Posts Tagged ‘cleaning’

Grease down drains on Septic

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Just a friendly reminder to never put grease down your drains. Especially if you’re on septic. Believe me, there’s not enough water in your hot water heater to melt this grease. Not that you would want to anyways, the next step from here is the drainfield. Imagine what grease would do to dirt.

Save your money, we would rather have normal, routine, septic pumping jobs than this. This really does create a lot more work. More work and harder the job, the cost increases. Plus with our treatment plant rules and regulations, this load cannot go to them. It will be rejected, and we’ll have to truck this load all over 2 states to find someone who’ll accept it.

Thanks for reading,


Washing Paint brushes into Septic Tank

Monday, December 17th, 2018
Paint brushes cleaned and washed down drain goes to septic tank. We can’t pump this tank and discharge it without finding a new place to take it. 

This post will probably apply more to real estate agents and home flippers.  If you’re in the Clark, Cowlitz, or Skamania County areas, there have been drastic changes at our treatment plants.  

Treatment plants is where we dispose of the septic tanks when you order them to be cleaned.  

Homeowners need to be aware too, but most of the time, homeowners usually know better.  

The treatment plant will only accept wastewater if it has the “Three P’s”.  

  1. Pee
  2. poop
  3. paper (Toilet paper, no flushable wipes or hygiene products)

Now what does this mean to real estate agents and home flippers? It means that if the contractors are washing their tools down into the septic tank, when it comes time for the pumping, the load will be rejected by the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  

Now all flippers and real estate agents will say, “I have never heard of that?” And you would be correct.  This rule came to us December 1st, 2018. To be implemented immediately.  

So we arrived at a house on friday the 14th. Real Estate transaction.  Real estate flipper is flipping the home. Every contractor that worked their washed all of their tools down the drains and into the septic tank. When we arrived we could see that the water had turned white and chemical smells were coming out of the tank pretty bad.  

We decided not to pump the tank at this time. Because if we did, that truck would not be able to work for the next week as we tried to find a place that will accept this mixed load of hazardous material and human waste.  We cannot shut a truck down that long.  What do we do with the driver that can’t work?  I hope you can understand the predicament we would have put ourselves in if we had pumped that septic tank. 

Now we have a place in Portland, Oregon that will accept the load.  But cost is not known at this time.  I have to discharge the load with them and they need to run samples on the sewage to find all of the chemicals in the sewage.  Once they can identify the chemicals, they have a process to remove each one.  Once the chemicals are removed, the load can go to the treatment plant.  

We have to remember.  The treatment plant is a living device. The plant operators sole goal while working, “Keep the bacteria alive and healthy.” Outside of that, if there’s hazardous chemicals in the truck.  Load is denied. 

Now what does that mean for garbage?  Diaper wipes and hygiene products.  At this time the plant will still accept those, but at a higher cost of labor and potential of us having to enter our tanks to remove it.  

You see, our trucks were designed to handle the “Three P’s” , just like our wastewater treatment plant.  We just have a 4 inch valve at the back of our trucks, and gravity takes it out of our trucks, and into the plant.  If there’s garbage, we have to empty into a screen/garbage separator.  And it’s not cheap.  According to the plant operators, diaper wipes broke a $25,000 auger screw two months ago.  

Garbage, aka cleaning wipes and hygiene products make us have to go inside our tanks to clean them. They clog up our internals and make is so our trucks won’t work. 

Latest customer testimonial via website: Memorial Day 2012

Monday, May 28th, 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 system than I.

The care you took bringing in your equipment to not damage trees and only digging up what you needed to preserve the property and not hurt our mother earth. Your over the phone quote was spot on and options to lower the bill is appreciated. I can’t tell you the last business I dealt with,with great customer service like yours. Your positive attitude, care, concern, patience, and honesty speak volumes of you as a person. You surely saved our weekend gathering and I’m sure my aunt Maja (home owner) will be pleased when she finds out. Thanks to you I now know more about poo, enzymes and bacteria than I ever did before. Many blessings and many thanks.


Darren Penland


It was really no problem at all. I enjoyed your family’s company and
kindness. Also know this. In the eight years I have been driving a septic
truck, I have never had anyone Ever walk my truck all the way out to the
road as you did. I really appreciated that, and it made second job, truck
driver, so much easier.

Thanks a million,


Happy Memorial Day 2012

Monday, May 28th, 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 Call Septic would be honored to service them, entirely, for free. Just one though. I wish I could help everyone. But I cannot afford to lose my business. So with that in mind, I ask my facebook fans to find a senior citizen, in the Clark County Area that desperately needs septic work. My company is willing to do this entire service for free. Inspection/pumping/labor/discharge fees/filing fees/sales tax for absolutely nothing more than some old military stories and coffee. Heck, I’ll even bring the coffee.
Please let this post spread like wild fire. Post it on every wall you can, until we find a Senior Veteran.

Thanks so much, and God Bless,