Septic Tank and Emptying and Cleaning

Clearing things out…

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Septic tank emptying is carried out by an expert team from your local Lanes depot, using a combination of powerful vacuumation and tankering equipment, as well as our status as registered waste handlers to empty septic tanks efficiently and responsibly.

…And cleaning them up.

Alongside our regular septic tank and cesspit emptying service, we offer septic tank cleaning. This is where we jet vac all of the lines into the tank, check the soakaway and, if necessary, clear any debris around it – resorting to a man-entry clean if necessary.

Preventing the worst from happening.

Reduce the likelihood of encountering septic tank blockages and other issues by only ever flushing pee, poo and paper down the toilet. That means no sanitary products, food waste, fats, oils or anything else – even aggressive cleaning products can have a negative impact. Seek manufacturer’s advice before attempting DIY septic tank cleaning.

For a free quotation call us on 808-883-2400 or use our online enquiry form.

Beware of Contaminated Drainage

Hazardous waste is a very real problem in today’s society. Often derived from the byproducts of commercial and industrial applications, this refuse can present some very real health hazards. What sorts of waste can be encountered?

Types of Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste can generally be classified into a number of unique categories. These include:

  • Construction waste
  • Recyclable and packaging waste
  • Electronic waste
  • Vehicular and oil-based waste
  • Health and medical-related waste

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Examples of construction waste can be treated woods containing dangerous substances, materials such as insulation, coal tar products, metals such as mercury or sodium and unused cement. Substances present within these materials can include carcinogenic compounds such as asbestos. Handling or inhaling any dust can present very real health issues.


Recyclables that contain residues such as a volatile organic compounds (VOC) can likewise prove to be hazardous. Ingestion will pose health risks while the flammable nature of such materials is a very real danger if not disposed of properly.


Batteries that contain substances such as lead or mercury can have grave health and environmental risks if these metals are exposed or the units themselves leak. Lithium-ion variants can actually be explosive if they come in contact with moisture. Many other devices also contain materials that can pose personal risks. Examples can be used laptops, discarded televisions, cooling agents containing Freon and printed circuit boards.


All vehicular oils and lubricants are considered hazardous; particularly if they are mixed together. Also, car batteries contain sulfuric acid which poses the threat of burns and even an explosion. Petrol is an obvious concern, air bags that were not deployed could explode and all contaminated components likewise are considered to pose a risk.


Medical waste is a final concern. Blood and other bodily fluids may transmit diseases., and discarded needles and other instruments can be contaminated with such substances. Hygiene waste products are also quite dangerous; there are always possible mutagenic, carcinogenic and reproductive concerns here. Laboratory chemicals and certain radioactive substances (such as those used in specific imaging machines) are very real threats to be taken seriously.

Proper Mitigation and Disposal

All of these categories must be dealt with by trained professionals in the waste disposal industry.

Bobs Pumping are fully equipped to handle the removal of contaminated waste from drainage systems. From unblocking drains and high-pressure jetting to CCTV inspection services, commercial and industrial customers can rest assured that we are able to tackle even the most daunting disposal challenges.

The Bob’s Pumping Doesn’t Just Pump. We also provide Service and Repair

Septic system problems never happen at a good time so when you need emergency septic system pumping and repairs, The Bob’s Pumping is in service 24/7 in Waimea, Kamuela and many more areas of Hawaii Island. For residential and commercial customers, The Bob’s Pumping not only pumps away your septic system problems, but also call us for:

Design, installation and repair of septic systems

Weeping bed repairs and replacement

Cesspool pumping

Water and sewer hook-ups

Video Camera Inspection

Drain Cleaning

Commercial holding tanks

Maintenance and Treatment

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Licensed for Inspections with Free On-Site Consultations

Protect your family’s health and avoid expensive repairs. For repairs, replacements and new septic systems, The Bob’s Pumping assures competitive pricing for all of our services for new construction or existing homes and businesses. Call us for your free on-site consultation and estimate.

Friendly Weekend and Same-Day Service at the Best Prices

The Bob’s Pumping promises the best prices for complete septic and sewer system services. Look for our famous Bob’s pumping for weekend and same-day service. Call in the morning and our technicians will show up at your home or business exactly when promised. The Bob’s Pumping usually schedules inspections, consultations and estimates no more than 2 days in advance.

So call us for prompt service.

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What You Should Know About Large Commercial Septic Systems

A commercial septic system can be massive. Around Kamuela, Waimea, other places of Huwaii Islands and many commercial systems are processing large amounts of waste water every day. These systems have to be large in order to handle the amount of waste water that moves through them. These systems can work for large office buildings, schools, hospitals, and practically any type of facility. If the facility isn’t tapped into a municipal wastewater system, a commercial septic system is the way to go.

