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Lack of Septic Pumping leads to Septic System Failure

Lack of Septic Pumping leads to Septic System Failure

This septic emergency was because of lack of maintenance. This client was under the impression that you never need to pump the septic system, unless it’s giving you trouble. ¬†He adds septic tank additives every months. ¬†It’s never giving him a problem before. Unfortunately, over 8 years, it completely packed with solids. ¬†All a septic tank does is separate liquids from solids and allow liquids to enter the drainfield. ¬†If the septic tank get’s too full, it will allow solids…

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Nu-Water Aerobic Treatment Plant

Nu-Water Aerobic Treatment Plant

The video attached is a video of a Nu Water Aerobic Treatment Plant by Enviro-flo. The reason we need to have this level of treatment was for the stream and high ground water in this area. ¬†We need to protect our surface and ground water from contamination. ¬†The neighbors well is pretty close as well, so in order to have a home this close this homeowner agreed to have annual maintenance to this system. Now annual maintenance does not mean…

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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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Removing a clog from Septic tank inlet baffle

Removing a clog from Septic tank inlet baffle

Below is a video of a clogged inlet baffle. ¬†This homeowner called us out for a pumping and thought his septic tank needed cleaned. ¬†It did need cleaned, but for other reasons. ¬†The tank was backed up due to a clogged inlet baffle. ¬†And this advice could save you money in a case of a backup. Just a reminder, this video is not an inspection. ¬†A true inspection will involve sludge and scum measurements, second compartment (if applicable) inspection, and…

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Interesting business plan from competitor

Interesting business plan from competitor

This goes under the heading of: “I can’t make this stuff up” This story is unbelievable. Client purchases a home. ¬†There is a deficiency marked on their septic system from competitor. ¬†“Outlet Baffle is broken” Client calls my competitor who wrote up the deficiency and asks them to repair it. Competitor tells homeowner that they need to dig up the tank first. ¬†(This is outrageous to me, for one, I know exactly where to dig. ¬†It takes me all of…

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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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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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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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