Uncover the manhole for the septic tank system. Depending on the homeowners preference, a septic tank manhole can be buried under several inches of dirt, covered by a hatch, or may be exposed to the air.
Back the holding tank trailer as close to the septic tank manhole as possible. Try to find a path that is free of shrubbery, garden boxes, or permanent structures that the pump hose may have to go over or around.
Uncoil the pump line from the side of the holding tank trailer and connect one end to the inlet on the holding tank.
Place the end of the pump line into the septic tank. Allow the line to sink to the bottom of the septic tank.
Turn on the pump and hold onto the line to prevent it from coming out of the septic tank.
Things You Will Need
- Septic tank
- Holding tank trailer
- To protect the lawn from tire marks, place planks along the path for the holding tank trailer to drive.
- Check with city guidelines regarding the removal of sewage from a septic tank. The local government or hazardous waste management may require forms or notification when pumping a septic tank.