Commercial Septic Systems Installation

Bobs Pumping has extensive experience in the installation of commercial septic systems. These systems can take a while to install because they require a lot of ground moving and large tanks, and there may be a need for multiple tanks. This also means that large drain fields have to be established. There is also permitting involved, as well as district EPA regulations to comply with. Once finished, the system has to be inspected.

Maintaining Commercial Septic Systems

While the installation is highly involved, maintenance should be, as well. The last thing that a school or hospital needs is sewage backing up into the halls. This causes a health hazard, and the mess can be quite large. Through regular maintenance, problems can be avoided and the system can last as long as possible. A system that lasts for a long time is a system that saves money. It’s all about giving you what you need when you need it, so your septic system operates the way it should.

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Maintaining Your Septic All year Round

Maintaining your property’s septic isn’t one of the most glamorous or enjoyable tasks associated with home ownership, but taking time to keep on top of things now can help prevent serious problems and costly repairs or replacement jobs at a later date. Here are some simple ways in which you can keep your gutters running smoothly and address any issues as soon as they appear.

Check Your Septic Regularly

The best time to check your septic functions is during heavy rain. Head outside and walk around your entire property, carefully looking at every section of guttering and keeping an eye out for leaks or overflowing sections. Simple leaks can often be repaired by a competent, but serious damage might mean the entire section needs replacing. If you notice any overflowing, a blockage is the most likely cause, so check it out when the rain stops. Check downpipes if there is no sign of a debris build-up in the gutters themselves, as larger objects or heavy build-ups can clog the downpipe.

It’s also important to regularly check you’re septic in dry conditions. Watch for cracks, loose joints, rust and any damage to the fixings that secure your guttering to your property walls.

Keeping your septic Clean

Septic are notorious for collecting build-ups of dirt, leaves and other debris. The damp conditions of guttering are also the perfect breeding ground for moss. As you can’t see into your guttering from the ground, you’ll need to head up a ladder to inspect and clear your gutters. The level of debris you can expect to find will vary hugely depending on where you live. If you’re in a greener environment with lots of plants and trees, you will find your gutters fill up with leaves far more quickly than in more urban areas. Don a sturdy pair of gloves, grab a heavy duty bin bag and scoop out any dirt and debris from your gutters regularly to keep them functioning satisfactorily.

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Rain affecting your septic tank? We can help!

This is a great time of year for many reasons, but one major downside is the unpredictable California weather.  Each year we’re told we’re going to get the coldest, hardest winter we’ve seen in decades….and yet all we seem to get is a whole load of rain.  Torrential downpours and flooding seem much more likely these days than a white Christmas.  So, is all that rain affecting your septic tank?  And what can you do about it?

Rain can cause septic tank problems for a number of reasons.  The biggest one is that a huge increase in rain can cause your septic tank to physically pop out of the ground!  Luckily it’s not as dramatic as it might sound, if you’re imagining your septic tank whizzing through the air like a firework.  Typically, it will lift out of the ground – sometimes only by a few inches, other times by a number of feet. Here’s what I’m talking about:

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This is a picture of a sewage treatment plant which has lifted up out of the ground, since heavy rain can affect any type of off mains drainage tank.

Unfortunately, it’s not just a case of getting all your friends round to apply a bit of elbow grease to get it back where it should be.  The biggest problem when this happens is that the pipe running from your house to the tank shears…..meaning that all the waste from your property just flows straight into the ground – or into the hole that your tank has left behind.  Getting the tank back in the ground is a big task, especially as it needs to be reconnected to any pipes that run in or out of it.  The good news is that you might be covered by your building insurance or the cost of putting things right! This means we can manage everything on your behalf, at no extra cost.  Call us today on 808 885 7159 to find out more.

So, what other signs can there be of rain affecting your septic tank?

The thing with septic tanks is that you often don’t know there’s a problem underground, until you start to notice problems above ground.  And unfortunately heavy rain can often bring septic tank problems up to the surface.  If there’s damage to your septic tank, such as a split in the wall, you might not know about it until a downpour means that ground water gushes in and suddenly your tank needs emptying more often.

As ever, the best thing to do is keep your eyes peeled for any signs of possible trouble:

  • Your septic tank needing emptying more frequently than usual
  • Boggy patches of ground appearing above your septic tank or soak away system
  • Your toilets taking longer to flush than usual, or gurgling sounds in your pipes

The first thing to do is to get your septic tank emptied, as this may remedy the problem.  If it doesn’t, then just give our team a call on 808 885 7159  and we’ll help you to get to the bottom of it.

