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worked really hard and did almost all the digging himself, and they followed up as they said they would. I would definitely use them again. They are professional and courteous.

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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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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.

Septic Tank Maintenance reviews in West Memphis

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The provider was very professional and prompt. From the initial contact via phone to the service itself, everything was perfect. Highly recommend !!! A +++
- Joe B.
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did a great job for us. Our septic field was failing, and we realized we had to replace the 1950's system.
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first gave us the name of a septic system designer who did the design and filed with the country for the permits (that cost not included here).
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provided an estimate that was a higher than a competitor, but
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was more knowledgeable about the entire process and we were more confident that he would do the job right. He worked with us to lower the price. He did an excellent job at the installation. He was very accommodating with all of the issues that were encountered during the installation such as not knowing where the washer drain tied into the old system and dealing with an unmarked pet electric fence wire. He even spent extra time spreading some top soil that we had delivered to cover the area that had to be dug up for the installation. I am really glad we chose to use
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- CHERYL H.
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Services because motor had stopped running on septic system. They came out same day to give estimate and said the motor of the septic system had rusted out and timer was very old. I had the motor rebuilt by another company and had been having problems with it for some time. They replaced motor and timer the same day and were very professional. They had to come back out two days later as they had forgotten to replace one of the plugs that had shorted out. They replaced the plug and the system has been running fine ever since. We would use them again.
- Alisa D.
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We needed to have our septic pumped out ASAP due to me having a daycare in my home. Even though they were unable to help us right away they were to come out first thing in the morning. We found another company that could make it. They were very nice and professional. We would recommend them to other people .
- Chris M.
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It went great. After having trouble finding someone that could come out in an emergency situation they came out right away and was very impressed by their professionalism and kindness. Would recommend them 100 percent.
- Chris M.
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was very professional. Originally he was booked up and could not come until Friday, then he call and stated he was available sooner. He explained in detail what our problem was and had the job complete quickly at a very reasonable price. We highly recommend his service.
- James G.
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There was already a septic design for out lot in place when we purchased it, but we wanted to move the house to a different location on the lot, and needed a new septic design that made sense for the new location. Art did a topographic survey of the site, oversaw the digging of additional test pits, and came up with a very
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septic design that will be inexpensive to construct. He also took care of the permitting process with the state. Our excavation contractor complemented us on how
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the septic system will be for him to build, so we're pleased.
- Kevin F.
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I called another place before going with
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they sent out was great, and worked hard to dig up my tanks by hand. He also was very informative about the cost of everything along the way, and cleaned up well when he was finished.
- Curtis Z.

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