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"They did a great job. I have a newer septic system that has a filter. It was clogged. They pumped the tank and cleaned the filter. My system is working fine now." They were very professional and courteous. When they dug out the grass to access the tank they made a perfect circle and carefully removed the sod. When they replaced it, you could hardly see where the grass had been removed! The lawn looked just like before the work was done - no mess! I was given tips on how to maintain the system. I also purchased a $50 treatment to prevent problems. This was optional. I definitely will use Reliable again.

-Lois A.

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"Easy to schedule, tried to do same day. When same day was not possible, only a small up-charge for a Saturday. Most other companies only laughed. The job went smooth," the owner came out. He did the
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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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Knox Septic Sewer Service employee Chad Pitcock mixes  quickcrete to stabilize the connection from the septic tank and the outlet line, which leads to the distribution box. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
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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Having received a rebate offer from the North Texas Council of
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at our home in Plano. We researched the different types of shelters
available, and settled on the concrete type. We were attracted to Texas
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to have chosen this shelter even though it is more expensive than the
larger shelter due to the fact that it is installed deeper underground
and the top is basically flush with ground level. A permit is required
to install a shelter in Plano, and
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spent countless hours preparing
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After a couple of false starts due to a delivery problem and the
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, the office manager was extremely helpful throughout the process
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- Edward E.
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After having received a rebate offer from the North Texas Council of Governments, we decided to have an underground tornado shelter installed at our home in Plano. We researched the different types of shelters available, and settled on the concrete type. We were attracted to
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in
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due to their sale price on a 6'x8' shelter.
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is a division of Septic Solutions of
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. When
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came out to do the measurements to make sure the shelter would fit on our small lot, we discovered that it would not. We then opted for the 5'x7' flat top shelter, and in hindsight we are glad to have chosen this shelter even though it is more expensive than the larger shelter due to the fact that it is installed deeper underground and the top is basically flush with ground level. A permit is required to install a shelter in Plano, and
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spent countless hours preparing the papers which helped us obtain the necessary permit and
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approval.
After a couple of false starts due to a delivery problem and the weather, we now have our shelter installed.
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is amazing with his Bobcat machinery which has multiple attachments, including a high powered
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hammer which was needed when he hit rock a few feet down. The installation went smoothly, and we were all amazed at how the shelter was shoehorned into our small area. There was no room for error, and none was made.
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, the office manager was extremely helpful throughout the process as well. I know that many other companies would have dropped our project because it was too difficult and time consuming, but
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stuck with us, and we couldn't be happier with our shelter.
I am confident that they bring this same work ethic and professionalism to their Septic Solutions business as well.
- Edward E.
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Very prompt with scheduling service. Arrived in his sparkling clean truck, very professional and informative. Took about 30 minutes total to set up, pump out a very full tank, and clean up. Would recommend his service to anyone!
- Brianne G.
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Our property is difficult to find and there is no cell or phone service at the home. It was very important that the contractor communicate with us in advance so we could get them directions and instructions on how to get in touch with us the day of service. The contractor was great at staying in touch, arrive as expected and followed our directions to the property with no issues. The team was very knowledgeable, friendly and worked hard. The job was completed with no hassle and the site clean up was great. I would absolutely recommend them and use them in the future.
- Joseph C.
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was very friendly, helpful and trustworthy. He explained things thoroughly and I feel he gave me a fair price on the aerator. It was nice that he is certified to fill out the paperwork needed for my homeowners KY permit. I wouldn't hesitate to use them or refer others to them.
- Christy R.
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Arrived on time, explained how he would perform job and promptly proceeded with the job. Did a very thorough job in a quick and efficient manner. Price was best I was quoted, and there were no efforts to sell additional services or products, but questions about possible improvements and practices were completely answered.

- James S.
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did a great job for us once again! When we first moved into our house in 2012, they replaced the 3 distribution boxes in our septic system. Then, about 18 months later in 2014, we called them to pump the tank since it had been 18 months since they last came out.
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is knowledgeable, responsive and his crew does a great job. They make owning a home with a septic system easy. We highly recommend
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- Rajesh U.
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came out and dug up the septic tank cover and pointed out the good (and bad) things that he found. He also went the extra step and dug up a small section of the leach field in very cold winter weather to check that it was working properly.
He sent me a written report in an Email showing what he found and the recommended corrective actions.
I highly recommend
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and
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to perform any septic inspection work if you are purchasing a home that uses a septic system.
- Paul H.

