Knowing how to properly operate any kind of industrial equipment is essential. Not only does this help prevent injuries to personnel and damage to equipment, in the case of septic pumping trucks it will help prevent any problematic spills. Dealers often provide training for employees of a company that has purchased septic trucks for sale, so it is possible for everyone to understand the correct way in which to operate these vehicles.

  • Inspection – The basic operation of these vehicles begins with employees knowing the various parts of the septic truck: how they work; how to put them together to use and take them apart for storage and/or cleaning; and how to tell if there is a problem. Performing daily equipment checks before use is a great way to memorize all these things and recognize the look and sound of properly functioning machinery.
  • Preparation – Once an inspection is complete, it is time to prepare for the actual vehicle use. The first thing that must be done is to lay out enough length of vacuum hose and connect all of the pieces so that they reach from the truck to the tank before actually connecting them to the vehicle. With the connected hoses lying on the ground, the lid can then be removed from the septic opening. The next thing that must be done to help the vacuum is to break up some of the top layer of sludge within the container using a muck rake. Once that is done, the hoses can be connected and the vacuum started.
  • Operation – The pump should actually be turned on before trying to connect the hoses to keep any contents from leaking out of the truck tank. Once the vacuum is running and confirmed to be working correctly, the valve cover can be removed and the end of the first hose can be securely attached. After the hose is on tight, the other end of the hose can be lowered into the septic opening and the tank contents can be suctioned.
  • Blockage – During operation, it is important to listen to the different sounds being made by the truck. Blockages can usually be detected by listening for specific sounds, in which case the entire operation should be shut down and hoses removed in order to clear out the blockage. It is imperative that protective gear be worn, such as eye protection, gloves, and a protective apron, since there will be times when cleaning up a blockage can be quite messy.
  • Completion – After the pumping is complete, the equipment can be shut down and carefully prepared to haul the contents to a waste water plant or designated dumping area. The vacuums are then run in reverse to pump out the tank contents after which the truck itself, along with all tubes and other parts should be cleaned.

The successful and correct operation of a septic truck makes sure that this important task remains as clean and easy to perform as possible. Company owners need to keep in mind just how important proper training is to employees and be sure to provide proper education in the operation of these machines. When buying any septic trucks for sale, it is a good idea to request training for the specific vehicle being purchased as many dealers offer this benefit as a part of the deal. Well-trained, educated workers will help to ensure that these mighty machines are operated in the most safe and effective manner and that the job is done properly!

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