount of people in the home, the amount of water used and the size of the tank. It is not based on the amount of bathrooms located in the home. The size of the septic tank should be determined by the number of bedrooms in the home. For an average home the following schedule is recommended for pumping septic tanks:
 
1 Person: Every 5 years
3 People: Every 3 years
5 People: Every 1-2 years
 
2 People: Every 4 years
4 People: Every 2-3 years
6+ People: Every year
 
If homeowners follow a recommended pumping schedule, it can prolong the life of their leach field. The average life span of a leach field is approximately 20 years. The cost of replacing a leach field once it fails is approximately $10,000. Economically, it is a lot cheaper to have your tank maintained properly and extending the life of the field, then paying for a new leach field.

If your home has a garbage disposal it can cut the life of your septic tank and field in half. A garbage disposal puts straight food waste into your tank and the bacteria in the tank cannot digest raw food.

If your home has a water softener, it can also cut the life of your septic tank and field in half. The salt that is dispensed through the water in the tank corrodes the cement of the tank, eventually weakening the tank.

Do not drive over the leach field, this may crush the pipes and prohibit the drainage of water. Do not plant bushes, trees or any plant which produces a lot of roots, this can clog up your septic pipes. This also applies to the pipe running from the house to the tank and the pipe to the leach field. Do not cover the leach field with anything other than grass. Grass helps prevent erosion and also helps with the absorption of the water.

It is suggested that any tank that is deeper than 2 feet have a well riser installed. The lid can range from being on the surface to 6 feet below the surface. Every tank is different. If the homeowner does not want to dig further than 1-2 feet every time the tank is pumped or pay Arne's to dig, we will gladly install a well riser. This is a cement circle that goes over the round hole of the tank and comes with a lid. The risers come in 1 foot sections. The closer to the surface of the ground the riser is, the easier it is to reach and pump. Arne's is a licensed contractor and can install risers as well as tanks.
We are available 24/7. Call us today at 541-276-6595 or 541-567-1015 with your septic pumping service concerns.