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"The technician came by and within minutes was able to tell me all the hows and whys of my problem. Not only did he tell me how the tank burned out, he gave me all" of my options and prices within minutes. Not expecting that I would have to replace the tank, I asked if I could schedual them to come back to fix it so I could manage my household budget to fit with this bad surprise. They were wonderful and let me pick a date they could return where it would be more economically feasible for me. The day they came to replace my pump they were a few minutes late of the schedualed time- but someone called me to say he was running a little bit late so it was no inconvience at all. After they replaced my pump and left, I had a few questions about the wiring and how the pump worked. To my amazement and delight (and embarrassment) they had the technician COME BACK TO MY HOUSE TO PERSONALLY EXPLAIN HOW IT ALL WORKED! I could not been more satisfied. "Above" and" beyond" is very rare.

-Glenn M.

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"Great service - I called because my septic system was backing up into the shower and bathtub (gross!) and I knew it was clogged, but also that our system's" piping was not ideally installed prior to us owning the home.
and his crew came out within a couple hours, cleared the clog, and explained clearly why the flow to the septic tank was not very effective. They are going to send me a bid for fixing it and can get started next week. I am so happy that they could come out that quickly and their fee was much less than the prior company we had used. Thank you!

-Pam J.

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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.

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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 Bakersfield

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called in the morning to let me know when he would arrive and then again soon before he arrived.
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was efficient and polite. Made sure the dirt was put back over the tank and asked that if it met my approval. I really like the design of the truck. I would recommend
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- Susan B.
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I've had a chronic drain field problem for a while now.
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has had to pump my tank several times and each time has followed through professionally, punctually and dependably. I would recommend them to someone else.
- Timothy E B.
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We were in the process of purchasing a home and called the
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help with making sure the septic tank was inspected but also helped us negotiate with the owners to have everything fixed correctly.
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spoke with us numerous times through the process worked with our realtor and the seller realtor to make sure they knew what was wrong with the tank and what it would cost to fix it. Once we purchased the home
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made the immediate repairs and even told us which repairs we could do over time. He has offered to give us an orientation of how our septic tank works which we will be taking him up on. We also plan to have
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be our septic go to guy as long as we own our home with the septic. Thank you
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for being so helpful and knowledgeable!
- Parminder S.
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They are very prompt, do a good job and know what they are doing. They are great about teaching the homeowner about care of the system. They are very quick about completing the job and do great follow up.
- REBECCA F.
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We moved into this house right at 3 years ago and I had the Septic inspected and certified at the time. Most everything I have read stated that depending on the size of ones household your septic should be pumped out every 3 - 5 years, so I felt it was time. Even though I have been receiving fliers from the company that did the inspection during my purchase (and they are also listed on Angie's List), I turned to to Angie's List and started at the top.
I have to say I selected
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solely based on the Angie's List ratings and reviews, which eliminated the previous company as my 1st choice. After a bit of miscommunication,
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came out ready to take my S***.:-) Once he got the tank opened he quickly discovered and pointed out a problem where the line exiting the tank had partially collapsed.
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provided me the options... one of actually digging the line up myself to save money, but I choose to have
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to do it all. A week later
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came back out had it all done in a matter of hours and provided tips on how to keep the septic in the
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condition possible.
3 years from now I'll be calling
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to take my SH$T away again!
- Howard G.
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I discovered early Sunday that my sewer was backed-up into my basement utility sink, and waste water was on the floor. I bailed out the sink with a bucket and stopped the overflow. Being Sunday I thought
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would be closed, but I phoned anyway to maybe set up an appointment to have them come out and take a look at the problem. I spoke to their answering service and the nice young women said she would take my message and let
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know. That same day on Sunday evening around 6:30 I got a call from
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. They said they could have a septic pumping truck out at my place the next day at 8:30 AM if that would be OK with me. I said yes! Their truck and two man crew showed up on time on Monday. I was very relieved to see them. I had uncovered the top of the septic tank being that it was buried under a couple of feet of dirt and my lawn on Sunday afternoon. When
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got to my house the crew went right to work. They pumped out the septic tank and cleaned out the blocked sewer line into the tank in about 1 hour. The employees were courteous and informative. The foreman answered all my questions about the work being done. All they needed from me was water from a garden hose to help with their servicing my septic system. I will call
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again and won't wait so long to have the septic tank pumped. The tank hadn't been pumped since new, over 12 years ago. I want to thank
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- David I.
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The original estimate was $375 for 1000-
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tank. He showed up 15 mins after the appointed time of 1pm. The cover was too heavy
for one man to lift so he had to leave & get someone else to help him. An hour later he came back with two men & they got the
lid off. But then he had to leave again to finish up another job. Close to two hrs later I called him & he said he was on his way.
He began pumping but shortly into it he called me over and said the tank was 1,500-
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and he would have to charge me $75 more.
This was in addition to $50 extra that he said he would have to charge me to dig for the tank. I showed him the invoice from the
last septic tank cleaning that another company in the same area had done in Oct 2008 for a total of $350. He insisted his charges
were fair and consistent with other companies and that any price increases were across the board. I was told by one company that
a total estimate could be given once a tank was opened up, before any pumping began.
- Pam P.
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The plumber said my backed up pipes were from the septic system needing to be cleaned. Called
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Company and they were able to get someone out the same day. They dug down to the tank top and cleaned the tank. Unfortunately, that didn't solve my plumbing problem but their service was excellent. Would definitely use them again.
- JANICE C.

Septic Tank Services in Bakersfield, CA

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BRAD'S PLUMBING

2700 Gill Ave
Bakersfield

EA Shield Inc.

161 Quantico Ave
Bakersfield

KANGAROOTER Inc

2615 EDISON HWY
Bakersfield

MANNY'S PLUMBING

2031 HENDRICKS LN
Bakersfield

Oasis

1000 E Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield

OLD STOCKDALE PLUMBING

PO Box 41794
Bakersfield

Quik Rooter

7201 Schirra ct
Bakersfield

Quik-Rooter

540 W Reid Ave
Porterville

RITE WAY PUMPING

14817 HENDERSON AVE
Bakersfield

Roto-Rooter

5801 State Rd
Bakersfield

Save Maintenance & Home Improvements

P.O.Box 5584
Bakersfield

The Honest Plumber

9530 Hageman Rd.
Bakersfield

WOODWARD'S PLUMBING

1000 E 21ST ST
Bakersfield

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