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Septic Tank Decommission

Septic Tank Decommission

Most people think that all septic contractors are the same. That our only difference is the price. And this cannot be further from the truth. Competitor who is much cheaper decommissioned this septic tank and hooked up this house to city sewer. Reason for this was the client wanted to build an addition over his septic system, which is not allowed, so hooking up to city sewer was required. Septic tank was not decommissioned correctly, and now the client wants…

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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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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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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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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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