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"Came out to our house multiple times to a**** whether the ground was dry enough....very conscientious about damaging the yard. Great communication - called and" texted with me to ensure I knew what was going on. Gave us great suggestions on ways we could try and handle a field line issue without doing any major repairs. If these suggestions don't do the trick, we will call Reliable to come out and help us fix the problem.

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Follow these five tips in order to maintain your septic system. (Image courtesy of FloHawks Plumbing)

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.

Cleaning a septic system needs to be done every couple of years.

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.

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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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 Maintenance reviews in Saint Paul

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Great. Everything and more you could ask for in a plumbing contractor. Fast, efficient, on time, qualified and fairly priced. Every plumbing project since has been done by
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- Tina L.
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I did not know what type of septic system I had or where the drain field was located. I was ignorant of septic systems and did not ask the previous owner at the time of sale and did not get a septic inspection (my real estate agent never mentioned that I should get an inspection). I accept full responsibility for my ignorance. The septic tank pumping service employee I used recommended
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process to try to extend the life of the system. I ASSUMED that
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had knowledge of septic systems in this area. Unfortunately for me he was not helpful in the least. My "drain field" is a septic PIT and is located under the cement driveway where he would have been unable to insert the machine probe. The area where he was probing is where the drain pipe from the tank to the pit is partially located -- 20 feet of the curved pipe is also under the driveway. I learned this later from the septic tank pumping service employee who referred
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in the first place. This employee told me he had pumped the tank many times for the previous owners and was aware of the drainage problems. Interesting that he would recommend
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when he know the particulars about my septic system. I believe the reason he did not use his machine on the second visit was because he knew his process would not be of any help to me. I am still angry at him and at myself for not asking for a complete refund of $1,000.00. Only person I have ever met that makes $1,000 per hour! Buyers beware.
- Kyle G.
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I called Mr.
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late Saturday night and he told me he would arrive Monday (which was fine because I wasn't in dire straights...just my alarm was sounding to alert me of an issue). His gentlemen arrived on Monday and even though I accidentally spoke the incorrect address and cost them time to actually get to me, they were still very courteous, professional, and had a great sense of humor. The guys did a great job and my husband and I are happy. Thank you
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- LuRon E.
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Came out as promised, quick job, double checked the work, cleaned up the property. very friendly and helpful. recommend.
- Joachim G.
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showed up an hour early. He went above and beyond the call of duty when it came to helping me dig out the remaining parts of my system. Once we got everything uncovered he found my pump tank lid was caved in that area was flooded. Although he doesn't do repairs himself he repositioned his truck on a hill to maximize space and pumped out the excess water for me too. He recommended a great repair guy who was able to come out the following day and get me all fixed up.
In the end, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing their tank pumped. His rates are great, he's very personable and shows up on time (an hour early in my case)
- Beth S.
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No problems except that he was very late arriving. He was professional, answered all of my questions and offered advice to keep it in good shape.
- Susan E.
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Had a bad smelling, wet patch on my leeching fields during Christmas week. Talked with 6 highly rated contractors, Pat
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was one of the only three who came out immediately. He was one of the only two (of the six), to recommend a solution other than total field replacement.
Pat gave me a schedule of procedures, costs and likelihood of success. I went with vacuuming the pipes, replacing the connectors, installing ports, and adding chemicals (he estimated a 70%
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of success). Had a scare from a heavy rain the week after he finished, but I added 6 more gallons of chemicals (through the ports he'd put in), that I'd puchased on my own (Amazon), and the fields drained and stayed drained.
Problem solved with a tiny amount of DIY, for a fraction of the cost of replacement.
Pat also had by far the best price for replacing the fields, if I'd gone with that option.
- Matthew K.
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tank is well removed from the road (125 ft) and down a hill (about 20 ft). Truck showed up on time. No problem with the distance or slope.....BOOM...cleaned.
will use again.
- Tom F.

