Posts Tagged ‘under’

Septic Tank Decommission

Friday, January 4th, 2019

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 to sell his home.

Septic tank not decommissioned correctly causes sinkhole under house

Home Inspector climbs under the house to inspect the crawlspace and sees that the footing for a support beam is about 4 inches lower than the beam. Indicating that the ground beneath the footing is sinking. This was a red flag to him. It didn’t take long for him to realize that there might be an old septic tank down there collapsing. He said it was time to refer the experts.

Which is where we come in. I removed the plastic off of the area. You can see a crack in the dirt around the area of the lid of the septic tank. It’s a 6 foot diameter sinkhole, which is the diameter of the septic tank precisely.

The client saved $1,200 by having the cheaper competitor hook up his house to city sewer. But now the floors need cut in the house, so flooring contractors will be involved. General contractor as well. Then the tank redug out, tank mechanically collapsed upon itself with guys with jackhammers. Finally to be filled with pea gravel and recovered with dirt.

This will be in the thousands of dollars. I don’t have to do the math for you on this one.

When hiring a contractor, check online reviews, check with friends and neighbors, check, look at how long has the company been in business.

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Don’t pour concrete over septic tank

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

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 tank. 

These things can be avoided if you hire a licensed septic tank contractor to advise locations of all of your underground components. 

If you searched this up, I hope you can learn this expensive lesson before you start pouring concrete. 

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Septic tank under deck access hatch

Saturday, July 19th, 2014


Septic Tank under Deck Hatch Cover

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.


Septic Tank under Deck Hatch Cover


Septic Tank under Deck Hatch Cover

Here we can see a deck access hatch cover installed by a general contractor.  It is not a good idea to use a septic contractor to do these types of projects as we are “Specialty Contractors” and are not licensed nor insured for this type of work.  This is why we always refer Bob Putnam for this type of work in our area.  In case the link doesn’t work on your browser his website is  His email is and his phone number is 360-901-0821


He has years of experience doing this and other types of work around the house.  He comes with First Call Septic’s highest of recommendations.  He is honest, fair, and does each job with the highest of precision.  Work with him and you’ll see, that there is a difference in General Contractors.

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Ronnie Tamez


Septic system under house

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Today, I get to climb under a house. The entire septic system is under that house. The area for me to work is in the crawl space. system is failed. Sewage is backing up, in the dirt, and is about 1/2 inch thick. I have to hand-over-hand it down there and clean it up. Repair of this system is impossible. I’m not even sure how to decommission this tank correctly. We just can’t simply move the house. The drainfield is under the house as well.

So please. Heed this warning. *Do not build a house on top of your septic system. It makes for repairs/service nearly impossible and very expensive. So today, I get to lay in sewage to clean it up. And the sewage is not the bad part. It’s all the bugs that moved in. Septic flies and black widow spiders are everywhere.

Good times.


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Competitor pumped this tank many times? Picture says a thousand words.

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Here is a picture of a house, clean out pipe, and a small garden shed.  This homeowner used our competitor to pump this tank for over 15 years.  It was pumped out 4 times.  He has receipts for it.  Now the homeowner wants to sell the house and needs me to certify the septic system.  The other septic company is not certified to sign off on real-estate purchase septic inspections.

Here’s where things get bad.  The garden shed was installed when the house was brand new.  Homeowner has hired for septic pumpings 4 times since new.  Homeowner states that the septic company was able to “hook up” their hoses to the little black pipe at the house and inspect and pump the tank from there.

Septic tank under shed, competitor claimed to have pumped 4 times from clean out pipe at house

Septic tank under shed, competitor claimed to have pumped 4 times from clean out pipe at house

Note: that little black pipe is called a “clean out.”  It is just a sanitary tee and the septic tank is 10 feet directly away from the house.  There is no physical way to pump the septic tank from cleanout.  It cannot be done.  Plus you cannot inspect the septic tank from there.  Physically impossible.

Now that he is trying to sell the home, I have to have him remove the shed.  At this moment he is livid.  He cannot believe he was taken for such a ride like that.  He has tried to go after that company, but they had no bond or insurance.   Nothing at all to go after.  Never take the phonebook’s words.  We, the company, can pay to put anything in there.  Licensed/bonded/insured.  It is unfortunate that the homeowner still has to look up these things.  Try Washington State Department of Licensing to check to see if the company really is.  My Insurance agent is Kathy Landers with State Farm Insurance, and proof of insurance is available upon request from me or her office at 360-892-5363.  You can find our us at the Secretary of State website as well.

Now this homeowner is going to have to remove the shed, and chances are it will need pumped for it hasn’t been pumped for over 15 years.  It will be full.  Guaranteed.  A septic tank is merely a garbage can and will get full.  And hopefully nothing is broken inside.

Now one may ask, why would a company do such a thing?  Why would a company just pump air?  Here’s the reason.  If the septic tank is documented at the county that it is a 1250 gallon septic tank, then charge for 1250 gallons.  It’s all profit.  There is no charge to discharge 1250 gallons of air.  Now 1250 gallons of waste water is going to cost us about $300.00 to discharge.  If we don’t pump anything, than that $300.00 get’s added to all profit.  A very dishonest and crooked way to conduct business.  It will catch up with them.  Trust me.