How to Start a Septic Tank Business

There are many things to consider before investing your hard-earned money into the septic tank business. There is a lot of hardware and machinery needed; as with filling out tons of paperwork. Here are the things you need to know before starting your septic tank business.

The septic tank business is very closely tied to sewage treatment or domestic wastewater treatment.

Before you endeavor to enter the field of septic tank business, you must at least acquaint yourself with proper wastewater treatment. There are very strict laws (local government, federal, environmental) regarding the installation of one septic tank. lots of paperwork awaits you should finally decide to go full time into the septic tank business.

Some of the permits needed to be cleared are septic, (water) well, and zoning permit. There may also be a series of certifications you need to acquire from your state’s Planning Office or the like.

Septic tanks come in all sizes and shapes. Some septic tank businesses create their own tanks. Others have a steady supplier they can rely on. In any event, you may want to decide early on if you would like to make the tanks yourself or not. If not, then it is advisable to find suppliers that can assure you of quality at a price which you can afford.

Passing the bulk of the expenses to your potential customers may seem like a good alternative, but it will not net you much profit in the end. Remember that you are running this as a business venture – so quality coupled with affordability will help you find more customers through referrals.

Primarily, the “type” of the septic tank needed should fit the home owner’s requirements, the underground system, and the land area. Knowledge of local geography and underground resources is more than necessary, so as to secure the tank for a long period of time.

A septic tank is but one component of a septic system. It is, however, the most important of all other components; these components may include the installation of alarms, clarified liquid effluent disposal means (septic drain field), peat moss beds, ponds, pumps, and/or sand filters. With some systems, aerobic systems called bio-filters are not only necessary but mandated by the law.

The installation process needs heavy machinery for digging through the soil and the actual placing of the tank. Unless you already have heavy machinery stored and locked up in your basement, renting one out for specific projects may prove more economical. That is if the company hiring the machines out to you are dependable. Try to find one company from which you can borrow digging equipment: preferably one that can accommodate your requests on a short-notice basis – just in case something undesirable turns up in a project.

Homeowners are likely to pay for their septic tank installation with several thousands of dollars. They would want value for their money.

An improper installation of the septic tank can cause many inconveniences to the homeowner. It can also wreak havoc on the environment. Pollutants inside the tanks may leak into the surrounding soil contaminating everything it touches. Some of these pollutants may include ammonia, carbon dioxide, methane, and sulfate-based toxic gas. Contaminated soil can become oversaturated with phosphate, which in turn can cause eutrophication of the surface water.

Eutrophication is when there is an abundant accumulation of nutrients in the surface water that algae and other microscopic organisms eventually clog the shallow waters. This depletes the oxygen in the water, which in turn, makes the water inhospitable to any life form.

In other highly populated areas, groundwater pollution may occur after a badly installed septic tank, contaminating all sources of drinking or tap water.


