As the year comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the top stories on pumper.com. If you missed any of these, now is your chance to catch up. Enjoy this look back at 2016.

10. Scouting Out Tanks with Ease
A locator ends up being a priceless investment for small, rural, family-run pumping company.

9. Heated Restroom DIY
When heated, flushable restrooms were made a construction site requirement in Ontario, this pumper built his own.

Related: Pump That Septic - Pumper Magazine Video Profile - March 2011

8. Pros and Cons of Being a One-Man Operation
Growth is great, but sometimes making a good living and being your own boss is the goal, and it’s easy to see why some guys are happy with that.

7. Solids: The Enemy of the Septic Tank
Solids are the enemy of a septic tank, but unfortunately many tanks are not regularly assessed for accumulation. What do you do if you are monitoring and something makes you scratch your head?

6. Septic Care: Warning Customers About Fabric Softeners
Fabric softeners coat our clothes with a subtle layer of slimy chemicals, which is what makes them feel a little softer. Most fabric softeners can have a negative effect on a septic system, but you can recommend alternatives to homeowners.

Related: “Growing Strong” - Capewide Enterprises - February 2013 Pumper Video Profile

5. Landscaping Options For Septic Drainfields
Here’s a list of acceptable plants that won’t damage a septic system that you can use to educate homeowners.

4. Notorious Japanese Septic Trucks Now Smell Like Chocolate
After facing complaints about how badly the septic trucks smelled, collaboration between several companies in Osaka, Japan, has solved the problem. The solution: lubricating oil with a strong Deo-Magic deodorizer and chocolate fragrance.

3. Ethanol in Fuel: Is the Bad Rap Deserved?
Should you use ethanol-blended, oxygenated fuel in your small engine? The short answer is yes, but …

Related: “A Watchful Eye” - OnSite Management - May 2013 Pumper Video Profile

2. Pumper Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Dumping
A South Carolina pumper faces a fine and prison time for illegally dumping septic waste and falsifying records.

1.  Watch a Septic Truck Explode on a Busy Street
This one speaks for itself and, unsurprisingly, was the top story of the year. 


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