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Grease down drains on Septic

Grease down drains on Septic

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…

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Tree Roots in Septic Tank Removal

Tree Roots in Septic Tank Removal

Hello there septic system owners.¬† This blog post is about trees and what they do to your septic system.¬† But in this case it’s just the septic tank that stopped working.¬† They can do all sorts of damage. This client has been warned for many years.¬† 10 years ago roots had started infiltrating the seams of the septic tank.¬† At that time the client was told it would be a good idea to cut the trees down by the septic…

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Service Call Fee for Septic Bids

Service Call Fee for Septic Bids

Here’s another story for the “I cannot make this stuff up file.” ¬† Let’s talk fees for a second. Our “Service Call Fee” is $125.00. That fee get’s our truck on site and starts working for emergencies. But then we go by the hour plus parts until we are done. ¬† There are other guys out there that’ll do a $75.00 service call. ¬† We lose some work to this problem over the phone. One needs to understand the difference….

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Groundwater intrusion by heavy rains and high groundwater solved

Groundwater intrusion by heavy rains and high groundwater solved

  This homeowner did not want to divert water by digging rain drains and ditches. Super nice yard, didn’t want dug up. One option is to trench the water to off of the tanks and direct water downhill. ¬†Frenchdrains work great for this too. ¬†But in this case, the homeowner’s yard would have been destroyed to his house as that’s where the raindrains are, down hill. So we chose another alternative means to divert groundwater and rainwater off of his…

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how septic systems work

how septic systems work

Watch this video for a basic understanding how simple septic systems work. This applies to all Gravity Septic systems. The more you know     Thanks for watching,   Ronnie

Septic System Inspection Video

Septic System Inspection Video

Here is an example of what a video of a septic inspection for a real estate transaction where a video is required. ¬†This buyer called us to inspect this system and didn’t know where the components were, and this house was Bank Owned. This inspection cost this buyer $135.00, “Cowlitz County” rate. ¬†No additional charges to find the tank, nor dig it out. ¬†Although, this lid was super duper heavy, and I required the homeowner’s assistance to get that lid…

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Septic tank backed up due to a clogged filter

Septic tank backed up due to a clogged filter

Here is a friendly tip if you’re backed up in an emergency. ¬†This home has a 2 compartment septic tank and an outlet filter that screens the effluent going to the drainfield. ¬†This filter should be cleaned annually. ¬†There is diaper wipes in this tank, so we pumped it out the same day. In the video I pulled the filter out and put it back in right away, didn’t want to send too much unscreened effluent to the drainfield. ¬†I…

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Septic Tank Baffle Inspection

Septic Tank Baffle Inspection

This is a Septic Tank Baffle Inspection: ¬†Does not include the rest of the sludge and scum measurements or anything like that. ¬†I was working alone today, and saw that this was a great opportunity to video this part. These are the baffles that are located within a septic tank. These happen to be made of concrete and the outlet is rotting badly. The outlet baffle is the component that separates liquids from solids. The drainfield can handle water, nothing…

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Septic tank under deck access hatch

Septic tank under deck access hatch

All to often we see a septic tank in the back yard. ¬†And the homeowner would like to add a deck. ¬†A large deck that extends over the septic tank. That does create a huge problem for the septic contractor. ¬†We need access. ¬†Not just a few boards removed. ¬†If we can only remove a few boards, we are limited in our cleaning ability. ¬†We need room to remove all the waste from the tank. Liquid and solids. Here we…

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Septic alarm and what it means

Septic alarm and what it means

This is a working model of a basic septic systems pump and alarm for a pressure drainfield, sand filter, or sand mound. ¬†Geogrpahically, these two yellow float switches are located in the tanks with the wastewater. ¬†The light signifies the pump. ¬†When I raise the lower float switch, you must imagine my hand as wastewater. ¬†This is what will trigger the pump to turn on. ¬†The light comes on. ¬†When the lower float is lowered, the light goes off. Now…

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