Septic Tank Pumping

Podgurski Corporation

Regular Septic Tank Pumping

The best way to protect your septic system – and avoid the inconvenience of backups – is regular scheduled pumping. Our trained septic specialist will bring state-of-the-art equipment to your home and:

  • Remove solid and liquid waste from your tank(s) and transport them away to a safe and legal disposal site.
  • Inspect your system to determine the need for chemical treatment, pipe clearing or other repairs or preventive measures.
  • Cover your tank(s) to ensure safety and environmental protection.

See our Yearly Program Reminder Program

Emergency Septic Tank Pumping

Any time your system becomes sluggish or backed up and you need emergency service, you can count on Podgurski.

How does a Septic System work?

A septic system is a small scale sewage treatment system common in areas with no connection to main sewerage pipes. The term “septic” refers to the anaerobic bacterial environment that develops in the tank and which decomposes or mineralizes the waste discharged into the tank.

A septic tank is generally connected to the inlet wastewater pipe at one end and to a septic drain field at the other. Wastewater enters the tank, allowing solids to settle and scum to float. The settled solids are aerobically digested, reducing the volume of solids. The liquid component flows through a dividing wall into a second chamber where further settlement takes place.

Waste that is not decomposed by the anaerobic digestion eventually has to be removed from the septic tank or else the septic tank fills up. How often the septic tank has to be emptied depends on the volume of the tank relative to the input of solids, the amount of indigestible solids and the ambient temperature.

How to avoid problems with your Septic System

  • Excessive dumping of cooking oils and grease can fill up the upper portion of the septic tank and can cause the inlet drains to block. Oils and grease are often difficult to degrade and can cause odor problems and difficulties with the period emptying.
  • Flushing non-biodegradable hygiene products (i.e. sanitary napkins, diapers, etc.) will rapidly fill or clog a septic tank and these materials should not be disposed of in this way.
  • The use of garbage disposals or other waste macerators for disposal of waste food will increase rapid overload of the system and may cause early system failure or problems. Each family should decide whether to use a disposal understanding the possible risks to their septic system.
  • Certain cleaning chemicals may damage the working of a septic tank especially pesticides, herbicides, materials with high concentrations of bleach or caustic soda (lye) or any other inorganic materials such as paints, solvents etc.
  • Roots from trees and shrubbery growing above the tank or the drain field may clog and or rupture them.
  • Playgrounds and storage buildings may cause damage to a tank and the drainage field. In addition, covering the drainage field with an impervious surface or hard-standing will seriously affect its efficiency.

We can inspect underground pipes and drains – with a specially constructed high-power, state-of-the-art camera and self-contained lighting system.

  • No disturbing lawns, driveways, patios or buildings
  • We can precisely locate leaks, blockages or damage
  • Repairs, if necessary, can be done with minimal impact to surrounding areas – and sometimes without even exposing the pipes.
  • A video can be made available to show the homeowner our findings and recommendations.

Small Diameter Inspection

The RIDGID COLOR MINI-SEESNAKE PLUS is a tough, small diameter push camera capable of navigating multiple 2 inch 90 degree turns and 3 inch P-Traps. Built-in transmitter works with RIDGID SCOUT


  • Line Capacity: 1.25 to 6 in
  • Maximum Run: 200 ft
  • Operating Temperature: 14° to 122°F

The CUES camera head has advanced electronics to ensure well lit and upright video capture. We are able to find issues with small diameter pipes very quickly with minimal disruption of floors and lawns.

Pipe Locating

The RIDGID NAVITRACK SCOUT is a very recent advance in pipe location technology. Using multiple receivers, this equipment models the 3D magnetic field allowing for precise location and depth readings.


  • Multi-directional antenna and easy to read display make locating cameras and remote transmitters fast, easy and accurate.
  • Scout allows you to walk to the target by maximizing signal strength. The nulls and false peaks that make other locators difficult have been eliminated.
  • Digital signal strength and mapping display confirm location of target. Battery strength and frequency selection are also displayed.
  • Automatically calculates depth down to 20 feet when over the target.

Snaking Camera for Small Diameter Inspection

The Ridgid Color Mini-Seesnake Plus is a tough, small diameter push camera capable of navigating multiple 2 inch 90 degree turns and 3 inch P-Traps.

Features and Benefits

  • Built-in transmitter
  • Line Capacity: 1.25 to 6 inches
  • View up to 200 feet of pipe

There’s something wrong inside your pipe. Where is it? What is it? How bad is it?:all a mystery, unless you have a way to get into the pipe and see it…

Now you do. Any size pipe from less than 2 inches to over 8 feet in diameter. Now, using state-of-the-art miniature video technology, we can locate all of these:

  • Leaks
  • Breaks
  • Inflow
  • Blockages
  • Roots
  • Bends
  • Clogs
  • Buildup

Introducing The Jumbo Cam System – the most complete, most advanced video inspection service ever assembled. It is a non-invasive video diagnostic service for virtually any sewer or catch basin system.

The Jumbo Cam Mobile Video Diagnostic Center is actually a TV studio and data center on wheels. Once at your site, we can inspect even the largest underground pipes and drains without having to do any digging – with a specially constructed, high-power, state-of-the-art camera and self-contained lighting system sufficient to illuminate pipes of as much as 8 feet or more in diameter and up to mile long.

