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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… Continue reading Tree Roots in Septic Tank Removal

Service Call Fee for Septic Bids

Here’s another story for the “I cannot make this stuff up file.”   Let’s talk fees for a second. Our “Service Call Fee” is $125.00. That fee get’s our truck on site and starts working for emergencies. But then we go by the hour plus parts until we are done.   There are other guys… Continue reading Service Call Fee for Septic Bids

Groundwater intrusion by heavy rains and high groundwater solved

  This homeowner did not want to divert water by digging rain drains and ditches. Super nice yard, didn’t want dug up. One option is to trench the water to off of the tanks and direct water downhill.  Frenchdrains work great for this too.  But in this case, the homeowner’s yard would have been destroyed… Continue reading Groundwater intrusion by heavy rains and high groundwater solved

Lack of Septic Pumping leads to Septic System Failure

This septic emergency was because of lack of maintenance. This client was under the impression that you never need to pump the septic system, unless it’s giving you trouble.  He adds septic tank additives every months.  It’s never giving him a problem before. Unfortunately, over 8 years, it completely packed with solids.  All a septic… Continue reading Lack of Septic Pumping leads to Septic System Failure

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

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU0nrDS9dFU This inspection cost this buyer $135.00, “Cowlitz County” rate.  No additional… Continue reading Septic System Inspection Video

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,… Continue reading Nu-Water Aerobic Treatment Plant

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… Continue reading Septic tank backed up due to a clogged filter

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… Continue reading Septic Tank Baffle Inspection

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… Continue reading Removing a clog from Septic tank inlet baffle

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… Continue reading septic system homeowner inspection video

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… Continue reading Septic tank under deck access hatch