Septic pumping is a job that can go one of two ways: poorly or well. With appropriate equipment that is well-maintained and right for the job, a job should be accomplished quickly and easily. When vehicle parts are not maintained or used properly, problems may happen. Other than the pumps, the main trouble with any new or used septic trucks that are part of a work fleet are the results of improper use and maintenance of the hoses.
Keeping Hoses Working
Naturally, a dirty suction line that is allowed to collect material inside it when not regularly and properly cleaned is going to have a problem siphoning anything. This problem is frequently experienced after purchasing used septic trucks as it is impossible to know if a previous owner cleaned the hoses correctly. At best, vacuuming could be inefficient; at its worst, it could stop altogether when the lines get clogged. The answer is to always keep hoses stored clean and empty, although there is a definite trick to doing this.
Normally, operators can clear out dirty suction lines by keeping the pump on even when done working in order to clear out any remaining material left in the hose when the pumps were shut down. Once there is nothing left to vacuum, the pumps will no longer suction as there is not a vacuum in the tank, although the tubes should be empty at that point.
After emptying the last contents from the hose itself into the tank, rinsing it out by vacuuming up a large amount of clean water is recommended. Once clean on the inside, the hoses are ready to be stored on the truck without leaving material in the line to dry and create an obstruction.
If vacuum pressure is insufficient when the tank being pumped is empty and material remnants sitting in the length of the hose cannot be vacuumed up, this might indicate an air leak somewhere along the length of the line, as the pump should not lose suction until the tube has been completely emptied. Closing the gate valve will allow more pressure to build up; when opened, it can then clear remaining debris from the passageways. If such options do not work, it is time to troubleshoot the lines for leaks as well as the pump and tank for pressure compatibility.
The extra effort to see that vacuum hoses are emptied and cleaned out at the job site, properly disconnected, and stored on the septic trucks is essential to keep those important passageways useable. Finishing any job with cleaning and caring for the equipment is the best thing for the equipment and shows customers a company and employees who care about work, equipment, and most of all doing a good job!
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