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"From the first time I meant with him for an estimate till the job was finished he was very professional , informative and friendly . He kept in touch about the permit." His time line was accurate. They did a great job of installing the drain field and when the job was done and inspection was okayed they did a great job of smoothing out the yard. I would highly recommend this company.

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Plumbing to complete the job. The job in its entirety was completed in under a day, and the contractor even tidied up my front "lawn" and preserved the cement slab in the front, in an effort to maintain appearances as much as possible. This company is wonderful, and all efforts were made to make this as pleasant an experience for me. The repair was a painful pill to swallow but I would hire this company many times over. Fantastic job!

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Follow these five tips in order to maintain your septic system. (Image courtesy of FloHawks Plumbing)

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.

Cleaning a septic system needs to be done every couple of years.

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.

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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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.

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He showed pictures of the work he had done and his system beats other companies in the area. It went perfectly from start to finish "Exactly" as he said it would. Nowadays, that means everything! The other company we priced was going to charge more and put in an aerobic system that was not needed and causes many headaches.
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does what he says and keeps his word.
- Sara M.
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The toilets were backing up with no apparent clogs. When I called, I had to leave a message. He called me back very quickly and gave a estimate time of 11 am. He showed up by 11:10; which I found to be great because I have found many people to give estimate times and their estimates needed an hour before or after. He came out and found not only the septic tank was completely full but there was a clog in the pipe. He cleaned out the septic tank as well as snaked the clog.
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was who I talked to and handled everything. He had two workers with him, Everyone was very polite, worked very fast and efficiently, and acted very professional. I was very pleased with the work and how fast he got everything done. Especially since I had a couple of errands to run quickly before school let out.
- Morgan N.
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arrived this morning. He was professional, knowledgeable, and began working right away. The job was complete in a timely manner and the area was put back together neatly.
- Christine O.
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They're prices are reasonable and they do good work. Communication with them is excellent and they're very responsive often coming out the same day.
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showed up on time was very carful at not making a mess and just an all around nice man. Had a little dificulty getting his snake to go through some of our curves in the pipe but it all went well and were once again the water is flowing.
- Phillip J.
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I had already scheduled an appointment with their service and was on the docket for a week out. The reason my call to them was my toilet and sink were starting to gurgle. On Saturday morning, just two day after I had initially called, everything backed up, my toilet, shower etc. I called
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again in a panic, told them my situation had changed and was now urgent that they come asap. They said they would be there within couple hours... so I went for a cup of coffee down the street and within just a few minutes, received a call from their driver that he was sitting in my driveway. He asked where the septic tank was, I was back within 10 minutes and he was already done! He found the tank, dug it up, uncovered it and drained the inlet (where the problem was) and the entire tank and was buttoning up when I got there. The operator was friendly, efficient and cleanup afterwards... I'm a business owner and I'm not easily impressed, however
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WOW'd me... from my one experience with
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- Peter B.
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Their staff is unprofessional and unthruthful. They all give excuses and lie for one another to avoid repairing the problem. We are current filing a lawsuit against them for their actions.
- Michelle D.
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He was out here for probably three times longer than what the company thought he would be. He didn't give up but kept doing what he could to find the tank- which he finally did. He was out here for a while but the whole time, he was professional. They were fantastic.
- Karen N.

