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Septic Tank not serviced correctly in 20 years by competitor

Septic Tank not serviced correctly in 20 years by competitor

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-rkhiq5HaI&feature=youtu.be The above video is from a customer that was referred to start using First Call Septic Services.  I am sure that she thought all septic service is the same, and the only difference must be price.  She couldn’t be further from the truth. She had one riser installed from my competitor for ease of access.  They have been servicing this tank for over 20 years. She called us.  When I came out to pump the tank, I saw a…

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Dog rescued from a sinkhole caused by an old cesspool, cistern

Dog rescued from a sinkhole caused by an old cesspool, cistern

Dog rescued from a sinkhole caused by an old septic tank, cesspool, or cistern.   Here is just another example of getting these aging systems checked out from time-to-time.  And this was done by the weight of a dog.  It’s not even worth thinking about if the grandkids came over for a visit. Thank God no one got hurt, Thanks for reading,   Ronnie    

RV Dump on septic system incorrectly installed

RV Dump on septic system incorrectly installed

This homeowner decided that he wanted to install an RV dump.  Now you have to be careful with RV wastewater.  There are two things wrong with RV wastewater. 1. The septic system was designed to take wastewater at small doses.  Not 250 gallons at a time.  It really stirs up the tank and causes the sludge layer to become stirred up and carried out to the drainfield. 2. The little packets that you have to put in the toilet to…

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Customer Testimonial on Facebook

Customer Testimonial on Facebook

Facebook First Call Septic Service  Have a look at our facebook page.  Please click like if you like what you see.  One of our customer’s posted a testimonial on the page. They were responding to a blog post that I put on there about their own home.  They were in a very bad situation about a competitor who caused them to nearly lose a house sale.  Please goto the facebook page and read about it.  It’s a real eye opener….

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Able to revive a believed septic system failure

Able to revive a believed septic system failure

Yesterday, Christopher Gross and I spent 6 hours on one job. Yikes. Now the good news. My competitor wrote it up as a complete system failure. BTW, my competitor installs septic systems. Slight conflict of interest. I was called for a second opinion. Now the system was busted up, hence 6 hour repair. 1 hour was me spent inside the septic tank patching it. Good times, btw, but at least I was out of the rain. ha ha. So back to the good…

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Sewage backing up out of the drainfield

Sewage backing up out of the drainfield

Here is a couple of pictures of sewage backing up out of the drainfield.  It is full of bacteria and pathogens. That is what is making that black tar color.  This has been going on for some time.  It kinda dries up in the summer but it’s still smelly and gross.  And is contaminating surface to ground water.   This drainfield needs dug up and find out what’s going on.  Chances are this drainfield has reached the end of it’s…

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Laundry Day on Septic

Laundry Day on Septic

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…

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Sunday emergency in Camas

Sunday emergency in Camas

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…

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Septic System under house

Septic System under house

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…

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34 year old horse fell in a septic tank

34 year old horse fell in a septic tank

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  …

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