In addition to high-resolution video images, the system produces computerized color printouts of the system in diagram form. In combination with Podgurski’s JumboJet Vactor Combo truck, the Jumbo Cam allows complete diagnostic and servicing for:

  • Municipal & Commercial sewers, water mains and storm drain
  • Commercial septic systems
  • New construction or renovation
  • Condos, hotels and apartment complexes

Podgurski owns the very powerful and accurate “GraniteXP Software” for monitoring video feeds from our Pipe Video Inspection Tools. We run it right inside our Mobile Vans in the field so we can find and fix problems faster than our competition!

The Jumbo Cam System begins with Granite XP comprehensive data collection and management software by CUES offering unmatched flexibility and customization. Built using contemporary Microsoft Visual Studio technologies and designed with an asset-based architecture, Granite XP allows us to navigate to any pipe segment or manhole and view all inspections.

Because this is the database structure on which asset management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are built, data integration is seamless.

CUES Software Features & Benefits

  • Includes powerful and flexible Quick Find and Filter capabilities that allow you to search the Granite XP database for desired inspection record(s) based on specific criteria – important for utilities that need to prioritize rehabilitation plans for an effective CMOM program.
  • Ability to import ESRI asset data into Granite XP from a master GIS database
  • Standard and custom reports can be saved in PDF, HTML, or ASCII file format and can be emailed from Granite XP
  • Export data in multiple formats including Oracle, SQL, Access, PACP, WRc Sewer.dat, Sewer1.dat, Hansen, Azteca Cityworks, WinCan and ASCII
  • Powerful search using keywords and filtering capabilities by projects, assets, inspections, and observations
  • Pluggable architecture for extensions development without re-architecting or changing the entire application Perform reverse setups in a single inspection, “upstream against the flow” or “downstream with the flow” to display upstream and downstream observations on the same inspection
  • View live video and images simultaneously or select an observation on the pipe graph to access that precise point in a MPEG I, II & IV video instantly
  • We can provide detailed reports for diagnosis and repair and for reportage compliance. In full color, in video (VHS or DVD), on paper, or in any of a variety of digital formats.

The Jumbo Cam, the video diagnostic system that offers a close-up, full-color, live (and VHS or CD recordable) video view of any sewer, water or storm drain pipe up to an amazing 100 inches in diameter and up to 4,000 feet long.

“Mudmaster” Equipment

The Mudmaster is a camera transporter that’s specifically designed with the necessary weight, power, speed, high clearance, and all wheel drive for pipelines ranging from 24″ to 200″. The Mudmaster combines high ground clearance with pneumatic tires to provide the traction and camera stability that’s required for operation under the most adverse pipeline conditions including high flow, deep mud, sand and large amounts of debris. Optional tandem wheels are available.

The Mudmaster can turn 360 degrees within its own radius and traverse pipelines with multiple 45 and 90-degree bends. The waterproof remote operated camera lift can be inserted through a 19″ diameter manhole with the camera in the lowest position to preclude the operator from confined space entry. This rugged all wheel drive robot can traverse up to 2500 ft. depending on pipe conditions and can operate all CUES cameras, including OZ (Optical Zoom Pan and Tilt), and Night Lite pan and tilt. Its unique portable joystick stick controller enables the operator to control all transporter, camera, and camera lift functions with one hand.

  • Four or eight (tandem) wheels provide greater traction in all types of pipe, under all conditions
  • Matched weight and power to maximize efficiency and capability
  • Simple dual wheel installation and captured hardware
  • Remote operated adjustable camera lift
  • Can inspect 24″ through 200″ lines; up to 2500 ft. runs
  • All wheel forward and reverse drive
  • Rugged, durable and sealed to eliminate water intrusion
  • 255 watt light system, variable, adjustable, 3 lamps
  • Stable wheel base, Steerable Mudmaster camera carrier
  • Power forward, power reverse, and freewheel reverse
  • Operates with all CUES cameras
  • Flight stick controller to control the transporter and camera movements with one hand
  • Mudmaster power control unit
  • Eight (8) 10.5″ diameter semi-pneumatic tires
  • Can turn 360 degrees and traverse pipelines with multiple 45 and 90-degree bend

In addition to high-resolution video images, the system produces computerized color printouts of the system in diagram form. In combination with Podgurski’s JumboJet Vactor Combo truck, the Jumbo Cam allows complete diagnostic and servicing for:

  • Municipal & Commercial sewers, water mains and storm drains
  • Commercial septic systems
  • New construction or renovation
  • Condos, hotels and apartment complexes

Video System Specifications

  • On screen accurate footage
  • On screen inclinometer
  • Pan-and-tilt adjustable focus color camera for fully directional and clear view at all times
  • Configurable from 6 to 60 inch diameter pipe
  • Fully steerable in forward & reverse
  • Fully submersible to 30 meters
  • Transmitter/receiver for location with RIDGID SCOUT
  • 1300 foot range with 2 access points, 650 foot with 1 access point
  • Automatic motorized cable reel for easy insertion and removal
  • Can be made portable for facilities work
  • Floatation raft for large diameter charged pipelines

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