Septic Pump Out Guide


Household waste from toilets, sinks, showers, washing machines, etc. goes into either a city/county sewer system or a septic system attached to each house. Out of sight, out of mind, is not a prudent way to handle waste. The septic system needs regular maintenance, just like gutters needs cleaning, siding/trim needs painting, lawns need mowing, etc.


The septic system contains two main parts: the septic tank and the soil drain field/leach field. The septic tank is basically a settling tank where the solids sink to the bottom and the water (effluent) goes to the drain field.


Certain types of bacteria normally live in the septic tank. These bacteria eat the solids and convert them into liquid and gas. In an efficiently operating system, up to 50% of the solids can be eaten by the bacteria. Because these bacteria eat waste, they cannot digest fresh fruits and vegetables, meat scraps, etc. normally put through a household garbage disposal. Therefore, more solids build up in the septic tank quicker in a home with a garbage disposal than in a home without one.


Eventually, the solids will build up. This can cause serious problems: house plumbing backs up; drain field gets clogged, which means finding a suitable site for a new drain field (not always an easy task); effluent drains to the surface of the ground; and effluent contaminates that households or a neighbors well water.


In this case, an ounce of prevention is certainly worth more than the pound of cure. What to do? Have a licensed pumper & hauler come and pump out the septic tank at least once every 5 years. Donald B. Hackler, REHS, Environmental Health Manager, Commonwealth of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson Health District was kind enough to provide a list of Sewage Handlers licensed in Nelson and Albemarle Counties. (Please see list.)


According Mr. Hackler, Most of these Sewage Handlers use the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority sewage treatment facilities in Charlottesville to dispose of the pumped material. For the handlers that are located around Waynesboro and Staunton they will use a permitted sewage treatment plant to dispose of the material in that area.




Nelson & Albemarle Co. Licensed Sewage Handlers


Absolute Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Inc. Bryant=s Septic Service

1701 Allied St. 4883 Lee-Jackson Hwy.

Charlottesville, VA 22903 Greenville, VA 24440


Mainline Solutions

Crozet Sanitary, Inc. 109 Commerce Rd.

P.O. Box 6915 Ruckersville, VA 22968

Charlottesville, VA 22906

434-981-0416 Roto Rooter

9836 Seminole Trail

Kingrea Septic Service Ruckersville, VA 22968

2565 Buck Island Rd.

Charlottesville, VA 22902 A & L Septic Service

434-295-4190 Rt. 2, Box 4779

Scottsville, VA 24590

R.W. Owen 434-286-4597

1314 Carlton Ave.

Charlottesville, VA 22902 J.C. Trash & Recycling Service

434-293-5738 6869 Albevanna Spring Rd.

Scottsville, VA 24590

Sanitary Septic Service 434-286-3769

2491 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy.

Charlottesville, VA 22902 KPD, Inc. dba Roto-Rooter

434-295-5450 66 International Ln.

Staunton, VA 24477

Speedy Rooter Plumbing & Drain

1438 Dudley Mountain Rd. Campbells Septic Tank Cleaning, Inc.

Charlottesville, VA 22903



Time Disposal Trash & Recycling Campbell=s Septic Tank Service

3890 Seminole Trail 771 Howardsville Tpk.

Charlottesville, VA 22911 Stuarts Draft, VA 24477



Cavalier Septic Service Crawford & Sons Septic Cleaning

6900 Blackwells Hollow Rd. Rt. 2, Box 770

Crozet, VA 22932 Troy, VA 22974

434-973-8160 434-589-2966


Rives Genry & Sons, Inc. Allied Ready Mix Co.

900 Madison Dr. P.O. Box 280

Earlysville, VA 22936 Waynesboro, VA 22980






This paper prepared by Diane L.W. Easley on June 27, 2002 for Friends Of Rockfish Watershed, P.O. Box 115, Lovingston, VA 22959, Web Site:


FOR Watershed seeks to safeguard the health, scenic beauty, and cultural heritage of the Rockfish River and its Watershed which includes both surface and ground waters.