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"Was very pleased with Vinny and his crew. He kept us informed and involved us in all decision making. They worked non-stop and were very professional. They left" our grounds in good condition and removed big rocks into our woods as we asked him to do.

-Donna G.

"I sold the house and was in a bind as my title V failed. I contacted a couple contractors and
seem like he could handle everything. He" was very forward in saying he would work with his engineer. So I felt comfortable with
and picked him. He procrastinated on giving me a quote to the point that the lawyers for the closing then agreed to hold back 2 time the amount in escrow which
said was going to be around $20,000. Then when we finally got the estimate it was almost $30,000. I questioned him on the charges and he was very allusive on the charges. The engineering cost were almost $4000 but neighbors that has used the same engineer said his drawings cost only $1500. So I e-mailed the engineer for his cost. It was about 15 minutes and
called me on my cell asking what was up. He wasn't happy I had called the engineer. This is when I knew I was getting screwed. Time had run out with my closing and I was in a bind.
knew this and his original verbal quote of $20,000 was now $30,000. I spoke with my lawyer and he said I should try and do what I can to find someone else if possible. I e-mailed a couple folks and
found out because one of the contractors spoke with the city to check on the permits and someone at the city touched base with
called me the following morning and said he couldn't do the project anymore but I owed him for the engineering drawings I still owed him. He also put a hold on at the city office saying I had not payed him for services. This all occurred in 2 days. He really had me. I couldn't proceed with another contractor until I paid his $4,000. The city wouldn't release the already approved permit to the new contractor until I had paid
. So I wrote a check for $4000 to pay
from " simardconstruction@comcast.net " for him to call the city and release the permit. So folks stay away from
. He's a very smart person that will really take advantage of you and over charge if he has the opportunity.

-Scott B.

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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.


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.



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 Chino Valley


We are on a well system. We had been experiencing water pressure fluctuations because the well pump was constantly cycling on and off. After some research on the internet, I thought we might have to replace the well tank (a $600-800 repair). When I called
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, the rep provided me additional troubleshooting steps over the phone. Turns out all I had to do was drain the well tank and check the air valve. Mine needed air, so I pumped in air and we are now back up and running normally. Total cost: $0.00 and about 20 minutes of my time. I really respect a company that is willing to do this. This easily could have been -- at a minimum -- a $100+ service call. The fact that they help you find the cheapest and quickest solution, even though they will not profit from it, convinces me I will call them the next time I have any water supply problems.
- Frederick D.

I don't think they are very professional. They looked me in the face and lied to me. They are big in to drilling in to the septic tank to pump. They don't understand
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system. They are very lazy and I was charged for them to dig a 3ft. hole. I asked them to refill it and they did a terrible job at doing that. When you try to call them, you have a terrible time getting a hold of them. I would not recommend this company to anyone.
- Jessica V.

Initially seemed like it was going fine...Id had a neighbor teenager dig my mothers septic as Rocklin required this to have service done. The gentleman who showed up from
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seemed fine, got the tank pumped,inspected,measured etc...all that we needed for the Time of Transfer paperwork
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County Dept of Health to be able to sell my 93 yr old mothers home. He told my husband and me the septic tank "passed"...there were irrigation lines -sprinkler system-over the tank but didn't say this would be an issue with the CTY. We paid for the service and then waited for the report to get to the Cty.
Due to the compressed work week and short days the
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Cty guys work plus only ONE man does the recording,filling for TOT's ,it was another 10 days before we found out the septic tank was NOT in compliance with the Cty and in fact did NOT pass... The buyer's agent for my mothers home pushed the point and it cost us another $250 to convince them to have someone reroute the lines over the tank.It was completely functional but this did not pass
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Cty's health regulations. Of particular note
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County is planning sewer in this neighborhood - negating septic tanks- but keep pushing it back on the agenda.
If the gentleman from
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had said, irrigation lines over a tank are a problem -take care of this or it will be a no go- we'd not been breaking our neck 5 days prior to closing on this property and possibly jeopardized the sale. Bad news doesn't get better with time
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- Sharon H.

We first used
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back in 2013 after getting an awful quote from another company. Since then we have used them for our inspections, locate, and replacing the lid. They are prompt, do good work, and don't try to overcharge you for services that you don't need. We are very happy with them and will continue to use them.
- Phil S.

It had been 4 1/2 years since last pumped and I was concerned that the septic system might fail due to excessive rains. Another company wouldn't drain due to the high water table. I waited a week then called Ace and
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scheduled service several days later. He was to come at 2:30 but called that morning saying he could come at noon or wait until 2:30 - my choice. Told him to come early which was good because it began to rain again as he was finishing.
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worked together to locate and uncover the tank covers. The tanks were drained and I was shown that they were empty and that by running water inside the flow into the tank was good. The men worked quickly and thoroughly. I was also shown that the lines to the field were clear and at this time I didn't need to be concerned with new ones.
In accessing one system, the Verizon wire was cut as it had been laid directly across the tank and cover. The issue was brought to my attention and there was service disruption. When Verizon repaired, the wire was retrenched to clear the tank.
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was careful to not cause undue damage to the lawn both in cleaning the tanks and in gaining access with his truck. I'm pleased with the expeditious handling and honesty of this owner and his assistant.

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was able to process my request quickly & efficiently. They were able to come but within 48 hours of my call. They were delayed by weather but I was kept informed from their office staff of all changes and new ETA. The job was done well and I would definitely use them again.
- Will & Angela S.


