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"A well known brand name company had inspected the same line the day before and declared it was collapsed. The estimate to dig up and replace the sewer line was" over $6000.
guys came out as soon as possible, ran the same line, cleared the roots, and found the line was intact all the way to the sewer. The other well known brand name company had taken the wrong turn in the sewer line and ran their camera the wrong was up a "Y" joint into a second drain line that joined at the "Y", and concluded incorrectly that their camera was stuck because of a collapsed sewer line.
folks saved me over $6000 by correctly diagnosing the problem, which was solved in under a half hour. In the past, I have also had
successfully do other difficult plumbing work that other plumbers were unable to do and said couldn't be done due to tight quarters.

-Charles G.

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"Agent was on time and I tried to show him where the septic tank was in the front yard. I could not find it but the agent had a robot that he sent into the discharge" pipe. The robot found the tank which the agent marked for the pumper truck agent to come and pump out the tank. The pumping was performed a short time after the robot was removed from the pipe. All was completed with no fuss and I am pleased with the services. We will use them again as necessary.

-JERRY I.

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How To Maintain a Septic System

A contractor 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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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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1) Do not sign any contracts with this company.
2) Note, that this company
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up liquid disposal costs 700% and then sends you the bill.
3) Negotiate all work with this company prior to engaging their services.
4) Do not let them charge you "fuel surcharge" fees.
We learned on a Fri afternoon that an apartment bldg basement had 3 feet of sewage backed up in it. We called A&B to come out early that evening to pump out the basement. A&B sent 3 (later 4) workers and 2 trucks. The sewage was removed from the basement over the next 7 hours.
The work was done well but problems came up with the invoice:
1) They rush you to make payment within 10 days (providing a 10% discount) so that you do not have much time to review and make corrections (i.e., back and forth phone calls) to the invoice.
2) Labor charges were included on the invoice for personnel who were not on site. See note above about one of the workers showing up later during the job.
3) The liquid disposal rate of 35 cents a
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is 700% more than A&B pays to the disposal site (5 cents). Their contract that they force you to sign before doing any work is not clear on this matter.
4) There was a fuel surcharge on the invoice. This was during a time when fuel costs were very low.
I would not hire this company again. If you do, negotiate your cost up front, do not let them charge a markup on disposal and do not sign any of their contracts.
- Adam R.
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Excellent. About 4 pm on a Saturday afternoon I noticed sewer water beginning to back up in a basement floor drain. Immediately went to Angies List and found
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. I had an emergency situation and they came through for me and it was very much appreciated.
- Terry & Elizabeth H.
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is awesome very friendly and helpful, was able to schedule next day appointment.
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arrived as scheduled... explained everything along the way and helped reset the aerator. Job well done. No complaints.
- FIONAH N.
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Monday came and went and no show, called the office and said we got bumped for an emergency. Ok that happens, was scheduled for first thing tues. No show, they scheduled for Wed. Driver arrived middle of the afternoon instead of first appt. Cleaned the system, said the pumped needed to be cleaned before the system should be restarted and told ME how to pull it. Now i am handy but standing in a septic tank is not what i choose to do in life especially when i hire a "Full service" company. Wont use again. The price quoted for installing a pump was twice what i paid two years ago.
- Timothy H.
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Technician from
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emptied septic tank and unclogged a clog in the pipe going out to the septic tank. He was prompt, efficient, and professional. He did a wonderful job. I will definitely use their service again.
- Orly A.
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They told me up front they don't work on aerators and gave me the name of a company that did. They had a truck at my house within 3 hours of calling them. The job wasn't easy sucking 1500 gallons uphill but
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stayed by the septic tank and made sure it was completely pumped out. It was a much better experience than the previous company I used.
- JEFFREY A.
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This Company did a GREAT job ! The were able to come the same day!
He was here about 3 hous and had a hard time but never gave up.
He even clean up after. Wonderful company!
- MIKE T.
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Judge is the most knowledgeable person I've found when it comes to old septic systems. He came out to pump our septic tank, and was to come back out to fix the drainage. However, the office staff was out, and my request was waylaid for a few weeks. When I finally contacted them, they apologized and put me right on the schedule. They arrived on time, and were very professional. We were not sure what we would find, but Judge knew what he was looking for and soon found and fixed the problem. He allowed me to take pictures of the work for future reference, and was very fair in his pricing.
- ANNETTE A.

