New seasons are upon us: spring, baseball, sailing the SS Badger, and of course, the septic tank.
You bet on that, and for obvious reasons it’s perhaps the most important of all.
“I would say that ‘septic tank season’ runs from April through October,” said Traci Swihart, Hart office manager of Swihart’s septic tank service. “We start pumping in the spring – although we’ve been pumping all winter this year because the weather has been so mild – but usually April really kicks off, May kicks off and we pump until no more calls come in, in the fall – albeit longer.” , required.
The Swihart name has long been recognized and respected throughout Oceana County and many places beyond. The company is now managed by the second generation.
“We’re a family business,” Traci said. “We have been in business for over 30 years. The company was started by my father-in-law Dan Swihart – he is Nick’s father – and today serves Oceana County and surrounding areas. We carry out private and commercial pumps, we install sewage treatment plants and repair. We are also a licensed installer for Sludge Hammers Advanced Treatment units.”
Swihart’s Septic currently has a staff of six, but as Traci said and now that “septic tank season” has officially begun, “…we will shortly be hiring more staff to help us head into summer.”
“At this time of year we get a lot of calls from people wanting to get their tanks pumped up, especially before the summer season gets busy. We get a lot of calls from people who are just opening their huts. That’s when we’re busiest – people want everything cleaned, including their sewage systems. We are in an area with a lot of tourism, so there is also plenty to do at the campsites in the area.
Nick, a Hart High School graduate, “…started working for his dad as soon as he could drive,” Traci said. “We started with portable potties and then moved on to septic pumping.”
The Porta Potty business was sold about 12 years ago, but we’re still getting calls about it.
Traci said her company offers “a 24-hour emergency service, and on the weekends we always have someone on call and we can answer the phone in the event of an emergency – we can usually get through to them the same day.”
This ‘septic tank season’ will be a very special one for the family as the company’s founder, Dan Swihart, retires. Known and respected in his community, Dan has passed the business on to his son Nick.
“Dan has owned the company since its inception, now for over 30 years. It might interest a lot of people that he plans to retire at the end of this season,” Traci said. “We’ll miss him, that’s for sure, but (the business) will go on and will be in good hands with Nick.”
Visit swihartssepticinc.com for more information. There you will learn: “…homeowners and business owners in the Hart area have trusted our wastewater company with their wastewater and sewage needs. From unclogging to restoring systems to like-new condition, Swihart’s Septic, Inc. has the team and tools to do it all.”
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