All Septic Tank Services in Cleveland, OH

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A & L DRAIN CLEANING SVC

122 CLAREMONT AVE NW
Canton

A A SANITARY WATERPROOFING CO

7277 BESSEMER AVE
Cleveland

A-1 HAGAN SEWER SVC

11301 MARLBORO AVE NE
Alliance

AAA Flexible Pipe Cleaning

7277 Bessemer Ave
Cleveland

AAA FREE FLOW SEWER & DRAIN

1132 GARFIELD AVE SW
Canton

Abbott's Suburban Septic Repair LLC

571 Valley Crest Dr
Akron

ABC SEWER & DRAIN CLEANING

2126 LAKESIDE AVE NW
Canton

ABLE CABLE SEWER & DRAIN SVC

6460 PEACH ST
Louisville

ABSOLUTE REPAIRS LLC

15507 EDGEWOOD AVE
Maple Heights

ABV Contractors Co

36315 Reading Ave
Willoughby

Ackworth Construction

2237 Watson Marshall Rd
Mc Donald

Aeration Septic

Canal Fulton

AFFORDABLE DRAIN CLEANING

1634 34TH ST NE
Canton

ALL STAR PLUMBING & DRAIN

210 E LAKE AVE
Barberton

ALL TOWN & COUNTRY SEPTIC SERVICE

3500 S HAMETOWN RD
Barberton

Allen Drain Service Inc

1008 Mogadore Rd
Kent

Alman Brothers Excavating

33590 Royalton Rd.
North Royalton

AMERICAN EAGLE DRAIN SVC

3032 GILBERT AVE NE
Canton

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

American Plumbing Inc

1063 Bradley Rd
Westlake

ANDERSON DRAIN SVC

918 27TH ST NE
Canton

Angelo Salvatore Excavating

9240 Noble Park Dr
Brecksville

Another Chance Septic Company

9195 Sand Run Circle
Clinton

ASHTABULA SEPTIC SVC

3899 AUSTINBURG RD
Ashtabula

AUBURN BAINBRIDGE EXCAVATING

11313 E WASHINGTON ST
Chagrin Falls

Barnes Earth and Turf LLC

7493 South Ridge RD
Madison

Belsole Ground Works

5035 Beach Road
Medina

BRUCE'S SEPTIC SERVICE

16855 CATSDEN RD
Chagrin Falls

BUDGET SEWER & DRAIN CLEANING

1227 MAPLE AVE NE
Canton

Burnett's Septic Svcs

233 Commerce Dr
Lagrange

CHARLIE'S DRAIN SERVICE

4836 EDISON RD
Kent

Cleveland Plumber

600 Superior Ave. East
Cleveland

CLOG FREE DRAIN CLEANING SVC

10919 AVON AVE
Cleveland

COLE'S SEPTIC SERVICE INC

114 MAPLE AVE
Chardon

D J PLUMBING & HEATING INC

14961 MARKS RD
Strongsville

DEL BROCCO SEWER

19506 ST CLAIR AVE
Euclid

DIFONZO EXCAVATING

36036 LAKELAND BLVD
Eastlake

Difranco & Son Co Inc

36501 Eddy Rd
Willoughby

DOWNS SEPTIC DRAIN & EXCAVATING

4329 STATE RD
Peninsula

Duncan Plumbing LLC

9479 Hoose Rd, Mentor, OH
Mentor

DYNAMERICAN

1011 Lake Rd
Medina

FELIX'S ELECTRIC SEWER CLEANING INC

8548 COUNTRYVIEW DR
Broadview Heights

Fire Side Homes

1330 Poorman Rd
Bellville

First choice plumbing & Drain

409 Franklin ave
Barberton

FREE FLOW INDUSTRIAL JET VAC

1132 GARFIELD AVE SW
Canton

FRY SEPTIC INDUSTRIES

1333 E 289th St
Wickliffe

G L E PLUMBING

PO BOX 25696
Cleveland

G. KAUFMAN'S SEPTIC TANK CLEANING SERVICE

11051 TAYLOR MAY RD
Chagrin Falls

GEOSEARCHES INC

200 Industrial Parkway, Suite 6B
Chagrin Falls

Girard Construction Group Inc

4005 East Smith Road
Medina

GMC Contractors LLC

37851 Milann Dr
Willoughby

GOOD EARTH LANDSCAPING

9251 S BROWN RD
Chardon

GREEN'S SEWER SVC

5731 MCCREERY AVE
Ashtabula

GRIFFITH SEPTIC SVC

4060 DUEBER AVE SW
Canton

GROSS BROTHERS/DICK WEST PLBG

1024 DOUGLAS ST.
Vermilion

Harbor Excavating And Construction

210 House Ct
Painesville

HUMBERT SANITARY SVC

1581 APPLEGROVE ST NW
North Canton

JARVIS SEPTIC & DRAIN LLC

PO BOX 146
Wadsworth

L-N EXCAVATING

1150 CHERRY LN
Independence

LARRY'S SEPTIC TANK

2842 EDISON ST NW
Canton

LIBERTY DRAIN CLEANING

2214 FULTON RD NW
Canton

Lost Pond Construction, Inc.