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Prevent Septic Pump-Outs with Regular Septic Tank Treatment

The Bobs Pumping is responsible for collecting and treating wastewater in the larger towns of Kamuela HI, USA. But many small townships abound throughout the Island of Hawaii. These townships cannot reap the benefits of availing the services offered to major towns by USA States.

An Overview of Septic Tanks and their Functionality

As mentioned earlier, each household in a township will have a septic tank. This tank helps in storing sewage waste, while it settles. The standard rural septic system typically comprises two essential components. These include:

  • 1. The septic tank
  • 2. The leach field

The wastewater from the house reaches the septic tank. In the tank, the separation of the sewage matter takes place. For instance, heavier solids will settle at the bottom of the tank. Similarly, the relatively clear water will rise to the top. From here, this water will leach off (or percolate) into the earth. As such, this water will merge with the greater water table. The likelihood exists that some solid waste particles could escape from the septic tank and emerges from it along with the wastewater. But, the leach field will usually take care of any remaining solid particles of waste that emerge from the septic tank.

Why is it Necessary to Drain Your Septic Tank Regularly?

The wastewater emerges from the septic tank regularly. But, the heavier solid waste material will continue to accumulate at the bottom of the tank. Here, the digestion of anaerobic processes will facilitate the breaking down of these solid waste particles. Even these processes though, have their constraints. For instance, not all solid waste matter in the septic tank will decompose via the anaerobic digestive processes. The remaining solid waste will remain at the bottom of the tank.

With the passage of time, this waste matter will accumulate. As such, it will not take long for the septic tank to reach its capacity. This occurrence could affect the efficiency levels of the septic tank. For instance, large masses of solid waste could escape from the tank and contaminate or pollute the nearby surroundings. The odor emitted by this waste could be highly unpleasant too. This is why it’s necessary for you to hire a septic tank cleaning company for emptying the tank.

What are the Different Methods Used for the Treatment of Septic Tanks?

Treating a septic system involves ensuring that the waste treatment process works at optimal levels. Many experts believe that proper and regular maintenance is the best method for septic tank treatment. This involves inspecting the septic tank and the leach fields regularly. A regular inspection could make it easier to identify the time when you’ll need to empty or pump out the septic tank.

Another aspect of septic tank treatment involves the use of various prevention techniques. These could include:

  • 1. Keeping the use of water to a minimum
  • 2. Using baking soda or mild detergents for cleaning sinks and toilets as these do not harm the beneficial bacteria that maintain the efficiency levels of the septic system
  • 3. Spreading out the consumption of water over several days instead of using excessive water one day and little on the following day and,
  • Limiting the use of garbage disposals for reducing the volume of solid waste that enters the septic tank

How Septic Tank Treatment Could Aid in Preventing Septic Pump-outs

Septic systems are usually self-sustaining. The bacteria and the enzymes present in the system facilitate the decomposition of the waste material inside the septic tank. Because of this septic tanks do not usually require pump-outs. This is in complete contrast to holding tanks. It is worth noting that holding tanks simply hold (or contain) the waste matter. They do not treat the water in any way. Thus, once these holding tanks reach their capacity, pumping the waste out of them becomes a necessity.

Many septic tank users maintain their tanks with cleaning products that facilitate the proliferation of beneficial bacteria. These products enable the bacteria to break down the waste more efficiently. At the same time, they keep the lines going to and from the septic tank clean and free from clogs or blockages.

Bobs Pumping– Your Friendly and Professional Liquid Waste Company in Kamuela

Not all liquid waste companies deliver superlative levels of service that fit into your budget. We have over 20+ years of experience in this industry. We comply with all the requirements. In addition, we’re fully insured and EPA licensed as well. Save 10% on your first service call.

Call us at 808 885 7159 now.

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Maintaining Residential Septic Systems

Maintaining residential septic systems often isn’t on homeowner’s minds until something goes wrong. While the maintenance should be left to the professionals, there are some things that homeowners can do to ensure their system are working properly. Homeowner vigilance goes hand-in-hand with the services that are offered by Bobs Pumping Septic.

Make sure that any drain clogs are taken care of immediately. Drain clogs can contribute to solids in the tank. Don’t try to force them down, but opt for professional drain cleaning so that the clog can be properly removed. In fact, you don’t want to force anything down a drain that shouldn’t go there. For instance, baby wipes shouldn’t go down a toilet, contrary to any claim that it’s okay.

You can also inspect the area around your residential septic system occasionally. Make sure you don’t smell anything unusual, that the ground isn’t soft, and that the grass in the area of your septic tank and drain field isn’t longer or greener than the rest. If you notice something unusual, it is a good idea to make the call and have the system inspected.

By being vigilant, you can prevent problems with residential septic systems. Even if a problem comes about, prompt action can make a difference in how serious the issue is. If you have an emergency, you can get the guidance you need.