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Pump-out Frequency Table


500

750

1000

1250

1500

5

1

1

3

4

5

4

1

2

4

5

6

3

1

2

5

6

7

2

2

4

6

7

8

1

3

5

7

8

8

Key:

Septic tank size (in gallons)

Household size (people)

Pumping frequency (years)

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How to Identify Your Tank

Over the years, I've run into several styles of concrete septic tanks. The images I've created below should help you locate and identify what tank you have and where the cleanout hatches are. This is only a guide and there are other styles out there. These are just the most common types I see. There are also a few different configurations of metal and poly tanks as well. That page will be coming up in the near future.

Good luck,
-Dennis Hubbs


P&S 2-compartment
PS 2comp1000

(10' length) This tank was manufactured by P&S concrete in North Chittenango, NY. The original style hasn't changed other than an upgrade from thin wire handles to heavy wire. Commonly used from 1980-present.

Deal's Precast 2-

compartment
Deal's 2comp1000

(10'6" length) This tank was manufactured by Deal's Precast in Vernon Center, NY. We've been installing this style tank from 1995-present.

Sunnycrest 1-

compartment
Sunnycrest1000 A

(8' length) This tank was manufactured by Sunnycrest Precast in Auburn, NY. This tank has been referred to as the "Dean Hubbs tank" due to the nearly exclusive local use by our company for many years. We installed enormous quantities of these tanks from 1978-1993

Sunnycrest 1-

compartment
Sunnycrest1000 B

(8' length) This tank was manufactured by Sunnycrest Precast in Auburn, NY. We installed these tanks from 1993- 1995

P&S 1-compartment
PS 1comp1000

(8' length) This tank was manufactured by P&S concrete in North Chittenango, NY. Style wasn't changed for many years other than an upgrade from thin wire handles to heavy wire. Rarely used from 1980 (to around) 2000. For the last few years they've been using round green plastic riser covers.

SOB 1000
Attached baffle 1000

(8' length) This tank is responsible in part for my ailing back. The manufacturer cast the baffles onto the lids! When the unsuspecting worker attempts to lift the cover, he gets about 12 inches of lift and only then does he realize the assumed 30 lb cover is actually 100 lbs! It is common for these baffles to break off (easily repaired).

Old style A
Old Style A

(8' length) If your home was built in the 1960's and the contractor installed a concrete tank instead of metal, you probably have this tank in your lawn. The end covers come off and are VERY heavy and fragile. This one also has a 24" center cover.

Old style B
Old Style B

(8' length) Another version of the 1960's tank is nearly identical to "style A" without the handy center cover. Styles "A and B" were both notorious for outlet baffle "rot-off" (easily repaired).

Old style C Old Style C

(8' length) Yet another version of the 1960's tank is nearly identical to "styles A and B" only in addition to the end covers, there are two more larger removable sections.


It should be noted that all three styles "A, B, and C" were optionally available with knock-out plugs on the inlet and/or outlet covers. Many homeowners have these broken out for use as a cleanout and some even have a pipe installed as a riser to bypass the trouble of removing the large cover. Just so you know, the smaller the opening for a cleanout, the less sludge a pumper will be able to remove. It is advisable to remove at least one large cover on any tank to get a thorough pump job.

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