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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrWuOTkEaus Here is a video of a clogged inlet baffle.  There are two reasons why this house backed up into the house.  The inlet pipe, abs plastic, was installed too far into the tank, and too close the concrete baffle.  And the second is excessive toilet paper use. Really exciting stuff.   Thanks for reading,   Ronnie  

Leaking Septic Tanks

Leaking Septic Tanks

We found another leaking septic tank.  This septic tank was homemade with cinder blocks.  This homeowner had never had it back up into the house, so assumed everything was okay.  During a routine inspection we had to tell them the tank has never worked like a tank and needed replaced.  The sewage was leaking out the septic tank and going straight to ground water. Now I understand that there are those that would say, “well, if the sewage leaks out…

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Veteran’s Day Offer

Veteran’s Day Offer

No one took us up on our Veteran’s day offer. So one of my customer’s for many years, Mr. Bradley needed a septic inspection. A little history on Mr. Bradley. He is a World War II Veteran. Senior citizen. He is 83 years old and full of life. His Uncle used to work in the Septic field many many years ago. Every time I service his place, I put aside another hour just to talk. Hear old time war stories,…

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

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

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…

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World Famous Nick’s Tavern Amboy, Wa

World Famous Nick’s Tavern Amboy, Wa

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…

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Plumber’s attempt at Septic Repair

Plumber’s attempt at Septic Repair

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…

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Latest customer testimonial via website: Memorial Day 2012

Latest customer testimonial via website: Memorial Day 2012

Dear Ronnie,   You were awsome today. Your willingness to respond on a holiday weekend was a life saver. We really appreciate your patience, politeness and understanding. The fact that you took the time to explain in detail to multiple people the workings of septic systems was cool. Your knowledge of not only your job but state and federal regulations shows your dedication to your work. I especially liked how you looked up county records and knew more about this…

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Happy Memorial Day 2012

Happy Memorial Day 2012

Happy Memorial Day. I have been knocking this idea around for a few days. I want to show my appreciation for those who serve. But didn’t want to do one of those cheesy Memorial Day Specials. I really want to make a difference in a Senior Veteran’s life. My way of saying thanks for their, and their family’s sacrifice. With that in mind. Please forward this post. Someone knows of a Senior Citizen Veteran, on septic, that needs serviced. First…

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Warning signs septic tank needs cleaned or pumped

Warning signs septic tank needs cleaned or pumped

Good morning. This week I have a great project. I will try to document and take all kinds of pictures. It is a septic system that has just started to back up. It’s in the plumbing of the house, but hasn’t backed up into the showers yet. For those of you who don’t have “alarms” and sophisticated septic systems there are warning signs to not ignore. 1. toilets are flushing really weird. Not normal at all. A huge sign the…

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