Cat Cans Owner, Matt Wallace is our Septic Expert. Matt has over 17 years of plumbing experience, and majored in Soil and Water Science at Kansas State University. You can rest assured that he will have your best interest in mind when evaluating your tank and recommending a service schedule. Our goal is to help you maintain your system for many years and to avoid costly repairs due to a failed system or messy backup.
We service the following areas and more: Manhattan, Wamego, Junction City, Fort Riley, Chapman, Abilene, Salina, Clay Center, Herington, Olsburg, Randolph.
Caring for a septic tank isn’t difficult. All it takes is a bit of knowledge and dedication, and you can extend the life of your system dramatically. By doing so, you can save yourself a great deal of hassle, money, as well as time. It is recommended that you have your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years. Let our experts help you care for your septic tank for many years to come.
Every time we pump your tank, we will perform an inspection. This inspection will include checking baffles, checking liquid level, checking field issues, checking the condition of the tank, cleaning the filter (if applicable) and checking that the lids are sealed.
We are also able to inspect your alternative system. This inspection is recommended to be done annually. An alternative system has more moving parts and needs more tlc. During this inspection we will clean filters, check electric parts, run a diagnostic test, check sludge level and recommend a pumping frequency.
Several of the counties we serve requires an inspection be done within at least one year of selling your home.
Are you concerned about tree roots or damage to your sewer line? Can’t find the access to your septic tank? Our sewer camera service will show you what is under the ground and can record the findings.
This tank had never been pumped. Neither the county or the homeowner knew where the tank was located. We were able to use our sewer camera and locator to locate the tank. The tank was 7 feet deep, so with our backhoe we were able to dig the tank. With the one stop service of locating, digging and pumping. All of this was able to be done on the same day.
Do you want to avoid having your yard dug up every time you need your septic tank pumped? We are able to install risers and lids, which bring the access of your septic tank to the surface. Having direct access prevents digging, allows immediate access if your tank is backing up, allows immediate access if your tank needs pumped when the ground is frozen. In a few of the counties we service, it is required by county code to have risers and lids installed when you sell your property.
Our installation expert has been installing tanks for over 25 years. We are able to determine the size of the septic tank that is needed for your house.
Is your field surfacing? There are a lot of reasons why your field may be giving you problems, do not just assume the worst. We are able to investigate what the problem may be. We can do this with our camera or with actually digging at the problem location. You may have a collapsed sewer pipe from your tank to your lateral field, or a tree root that is causing havoc, whatever the case may be our installation experts will diagnose the problem and recommend a solution for you.
There are several types of lateral fields that can be installed. The type and size of lateral field is determined by the soil conditions. Our installation experts will meet with you and do a soil profile test to determine the most affordable field for you. These images are of a bed system with drip field.
If you have enough acreage, you may choose to install a lagoon rather than a septic system. We are able to build the lagoon for you. We are also able to clean out a lagoon, if it has been taken over by trees and cattails.
Grease traps are passive devices required by municipalities to stop grease, fat, oil, wax or debris from entering the city’s sanitary sewer system.
Such materials cause blockages in the system, which cause backups and overflows. Traps are designed to separate greasy materials from wastewater so that they can be removed before they enter the sewer system.
All restaurants, caterers, school cafeterias and other commercial cooking facilities must avoid discharging grease into the municipal sewer system.
Grease traps must receive wastewater from all contributory sources, such as pot sinks, dishwashers, floor drains and mat washing area drains before draining to the sanitary sewer.
Grease traps are located either in the kitchen or outside underground. They range in size from 5 gallons to 2500 gallons. Grease traps should be pumped routinely to avoid any backup or overflow.
We are licensed to pump, inspect and maintain your grease trap.
The City of Manhattan has a Grease Trap Maintenance Permit Program. This program requires that commercial kitchens have their grease trap pumped at least every 6 months and inspected by a certified inspector annually.
We are able to pump, inspect and maintain records for your commercial kitchen.
We have built a dewatering facility which ensures that the grease trap waste is being disposed of in an environmentally safe way. Certified by KDHE.
We provide portable restroom rental for a construction site, your backyard bbq or your special event. Please select the Portable Facilities tab for detailed information about our units.
Are you looking for something more upscale than a traditional portable restroom? We have just the solution. Rent a portable restroom trailer for your next special event or to replace your facilities while they are under renovation. Please select the Portable Facilities tab for detailed information about our trailers.
It all depends on the size of your family. A family of 4 should have their tank pumped about every two –five years. Larger families should be pumped every year. Smaller tanks or troubled systems may require more frequent pumping.
You should not flush feminine hygiene products, paper towels, baby wipes, grease or cigarette butts. The basic rule of thumb is, “IF YOU DO NOT EAT IT FIRST, with the exception of toilet paper, DO NOT PUT IT DOWN THE DRAIN!”
In most cases it is too late to save a system after you have developed problems.
It is like changing the oil in your car after the engine has already blown up!
As far as the system is concerned, you are protecting the lateral field from the solids entering it. If the solids get in the lateral field, they can plug up the porous rocks that let the gray water absorb into the ground. The only place left for the water to go is right back into the house. This can be very costly, not to mention very messy.