10 July 2017

What Does It Mean If You Have Full Septic Tank?

What does it meant to have a full septic tank? Could this cause issues to your system and property? Septic tanks, in general, stay filled to their normal liquid level, which is between 8 and 12 inches from the top of the tank. If the liquid level goes above the outlet pipe, or approaches the...
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30 June 2017

Top 4 Summertime Septic Tank Maintenance Tips

Summer is a time for vacations, backyard barbecues and relaxing by the pool – not the time you want to be worrying about your septic tank system. If you frequently entertain guests and have more people using your toilets, shower, dishwasher, washing machine, etc. then you may be unknowingly putting a strain on your septic...
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28 April 2017

Rainy Season Is Here! How Do Storms Impact Your Septic System?

  Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers, but did you know that April showers can greatly impact your septic system? After a heavy rain, septic problems can be common. Significant rainfall can quickly flood the ground around the lateral field leaving it saturated and making it impossible for water to flow out of...
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21 March 2017

Spring Is In The Air

With the birds chirping, trees budding, throats and eyes itching…spring is in the air! When you are making your spring cleaning to do list – do not forget about your septic tank!  We recommend having your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years…if you can’t remember how long it has been, it is probably safe to...
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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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