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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.

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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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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.
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Purchasing a home with a septic system was a little intimidating since I knew nothing about septic systems and in particular the condition of this particular system. Judge inspected the system, uncoverred some issues and even though the seller was to pay
- John W.
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I had called and left a voice mail, my call was returned and we scheduled them for the next morning to come out and give me an estimate. They were right on time for the appointment, got their measurements and then went into the office to work up my estimate. They called me back within two hours (if that long) and did the work the same day.
- Bobbie K.
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We have used this company before. They are a family business. They are a reliable father and son team. I think that the price is getting a little too high and I am going to shop around to make sure I'm getting the best deal. But as far as service goes, they do a good job.
- PAUL W C.

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A & B Sanitation Inc

5329 Cherry Bottom Rd
Columbus

A-1 Drain & Septic

5241 Chatham Rd
Granville

A-ACE SEPTIC TANK CLEANING

6301 BIXBY RD
Canal Winchester

A.B. Robertson Excavating LLC

225 Nashoba Avenue
Columbus

AAA WASTE & DRAIN

PO BOX 706
Columbus

ABLE SANITATION INC

3360 OWEN FRALEY RD
Delaware

ACE GREASE TRAP SPECIALIST

1876 MINK ST SW
Pataskala

Ace Septic Tank Cleaning SVC

1876 Mink St SW
Pataskala

Acr Drains

po box 173

advance waterworks

6505 Ashbrook Village Dr
Canal Winchester

ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS

288 Lafayette St
London

AFFORDABLE SEPTIC

PO Box 39
Pataskala

AFFORDAROOTER

145 W CANAL ST
Newark

AIR QUICK

2002 ZETTLER RD
Columbus

ALEXANDERS EXCAVATING

8463 BENNER RD
Johnstown

ALL ABOUT DRAINS

156 LENNOX AVE
Columbus

ALL AMERICAN SANITATION

248 Village Dr
Johnstown

ALLSTATE SEPTIC TANK SVC

3951 HICKMAN RD NE
Newark

Amanda Plumbing Sewer & Drain

39 E William St
Delaware

AMERICAN FAMILY PLUMBING

8565 SMITH CALHOUN RD
Plain City

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

Brunney Plumbing, LLC.

P.O. Box 172
Lancaster

BUCKEYE AERATION SVC INC

610 CHESTNUT ST
Marysville

Capital Plumbing & Mechanical

1659 Watkins Rd
Columbus

CASE EXCAVATING

9082 LONG RD
Ostrander

CDK Structures Inc

4600 Mitchell Ln
Ostrander

Chuck's Septic Tank Service

1500 Feddern Ave
Grove City

CLARRIDGE'S DISCOUNT SEPTIC

20444 RAYMOND RD
Marysville

COLWELL & SONS DRAIN CLEANING

6825 VAN WAGENER RD
London

COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPECIALISTS

6731 Albany Woods Blvd.
New Albany

CPR Drain Cleaning

2168 Eakin Rd
Columbus

D & D LAND SERVICES

6023 W LONDON GROVEPORT RD
Grove City

D & E SEWER & DRAIN SVC INC

823 SULLIVANT AVE
Columbus

DAN'S SEPTIC TANK & DRAIN CLNG

24250 MORRIS LEIST RD
Stoutsville

DOUG SCHNEES EXCAVATING

60 PENRY RD
Delaware

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 SERVICE

6970 LANE RD
Orient

EVERCLEAN AERATION SERVICES INC

5959 HAUGHN RD
Grove City

Fire Side Homes

1330 Poorman Rd
Bellville

GREEN'S SEPTIC TANK SERV INC

1236 8TH AVE
Lancaster

HANSEL SEPTIC TANK SERVICE

990 HART RD
Columbus

Hansel's Septic Tank

990 Hart Rd.
Columbus

HAYNER PLUMBING HEATING & EXCAVATING INC

17297 MARTIN WELCH RD
Marysville

Judge's Sanitation & Excavating

10745 Fancher Rd
Westerville

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 Cleveland

31359 Lorain Rd
North Olmsted

Mr Rooter Plumbing of Columbus

31359 Lorain Rd
North Olmsted

Mr. Rooter of Greater Cincinnati

9320 Sutton Place
Hamilton

Mr. Rooter of Mid-Ohio

945 N Trimble Rd
Mansfield

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

R & R Drain Pro

1000 Catalina Dr
Marion

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

Stiger Precast Inc

17793 State Hwy 231
Nevada

STRAWSER REEDER EXCAVATING

9155 MCCORD RD
Orient

SUBURBAN SANITATION

3734 MONTCLAIR DR
Columbus

The Drainworks

520 South State Street
Westerville

UNITED PRECAST INC

227 ROUNDHOUSE LN
Mount Vernon

Universal Construction

PO Box 785
Verona

Unlimited Production

6365
Westerville

Walt's Rooter Service

360 Larue-Marseilles Rd
La Rue

Warners Liquid Waste Hauling

8180 Rickard Rd
Plain City

Waste Rental

PO Box 47
West Jefferson

WELLS PLUMBING & HEATING

1828 N 3 B'S & K RD
Sunbury

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