All Septic Tank Services in Saint Paul, MN

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A & B SANITATION SVC

840 117TH LN NW
Minneapolis

A-1 SEWER SERVICE

19664 E BETHEL BLVD NE
Bethel

A-Aron's Plumbing Heating & Cooling

7278 153rd St W
Saint Paul

AAA ABBOTT PLUMBING

230 LONGFELLOW ST NE
Minneapolis

AAA SEWER & DRAIN CLEANING

3695 Golden Spike Rd NE
Sauk Rapids

AAA SVC INC PUMPING

11976 RIVERWOOD DR
Burnsville

Able Sewer & Drain & Cleaning

PO Box 6072
Saint Cloud

ADVANCED SEPTIC SOLUTIONS INC

7505 320TH ST W
Northfield

AJAX SEWER SVC

4912 NOKOMIS AVE
Minneapolis

Al's Check Cashing

1434 93rd Ln NE
Minneapolis

All Around

701 Decatur Ave N
Minneapolis

ALL WAYS ABLE METRO WIDE PLBG

7809 SOUTHTOWN CTR PMB
Minneapolis

All Ways Drains Ltd

567 Shoreview Park Rd
Saint Paul

ALS METROWIDE SEWER & PLBG

7809 SOUTHTOWN CTR
Minneapolis

ALTO SEWER SVC

397 FAIRVIEW AVE S
Saint Paul

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

American Sewer LLC - Jonathan The Draincleaner

9001 Emerson Ave. S.
Bloomington

Aquarius Water Conditioning & Plumbing Inc

3180 Country Dr.
Little Canada

associated well drillers inc

13160 pioneer trail

B & B PLUMBING HEATING & AC

1054 COUNTY ROAD 6 NE
Stanchfield

B & B PLUMBING REPAIR

1054 COUNTY RD 6 NE
Forest Lake

B'S PUMPING

26835 JACQUARD AVE
Lakeville

BARRETT SEWER SVC CO

1154 5TH ST E
Saint Paul

Benchmark Plumbing Inc

Inver Grove Heights

BILL WOLFE EXCAVATING

15567 JEFFREY AVE N
Hugo

BIXBY SEPTIC PUMPING SERVICE

16021 CREEKWOOD RD
Prior Lake

Blakeman Plumbing & Heating Inc

44941 State Highway 13

BLOOMINGTON DRAIN & SEWER SVC

5229 27TH AVE S
Minneapolis

Boettcher Excavating Septic

28995 Jodrell Dr NE
North Branch

Boettcher Excavating Septic

28995 Jodrell Dr NE
North Branch

BOHN WELL DRILLING

16550 BASELINE AVE
Shakopee

BOSS PUMPING

PO BOX 534
Forest Lake

BUELOW EXCAVATING CO

13254 20TH ST N
Stillwater

BUESGENS SEPTIC SERVICE

27280 NAVAHO AVE
Belle Plaine

C. Hansen Plumbing LLC

PO Box 845
Forest Lake

Capra's Utilities Inc

2370 Leibel St
Saint Paul

CARDINAL DRAIN SVC

PO BOX 49125
Minneapolis

CDQ SEWER & DRAIN CLEANING

5936 DUPONT AVE N
Minneapolis

Chip's Septic Service LLC

16762 Babcock Ave
Lester Prairie

CLOG-B-GONE

20 101ST LN NW
Minneapolis

Comprehensive Inspections Inc

6670 Orchid Ln. N.
Maple Grove

CROSSTOWN SEWER & PLUMBING SVC

PO BOX 8282
Minneapolis

CROSSTOWN SEWER & PLUMBING SVC

13490 GEORGIA CT
Saint Paul

CROWN DRAIN CLEANING

3232 90th Ave NE
Minneapolis

custom septic inc

24524 167st NW
Big Lake

Custom Step Company

3098 162nd Ln NW
Andover

DAN'S FRIDLEY DRAIN & SEWER

7180 177TH ST N
Hugo

DANS SEWER SERVICE

7971 JACKSON ST NE
Minneapolis

DAVE'S SEWER CLEANING

PO BOX 1023
Anoka

DIGGER EXCAVATING SERVICES, LLC

8495 GREENWAY AVE S
Cottage Grove

DRAIN DOCTOR

5350 INDUSTRIAL BLVD NE
Minneapolis

Drain King Inc.

