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Don’t fall for Septic Tank Additive Scams

Don’t fall for Septic Tank Additive Scams

What a Scam. Don’t fall for these magic chemical additives. These are the type of emails I receive daily to “Make extra money per job/visit”. I will never fall for these, nor will I ever be broke enough to scam homeowners. I received this email today. To:ronnie@firstcallseptic.com From: ——–@aol.com Subj: Make $91.20 extra on each pump-out ————- Tallevast, FL 34270 1-800-621—– www.———–.com help@———-.com Let me introduce myself. My name is ————-. I’m sales manager of SEPTI——-. We’ve got a program…

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High Water Alarm

High Water Alarm

Last night I was with my friends at Rusty Grape Winery. I received an emergency call from a homeowner. Obviously since I had a drink, I could not respond to the emergency of my customer. The emergency was her “Septic High Water Alarm” started sounding off. Now, what does that mean? Simply, it means the septic system is experiencing a “Higher Than Allowable” water event. A sewage pump must b e acting up, or failed all together. I instructed her…

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Septic Tank Additives

Septic Tank Additives

Sometime last week we experienced an emergency call about a septic system only being 3 years old and needing pumped already.  They have used Rid-X septic tank additives religiously over the past three years. And they thought they didn’t have to pump the septic tank if they used their product. Here is the cut and paste from their website.  It’s also on the package of Rid-X they were using. “Q: If I use RID-X®, will I still have to have…

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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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Septic Tank Additives

Septic Tank Additives

This is  a great video. Now I did start recording a bit late.  But here’s how the story goes.  This is a home with two people living inside.  This tank is only 3 years old.  They use a commonly known septic tank additive every month.  They have been using it religiously. So they started backing up in the home.  They were confused and called us to find out what was wrong.  The septic tank was completely full of solids and…

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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  

Veteran’s Day Offer

Veteran’s Day Offer

No one took us up on our Veteran’s day offer. So one of my customer’s for many years, Mr. Bradley needed a septic inspection. A little history on Mr. Bradley. He is a World War II Veteran. Senior citizen. He is 83 years old and full of life. His Uncle used to work in the Septic field many many years ago. Every time I service his place, I put aside another hour just to talk. Hear old time war stories,…

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World Famous Nick’s Tavern Amboy, Wa

World Famous Nick’s Tavern Amboy, Wa

My favorite tavern, in the world, Nicks was backing up yesterday. I was called at 6:30 am. I arrived about 10:00 am. I had another emergency I was working on at the time. The tanks were backed up. I had just pumped it out three months prior. What gives? I used my inspection mirror and verified that the outlet baffle had rotted off. Oy. I had to pump the tank, put a ladder in, and enter. There’s no other way…

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Plumber’s attempt at Septic Repair

Plumber’s attempt at Septic Repair

Be cautious about plumbers attempting septic repairs.  Always check qualifications.  Your local health department will have a list of those trained to diagnose and repair septic systems.  This plumber in this testimonial was not certified.  And wrote up an estimate of nearly $5,000.00 for repairs. Proof of this can be found on my facebook page.  www.facebook.com/firstcallseptic  The homeowner lives in Colorado, and the distance is daunting to when it comes up to these types of problems. To read the entire…

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