All Septic Tank Services in Harrisburg

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American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

B.R. Kreider & Son Inc

63 Kreider Ln
Manheim

Baymont On Call

19 Golf Course Rd
Dillsburg

BettterWay Excavating LLC

1926 Willow Street Pike
Lancaster

CR Powers HVAC

21 S Hanover St
Carlisle

CUSTOM EXCAVATORS

7001 BLOOMING GROVE RD
Glenville

Dale Miller & Sons, Inc

217 Mill Street
Fawn Grove

DEVONSHIRE SEPTIC TANK SVC

7 HARTWOOD LN
Quarryville

DL BURKETT CONSTRUCTION INC

2555 RIVER RD
Bainbridge

DNM Contracting, INC

7389 Paxton St
Harrisburg

Eshenaur & Son, Inc.

200 South 41st Street
Harrisburg

Fahnestock Excavating Inc

1440 N Colebrook Rd
Manheim

Farhat Excavating

160 Dividing Ridge Rd

FINS ENVIRONMENTAL SVC LLC

691 TRUCE RD
Quarryville

Five Star Contracting llc.

3825 Bonnymeade Circle
Harrisburg

Five Star Contracting llc.

3825 Bonnymeade Circle
Harrisburg

Gary L Templin Jr. Excavating & Trucking, LLC

1829 Mapledale Road
Elizabethtown

H & H General Excavating Co

1708 Rte 116
Spring Grove

HERRICK BUILDING & EXCAVATING

3772 Baltimore Pike
Littlestown

Inspect-It 1st Property Inspection

5193 Forest Ave
Bedford

J Hubler Landscaping

202 Ridgeview Rd. N
Elizabethtown

Kauffman's Septic Service

236 Governor Stable Rd
Bainbridge

KENAROW ENTERPRISES INC

4044 E HARRISBURG PIKE
Middletown

KLEINZ CONSTRUCTION INC

433 LIBERTY LN
Kirkwood

Kline's Services Inc.

5 Holland St
Landisville

LANCASTER HOME INSPECTIONS INC.

4 Theresa Dr
Conestoga

Larry and Sons, Inc.

301 W Franklin St

LEO KOB CO INC

303 JONLYN DR
Elizabethtown

Leon C. Landis, Inc.

310 S Park Ave
Quarryville

Madrigale Masonry LLC

602 El Hatco Drive
Temple

Manor Mechanical LLC

964 Boyce Ave
Lancaster

Moffitt Construction

20 Kralltown Road
Dillsburg

Montgomery Excavating

238 Kilgore Rd.
Delta

morret construction

2 albert lane

Oaktree Environmental Services Inc

298 McAllister Church Rd
Carlisle

Olinger Paving

280 Hickory Rd
Littlestown

Peck's Septic Service

68 Pine School Rd
Gardners

POSEY PLUMBING AND HEATING INC.

255 POSEY LN.
Red Lion

R.D. Hyre Hauling & Excavating LLC

6321 Mountain Road
Dover

Regal Plumbing Heating & Air

539 Baltimore St
Hanover

Regal, Inc.

711 Mckenzie St
York

Restuccia Excavating, Inc.

55 Dallas Dr
Dallastown

Rooter 7 Plumbing

414 Boyd Dr
Red Lion

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

4197 East Harrisburg Pike
Middletown

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

2460 General Armistead Ave
Norristown

Smith's Sanitary Septic Service

1234 Baltimore St
Hanover

Sneeringer Excavating & Demolition

2800 PLEASANT HILL RD
Hanover

Sunday Septic Service

2470 Conewago Rd
Dover

T & N Excavating LLC

1380 Cly Rd
York Haven

The Handy Man Can

400 1st St
Weatherly

THE HOME INSPECTOR INC

2061 KENBROOK RD
Lebanon

Tillett Plumbing & Heating Inc.

245 N Lincoln St
Palmyra

TOP QUALITY CONSTRUCTION

3692 Tunnel Hill Rd
Seven Valleys

Tri-County Pump Service Inc

6711 Old National Pike

WALTERS ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

PO BOX 400 GRANTVILLE, PA 17028
Grantville

WATERCHECK WATER CONDITIONING

20 STRAIGHT HILL LN
Dover

Wherley's Backhoe Excavation

3072 Pine Tree Rd
Spring Grove

Zimmerman Plbg & Htg

110 E Allen St
Mechanicsburg

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