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Septic tank pumping


complete septic tank pumping solutions

When it comes to septic systems, there is no other company in the area more knowledgeable or more capable. It doesn’t matter if we are pumping a tank, troubleshooting a problem, repairing a component, or upgrading your current system, you can rest easy knowing that you’re in the hands of professionals who stand behind their work. If you aren’t happy, then neither are we, and we will do our very best to make sure that you’re satisfied with our work. We can handle all types of systems including standard gravity, dosing, Advanced Treatment Systems, ET, mound, commercial, residential, community, and more!      

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Septic Tank Pumping
How to tell if your septic tank needs pumping

Why pump my septic tank?

Eliminate Odors and prevent buildup

Septic Tank Pumping

Pumping a septic tank on a regular basis is one of the most important things you can do to prevent premature failure of your septic system. Our pumping service is more than just a “basic” one. We don’t just bring a big truck, throw a hose in your septic tank, suck out the septage, collect payment, and leave as fast we can.

Instead, we will fully agitate your tank so that it’s spic and span (relatively speaking) when we leave. We will also clean out your filter at no extra charge and make sure the other components of your system are in good working condition. If we see anything out of place or not up to par, we will do our best to notify you and take care of any issues while we are on site – no need for you to have to pay for someone to come out twice, right? We are committed to being up front and honest and providing you with the best service and value in the area.

One of our biggest priorities is educating our customers so that their septic system no longer seems like an intimidating “unknown” beneath their feet. Even if we have to spend an extra 15 or 20 minutes going over the ins and outs of your septic system with you, we want to be sure that you feel confident in how to maintain and even troubleshoot your own system.

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Benefits of grease trap pumping

Sanitary, Cleanliness and Safety​

Grease Trap Pumping

Grease traps are a necessary component of any commercial kitchen. Maintenance is crucial and we are well-equipped to make sure that your grease traps stay in tip-top shape so that you can focus on the most important aspects of running a commercial-grade kitchen operation.

Mobile RV pumping near Billings MT by TLC Patriot Septic
Septic Tank Pumping

We will bring the dump station to you

No need to unhook your rig

RV Pumping

Our small pump trucks will come to your RV so you don’t have to unhook your rig.

The “RV-Life” is growing in popularity, but many full-time and part-time RV dwellers dread the hassle of dumping their gray and black tanks. Truly, there is nothing worse than finding that perfect RV spot, getting it all level and set up just the way you want, only to have to pack it up and find a dump station a few days later. With our RV pumping service, your relaxation and adventuring doesn’t have to miss a beat! Give us a call and we will bring the dump station to you! Our small pump truck will empty your tanks and be on its way faster than a Montana summer so that you can get back to what matters most!



On average, septic tanks should be pumped out every 2-3 years. However, this number varies based on the number of occupants a home has, the volume of water being used every day, and the size of the system.

It must be said that there are many myths circulating regarding septic system maintenance. Some folks believe that septic tanks don’t need to be pumped out. Others think that pumping them out more than once a decade is detrimental to the bacteria that are naturally present in a septic tank. Others are of the mindset that it needs to be done every year no matter what.

When it comes down to it, just remember that each household has different water usage habits and each system is made to handle a certain amount of waste and water. Your best bet is to learn about your system, make note of your household’s water and waste habits, and then get on a regular maintenance schedule based on that information- whether that means getting your tank pumped every two years or every five years.

Septic tanks are built to act as a holding tank for solid waste and a treatment tank for liquid waste. They are an enclosed environment with a limited amount of volume. Over time, solid wastes will begin to build up in the bottom of the tank. As the level of solids increases, the available volume for waste that is entering the tank begins to decrease

As long as there are risers or the lids on the tank are exposed, it usually takes about 45 minutes to one hour to completely agitate and pump out a septic tank.

Not necessarily. As long as there are no gates or other structures impeding access, our drivers can get the whole job done without you being there. That being said, since we enjoy answering your questions and educating about septic care and maintenance, we would love if you were there during the service call!

Alarms go off for various reasons. It could be that the tank is full and needs to be pumped out; it could be that the pump is not working; or it could be that the floats are malfunctioning.

Risers provide a convenient access point to your septic tank when the need for maintenance and/or repairs arise. If a tank does not have risers, then anyone needing access to the tank will need to dig down until they reach the lid. This can be very inconvenient for the homeowner if they are digging it themselves, or it can add to the maintenance or repair costs if the homeowner hires someone else to do it.

An effluent filter is essentially the last line of defense your drain field has to keep solids from flowing into it. As effluent moves from the tank to the drain field, there is a chance that some solid particles could move along with it. The filter catches those particles and holds them until it is cleaned off. Septic systems that do not have an effluent filter have a much higher chance of drain field failure.

Filters should be cleaned off on an annual or semi-annual basis. Regular filter maintenance can give homeowners a pretty good idea of the overall condition of their septic system and whether or not there has been hydraulic overload of their system.

Grease traps should be pumped and inspected every year.

We sure do! We have serviced many of them in the area and have optional upgrades that can help extend the life of a grease trap and cut back on maintenance costs.

A Visual Inspection starts around $475 and a Comprehensive Inspection starts around $900. Location, size of system, and accessibility can all affect the price.

Septic systems are one of the most expensive parts of a home. Buyers rarely purchase without having the roof, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, etc, inspected because the cost and inconvenience to have those repaired or replaced is something no one wants to deal with after they buy a home. Many buyers don’t understand that a septic system that is failing or failed will cost even more to repair than most of the other things inspected in a “typical” home inspection. Knowledge is power, and it is always our goal to help a buyer gain that knowledge so they can make informed decisions.

We use a smaller truck to clean out RVs than we use for septic tanks. The vacuum pump on the smaller truck will not damage RV tanks.

Absolutely! Please give our office a call to get pricing and availability.

Yes and no. Septic systems are built for a specific number of occupants. Adding more bedrooms could mean the septic system is suddenly too small based on Montana DEQ standards. If a system is undersized for a home, but the number of occupants is only a couple of people, then the system function won’t be affected. If, however, the home goes up for sale later on and an inspection is done revealing the undersized system, this could affect the seller’s negotiating power in the transaction.

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