Grease down drains on Septic

Just a friendly reminder to never put grease down your drains. Especially if you’re on septic. Believe me, there’s not enough water in your hot water heater to melt this grease. Not that you would want to anyways, the next step from here is the drainfield. Imagine what grease would do to dirt. Save your… Continue reading Grease down drains on Septic

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

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. This inspection cost this buyer $135.00, “Cowlitz County” rate.  No additional… Continue reading Septic System Inspection Video

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

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

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.… Continue reading Septic alarm and what it means

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… Continue reading Real Estate Transaction Buyer Beware Septic Service

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… Continue reading Best Customer Callback Ever

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… Continue reading High Water Alarm