  • dennis said on July 24, 2010
    i want to open my own business as a Septic Tank Cleaning Services in sydney, please advice me who do i go to and to apply for that i have knowledge of cleaning, always want to do this business is there is department to apply for, also is there are company that they can employ me or to do subcontract using my own transport septic tank i am willing to buy these tanks and start my own business please help out
  • scott said on September 16, 2010
    Hi,i want to start the septic water tank cleaning company. I would like to know the equipments needed and where can i get the complete project report for this.
  • Pat said on September 17, 2010
    Considering starting up a Septic Cleaning Service, would like to know info on how to get started as well as steps to take with local/ state gov. Thanks Pat
  • jeff said on September 20, 2010
    I want to start septic tank cleaning service in my area (western Michigan). I am interested local laws and regulations regarding this type of business. Also if there are any recommended business models to follow. thanks jeff
  • elaine puebla said on December 3, 2010
    i need to know where do i go, and what do i need, to start my own septic- vacuum only business, i only want to suck out the waste only, so if you can help me or point me in the write direction thank you, la- joya texas
  • Lisa Baxter said on December 27, 2010
    I want to start my own septic tank business. I only want to inspect and pump out the tanks. I would really appreciate any information. Thanks Lisa
  • Pam Padgett said on January 17, 2011
    My husband and I are wanting to start up our own septic tank "pump out" business. I only want to do pump outs. I am "NOT" interested in installing complete septic tank and field drain systems. How do I get started? What certification and permits are needed? Perry, Florida- Taylor County
  • Kevin Ogletree said on March 8, 2011
    I'm from Dayton, OH and I want to pump out my tank and store it till I can have some one clean it out. Is it ways that I can go about doing that? Having to always have money aside to get the tank pumped out is a must, but lets be honest; I dont always have it..
  • Greta vagl said on March 10, 2011
    I am looking for start septic cleaning business in Quebec , how to do it? Thank you!
  • chris said on November 28, 2011
    I want to start a septic clean out company ( clean out only ) what do I need to know. I'm in the Central New York / Oswego County areas.
  • George said on February 16, 2012
    I'm wanting to start up my own septic tank "pump out" business. I only want to do pump outs. I am "NOT" interested in installing complete septic tank and field drain systems. How do I get started? What certification and permits are needed? George, Houston, Tx in the harris, montgomery, waller counties
  • Phil Lekas said on April 20, 2012
    Wanting to start a septic cleaning business, just want to clean them, but not install them, In northern Illinois, what do I need to do, or whom to call?
  • paul said on May 21, 2012
    I am looking for any information available to start up a septic tank pumping business in Northern MI.
  • Traci Russell said on June 12, 2012
    Okanagan region, British Columbia, Canada. How do I go about starting a septic cleaning/pumping business in BC? Thx
  • mike mason said on July 22, 2012
    what all do i need to become a septic tank cleaner. i only want to buy 1 truck and pump out tanks and work alone can u help?
  • Stuart said on July 26, 2012
    Hi, I am located in South Texas and want to start a septic evacuation and cleaning service. What will my requirements be in terms of license or permits and equipment?
  • Melody said on August 9, 2012
    HELP! Advice Needed: I have a neighbor who has a septic business, parks his truck on his personal property,(Residential Area)And has SEVERAL holding tanks in the rear of his property! For yrs. he has been pumping WASTE into these holding tanks! Ewww I Can Not stand the Smell anymore!!! DEM has been informed. What else can be done? This can not be right or safe
  • mike said on October 11, 2012
    Ont. Canada. Mississauga looking for work in Mississauga or Toronto Need Work!!!!
  • sello papo said on December 4, 2012
    sello papo south africa. hi am living in south africa i have been doing research on septic tank business, where am staying is rural area and in most local municipality cant bring essential services to the people, so i need advice, help in starting this business if possible companies who would like to invest in this business.
  • timothy foster said on February 25, 2013
    I use to help my uncle on septic for a long time as a helper and learn how do do it
  • may musetsi said on March 14, 2013
    hi I want to venture into this business of septic tank cleaning services and I do not have funds but since there is some financial institutions available to assist that is not a problem, but I need a convincing business plan. Please help me with business plan template. from Bloemfontein, South Africa.
  • Jake Ramsey said on April 1, 2013
    I am in Huntsville, TX and wanting to start a septic tank pump out only business. What permits or License do I need?
  • CARL JOHNSON said on July 18, 2013
    I want to open my own business as a Septic Tank Cleaning Services in , please advice me on how I ought to go about starting the business, what to expect starting out, and what are the basic tools that I need to commence. Thank you! CARL JOHNSON
  • Keith said on July 29, 2013
    I was considering starting a septic clean out business in Virginia. Just thinking about buying a truck.. May have opportunity to buy a plant that turn waste to compost.. Plant been down a couple of years. What permits would I need just to buy truck..
  • WD said on September 30, 2013
    I am needing to know everything i need to get started in cleaning septic systems as far as laws and licenses thanks.
  • Jeff said on November 11, 2013
    I would like info on septic cleaning only, licensing and so on, thank you
  • Mike said on April 19, 2014
    I want to start a pumping business in Maryland. I need to know the fees for dumping at the waste water Plants. Also I would like to know cost for permits and any license fees I should know about. What is the best or least expensive way to dump septic waste. Mike C
  • Jerry moore said on May 10, 2014
    I would like information on starting a business of pumping out septic systems
  • Thato said on June 20, 2014
    Hi, I would like to start a septic tank cleaning business in south Africa , what's the latest system I could go for in order to be the best in the battlefield
  • Chase carpenter said on September 15, 2014
    Hi am in Stephenville, TX and wanting to start a septic tank pump out only business. What permits or License do I need?
  • louis said on September 25, 2014
    Hi, i would like to start my septic tank installation business in north Carolina usa . Where do i need to go to get all the permits and what certifications do i need to get in order to open my business. Thank you. ..
  • Raynor said on February 3, 2015
    Would like to know the process in order to open a septic cleaning in Littleton NC 27850
  • enock atchor said on August 21, 2015
    A business plan of a water tank cleaning service in Ghana-Accra, West Africa.
  • Tonyua said on January 3, 2017
    Hi my husband and i are interested in starting up a septic tank cleaning business. He has worked for a plumbing and septic company for over 12yrs as a tech cleaning out grease traps and septic tanks involving some small plumbing task.. We are very interested in opening our own co.. Please advice us on where and what permits and licensing needed
  • Penelope said on January 30, 2017
    @may musetsi how do i contact you?
  • James said on June 26, 2019
    Hi am in Caldwell, TX, and want to start a septic tank pump-out-only business. What permits or licenses do I need?
  • Jason said on October 6, 2019
    I am very serious about starting to pump out grease traps and septic tanks. I live in Louisiana and I have a plumbing business. I am a single dad trying to take care of 2 kids my mother and grandmother. Could you point me in the direction to find out the correct equipment I need?


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