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Don’t pour concrete over septic tank

Don’t pour concrete over septic tank

Client is selling his home.¬† He’s not having any problems, but he needs a real estate inspection so he can complete his transaction to the new buyers.¬† The client thought he had done everything right.¬† Made sure that there was an opening for when his tank needed pumped.¬† Unfortunately he didn’t put in enough access holes into his concrete pad.¬† It took two hours of running the concrete saw and the jackhammer to get into the lid of this septic…

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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 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 system homeowner inspection video

septic system homeowner inspection video

This link is the best video, by far, I have seen for homeowner self inspection. ¬†Just in case you are one of those that want to share in the joy in septic work. ¬†If you have 25 minutes, please watch this video. ¬†If you don’t wish to participate in your self inspection, at least you will see what we are looking at when inspecting your system. Now this is filmed for those needing explanations at nearly every step. ¬†But this…

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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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Real Estate Transaction Buyer Beware Septic Service

Real Estate Transaction Buyer Beware Septic Service

Here comes another story of, “I just can’t make this stuff up” Scenario. Buyer and buyer’s agent call me to inspect a septic system of a house that they are going to purchase. I note that 1. There is an electrical problem that needs an electrician. 2. The alarm float has become detached from the float tree and needs to be reattached. 3. The solids levels in the tank show that the tank does not need pumped; however, there is…

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What does it cost to pump a septic tank

What does it cost to pump a septic tank

Customer uses First Call Septic because our rates are clearly posted. ¬†Visit the Rates Page for more details. Yesterday I received, what I call, “Tire Kicker Call”. You may wonder what that is. Person calls in checking prices, but has a million other questions about price. This usually happens when a customer has been burned by another in my field. Example: What if the tank has lids that need opened? What do you charge now? Or What if the lid…

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Happy Memorial Day 2012

Happy Memorial Day 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…

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