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"First I want to say that the prior owner of this home did not put in adequate drain field for the size of this home or properly account for how many people would" be living in this home. This is no fault of & I do not hold them responsible for prior home owner errors. That being said did diagnose problem and installed a new drain field that was supposed to accommodate the size of the home and the people living in it. It didn't work Speedy suggested we decommission the current sand filter & replace it with a commercial grade filter. Again this did not work. Our home has the capacity of over 3000 galleons of septic waste with tanks installed by speedy. Currently these tanks have been converted with the city of Portland's approval and with necessary and required permits to a holding pond situation. We currently have an approved plan by the city to connect out home with the sewer. Design took eight months to complete and an additional 2-3 months while speedy sent or took bids for work to be completed. Speedy claimed that delay was the fault of the city, claiming that design had to be submitted and resubmitted multiple times. Speedy provided no documentation of delay and very little communication with us. Whenever WE contacted speedy we were told "it's almost done" or city this or city that. Final estimate is upwards of $68000. We have not determined what course of action we are going to take. As my wife and I run an adult care foster home from this location our options are somewhat limited. Issue will ultimately be resolved. What form resolution will take remains to be seen. I must say I have looked on other websites and was very surprised at the rating speedy was given

-Thomas C.

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"We live below the sewer main so our house uses sewer pumps to push all household water up hill to the main. The pump system alarm sounded, and the pump manufacturer" recommended that I call RCE to work on them. from RCE came out to diagnose the problem, and correctly told me that one of the pump motors was shot and the capacitor had blown. We asked him for a recommendation on what to do next in terms of replacement. He came out again and had a representative from the pump manufacturer on the phone. They walked through the electrical on the system, and said that our 240V home electrical was too high and that I needed to call the power company to have them push less electricity to the house. Seeing as 240V is standard in all houses I knew this was not right, and confirmed that with both the power company and two different electricians. Nevertheless, since there are not many people who work on these things, I asked him to provide me with an estimate for replacing the pumps. He never called back. I also followed up directly with the office staff for an estimate and they never called back. The only reason they didn't get straight Fs was because did come out twice and showed some dedication those two times in trying to figure out the problem. But the lack of follow through was very unprofessional. I will not use them again.

-MARTIN D.

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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.

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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.

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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 Portland