7740 Beech St NE
Minneapolis

Drain Pro-Plumbing

8815 209TH ST W
Lakeville

EASY FLOW SEWER & DRAIN CLNNG

23324 43RD AVE
Saint Cloud

ELKO MOTOR SPORTS

27635 BEARD AVE
Elko

Ende Septic Service, LLC

24910 Territorial Road
Rogers

FIEDLER YOUR PUMPING SPECIALIST, Inc

18627 Nature Road
Royalton

FLYGARE EXCAVATING INC

9850 91ST ST NW
Annandale

HANCE UTILITY SVC

304 12TH AVE S
Buffalo

HIAWATHA ELECTRIC SEWER SVC

3422 43RD AVE S
Minneapolis

Hudek Sewer Service

16501 4th Ave E
South Haven

JET SEWER SVC

13050 BROOKSIDE LN N
Rogers

JOE'S SEWER & WATER

5000 PIONEER TRL
Osseo

Juul Contracting Co

1060 Adams St SE
Hutchinson

Ken's Sewer Service Co

3017 Natchez Ave S
Minneapolis

KNOBS & MORE ARCHITECTURAL

1975 SILVER BELL RD
Saint Paul

KRUEGER EXCAVATING INC

PO BOX 729
Prior Lake

Langren Plumbing & Heating

5116 80th Ave N
Minneapolis

LAROCHE'S INC

1105 160TH ST East
Faribault

LARSON PLUMBING & HEATING

3095 162ND LN NW
Andover

Lashinski Septic SVC

1326 161st Ave NW
Andover

LAVERNE'S PUMPING SERVICE

24345 HIGHVIEW AVE
Lakeville

LAVERNE'S PUMPING SVC

24345 HIGHVIEW AVE
Lakeville

LE ROUX Companies LLC

39562 Grand Ave.
North Branch

Mac's Sewer Service

34918 Falcon Ave
North Branch

MADSON CONSTRUCTION CO

8480 NORRIS LAKE RD NW
Elk River

MAPLE RIDGE SEWER SVC INC

PO Box 72
Cambridge

Metro Earthworks

18950 Territorial Rd
Osseo

MEYER SEWER SERVICE

5325 MANNING AVE S
Afton

MEYER SEWER SERVICE

77 QUEHL AVE N
Lakeland

MID MN SEPTIC SVC

22517 TAGUS AVE
Hutchinson

Mike's Septic Service

17121 Mushtown Rd
Prior Lake

MILLER SEWER & DRAIN CLEANING

1514 HILLSIDE AVE N
Minneapolis

MOORES EXCAVATING INC

460 WASHINGTON AVE
Big Lake

MORK WELL CO INC

7303 185TH AVE NW
Anoka

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Twin Cities

5155 East River Rd Ste 412
Fridley

MS EXCAVATING INC

12125 70TH ST W
New Prague

MUNICIPAL COMMERCIAL SEWER SVC

501 MARYLAND AVE W
Saint Paul

Plumber Minneapolis

100 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis

PLUMBING SERVICES INC

7938 NORTHSHORE TRL N
Forest Lake

Precision Contracting

8351 Lake Dr
Circle Pines

PROFESSIONAL DRAIN SVC

55 MIDWEST AVE N
Lake Elmo

QUALITY ROOTER PLUMBING

225 County Road 81
Osseo

Roger Vadnais Plumbing & Pump Service Inc

4771 Bald Eagle Ave
Saint Paul

ROOT-O-MATIC SEWER SERVICE

6319 Cambridge St.
Minneapolis

Roto-Rooter

61575 130th St
Hutchinson

Roto-Rooter

4958 County Rd 8 SE
St. Cloud

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

99 5th Ave NW
New Brighton

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

1821 University Ave
St Paul

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Svc

14530 27th Ave N
Minneapolis

Rotz Septic

PO Box 413
Elk River

ROUGHRIDER DRAIN CLEANING

12990 LILY ST NW
Minneapolis

ROUGHRIDER DRAIN CLEANING SPEC

4750 CENTRAL AVE NE
Minneapolis

ROWE SEWER SVC INC

17380 LAKE BLVD
Shafer

RUMPCA SERVICES

1048 HASTINGS AVE
Saint Paul Park

S-P TESTING INC

951 KATYDID LN NE
Saint Michael

Schirmers Wastewater & SP Testing, Inc.

951 Katydid Lane NE
Saint Michael

SCHLOMKA SERVICES LLC

8890 202nd St N
Forest Lake

SCOTT'S SEWER & DRAIN CLEANING

1266 HAZELWOOD ST
Saint Paul

Septic Check

6074 Keystone Rd
Milaca

Septic Check

6074 Keystone Road
Milaca

SOUTH SIDE SEWER SVC

9434 NAPLES ST
Circle Pines

SOUTHSIDE SEWER SVC

9434 NAPLES ST NE
Minneapolis

Specktacular Concrete

5595 270th st
Elko

STEINBRECHER CO INC

13778 247TH AVE NW
Zimmerman

SUBURBAN SEWER SVC

10449 Washburn Ave S
Minneapolis

Swedlund Septic Services

25648 200th Street
Belle Plaine

T J DON THAYER SEWER & PLMBNG

3315 59TH AVE N
Minneapolis

TECHTRON ENGINEERING INC

640 E MAIN ST
Anoka

TOM'S SEWER SVC

PO Box 100
Scandia

TUPA DRAIN CLEANING

413 W FRANKLIN ST
Morristown

TWIN CITY DRAIN CLEANING SVC

24428 GREENWAY AVE
Forest Lake

Viking Sewer and Drain

23005 137th Avenue North
Rogers

Wenzel Plymouth Plumbing

1959 Shawnee Rd # 130
Saint Paul

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