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.  The homeowner lives in Colorado, and the distance is daunting to when it comes up to these types of problems.

To read the entire testimonial by the homeowner click here. 

Wow, Yesterday. I don’t even know where to begin. Wow. You’ll see.

I got a distress call from a homeowner in Colorado. A Tenant had called up a plumber. This plumber came into the house and verified that the septic system was backing up in the house. From this walk through, five minutes, was able to tell the septic tanks need pumped, wastewater was under the house, and was going to charge $800 to inspect the septic system. Their total estimate for repairs, for which they aren’t certified to diagnose or repair, was $4,300.00 $2,500.00 of which was for septic cleanup under the house.

Homeowner was very stressed. She is in Colorado and is so limited by distance. I told her I would be there in the morning to find out what’s wrong.

Truth-be-told, I was expecting a long day of swimming in sewage. I showed up in really old, throw-away clothes. I was sure I was going to have a bad day.

When I arrived I had to run some tests on an effluent pump. I determined that this was the cause of the backup.

I replaced the pump and the system is running normally. There is no wastewater in the crawlspace.

Their total bill was about $582.00. A Far cry from the $4,300.00 estimate. Always call for a second opinion. Even if it’s me. There are crooked companies attempting to work on septic systems that aren’t certified, and costing homeowner’s thousands of dollars.

There is more stories to this house, but that’s another incident, and another post.

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