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It went great. They came by later on the same day I called, brought a van with a large supply of parts they could choose from depending on what they found, and then quickly diagnosed & replaced the failing septic tank pump. Their price was slightly higher than I expected for the replacement pump & service call, but they made up for it with ...More same day service and an immediate fix for the problem at hand.
- CALEB R.
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Although this company did an excellent job of pumping my septic tank in a hurry, I have been waiting for months for this provider to provide a written cost. Although I have left several messages, and their staff indicated they will get back to me, they never did. I left a message asking specifically for their president/CEO to contact me personally ...More and explain how my request slipped through the cracks, and still haven't heard from them. I am giving up and going with their competition.
- CALEB R.
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came out to my recently purchased 'As is' house that had an old septic system that had been inspected by the seller and disclosed as having cracks in the tank and a outlet broken baffle. He explained what my options were for tank replacement and what potential problems might come up. Specifically that the new tank might ...More not have enough fall to both tie into the house drain and the drain field. He wrote up a bid on the spot and verbally explained what might come up if there was not enough fall, that a pump would be required and the approximate cost of that. Later I called to ask some questions based on other contractors different ideas on how to do things and explained the differences and his reasons for his bid.
As I'm new to home ownership and dealing with contractors I found working with to be easier than most of the contractors I have called for septic and other issues. He answered his phone, showed up on time, and provided me with a bid in a timely manner. His bid was very competitive but I decided to go with a different bid in this case. When the drain field fails I will call again.
- Owen R.
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Very professional, personable, took the time to explain. Apologied that it wasn't something
that could be fixed easily, and that he had to charge for his time and camera work.
Well, that's life, isn't it!
- BEVERLY B.
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Above and beyond service! pumped out our tank then cleaned it out thoroughly. They checked to make sure the line from the house was working properly and gave their assessment based on what they could see of how well the system was working. I learned a lot about the system and they answered all my questions. They had to use ...More every inch of hose to get to the tank but they were very careful not to damage plants and flowers in the beds they had to take the hose through. When the job was complete they asked me to inspect it myself to be sure I was happy with the job. The tank was completely cleaned (not just pumped out) and I felt they really knew what they were doing and had considerable experience. The price was per and we have a larger than typical tank.
- Patricia L.
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They evaluated the condition of the septic system to see if it would pass county specifications to get a permit on the septic. The septic was found to be not functioning properly and need of replacement. provided us with estimates and cooperated in providing the county officials with information for fixing the septic and getting ...More county permit approval. We ended up getting a quote from to do a sandfill system. We would highly recommend them to any one in need of septic repair, etc.
- Dottie P.
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We had just bought a house with a sand filter septic tank system and I did not know much about it. The alarm was going off frequently and I was concerned that the tank was full. from Earthworks came down and inspected the system. He came the first day, looked at the unit, and said that he would need to get the drawings for the ...More septic tank from the city of Portland. There was a charge for getting that which I paid. He returned another day with the drawings in hand and performed maintenance on the septic tank system. He cleaned out the system (but did not pump the tanks). He also helped explain the details of the system to me. My biggest issue was 's assistant, who broke the concrete weight used to weigh down the sensor unit in the tank. He broke it, taped it together, said that it would be fine and ran away. had left him behind to finish up. I never heard from either of them again. While I did not have any issues with the septic tank I think it unprofessional to break something and take off without fixing it completely. I tried to call to get him back to look at the system in April this year. I called , who directed me to 's cell phone. I left a message and did not hear back for 4 weeks. I called Earthworks again and had them relay a message. He called but said that he in a long job far from Portland and that he would get back to me when he had a time. 6 weeks of waiting later I gave up and looked for another company - with whom my experience has been way better. Overall. while I appreciate the time that took to explain the septic tank system to me, I would not trust his company to maintain my septic tank.
- Murali K.
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I called after seeing them on AngiesList. I had used a company from Angies' previously (Earthworks ) but they were hard to reach and impossible to schedule a time for them to come out. After waiting 6 weeks I gave up and contacted . Their scheduling was 2 weeks from when I ...More called. They did ask me if I had an emergency and suggested 2 weeks out when I said no. On the day of the appointment (they had given me a time of between 8am-12noon) their truck showed up at 9am. The person (I forget his name) setup everything needed to pump the tanks first. He did not even need me to show him around (I was on a phone call between 9 and 10am). I came out at 10am and it seemed to be going well. He seemed on top of everything. After the pumping he inspected the sand filter system. No surprises - everything was in order. He addressed a problem we were having where the "tank full" alarm was coming on occassionally (the sensor needed adjustment - no added charge). While inspecting the pump system one of the plastic fittings broke. He told me about it and said that he would have to return with a replacement. He came back at 430pm and fitted the new part. Overall, I am very pleased to have a septic tank maintenance company with a professional attitude to the job. I would definitely recommend these guys. This is day-versus-night experience when compared to the last company I used. The only word of caution is that I have only used them once. Hopefully I will not have any recurring problems due to their maintenance.
- Murali K.

Septic Tank Services in Portland

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911 Restoration of Vancouver

4530 Vancouver Ave Cocoa, FL 32926

A & B Septic Service

101 41st Ave SE
Albany

A TO Z EXCAVATION

1410 SE 88TH ST
Portland

A-1 Glass & Mirror

5465 SW Western Ave
Beaverton

A-BEST SEWER CLEANING

3256 SE EVERGREEN AVE
Portland

A1 Plumbing, Inc

1940 McGilchrist St SE
Salem

Ability Plus Drainage Co

6327 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland

AFFORDABLE DRAIN & ROOTER

PO BOX 68853
Portland

Affordable Septic Service

PO Box 30087
Portland

ALOHA SANITARY SERVICE

8600 SW HILLSBORO HWY
Hillsboro

Alpha Environmental Services Inc

11080 SW Allen Blvd.
Beaverton

American Plumbing Services LP

5905 N Interstate Ave
Portland

American Sani-Can

PO Box 20265
Portland

BELL CONSTRUCTION INC

PO Box 694
Forest Grove

BIO-STIM INC

4150 N SUTTLE RD
Portland

CAD Construction LLC

4220 NE 122nd Ave
Portland

Cascade Plumbing Co.

