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"Bill came out within 3 hours of being called on a Saturday morning, pumped out a septic container and fixed the failed sump pump. It was a service that we greatly" appreciated being done so quickly. His total bill was less than what other providers wanted to charge just to come out and look at the situation. He showed up. fixed the issue and was cheerful and pleasant.

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"I spoke with the rep in the morning, and was told they would be out that same afternoon. The technician who did the work was knowledgeable and very courteous. " I was impressed. He was unable to complete the job on the first day since the truck was full and had to be emptied, so he returned the following morning to finish. Price was exactly as quoted. Only minor issue was I had to call the office to have them email a receipt which I received within 10 minutes. I would definitely use this company again!

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How to maintain a septic system

A highly rated Angie's List service provider describes how to properly maintain your septic system and drain field. Here are five tips to help.

Septic systems

Septic systems are commonly used in rural areas and sometimes in areas not served by a municipal sewage system. Septic systems absorb household sewage and distribute the liquid waste into a designated leach field where natural processes can reclaim it. However, solid wastes and grease must be pumped out of the septic system periodically.

For top performance, you want the landscaping over your septic system to promote drainage and prevent erosion. Grass is ideal for this purpose. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tracy F. of Dayton, Ohio)
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Living a little more lightly is not only good for our planet … it can help your septic tank to function better

Just as your car requires regular maintenance, your septic system needs maintenance on a regular schedule as well, says Mills. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Diana N. of Chicago)
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Not thinking about your septic tank could lead to a breakdown at the worst possible time. Learn some basic septic system maintenance tips to avoid problems.

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Septic Tank, Wells & Pumps

Are you unsure if you should buy that house because it has a septic tank? Or, curious about getting a house with a well? Here’s what you need to know.

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In almost all areas, you have to get a permit from the county or city to rebuild a septic tank or leach field - permit cost typically $150-600, though can reach $2000 in some areas for a new installation. The reason is they will then come out and inspect the installation and review the test results from the civil engineer, from whom a design and soil percolation test and construction inspection report will be required before they issue an operating permit.

If you have a question on the process, the county or city most likely has a permit requirements info sheet on their website describing the process and requirements - googel your locale name combined with a search phrase like this - leach field test

The real reason a permit is required is to be sure an engineer designs the field, that the leach field is designed to match the existing soil conditions, and that it is built to the design so hopefully it will neither break through to the surface, contaminate the groundwater, nor contaminate nearby wells or waterways, thereby creating a public nuisance and health hazard.

The reason for the initial presale infiltration capacity test you had done is to provide some assurance to the buyer that the system is likely to work as needed, at least for the forseeable future, and is based on the number of bedrooms and sometimes number of bathrooms in the house as the basis for estimating the "load" the system is likely to see. There are different tests in different locales - some use a minimal criteria of 3 or 4 gpm flow for 20 minutes, other use the more common design guide of 150gpd (gallons per day) per bedroom in the house- some prorated for a 1 hour period, some far more strict by requiring a 24 hour test. 300 gallons in 45 minutes is an extremely stringent criteria - I would check with the buyilding department that this is right, because this adds up to a rate of 9600 gallon sper day - of about 64 bedrooms worth of capacity ! I am sure I have never ever seen that strict a criteria for a residential (as opposed to resort/ hotel/ commercial) septic system, so I would check that the tester did not somewhere add a zero to the volume to be pumped or something.

Also, returning water is not a viable basis for failing the test - the proper way to conduct a test is to pump the specified amount of water, and verify that the water level at the discharge pipe has returned to the original level by the end of the specified time - usually to the invert (bottom) of the pipe, but generally a conditional or "warning" approval will be given to one that does not raise the water table above the top of the 4" discharge pipe during the test time. You might discuss this with the civil engineer before going ahead with a new leach field construction - to me it sounds like the test may have been rigged to fail,, because in-service leach fields would not take 300 gallons of water without raising the water level to the top of the pipe for a period, even though they could take that flow for an extended period ot time.

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I would guess that the wrong term was used to describe your problem. What was probably meant was that the leach field was saturated. This is to say that the soil around your leach field is saturated with solids from the septic tank and you may have to have it replaced. If you do not have the tank pumped often enough this can happen as well as just aging of the system. Many people ignore the septic till there is a problem do to out of sight out of mind or the false belief they are saving money. If you have a large family you may have to have the tank pumped every 2 or three years. Some of the towns around here have passed laws to that effect to avoid such problems.

 

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There should be no growth other than grass on your leach field - for brush, bushes or trees use the kill-all Roundup herbicide to kill off the entire plant. For roots intruding from outside the leach field, use a root killer like RootX once or twice a year - I would do two treatments a month apart initially if you have root problems. Unfortunately, just killing the roots is not going to solve the problem you currently have, because they decay extremely slowly or not at all in a leach field due to the saturated and greasy conditions - they are almost embalmed in the sludge. If you have a significant problem, you may have to kill them, then get them routed out. This can be a $500-1000 job depending on how your field is designed and how accessible the inlets of the field distribution pipes are.

