Archive for April, 2012

Laundry Day on Septic

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

This is a quick reminder about Laundry Day.  It’s a nice sunday out today, and I want to be sure to put a bug in everyone’s ear about septic and laundry day’s.

It’s pretty easy.  There shouldn’t be a laundry day.  All that water, all at once is truly hard on septic systems.  Try to space, one load, every other day.  That is much easier and most important to aging septic systems.  Also, remember try to upgrade your washer from a “water wasting” top load, to a water efficient front load.

You’re septic system will thank you by giving your many more years of service.

Thanks for reading,

 

Ronnie

Sunday emergency in Camas

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Today I was planning on posting the pictures I have gathered from a system that was completely clogged up full of roots.  But I received an emergency call in Camas, WA last night at about midnight.  Customer’s backing up takes pri0rity to pictures.  I am going to get this out of the way and post the pics another day.

So today, I get to get an alarm in Camas.  Then drive up to Yacolt and check on a customer attempting his own repairs to save money.  But I don’t mind checking.  I get to go on my motorcycle today.  An excuse for a ride.  🙂

Have a great day and thanks for reading,

 

Ronnie

Septic System under house

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Today is going to be a bit of a logistical nightmare. I get to jet out and vacuum out a drainfield. Okay, I know what you’re thinking. How hard can that be? Well, it’s under a house. This is going to be tight, and the first time it’s ever been attempted. I will try to capture pics, but honestly. I don’t want to ruin my camera. But I will try.

And after that, I get to help an old friend with their septic on their house. I think my competitor may have scared them a bit. We’ll get er fixed.

And after that, the only thing you’ll see is the taillights of my motorcycle as I head to my friends place. It’s saturday. Thank God for work, Beer, and friends.

34 year old horse fell in a septic tank

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

This happened in Portland, Or.

Please get your livestock off your septic tank.  This horse was lucky.  I let homeowner know that they shouldn’t have livestock on their septic systems.  And I always get back that it’s never broke in yet.  But it’ only breaks once.  You don’t simply fix this.

And this horse was lucky.  Happy ending to this situation.

If you love horses, and you have a septic system, then this video is a  must see.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Portland-firefighters-rescue-horse-from-old-septic-tank-144384835.html?tab=video&c=y

 

 

Homeowner falls in septic tank

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
pumping old septic tank

pumping old septic tank

I received a call yesterday from a shaken homeowner.   He was walking across his driveway and a hole opened up beneath him, and he went straight down.  He knew right away that he was not swimming in water.  Now this is

old septic tank

Man falls in old septic tank

where it get crazy.  And until you go inside a septic tank, you’ll never understand.  He grew super powers and flew out of that hole.  I’ve done it myself, I was pumping an old tank once when the ground gave way beneath me and I was swallowed up by this tank, and I was chest deep in sewage.  Now, I kid you not.  I pulled myself up out of there, and day-lighted my feet coming out.  That’s right.  I flew out of there.

pumping old septic tank

pumping old septic tank

Anyhow, he got out safely.  He’s okay.  This doesn’t happen to often, but an 84 year old Portland, Or man was not as lucky.  His tank collapsed beneath him and he lacked the strength to pull himself out.  Hypothermia set in and he drowned.

This is just another reason why we perform these inspections on septic tanks.  We are dealing acids here.  When human waste is breaking down it creates a gas called Hydrogen Sulfide Gas.  Then a bacteria moves in that feeds on this gas, and it’s byproduct is Sulfuric Acid.  This is what eats away at these tanks, and causes parts to break inside of them, and eventually causes tank failure.

Now, I can already hear some of the comments.  My tank is fine, I don’t need to have it looked at.  But you only fall in once, and this guy was lucky.  If you’re on septic, get an inspection.  You don’t want to wonder where little Timmy just went.  He was just in the backyard  a few minutes ago.

pumping old septic tank

pumping old septic tank

pumping old septic tank

pumping old septic tank

Septic Tank Enzymes

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Done paying taxes, time to head out the door. Fun filled day.

I guess a septic tank is blowing up in Yacolt. He started to back up in the house. So he took the lid off the septic tank, and sewage is “mushrooming” out of the septic tank and blowing up all over the grass.

But they use enzymes, they should never have a problem. I told the homeowner to turn the bottle of enzymes over. He read the small print, “Along with regular pumping maintenance every 2-3 years.” Oh, hasn’t pumped it in over 20. I know what this drainfield will look like.
Now what’s really funny, is he doesn’t want me to bring the semi up just yet. He wants me to bring the inspection car. He thinks it’s going to be something simple. I hope it’s not raining. I want to take a lot of pictures of this one.

Septic system under house

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Today, I get to climb under a house. The entire septic system is under that house. The area for me to work is in the crawl space. system is failed. Sewage is backing up, in the dirt, and is about 1/2 inch thick. I have to hand-over-hand it down there and clean it up. Repair of this system is impossible. I’m not even sure how to decommission this tank correctly. We just can’t simply move the house. The drainfield is under the house as well.

So please. Heed this warning. *Do not build a house on top of your septic system. It makes for repairs/service nearly impossible and very expensive. So today, I get to lay in sewage to clean it up. And the sewage is not the bad part. It’s all the bugs that moved in. Septic flies and black widow spiders are everywhere.

Good times.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Ronnie

Busy two weeks

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

It’s been a busy two weeks.  I have photos and stories to share.  I will try to get them on this weekend.

I can’t believe how busy it’s been.  Considering it’s spring break and all.  Got a great workout yesterday, a homeowner has a septic tank that was 3.5 feet down.  Took an hour and 10 minutes to excavate by hand.  Good times.  I slept well last night.

Thanks for reading,

 

Ronnie