I am an extremely busy person who NEVER has time to write reviews of any sort… but 11 months later, my experience with
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is still stuck in me so bad I finally made time to share my experience with the rest of the world.

It all started in September of 2014 when my septic system backed up because it was pretty much full. At the time, I had my house for 4 years, and the previous owners apparently never cleaned it out. I searched around, and other companies that came highly recommended by friends and neighbors were booked for 3+ weeks. The one positive thing I CAN say about
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is that they were available and arrived promptly… but that is the only compliment I can offer.

When the crew of FOUR men arrived at my house, I had the illusion that I was going to be well taken care of. After some brief interaction where I expressed uncertainty about the problem or the size of my tank (1000 or 1500 gallons), one of the techs did some “measurements” with a probe rod and swiftly determined my tank was 1500 gallons (a $150 up-charge for pump service over the standard $345 for 1000 gallons). I gave them the go-ahead to investigate, and they brought out the back-hoe. After about 10 minutes, I came back out to find a big hole in my yard, tank exposed, and the handle on my tank lid busted off. Once they finally got the lid off (with sledge & pry bar), it was clear the tank needed pumped, and they performed that service with a super-sized truck that also worked rather efficiently. After the pumping, the team supervisor told me I needed a new “upgraded” $350 trap filter, which I declined. Total bill for pumping: $495. The team supervisor warned me, though, that this might not resolve the core issue, and if I still had problems they may need to come back for more extensive remediation. I paid and went back inside while they closed up the tank and hole in the ground. I was a bit unnerved by the overall demeanor of the service team, and the questionable sales tactics of the team supervisor, but overall at the time I was fine with the outcome. That WAS until about 4 WEEKS later when my tank stopped up again. My "worst-case-scenario" paranoia heightened, but so did my skepticism... so I called in another company to take a look. This company sent TWO men who dug the hole by hand, pulled up the lid, and removed the catch filter. The tank drained swiftly, and we were left looking at a perfectly operational septic system with a catch filter that was bogged down with residue all the way to the end. These techs evaluated the trap and told me this could NOT have accumulated and embedded in this trap in just 4 weeks time. They also told me they would never have tried to replace the trap I had, as it was one of the latest designs on the
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. THEN, here is the kicker… they also informed me I actually had a 1000
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tank, and not the 1500
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tank the
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told me I had (this is one of the simplest assessments a septic "professional" can make). The new company cleaned my trap filter properly, replaced it, and closed up the tank. An extra $200 service call charge, and I was all set. 10 months later, still not one single problem with my system. I can only speculate whether the trap was intentionally left clogged by the
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in order to create an illusion of something more severe, but there are other ethical breaches by the Septic Medic team I can more firmly point to: particularly the overestimation of the tank size (which they should have EASILY been able to confirm after the tank was emptied), and the exaggerated "professional opinion" that implied an inadequacy of the trap filter I had in the unit. All in all, I was out $700 for what should have been a routine $350 pumping of a 1000
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unit… but I honestly I have to say I feel lucky that I did not call
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back for what would likely have
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to many more unnecessary expenses. Needless to say I will NEVER, EVER, EVER do any more business with
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… even if I have to wait 4 weeks for someone more competent and or ethical to take care of my needs. I'll get a hotel if I have to. BEWARE of the highly marketed “big company” attitude that ends up driving a sales incentive approach to keep the lights on. I can almost guarantee you will be WAY better served by a small company that comes, does their business, and relies on GOOD, HONEST work to keep their clientele coming back.

You have been warned…

- Jason S.

I couldn't be happier! I did not know the location of my cesspool, and wanted it serviced while it had last been at least 5 years since it had been pumped. Two gentlemen arrived exactly on time, and went to work to locate the cesspool. This was truly not an easy task-- pipes appeared to go towards the back yard, however in the end were located in the front. The Foreman even entered an old accessory stairway where the pipes exit to look more closely-- had to use a small ladder to go through access way to a large crawl space over old stairs to the basement. There were no outside vents and they used a metal detector to find the tank. When they located a tank, they didn't stop there. After some investigation the foreman was convinced it was an overflow tank, and he set out then to find the main, which was eventually located a distance away under landscaping bushes. He was diligent and determined-- I truly believe some may likely have stopped at the first tank, especially while it had taken so much time and effort to find it. They then installed 2 tubes with caps for future easy access, and pumped and treated the systems. They even washed off the surrounding grass and bushes-- I never would have thought of that. The gentlemen were friendly and professional, and very hard working. The foreman even kindly educated me a bit on the system, and what one should do, what types of tanks I have, etc. In the end, they spent a good three hours at my home, applied the %10 discount from Angie's List, and I believe the final cost of the service was more than fair. Thank you! I am very happy, and would highly recommend
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. I will definitely have them back for continued future maintenance.
- Dorothy R.

Septic Tank Services in Chino Valley, AZ

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A-1 Septic Pumping Inc

3440 N US Hwy 89
Chino Valley

All American Honest Contractors

PO Box 12315


P.O. Box 25126
Prescott Valley

Elsea Plumbing Inc

PO Box 3670




598 Redwood Rd

Granite Septic

3260 Enterprise Lane
Chino Valley

JT's Septic

3026 s 3rd St

R E D Plumbing Inc

11800 E Berry Dr

Rowdy Rooter

P.O Box 444

Verde Valley Plumbing Inc.

P.O. Box 566

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