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came and pumped out our septic tank. We were worried it was a bad drain field causing our problems but he assured us it was a maintenance" issue and that we needed to get our tank pumped out every 3-5 years regularly. He was very knowledgable and I will use him again for anything septic tank related.

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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.

Septic Tank Cleaning reviews in Jacksonville

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They pumped out the septic tank but then told us we needed a new drain field on one of them and that if we hired him on the weekend we wouldn't have to go through the company and it would be cheaper; $2,500 vs the companies $5,000! Not a reputable company at all!
- INEZ G.
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I called and was given a same day appointment. The workers came at the time allotted for the job, took their tool and found the tank. at my request they opened the tank at the drain field end so I could verify the drain field was working. They measured the lip for me so that I could verify my drain field was working. they pumped the tank, had me flush the toilet a couple times recovered the tank and leveled out the grass and wrote me up a ticket. I paid him and they left.

- louise A.
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I had no trouble getting through, but I called promptly at 8am before he got busy on a job. We set up the appointment for the next morning and he was here on time. He was friendly, professional and polite. He got right to work. He listened to me and answered all my questions. His phone rang many times but he only answered specific calls so he could get my job done promptly and properly.
I think this was the kind of businessman our country was built on. He was straight forward, honest, reliable and kept his price reasonable when my tank was really, really bad. It was obvious even to me. It also turned out that I had two leaky toilets! He told me how to put dye in the water to identify the leaks. It worked and I've already fixed one of the toilets. Turned off the water to the other until the new flapper valve comes. I recommend this business.
- Cecelia L.
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Owner did work himself, was on time, and got right to work. Found several problems including a bad drain field on a home I was purchasing and closing on
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1, 2015. Since this was my first experience with a septic system, I was unable to rate the cost but considering how honest he was , took his time to explain everything to me, and sent me the official report the following day as promised I would highly recommend this provider.
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- Marcie J.
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I called to request service on Tuesday afternoon. As promised, Mr.
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Mr.
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and Hunter located the septic tank, uncovered the openings and removed the screw-down type lids. They pumped the septic tank and cleaned the filter. The outlet pipe sections needed to be glued and this was done. The lids were repositioned and screwed back on. The openings were recovered with soil and the area was neatly leveled. During this process, I enjoyed discussing some of the history of septic tanks in the Jacksonville area with Mr.
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- Victor S.
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very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly They answered our many questions and offered advice They went right to work and finished the job quickly. Great team.
- james M.
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They had a reasonable price. They got done with the job in about three days. It was prompt, very professional and reasonably priced. One worker actually did the entire job. He'd call and they'd come out with the trucks, to load up the trucks with the old dirt and other stuff and they would haul it off. It was amazing -- the amount of money, the quality of the work and the speed of the work. If he told me he'd be here at 7:00 in the morning, he's out there, at 7:00 in the morning. Everything is above board. They have state inspectors come out and look at the work. I had no mound in my yard. When they finished, you can't even tell. The lawn is still flat.
- Robert N.
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They called when they were on their way ( as they said they would do )they pumped out the tank replaced the dirt and left things in order My plumber said it was a good price Normal price was $225 weekend was only $25 additional
- Jean N.

Septic Tank Services in Jacksonville

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911 Restoration Orange County

520 Main Street, Windermere, FL

A A Septic Pumping Inc

8300 W Beaver St
Jacksonville

A-1 DRAIN CLEANING SVC

PO BOX 47181
Jacksonville

Acme Septic Tank Co Inc

638 Carlton St
Jacksonville

adam ant fill and clearing

7332 shindler dr #4

ADVANTAGE PLUMBING

PO BOX 49225
Jacksonville Beach

AFFORABLE DRAIN CLEANING

6776 TOWNSEND RD
Jacksonville

AMERICAN PLUMBING CONTRACTORS

5720 ARLINGTON ROAD
Jacksonville

AQUA RESTORATION

9745 TOUCHTON ROAD
Jacksonville

ASAP Plumbing

PO Box 48070
Jacksonville

B & G Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning

2232 Corporate Square Blvd
Jacksonville

BURNEY'S SEPTIC TANK SVC INC

24 PELLICER LN
Saint Augustine

CCI Restoration Services

1750 Emerson St
Jacksonville

Champion Septic

PO Box 141
Middleburg

Clay County Master Plumbing LLC

449 Arthur Moore Dr
Green Cove Springs

Complete Coatings Inc

857 Eastport Rd
Jacksonville

CONSOLIDATED UTILITIES

1478 3RD ST S
Jacksonville Beach

DARRELL CREWS SEPTIC TANKS

10626 YANKS CRUISER
Jacksonville

Englewood Well and Pump Co Inc

1303 Hickman Rd
Jacksonville

Extreme Plumbing

8620 Blarney Stone Ct
Jacksonville

Florida Pump Service Inc.

192 Industrial Loop S
Orange Park

Gable & Mackey LLC

PO Box 380085
Jacksonville

Hessco Innovations

7749 Normandy Blvd
Jacksonville

J. L. Smith Septic Tank Services LLC

1933 Witten Rd S
Jacksonville

Jacksonville Plumbers

841 Prudential Dr
Jacksonville

Jaxhandyman Warranty/Service & Repair Corp.

2557 Horseshoe Bend Rd
Middleburg

Magic Rooter Services

5924 Hwy Ave
Jacksonville

Metro-Rooter

8892 Normandy Blvd
Jacksonville

Mr. Rooter of Jacksonville

2508 Academy Ave
Deltona

O E Smith's Sons Inc

11749 New Kings Rd
Jacksonville

PARTRIDGE WELL DRILLING CO

4744 COLLINS RD
Jacksonville

Pipe Works Plumbing LLC

8340 Thornton Ct
Jacksonville

RONNIE SAPP WELL DRILLING & SEPTIC TANKS

PO BOX 1000
Glen Saint Mary

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

2028 W 21st St
Jacksonville

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

1960 US 1 S
Saint Augustine

T & S GREASE TRAP SVC

13820 SAINT AUGUSTINE RD
Jacksonville

The Malle Company

5425 Riverwood Rd. North
Saint Augustine

Tier 1 Construction

13245 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville

Tillman Septic Pumping Inc

108 Halsema Rd N
Jacksonville

TOM HUNTER SEPTIC TANK SVC

13033 LANIER RD
Jacksonville

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