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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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Septic Tank Cleaning reviews in San Diego

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I enjoyed my overall experience with this company. The quality of work was outstanding and the price was affordable. The maintenance men were very friendly. I will pass on to all of my friends about this company.
- TYNELL L.
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This company did an outstanding job on my septic tank. They came out on time and did the job in half the time I thought they would. I will pass on this experience to all of my friends.
- JACOB W.
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Atlas was professional, when I called about my septic tank. They were very reliable and on time to complete the job. I was also impressed with the quality of work and how they cleaned up after themselves.
- AMY S.

Septic Tank Services in San Diego

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911 Restoration

4174 Sorrento Valley Blvd. #H
San Diego

Alert Plumbing & Drains

361 L Street
Chula Vista

ALMIGHTY SVC

7386 TOOMA ST
San Diego

AMERICAN CLASSIC PLUMBING

1215 S Buena Vista St
San Jacinto

ARROW DRAIN CLEANING

4038 BOUNDARY ST
San Diego

ARROW PLUMBING & DRAIN CLEAN

404 BOUNDARY ST
San Diego

ASAP Drain Guys & Plumbing

120 N Pacific St
San Marcos

ASAP PLUMBING

3089 CLAIREMONT DR
San Diego

ATLAS PUMPING SERVICE

12740 VIGILANTE RD
Lakeside

Austin Operated Equipment

11500 Old Castle Rd
Valley Center

Beach City Builders Inc

2604 B El Camino Real
Carlsbad

BELL PLUMBING & DRAIN SVC

6109 WUNDERLIN AVE
San Diego

BILL WATSON PLUMBING

2257 SALISBURY DR
San Diego

BMB SEPTIC CO

9148 LAKE VALLEY RD
El Cajon

CHARLEY'S DRAIN CLEANING SVC

1808 FELTON ST
San Diego

Cobra Rooter

5173 Waring Rd
San Diego

D&M Rooter, Inc.

1175 Nacion Ave
Chula Vista

Delta Plumbing

1301 Dos Hermanos Glen
Escondido

DI NARDO PLUMBING INC

4780 MISSION GORGE PL
San Diego

Diamond Environmental Services

807 E Mission Road
San Marcos

DISCOUNT DRAIN SVC

5173 WARING RD
San Diego

Emory Plumbing

2085 Hotel Circle South
San Diego

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

5820 MIRAMAR RD
San Diego

Essential Support Services, Inc.

330 A Street #93
San Diego

Family Plumbing Heating & Air Inc.

29970 Technology Dr #210
Murrieta

Farrell Plumbing

211 Valley View Pl
Vista

G & C Construction

1006 Willson Rd
El Cajon

GATOR PLUMBING & DRAIN SVC

8384 WHELAN DR
San Diego

GATOR SEWER & DRAIN

4838 ELSA RD
San Diego

GILBERT'S SEWER & DRAIN SVC

5816 HUGHES ST
San Diego

Hassle Free Plumbing

PO Box 70872
Pasadena

HENRY'S PLUMBING

10716 FRANK DANIELS WAY
San Diego

Imperial General Contractors

1211 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
Escondido

Ireys Plumbing

2746 Caulfield Dr
San Diego

LD construction

6550 ponto dr

LUCKY'S PLUMBING & APPLIANCE

4020 FOX AVE
San Diego

M C Welch Plumbing

PO Box 564
Cardiff By The Sea

MARK'S PLUMBING

7435 GLOAMING AVE
San Diego

Mr. Drain Plumbing of San Diego

1851 San Diego Ave
San Diego

My Plumber CA

7150 Convoy Ct
San Diego

Naidl Construction

2437 Green Hills Way
Vista

O'FENELON PLUMBING

4428 MT HERBERT AVE
San Diego

OFENELON PLUMBING

4428 MOUNT HERBERT AVE
San Diego

Old Republic Home Protection

PO Box 5017
San Ramon

Option One Plumbing

302 Washington St
San Diego

Pacific Drain & Plumbing

1330 Park Center Dr
Vista

PLUMBER MAN

4140 FAIRMOUNT AVE
San Diego

Plumbing Plus

12147 Kirkham Rd
Poway

Porteous Building Services

603 Seagaze Dr
Oceanside

PROOF OF INCOME SERVICE'S

10800 Foothill Blvd
Rancho Cucamonga

RIGHTWAY TEMPORARY POWER

653 W MINTHORN ST
Lake Elsinore

Roto-Rooter

1342 Industrial Ave
Escondido

Rush Plumbing & Rooter/Rush Contractors & Eng.

offices in Anaheim, Menifee, San Jose, San Diego
Anaheim

Seaside Design Build LLC

4241 Jutland Dr
San Diego

Septic Pumping Service Inc

10312 Reserve Dr.
San Diego

So Cal Plumbing Heating & Drains

38340 Innovation Ct.
Murrieta

TCE Constructors, Inc.

4661 Brighton Avenue
San Diego

Todd Ruffner Construction Inc

10336 Greenford Dr.
San Diego

Treeium, Inc

5352 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village

WEST COAST PLUMBING & DRAIN

724 62ND ST
San Diego

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