Posts Tagged ‘groundwater’

Groundwater intrusion by heavy rains and high groundwater solved

Friday, February 10th, 2017


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 septic tank.

This is another option, put in a dry well to a pump. This is a rough backfill, because the area is super soppy. It will need cleaned up better when dryer weather is back.

This system just sits plugged in and waiting. Costs nothing to run when water levels are low. But when water levels come up and it starts raining hard, the pump will kick on and send the water away from the septic.



Septic Tank leak repair

Monday, March 19th, 2012
Inside Septic Tank Repair

Inside Septic Tank Repair

Here I am inside a septic tank. I know, good times.  However, this homeowner was quoted $4,000.00 to replace a septic tank.  He was never given the option to repair the septic tank.  Now it’s easier and less messy to have it replaced.  But a homeowner needs to know all of his options.  He was really hurting for money due to our downed economy.

When he went to the County permitting department to apply for a tank replacement permit, he was told he may want to call First Call Septic first before spending all this money to see if it could be repaired.  He was told if First Call Septic can’t fix it, then it can’t be fixed.

When I arrived, I could see this was a two part clam-shell like tank.  It’s an easy fix.  Just have to clean the septic tank out.  Im not going diving to make this repair.  Then apply the high strength sealer.  It works great.

It’s always good to get a second opinion when dealing with septic system component replacements.  Because in many cases a repair is possible and much more affordable.


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The Rains have returned

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Well, the rains have returned.  Not a all to welcome sight in my industry.  It’s hard enough to perform this job, but when all of your tools are soaked and you have too suit up and heavy rain-gear.  It makes it even more exciting.

Now, I am just stating this, well, because I hear it all the time.  When it rains, my septic runs super slow, or not at all.   Septic systems are to be sealed systems.  If the correct system was installed for your lot, then this should hardly be an issue.  Your tanks should be sealed from all ground water.  That’s just gross if it’s not.

So far this rainy season we have had two nightmare jobs, where groundwater infiltration has caused failure.  Homeowner thought all was lost and my competitor me out for backup.  Homeowner had water coming up out of the tanks, and the pumps just simply, could not keep up.

This is where First Call Septic comes in.  We have chosen to purchase the state-of-the-art tools to help me in diagnosing the problems of groundwater infiltration.  In this case we ran tests for Dissolved Oxygen.  Or DO for short.  See, in order for something to be septic, it has to be void of Oxygen.  So in the tests I run, I should always get a DO reading of zero.  Or no oxygen in the septic tanks water.  But if I ever get DO of 4 or higher in some of the tanks, then great.  We found the source of the leak and time to excavate and reseal.

In this case we had a DO of 7 in the pump chamber and zero in the septic tank.  So I knew we had a leak in the transport line between septic tank and pump tank.  It was about 2 hours of labor excavating the pipe and resealing it.  But once it was done, their little, “when it rains our septic runs slow” nightmare was over.

This is a very important test when diagnosing a septic system.  Especially if it’s “failed.”  PH is another test, but that’s for another time.  I need to goto bed.

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