Archive for June, 2012

Semi is down: We are working hard to get this awesome truck back online

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Today it’s been hard. Mack (the semi truck or vacuum truck) started blowing smoke and missing really badly. I thank God and my truck that it didn’t break down in the field. That it made it back to the truck yard.

I had to buy some more tools but I have been diagnosing this problem all afternoon.

So. It’s beginning to look like a blown fuel injection pump. It’s only $5,100.00. Awesome. But I have contacts to get a rebuilt one a bit less expensive. But to be sure that’s the problem I gonna start with the least expensive solution first. Rebuilt the injector nozzles. If that doesn’t solve the problem, well, they needed rebuilt anyways. Then new injector pump it is. Whew. At least there is a plan now. Now back to balancing books.

You know. A business owner has to be an accountant. Bookkeeper. Accounts payable, Account receivable. Receptionist. Scheduler. Head diesel mechanic, parts runner, septic pumper, septic inspector, septic repairman. Jeez. did I miss anything. What hat am I putting on now? Or what hat in the morning? Why does one do this to themselves?

Yep, you guessed it. Its time for a vacation real soon. 🙂

I thank God I can fix this. i stare at my engine and think, “All of my training has led me to this moment, this problem. And I will solve this.”

World Famous Nick’s Tavern Amboy, Wa

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

My favorite tavern, in the world, Nicks was backing up yesterday. I was called at 6:30 am. I arrived about 10:00 am. I had another emergency I was working on at the time. The tanks were backed up.
I had just pumped it out three months prior. What gives? I used my inspection mirror and verified that the outlet baffle had rotted off. Oy. I had to pump the tank, put a ladder in, and enter. There’s no other way with this type of repair.
I opened up the drainfield and cleaned it out while I was there. Repairs have been made. It’s done. Thank Goodness. Drove like crazy and got all my work done. Just about 30 minutes late to picking up my boys.
Thank goodness I have an understanding ex wife. She remembers that some things cannot be planned. I don’t just get to get off work at 5:00 o’clock. I have to stay until the work is done.
Oh, and I nearly forgot. Amanda, who’s awesome BTW, bought me lunch. I was so hungry. Nothing makes one hungry like entering a septic tank. Have a great day. 🙂

Plumber’s attempt at Septic Repair

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Be cautious about plumbers attempting septic repairs.  Always check qualifications.  Your local health department will have a list of those trained to diagnose and repair septic systems.  This plumber in this testimonial was not certified.  And wrote up an estimate of nearly $5,000.00 for repairs.

Proof of this can be found on my facebook page.  www.facebook.com/firstcallseptic  The homeowner lives in Colorado, and the distance is daunting to when it comes up to these types of problems.

To read the entire testimonial by the homeowner click here.  https://www.facebook.com/firstcallseptic/posts/343687882369817 

Wow, Yesterday. I don’t even know where to begin. Wow. You’ll see.

I got a distress call from a homeowner in Colorado. A Tenant had called up a plumber. This plumber came into the house and verified that the septic system was backing up in the house. From this walk through, five minutes, was able to tell the septic tanks need pumped, wastewater was under the house, and was going to charge $800 to inspect the septic system. Their total estimate for repairs, for which they aren’t certified to diagnose or repair, was $4,300.00 $2,500.00 of which was for septic cleanup under the house.

Homeowner was very stressed. She is in Colorado and is so limited by distance. I told her I would be there in the morning to find out what’s wrong.

Truth-be-told, I was expecting a long day of swimming in sewage. I showed up in really old, throw-away clothes. I was sure I was going to have a bad day.

When I arrived I had to run some tests on an effluent pump. I determined that this was the cause of the backup.

I replaced the pump and the system is running normally. There is no wastewater in the crawlspace.

Their total bill was about $582.00. A Far cry from the $4,300.00 estimate. Always call for a second opinion. Even if it’s me. There are crooked companies attempting to work on septic systems that aren’t certified, and costing homeowner’s thousands of dollars.

There is more stories to this house, but that’s another incident, and another post.