15765 SW 74th Ave Ste 110
Portland

CENTERSTONE CORP

PO Box 641
Canby

City Sewer Corporation

222 SE 17th Avenue
Portland

CRESTWELL CONSTRUCTION

23302 S ENGSTROM RD P.O.Box 517
Colton

Crow Water Systems

59916 Hilltop Dr
St. Helens

DRAIN AWAY ROOTER

PO BOX 446
Gladstone

EK ENGINEERING

105 West Main Street, Suite 101.

Elite Plumbing Incorporated

6023 SE Nehalem St
Portland

Enviroclear

5731 NE 109th Ave
Portland

Environmental Works LLC

2634 SE Steele St
Portland

Foster Plumbing Inc

10100 SW Evergreen Court
Wilsonville

Garden Home Plumbing & Drain

6725 SW Florence Ln
Portland

GOODMAN SANITATION INC

931 NE HARLOW PL
Troutdale

Grumpy's Drains

14428 NE Failing St.
Portland

GruntWorks by HouseHappy

380 NW 13th Ave.
Portland

GTM Construction Inc

17735 Mardee Ave
Lake Oswego

Hoffman Sewers

5811 NE Killingsworth St
Portland

Hollenbach & Hurd Incorporated

5291 NE Elam Young Pkwy.
Hillsboro

HPS Pipe & Supply

598 Baseline St
Cornelius

HUGH'S EXCAVATION LINE REPAIR

PO BOX 42276
Portland

JACK CORMAN PLUMBING INC

418 SE 89th Ave
Portland

JDM Electric

PO Box 1628
Hillsboro

Lakeside Custom Homes

170 Lakeview Dr

Lanphere Construction & Development

13625 SW Farmington Road
Beaverton

LOVETT Inc

PO Box 86280
Portland

New Line Construction

6317 Nicklaus Loop N
Salem

NORTHWEST PLUMBING & DRAIN SERVICE INC

16630 SW WRIGHT ST
Beaverton

NW Home Services LLC

6941 SE BIXEL WAY
Milwaukie

NW Renovations

PO Box 186
Sherwood

Permit-It, LLC

PO Box 998

Portland Plumber

121 Southwest Salmon Street
Portland

Portland Plumbing Plus

6819 SE 82nd Avenue
Portland

Price Right Septic

1820 NE Hillside Dr
Newberg

PRO-PUMP SANITATION SOLUTIONS

30245 E WOODARD RD
Troutdale

Ranieri Plumbing

2229 NE Burnside St.
Gresham

Rescue Rooter

12430 SE Capps Rd
Clackamas

RIVER CITY ENVIRONMENTAL INC

5410 NE 105th ave
Portland

Roto-Rooter Group Inc - Wilsonville

25599 SW 95th Ave
Wilsonville

ROYAL FLUSH PLUMBING

PO BOX 507
Beavercreek

Sarkinen Plumbing

9502 NE 72nd Ave

SASSE PLUMBING CO

14919 SE WOODLAND WAY
Portland

SEPCO INC

Boring

Service Group Construction

10411 NE Fourth Plain,

SEWER RATS-DRAIN CLEANING

4714 NE FREMONT ST
Portland

Simply Leak Detection

718 Griffin Ave PMB 147

SOIL SOLUTIONS

3540 SE 28TH AVE
Portland

SPEEDY SEPTIC

PO BOX 1260
Boring

St Helen's Scappoose Septic Service

PO Box 203
Saint Helens

Ted Mcbee Boring & Excavating Inc

11428 NE Schuyler St
Portland

TED RIEHL EXCAVATING & INC

15858 S REDLAND RD
Oregon City

Ted Rudiger Excavation Inc

10448 SE 147th Avenue
Happy Valley

Terry Rinkes Tractor Work

PO Box 546
Beavercreek

Terry Vandegrift

7820 SE SKY VISTA DR
Amity

The Excavators LLC

21975 SW Riggs Rd
Beaverton

The SHIR Corporation

9411 NE HWY 99 Ste. 1

Titan Plumbing & Mechanical LLC

PO Box 1803
Clackamas

TSR CORP

4423 SE 31ST AVE
Portland

Tualatin Valley Concrete

8950 SW Locust St
Portland

Underground Solutions LLC

33541 Watson Rd
Scappoose

United Plumbing

245 Northwest Blaine Lane
Gresham

West Side Drain

PO Box 1050
Gaston

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