Forum Title: Can i clean out my septic tank myself?
Tank has 3.5 feet of material in it... looks like roughly a 4x3 square structure. The top scum layer is like a foot thick, and it's almost physically impossible to break through it in some spots (its like a big heavy quilt). In the spots i was able to break through, i go down to the bottom of the tank and never feel a sludge layer. It seems to me that the scum layer is blocking the inlet and pretty much preventing anything from getting to the bottom. The bottom 'feels' pretty much liquid under the scum layer. I'm not afraid of sticking my arms down into the tank and pulling the scum layer out, if it would save me $400. A. Is it feasible to just pull the scum layer out by hand? B. If so, is there somewhere i can dispose of it? Like put it in big contractor trash bags or something and take it to the city dump or somewhere that would accept it?
Category: Plumber Post By: TINA SULLIVAN (Hawthorne, CA), 06/27/2017

You are kidding right? Your tank cleaners pay a fee for proper disposal. Not to mention doing it the way you want to is like a major health hazard and you could potentially DIE.

- DIANNE OCONNOR (Chapel Hill, NC), 09/25/2017

P.S. I know this is probably an odd question, but it seems like it wouldnt be that difficult of a job. I bet i could have all of the scum layer out, and in trashbags, in about 30 minutes (unless im underestimating how difficult it would be). Disposing of it would be the trickier part, so thats why im wondering if there is a facility that would accept it, or if there is any other way to dispose of it.

- VIRGINIA KING (Norfolk, VA), 09/27/2017

Quote: Originally Posted by tireshark P.S. I know this is probably an odd question, but it seems like it wouldnt be that difficult of a job. I bet i could have all of the scum layer out, and in trashbags, in about 30 minutes (unless im underestimating how difficult it would be). Quote: Originally Posted by SHEPLMBR You are kidding right? Your tank cleaners pay a fee for proper disposal. Not to mention doing it the way you want to is like a major health hazard and you could potentially DIE. I don't think he is. I guess once he picks the scum layer off, he will suck and spit the effluent out (or siphon with a hose - try not to swallow) so that he can dig the sludge out by hand...

- IRENE WATSON (Dothan, AL), 10/09/2017

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