Septic Tank Maintenance reviews in Austin

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He was really up front about all the costs involved, and he even replaced the sod in your yard so I can't even tell. He was up front on the amount of money it would cost.
- Jennifer K.
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came out on short notice, and unclogged the septic pipe inlet. Quick and easy fix, but he really distinguished himself by:
1. taking care of us right away, and
2. educating us on what to do to prevent future problems, and suggestions to improve the drainage to keep the septic field drier, and
3. all the while with a great sense of humor. It's a dirty job but someone has to do it with a smile. :-)
- NICK T.
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I called
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in the morning when my septic alarm sounded. I suspected the pump.
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came out that afternoon, replaced the bad pump cleaned things up and made sure it was all working correctly. They were courteous, professional and obviously took pride in their work. He honored his Angieslist discount without question. I recommend them for your septic needs.
- CHRIS D.
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The owner called me before they scheduled the work and gave me a very detailed explanation of what the problem was, how they would go about the repair, and what kinds of problems they might encounter and how each of those problems would effect the cost. He was incredibly detailed and accurate. There were no surprises and the cost was exactly how much they told me it would be. I was impressed with their level of expertise and the level of detail they went into when describing what to expect.
I don't really have any way to compare pricing since I didn't get multiple bids, but based on internet searches, their price was low to average. Even if I found that it was high, I'd still go with these guys again. I have a lot of peace of mind now, and I don't always have that when a service is performed on my house.
- Stan V.
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Years ago it was owned by
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and all went well --and then
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took over and it has been awful ever since. We had just renewed our contract, more out of loyalty than trust in his abilities. When he didn't show up for 2 inspections in a row and we had to call and bug him each time, we decided to terminate. The contract said to send a certified letter and we sent a certified return receipt requested letter informing him of our decision to terminate, why, and a request for the amount of money left on our contract to be returned. What was returned was our letter unopened. We called and left messages which were also not returned. The BBB is now involved and their requests have also been ignored. Do not hire this company!
- John N.
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I read the reviews on
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ROCKS!!. His knowledge is amazing! I went to my new house not knowing a thing about septic systems to knowing how it works, where it's located and any warning signs that it might need servicing. I especially appreciated
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' patience with me as I asked a ton of questions.. I highly recommend
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and will use them again in the future.
- Stephanie C.
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was terrific! He quoted me a price. He explained what work would be preformed in detail and then preformed the work. I would use
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again! Extremely knowledgeable and honest.
- Lisa P.
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I phoned and explained that the tank had not been pumped in several years and was possibly over flowing. I was quoted $400 over the phone to pump our tank.
Charges:
$95 service call (was not disclosed until work completed. Vendor could not explain what a "service charge" is and why it was being charged.)
$170 to cut foliage in order to get to tank
3 men 30 minutes
$800 to pump what he claims was 2500 gallons
competition is FAR LESS they claim they could not get up my drive with a large truck so had to bring 2 small ones. We had a 30 foot semi the week before. This claim was ridiculous.
$270 for moving the slush around (??)
5% (he could not explain this charge)
Our pump was broken and when the gentleman came to fix he told me that he had numerous complaints about this company from clients. When I checked what i was charged with the competition I had been grossly overcharged.
I complained to pop a lid, BBB, YELP and one of their suppliers. They sent me a refund of $235. Although that amount was not an equitable settlement I preferred not to argue any longer.


- Lisa P.

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A 1 WALDEN SEPTIC TANK CLEANING

