Grand Haven, MI Septic Tank Cleaning

Grand Haven, Michigan has a lot of sand, which is a great soil type to drain away water. A typical question I hear in Grand Haven. is, "We have sandy soil, so we should never have to have our septic tank cleaned, right?"  Well, while Grand Haven and the West Michigan lakeshore areas have great sandy soil that are excellent at draining away water, this statement is not true. Over time solids from the septic tank make it into the drainage area and clog up the holes in the drainage pipes and the stones surrounding them. The sand surrounding a failed drain field may still be clean and dry, but the water can't actually reach the clean sand to drain because the septic system was not properly maintained. This is what causes drain field failure and costly repairs. Septic tank pumping is a relatively inexpensive way to keep these solids in check in the septic tank and keep them out of the drain field.
Septic tanks come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending how old they are, but in Grand Haven modern septic tanks are pretty standard. They are usually 4-5 feet wide x 8-9 feet long x 5-6 feet deep. Each tank usually has 2 lids. One to access the inlet pipe and one to access the outlet baffle. These septic tank types are made out of concrete. Manufacturers make septic tanks a little differently depending on the shop, so every now and then you'll find one with just one lid in the middle. While most septic systems in Grand Haven, MI are buried about a foot on average, some are much deeper, while others may be flush with the ground. When septic tanks are unusually deep, sometimes a riser is installed over the access lid to make access to the tank easier for septic pumpers like me.

So, where is your septic tank? Most people either don't know or have a very vague idea. A good start is to go to your basement and look for the 4" pipe with the clean out cap. (a word to the wise, never remove that cap if you have a backup!) When you see where the pipe is exiting your house, you will know if your septic tank is in the front, side, or back yard. (Usually neighborhoods are done all the same, so if your neighbor's septic tank is in the front yard, then your septic tank should be too.) Next go outside. Usually the septic tank lines up with a vent on your roof. In Grand Haven, MI, septic tanks have to be a minimum of 10' from the basement and drain fields 50' from your well. Most septic tanks in Grand Haven are 15-20' away from your house straight out from the pipe that leaves your house, but obviously this can vary wildly depending on lot size, and many other factors. Sometimes during a dry spell, you can actually see exactly in the grass where the septic tank is because the grass is yellow. We get a to of snow in Grand Haven, so another good way to tell where your septic tank is located is by taking a picture in the winter where the snow always melts first. Or…..I can usually find it in a few minutes with my prod.

If you've ever had a neighbor who waited too long, you will know what a mess it is to replace a drain field. The yard, landscaping, irrigation, and sometimes trees have to be ripped out, not to mention the expense of replacing the septic field. Don't find out the hard way about maintaining your septic system. A properly maintained septic system will last a very long time. Call Miller Pumping today to schedule a pump out.

At Miller Pumping, we take pride in our community. We reside in West Michigan near Grand Haven and enjoy everything that this area has to offer. We enjoy the beautiful beaches, hiking trails, various farmers markets, blueberry and apple picking, local parades and countless other activities. To us, you are more than just a customer, you are our neighbors. We live here too and we care about keeping it clean. We are grateful for all our customers and look forward to serving you! 


Service Areas

Miller Pumping is based in West Michigan and services Grand Haven, MI, Holland, MI, Saugatuck, MI, Douglas, MI, and West Olive, MI, as well as Ottawa county, Northern Allegan county, the southern half of Muskegon county, and parts of Kent county.