28 December 2016

How to Protect Your Septic System During Freezing Temperatures

What causes septic system freezing problems Freezing temperatures can cause various components of your septic system to freeze up. The most vulnerable areas of your septic system are the pipes leading from the house into the septic tank. Often leaky water fixtures such as faucets and toilets create a constant low flow of water that...
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15 August 2016

How to Help Your Septic System

If you have a septic system, there are some things you can do to help it perform its best over time.  For instance, did you know that using liquid laundry detergent is better than the powdered version?  There’s clay in powdered detergents, and it can plug up the disposal area.  Also, avoid putting extreme amounts...
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30 March 2016


Right now, as I am writing this, we just received two phone calls with customers having major issues with their septic systems.  A combination of rain and deferred maintenance have resulted in nightmare situations.  What do I have to tell them when the septic tank is full and the lateral field is fully saturated?…NO FLUSHING,...
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18 February 2016

Love is in the air!

We hope you all had a great weekend celebrating Valentine’s Day!  February is a month for paying tribute to love and liquid waste.  Those go together, right?  (They do in our household!)  Well maybe not in a traditional sense, but our customers definitely loved us for the pumping and installing jobs we provided!  In return...
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24 September 2015

Where has the time gone?

September 2010 is when our first load of portable restrooms were picked up.  We had 30 units and a pump truck purchased within about 8 days of “thinking” about this new adventure! Adolfson & Peterson, the construction company that was doing work at Manhattan High School, was our first customer.  The job superintendent told me...
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24 June 2015


ANNOUNCEMENT! Kansas Pumping Services, Tod Hettenbach has been providing pumping services around North Central Kansas for the last 15 years. Cat Cans is proud to announce that Tod and his two septic trucks have joined the Cat Cans family! We welcome Tod, Leesa and Tanner to our family business! Cat Cans Portable Services will continue...
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25 February 2015

If you can’t remember…IT’S BEEN TOO LONG!

If you can’t remember the last time you had your septic tank pumped…most likely it has been too long!! We recommend having your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years.  The pumping frequency depends on the size of your tank and number of people living in your house. How do you know if your tank needs...
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21 October 2014


The holidays are a time of joy as family and friends come into your home to celebrate being together.  You may have even begun planning Thanksgiving dinner, but is your septic system ready to handle the holidays? Burning the turkey can throw a monkey wrench in to dinner plans (cue the pizza delivery guy) but...
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23 September 2014

SepticSmart Week September 22-26, 2014

Cat Cans Portable Services of Manhattan will join forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its 2nd Annual SepticSmart Week, September 22-26, to promote proper maintenance techniques for home and business septic tanks and drainfields. Failure to maintain and service a home’s septic system can lead to system backups and overflows, which can...
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04 September 2014

KSU Football

Saturday August 30, 2014 marked the kickoff of the 2014 season of K-State Football!!  What a beautiful night for football and a Cats win!!! This season marks the third season that Cat Cans has been providing the portable restrooms for KSU Football and surrounding parking lots. Our football kick off begins the week before the...
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