600 KAROLYN DR
Round Rock

AERO VALLEY SEPTIC & BACKHOE

10654 FM RD 150 W
Driftwood

Aerobic Services of South Texas

15188 FM 306
Canyon Lake

ALL AMERICAN WASTEWATER SOLUTIONS, LLC

9322 S. Highway 183
Austin

ALL SEASONS SEPTIC

15401 MARSHA ST
Austin

Allen's Foundation Roofing & Remodeling

16303 Canyon Shadow
San Antonio

Allstate Plumbing

1914-A West Howard Ln
Austin

Aloha Septic

PO Box 92253
Austin

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

AusTex Development

3702 Hillbrook Dr.
Austin

AUSTIN SEPTIC SUPPLY CO

3932 RANCH ROAD 620 S
Austin

B & G Plumbing

300 High Rd
Kyle

BALL PLUMBING CO

182 LONG HOLLOW RD
Elgin

Bam Bam Renovation and Repair

10200 Sprinkle Rd
Austin

Benchmark Wastewater Group Llc

PO Box 1011
Dripping Springs

Bentek Plumbing

17921 Niagara Falls Terrace
Round Rock

Bill Sanchez Plumbing

9111 Old Lampasas Trl
Austin

Black's Construction

P.O. Box 24
Martindale

Cain Septic Design

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San Marcos

CenTex Home Check

12111 Ranch Road 12, Suite 212B
Wimberley

Certified Plumbing Company

6435 W Jefferson Blvd

DAVID B EDELMAN CO

1914 HOWARD LN
Austin

DOCTOR ROOTER SEWER & DRAIN CO

12321 WATERS PARK RD
Austin

Falkin Services Unlimited

2727 Lyons Rd.
Austin

FLOWBEES

PO BOX 1993
Leander

Fox Service Company II LLC

4300 S Congress Ave
Austin

FULL CIRCLE RAINWATER SYSTEMS

150 TALISMAN DR
New Braunfels

Genesis 1 Engineering

6104 South First St.
Austin

HAMBY PLUMBING

16207 HILLSIDE DR.
Austin

Hardin Plumbing

109 Industrial Dr
Kerrville

hectors septic service

po box 2209
Bastrop

HILL COUNTRY AEROBIC SYST INC

2002 PURSLEY RD
Dripping Springs

Hill Country Wastewater Services, Inc

300 Sullivan Rdg
Dripping Springs

J & JK CONSTRUCTION & EXCAVTG

14700 THUNDERHEAD RD
Austin

Jakes DIRTCO

1050 Lost Valley Rd
Dripping Springs

JBK Electric, LLC.

5847 Fergus
Kyle

JMA Wastewater Services, Inc.

P.O. Box 1101
Dripping Springs

Joe Mohney LLC

2245 FM 619
Elgin

L Nelson Remodeling

6800-132 Westgate Blvd
Austin

L&M Plumbing and Remodeling

2924 Cohoba Drive
Austin

LAKE TRAVIS SEPTIC SVC

1305 BUFFALO GAP RD
Austin

LARRY'S SEPTIC TANK SVC

116 wildflower cv
Cedar Creek

LEINNEWEBER PLUMBING

12201 RANCH ROAD
Wimberley

LIQUID ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS

5119 E 7TH ST
Austin

M D Septic Services LLC

21524 Long Hill Dr.
Leander

M E Plumbing

160 Castlewood Dr
Seguin

MAINSTREAM SERVICES

2930 FM
Georgetown

MANN PLUMBING & SEPTIC

2416 HWY 290 E
Mc Dade

MCDONALDS SEPTIC TANK PUMPING

2807 HUNTER RD
San Marcos

MICRO DIRT INC

15500 GOFORTH RD
Buda

MIGHTY MIKE'S PLUMBING

1200 CREEK RD
Dripping Springs

MIKE GEPNER CONSTRUCTION, Septic & Excavating

525 UNION CHAPEL RD
Cedar Creek

Minyard Sons Service

1004 Cedar Park Drive
Cedar Park

MORELAND SYSTEMS

1603 POST OAK RD
Elgin

ODELL EQUIPMENT

220 BONNIE DR
Dripping Springs

Pegasus General Contractors, Inc.

Post Office Box 29042
Austin

Plumbers Austin

106 E 6th St
Austin

Premium Property Services

119 Shady Oaks Loop
Cedar Creek

PUMPIN PRO'S

299 FOREST LAKE DR
Del Valle

Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning

2908 San Gabriel Street
Austin

Rainbow Septic

2903 Terrain Ln
Austin

REPA PLUMBING & AIR COND INC

105 N GRANGER
Granger

Rooter-Man of Austin TX

12131 Roxie Dr.
Austin

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

2800 Longhorn Blvd
Austin

RW Webb Plumbing

201 Grande St
Driftwood

SECRET SERVICE CO

13105 Briar Hollow Dr
Austin

smith septic services

346 lea lane
Wimberley

SOS / Snowden Onsite Septic, Inc

10908 Ranch Rd 2222
Austin

SOUTHWEST SEPTIC SERVICES

PO BOX 685018
Austin

SPEC-ALL PRODUCTS

10608 HIGHWAY 290 W
Austin

Spillman Excavating

14310 Hwy 71 W
Austin

Stocker Plumbing

PO Box 535642
Grand Prairie

SUNSET CONSTRUCTION

16910 HAMILTON POOL RD
Austin

SUPERIOR SEPTIC CLEAN CAN

8 INDIAN MEADOWS DR
Round Rock

Tejas Designs and Septic Systems

4004 Vineland Drive
Austin

TEXAS AEROBIC SYSTEMS

439 greenridge rd
Georgetown

Texas Power Washing

602 Thrush Ave.
Austin

Texas Septic Services

10508 Dr Ranch Rd
Austin

Texas Septic Services

10508 D-K Ranch Rd
Austin

The People's Plumber

P.O. Box 10814
Austin

The Plumbinator

Round Rock

The Texas Panel Shop

11900 Metric Blvd, Suite J, Box 140
Austin

Timber Construction LLC

191 Cardinal Dr
New Braunfels

TOMMY DYE

15840 Hamilton Pool Rd
Austin

TSSI/TEXAS SEPTIC SERVICES & INSPECTIONS

201 Shady Oaks Loop
Cedar Creek

Vega Septic & ENRIONMENTAL SVC

PO BOX 342742
Austin

Victory Plumbing

1175 County Road 108
Hutto

WARD'S SEPTIC TANK & BACKHOE

RR 3 Box 1256
Georgetown

Weldon Couch Plumbing Co

451 CR249
Florence

Westmoreland Plumbing

8600 Old Bee Caves Rd
Austin

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