Archive for March, 2011

Price Increase:

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Hello Everyone who subscribes to my blog:

Again, thanks for reading.  For my customer’s out there, there has been a price increase effective 3/15/2011.

We are always concerned about the cost of having septic work done.  The cost of fuel has risen 50 cents in the past 3 months.  That increases our fuel bill up about 2500 per month.  We are unable to continue absorbing that cost, as fuel is projecting to keep going up all summer.

This is one factor completely out of our control.  I wish I could control the cost of fuel, but cannot.

Also note that I don’t like fuel surcharges.  I really really don’t want to blindside my customer’s with that at the end of the bill.  Some competitors may tell you per gallon cost on the phone, but never state that there is a fuel surcharge.  A surprise add-on.  I don’t like that.

Please check our new prices on our page .  We went up one penny per gallon, and inspections are $50.00 on the pumping.

I know that this will be an adjustment on our customer’s part as this increase has raised our prices on average $12.50.  I pray fuel will go down to a reasonable level, but I know non of us will be holding our breath.

Thanks a million, and God Bless,


Whitewater Decommission:

Friday, March 11th, 2011
Whitewater Aerobic Treatment Unit

Decommission of Aerboic Treatment Unit

This was a house that went on a short sale.  Buyer hired me to inspect the septic system before purchasing.  And thank Goodness too.  Because this was a very expensive septic system called a whitewater.  It’s actually not septic at all, but an aerobic system.  See we never let it go septic, we are always pumping air into it, to keep oxygen in the mix.

I wish I would have gotten a picture before the decommission.  Or Demolition.  But I didn’t.  Oh, well.  But here’s how the events turned out.

I was called out for this inspection.  A guy was wanting to buy this “bank owned” house.  It’s really going for a great deal.  I get there and test some alarms and start the process of the inspection.

Then I realize the septic tank has an indentation down the side, and it’s cracked.  Mud and water are entering it.  I have a quick look around and see someone had been logging the property.  I can see track marks close by the septic tanks.  At that point it’s pretty obvious what happened.

But needless to say.  The bank had to pay for all of these repairs, before the property could change hands.

Below are some more pictures and a couple of videos.   And who doesn’t like videos of excavators working?

Whitewater Decommission

Whitewater Decommission

Starting to take off the top.  Oh, and in case you didn’t guess it, but aroma was spectacular on this job.  Whew we.

The Excavator is on the inlet side of the whitewater.

Aerobic Treatment Unit (ATU) Starting to show in the center

Aerobic Treatment Unit (ATU) Starting to show in the center

Here is the Aerobic Treatment Unit starting to show.  It’s a round plastic cone with air lines on the outer perimeter.  This is where the Aerobic Bacteria start feeding on the wastewater, and turning it into, well, cleaner water.  It’s a long process start to finish.  But we aren’t getting into that in this section.  Just decommissioning a tank.

Final Decommission Photo

Final Decommission Photo

Here is the final picture.  We are getting ready to pick the pieces up and lift it out piece by piece, out of the ground.