13176 GAR Highway
Chardon

Lou Severino Construction Inc

1809 Cedarhurst Dr
Wickliffe

MACK INDUSTRIES INC

201 COLUMBIA RD
Valley City

MC & Sons Construction

1500 cherry lane
Ashtabula

Mc Hugh's Plumbing Inc

8018 Wilson Mills Rd
Chesterland

MCCLELLAN SEPTIC TANK CLEANING

P O BOX 132
Hinckley

MIKE'S EXCAVATING

6616 W SMITH RD
Medina

Mike's Excavating

9372 West 130th
Strongsville

Mr Rooter Inc

31382 Industrial Pkwy
North Olmsted

Mr Rooter of Youngstown

97 Karago Ave Unit 1
Youngstown

Municipal Services of America

29647 Lakeland Blvd
Wickliffe

MUNN SEPTIC

PO Box 276
Newbury

NEMETH SEWER & DRAIN CLEANING

1644 E 28TH ST
Lorain

New Creation Excavating

9189 N Park Ave
North Bloomfield

Nicholas & Son, Inc

8877 Jackson Street
Mentor

NORHIO PLUMBING

11342 CHAMBERLAIN RD
Aurora

NORTH CANTON HOME DRAIN

1997 FAIRBROOK AVE NE
Canton

NORTH COAST AERATION SYSTEMS

2432 N Ridge Rd
Painesville

OHIO AERATION INC

5674 RTE 193
Andover

OLDFIELD SEPTIC SVC

41633 RUSSIA RD
Elyria

OSBOURN PLUMBING HEATING AND PUMPS

9988 kinsman rd
Novelty

P.M.Home Improvement Co.

193 W. Glendale Street
Bedford

POP'S SEPTIC & DRAIN SVC

6235 AKRON AVE NW
Canal Fulton

Portage Septic

1240 St. Rt. 225
Deerfield

R C DeFranco & Son

P.O. Box 52
Chagrin Falls

R GIFFIN SEPTIC CLEANING

482 VINE ST
Geneva

Ram-Con LLC

44270 rt. 511 East
Oberlin

RAY JOHNSON SEPTIC TANK SERVICE

31915 BAGLEY RD
North Ridgeville

Reliable Basement & Drain LLC

41734 Griswold Rd
Elyria

RICE PLUMBING

12040 WISCONSIN RD NE
Alliance

Roto-Rooter

6742 Wise Ave NW
North Canton

Roto-Rooter

708 W 30th
Ashtabula

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service

274 Bowhall Rd
Painesville

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

1353 Lear Industrial Pkwy
Avon

RUSHMORE BUILDERS & CONSTR

8042 ALBION RD
North Royalton

S.J. Builders

4768 Waterloo Rd
Atwater

SANITARY SEPTIC TANK CLEANING

10915 STATION RD
Columbia Station

Sewer Technology LLC

15255 Lakeshore Blvd.
Cleveland

SHILOH TOOL & EXCAVATING CO

P.O. Box 39211
Solon

Sitework Developing Inc

9940 Waterford Trl
Chagrin Falls

SOLID ROCK EXCAVATING & POURED WALLS

7395 RAVENNA RD
Painesville

STAFFORD PLUMBING INC

7044 MANCHESTER RD
Canal Fulton

STAPLES SEWER & DRAIN

9808 STATE ROUTE 43
Streetsboro

Steigerwald Septic & Sewer

8678 Mayfield Rd
Chesterland

STEVE CUTLIP EXCAVATING

2791 STATE ROUTE 14
Rootstown

STURM & SON PLUMBING

1507 WALES RD NE
Massillon

Suburban Septic Service Inc

4229 Beck Rd
Medina

SUMMIT EXCAVATING INC

3316 GRILL RD
Clinton

SUPECK SEPTIC SERVICES LLC

7760 BRANCH RD
Medina

Superior Drainage

1175 George Washington Blvd
Akron

T.E.GRIFFITH SEPTIC

4060 Dueber Ave SW
Canton

TEMPLETON EXCAVATING

5153 MAYFAIR RD
North Canton

The Well Doctor

2957 Brady Lake Rd
Ravenna

Tim Frank Septic Tank Cleaning Co

12761 Madison Rd
Middlefield

Toaz Constuction Inc

19205 Rashell Dr
Bedford

Tom the Plumber

11909 KENSINGTON AVE.
Cleveland

UNIVERSAL DISPOSAL INC

9954 OLD ST RD
Chardon

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