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septic system homeowner inspection video

septic system homeowner inspection video

This link is the best video, by far, I have seen for homeowner self inspection.  Just in case you are one of those that want to share in the joy in septic work.  If you have 25 minutes, please watch this video.  If you don’t wish to participate in your self inspection, at least you will see what we are looking at when inspecting your system. Now this is filmed for those needing explanations at nearly every step.  But this…

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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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Septic alarm and what it means

Septic alarm and what it means

This is a working model of a basic septic systems pump and alarm for a pressure drainfield, sand filter, or sand mound.  Geogrpahically, these two yellow float switches are located in the tanks with the wastewater.  The light signifies the pump.  When I raise the lower float switch, you must imagine my hand as wastewater.  This is what will trigger the pump to turn on.  The light comes on.  When the lower float is lowered, the light goes off. Now…

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Real Estate Transaction Buyer Beware Septic Service

Real Estate Transaction Buyer Beware Septic Service

Here comes another story of, “I just can’t make this stuff up” Scenario. Buyer and buyer’s agent call me to inspect a septic system of a house that they are going to purchase. I note that 1. There is an electrical problem that needs an electrician. 2. The alarm float has become detached from the float tree and needs to be reattached. 3. The solids levels in the tank show that the tank does not need pumped; however, there is…

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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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Rare pics of me working

Rare pics of me working

This is a super rare photo of me during a septic pumpout. The machine I’m running is called the crust buster and stirs up the tank so we can guarantee we clean the tank well. This picture was taken by my customer. He was a pleasure to work for and it’s rare to see someone want to take a picture and then share it. This picture was taken in the camas, washougal area just outside of vancouver.

Best Customer Callback Ever

Best Customer Callback Ever

Best customer call ever. He called me this morning wanting a price quote. I told him that we charge 38 cents per gallon and sales tax and that’s a flat rate. He asked what that was. A flat rate? I said that there is no other fees. I’m not going to be upselling you magic chemicals or anything else. As long as your correct on the gallons you can write the check out now and put it on the counter….

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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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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