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Tree Roots in Septic Tank Removal

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

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 tank.  But client saw “Root Kill” for septic systems.

So here’s a little education on septic systems and root kill additives.  Root kill additives are meant to be put directly into the drainfield.  Flushing them down the toilet, into the septic tank doesn’t do any good.  None of the additive will reach the drainfield.  It’s even on the package to add it directly to the drainfield.  And it does work when applied to the inlet line going to the drainfield, from the septic tank.

 

So for over the next 10 years this client added Root Kill into her septic system by flushing them down the toilet.  The roots continued to grow without the client knowing.  Until one day the system stopped working. Below we tried to break up the roots a little bit with tool called the crustbuster.  Of course it didn’t work, but I was willing to try anything to not have to go inside this septic tank.  But it did mix up the sludge on the floor so the vacuum truck to suck it out, and I wasn’t wading up to my knees in sewage.

 

Now the client wasn’t backing up just yet.  But was selling their house.  During a real estate inspection for the buyer, we removed the lids and saw the root damage.  The buyer could see that these roots couldn’t possible be good for the septic system, and could see that the roots have stopped the whole tank from working as it should.  Buyer decided that he wasn’t going to purchase the home until the problem was fixed.  Now here’s a little lesson on Real Estate Transactions.  Once a problem has been discovered about anything, the seller and the Realtor must disclose this condition to any trying to buy the home.  So needless to say, most people would not buy a home with a septic system in this condition.

 

So now comes time for the repair.  We had to take a shovel and chop a hole through the roots to get a hose to the bottom of the tank.  The pumper sucked out the best it could and then it’s time for “Confined Space Entry”.

We have the canopy set up as it’s raining pretty bad.  We have a tripod set up.  This is what lowers me into the septic tank and pulls me out.  I wear a harness that connects to that tripod.  I have blowers pushing fresh air down to me, and I wear an air monitor that monitors the air I am breathing.  Anything goes wrong the guy manning the tripod would crank me out of the hole.

Once lowered in you can see the damage it created.

I was down there for two hours.  Cutting roots with shovels and pretty much wrecking my sawsall.  But they needed to come out.

About half way during this procedure I did need a break.  This job is the worst root job I have had to this date.  I spent over 2 hours down there, and it was exhausting.  I can feel it in my body now about 18 hours since this job happened.  I am sure to be sore.

So when your septic technician let’s you know that you should remove plants/trees/shrubs, he/she is trying to save you money.  Because even though this is a “Job”, or maybe even “Job Protection”, it’s one that none of us want to do.  We are also trying to save you money.  This expense.  This tree root removal job cost the client about $1,600.00 and could have been avoided by simply removing the trees.  And make no mistake about it, if they don’t remove these two trees, we’ll be back.  Because the trees know that there’s free water right there and fertilizer.

 

Most important is that this is a job none of us want to do.  It’s really gross to be wading around sewage with creepy crawly worms and stuff, spiders, and everything else you can image.  I for one came out a different man then when I went in.  I may need therapy to help me forget this job.  It was a nightmare.

Don’t fall for Septic Tank Additive Scams

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

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 that can add $91.20 to each pump-out job – and at absolutely no risk to you.

Over 100,000 consumers have purchased SEPTI—— directly over the internet. (Check out www.———–.com.) Septic—— is a bacteria/enzyme product like —— but it’s more concentrated, and is less expensive. A box of ——- costs anywhere between $5 and $7.50. And ——– instruction is to use a box a month.

SEPTI—— costs your customer $182.40 for a 5 year supply, or $3.04 a month. Your cost is $91.20 – WITH FREE SHIPPING -a FULL 50% mark-up.

Our program is for those customers who call you regularly to do a pump-out. They’re the ones that are interested in maintaining their system properly, and they’re the ones who will appreciate SEPTIC——-. (They might be using ——- today, so you will be able to save them a considerable amount of money.)

All you do is carry a tub of SEPTI—— in with you when you’re finished with the job, and ask:

“Would you like a product that will help maintain your system between pumpouts? By flushing down a scoop of SEPTI—– once a month it’s an insurance policy so you can avoid any problems between pump-outs.”

You’ll be amazed at how many of your customers will want SEPTI——.

Our offer is 100% risk-free. Our terms are guaranteed sale. You can return any unsold product at any time for a full refund.

To order, click on this link –

PLACE AN ORDER

to put you on the consumer order page. Order the number of tubs you want and click “Add to Cart.” This will take you to the next page. To get your 50% discount, go to the “Promo Code” box and put in – 112312 – and you’ve got the 50% discount.

If you’ve got any questions give me a call at 1-800-621——-.

Thanks!

Bill

——–
SEPTIC———– Sales Manager

Septic Vacuum truck is back online

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

I forgot to post the repair is complete.  It was just an o-ring.  Thank god.

Thanks for reading,

 

Ronnie

Sewage backing up out of the drainfield

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Sewage backing up on drainfield

Sewage backing up on drainfield

Here is a couple of pictures of sewage backing up out of the drainfield.  It is full of bacteria and pathogens. That is what is making that black tar color.  This has been going on for some time.  It kinda dries up in the summer but it’s still smelly and gross.  And is contaminating surface to ground water.   This drainfield needs dug up and find out what’s going on.  Chances are this drainfield has reached the end of it’s life.

Close up Sewage backing up on the drainfield

Close up Sewage backing up on the drainfield

Septic System under house

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Today is going to be a bit of a logistical nightmare. I get to jet out and vacuum out a drainfield. Okay, I know what you’re thinking. How hard can that be? Well, it’s under a house. This is going to be tight, and the first time it’s ever been attempted. I will try to capture pics, but honestly. I don’t want to ruin my camera. But I will try.

And after that, I get to help an old friend with their septic on their house. I think my competitor may have scared them a bit. We’ll get er fixed.

And after that, the only thing you’ll see is the taillights of my motorcycle as I head to my friends place. It’s saturday. Thank God for work, Beer, and friends.