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Neglected Septic Pump Screens

Neglected Septic Pump Screens

Here is a video of what happens when these screens are not cleaned annually.  And there is no “septic technician” in a bottle.  There’s no magical chemical that you flush that can clean this screen.  It needs to be completely disassembled and cleaned.  There’s no other way around it. The consequences of not performing this maintenance, will be a pump that is starved and eventually burns up.  And these are not cheap pumps at all.  They start out at about $400 to…

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Septic Tank Additives

Septic Tank Additives

This is  a great video. Now I did start recording a bit late.  But here’s how the story goes.  This is a home with two people living inside.  This tank is only 3 years old.  They use a commonly known septic tank additive every month.  They have been using it religiously. So they started backing up in the home.  They were confused and called us to find out what was wrong.  The septic tank was completely full of solids and…

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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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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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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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Busy two weeks

Busy two weeks

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

Kitchen Grease in Septic Tank

Kitchen Grease in Septic Tank

Here’s what happens when grease is added to the septic tank.  The PH drops and all septic tank bacteria dies, and this happens.  Let me tell you that this is never ever supposed to look like this.  The damage done to this sytem is really expensive. No grease down the septic tank ever.  Or this can happen  

Muffin Monster Sewage Garbage Separator

Muffin Monster Sewage Garbage Separator

Here is a video with Mike Rowe with Dirty Jobs.  He is showing the latest and greatest tool added to our wastewater treatment plants.  Reason, people are flushing garbage into their septic tanks.  I know what you are thinking, “who would throw garbage down their toilet?”  I know, right?  But its a problem that destroys their process at the wastewater treatment plant.  You know, those giant tanks of sewage alongside the freeway.  Yep, those.  Now they pull samples out of…

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