Septic Tank Services in Columbus

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A & B Sanitation Inc

5329 Cherry Bottom Rd
Columbus

A.B. Robertson Excavating LLC

225 Nashoba Avenue
Columbus

AAA WASTE & DRAIN

PO BOX 706
Columbus

Acr Drains

po box 173

advance waterworks

6505 Ashbrook Village Dr
Canal Winchester

AIR QUICK

2002 ZETTLER RD
Columbus

ALEXANDERS EXCAVATING

8463 BENNER RD
Johnstown

ALL ABOUT DRAINS

156 LENNOX AVE
Columbus

Amanda Plumbing Sewer & Drain

39 E William St
Delaware

ARS - Rescue Rooter Columbus - 8926

3050 Switzer Ave
Columbus

Atlantic Drain & Gutter

137 E Beechwold Blvd
Columbus

BDP Excavating

19 Reese Ave

BOB'S SEPTIC

P.O. BOX 359
Sunbury

Bozman Plumbing

PO Box 651
Reynoldsburg

Capital Plumbing & Mechanical

1659 Watkins Rd
Columbus

CDK Structures Inc

4600 Mitchell Ln
Ostrander

Chuck's Septic Tank Service

1500 Feddern Ave
Grove City

CPR Drain Cleaning

2168 Eakin Rd
Columbus

D & E SEWER & DRAIN SVC INC

823 SULLIVANT AVE
Columbus

Drain Busters

102 E College Ave
Westerville

E&B Wooley Inc

13726 olde post rd
Pickerington

E. C. BABBERT INC

7415 DILEY RD
Canal Winchester

EGER TRENCHING SERVICE

5545 BRAND RD
Dublin

ELITE SEWER & SEPTIC

1497 AUTUMN DR
Lancaster

EVERCLEAN AERATION SERVICES INC

5959 HAUGHN RD
Grove City

Fire Side Homes

1330 Poorman Rd
Bellville

HANSEL SEPTIC TANK SERVICE

990 HART RD
Columbus

Hansel's Septic Tank

990 Hart Rd.
Columbus

M & D Construction

129 E Taint St
Washington Courthouse

Mammoth Restoration & Cleaning

1255 N Hamilton Rd Unit 163
Columbus

McDermott Plumbing

2804 N High St
Columbus

Monroe Metal Recovery

3829 Arnmuth Ave
Columbus

Mr Rooter Plumbing of Columbus

31359 Lorain Rd.
North Olmsted

OHIO CAST STONE CO INC

PO Box 7852
Columbus

Plumber Columbus

4449 Easton Way
Columbus

Pro-Flow Plumbing & Drain Cleaning

951 Military Dr
Galloway

Professional Gutter & Drain

1065 Buckeye Park Road
Columbus

RANKIN HOMES INC

2718 SAWBURY BLVD
Columbus

riteway plumbing

po box 11
Galloway

Rooter-1

2684 Spring Grove Ave
Lancaster

S & K DRAIN CLEANING & PLUMBIN

6141 GIOFFRE WOODS LN
Columbus

Sebastian Construction

16514 Highway 10 N

Smock Construction LLC

PO Box 1357
Pataskala

STRAWSER REEDER EXCAVATING

9155 MCCORD RD
Orient

SUBURBAN SANITATION

3734 MONTCLAIR DR
Columbus

The Drainworks

520 South State Street
Westerville

Universal Construction

PO Box 785
Verona

Unlimited Production

6365
Westerville

Warners Liquid Waste Hauling

8180 Rickard Rd
Plain City

Waste Rental

PO Box 47
West Jefferson

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