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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)
Septic Tank

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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Knox Septic Sewer Service employee Chad Pitcock mixes  quickcrete to stabilize the connection from the septic tank and the outlet line, which leads to the distribution box. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
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.

John Knox of Knox Septic Sewer Service in Indianapolis, runs a hose into the septic tank to drain it before the new risers and lid are put into place. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Septic Tank, Wells & Pumps

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Angie's Answers

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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.
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Aaron Plumbing

Po Box 2657
Vacaville

ABOVE ALL PLUMBING

30087 AHERN AVE
Union City

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

Brickhouse Construction, Inc.

4500 Holland Tract Rd.
Brentwood

Bright Eagles Construction

10381 Singleton Rd
San Jose

Buhler Construction Company

3614 16th St. #1
San Francisco

Christopher Carlson Construction

730 w verano ave
Sonoma

Colonial Life

1401 Willow Pass Road
Concord

Complete Plumbing Works

100 Shoreline Pl
Vallejo

DO Concrete

Roseville

Drain Doctor

480 Aldo Ave
Santa Clara

E-Z Plumbing Company

178 Shepherd Avenue
Hayward

EL DORADO SEPTIC SVC

PO Box 488
Soulsbyville

Enliven Nail & Spa

570 Masonic Way
Belmont

Foo Bar

San Francisco

Gopher -It Trenchless

21675 Arnold Dr
Sonoma

KRB Construction

707 Continental Circle

Matthew Griffin Trucking

9102 E Lathrop Rd
Manteca

Mr. Drain Plumbing

4231 Business Center Dr
Fremont

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Alameda

2532 Santa Clara Ave # 319
Alameda

Mr. Drain Plumbing Of Belmont

2033 Ralston Ave Suite # 127
Belmont

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Berkeley

2930 Shattuck Ave Suite
Berkeley

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Brisbane

235 Westlake Center
Daly City

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Burlingame

1325 Howard Ave
Burlingame

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Campbell

1821 South Bascom Ave
Campbell

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Capitola

1840 41st Ave
Capitola

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Castro Valley

3056 Castro Valley Blvd
Castro Valley

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Ceres

2867 E Whitmore Ave
Ceres

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Cupertino

20660 Stevens Creek
Cupertino

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Daly City

1618 Sullivan Ave
Daly City

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Dublin

4101 Dublin Blvd
Dublin

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Foster City

1098 Foster City Blvd
San Mateo

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Fremont

2974 Delta Fair Boulevard # 106
Fremont

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Gilroy

353 East 10th St Suite
Gilroy

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Livermore

2150 Portola Ave
Livermore

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Los Altos

2310 W Homestead Rd
Los Altos

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Los Gatos

15559 Union Ave
Los Gatos

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Millbrae

423 Broadway
Millbrae

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Milpitas

1765 Landess Ave
Milpitas

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Monte Sereno

15466 Los Gatos Blvd
Los Gatos

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Morgan Hill

15650 Vineyard Blvd
Morgan Hill

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Oakland

4200 Park Blvd
Oakland

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Orinda

120 Village Square
Orinda

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Pacifica

446 Old County Rd
Pacifica

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Palo Alto

3790 El Camino Real
Palo Alto

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Pleasanton

5424 Sunol Blvd
Pleasanton

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Portola Valley

3130 Alpine Rd
Portola Valley

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Redwood City

274 Redwood Shores Pkwy
Redwood City

Mr. Drain Plumbing of San Bruno

851 Cherry Ave Ste 27
San Bruno

Mr. Drain Plumbing of San Francisco

1459 18th Street
San Francisco

Mr. Drain Plumbing of San Leandro

14410 Washington Ave
San Leandro

Mr. Drain Plumbing of San Lorenzo

15934 Hesperian Blvd
San Lorenzo

Mr. Drain Plumbing of San Ramon

21001 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Santa Clara

1556 Halford Ave
Santa Clara

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Santa Cruz

849 Almar Ave
Santa Cruz

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Saratoga

14510 Big Basin Way
Saratoga

Mr. Drain Plumbing of South San Francisco

101 Hickey Blvd
South San Francisco

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Sunnyvale

370 Altair Way
Sunnyvale

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Union City

4400 Horner St
Union City

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Watsonville

1961 Main St
Watsonville

Mr. Fix-It Company

3024 Clayton Rd
Concord

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

2601C Blanding Avenue
Alameda

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

2425 B Channing Way
Berkeley

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

3056 Castro Valley Blvd
Castro Valley

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

20993 Foothill Blvd
Hayward

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

51 Wright Brothers Avenue
Livermore

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

699 Lewelling Blvd
San Leandro

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

15934 Hesperian Blvd
San Lorenzo

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

32108 Alvarado Blvd Suite
Union City

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

4464 Lone Tree Way
Antioch

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

3130 Balfour Road Ste D
Brentwood

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

1647 Willow Pass Road
Concord

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

10002 Crow Canyon Rd
Danville

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

3020 EL CERRITO PLAZA
El Cerrito

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

3554 San Pablo Dam Rd Ste
El Sobrante

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

1511 Sycamore Ave Ste M
Hercules

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

649 Main Street Suite
Martinez

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

382 Colusa Ave Ste 5
Berkeley

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

3457 Mt Diablo Blvd
Lafayette

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

21 ORINDA WAY Ste F
Orinda

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

1564 Fitzgerald Dr Ste F
Pinole

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

2120 Railroad Avenue
Pittsburg

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

25 A Crescent Dr
Pleasant Hill

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

15501 SAN PABLO AVE Ste C
San Pablo

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

2415 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
San Ramon

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

1966 Tice Valley Blvd
Walnut Creek

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

98 Main St
Belvedere Tiburon

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

147 Corte Madera Town Ctr
Corte Madera

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

700 Larkspur Landing Circle,
Larkspur

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

604 Red Hill Ave
San Anselmo

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

2636 Judah St
San Francisco

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

3407 W El Camino Real
Atherton

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

1025 Alameda Delas Pulgas
Belmont

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

1534 Plaza Lane Suite
Burlingame

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

1728 Ocean Ave Suite
Brisbane

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

1618 Sullivan Ave
Daly City

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

1733 E Bayshore Rd
Palo Alto

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

969 Edgewater Blvd
San Mateo

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

80 N Cabrillo Hwy
Half Moon Bay

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

177 New Place Rd Ste B
Burlingame

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

1259 EL Camino Real
Menlo Park

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

3130 Alpine Road Suite
Portola Valley

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

570 West El Camino Real
Redwood City

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

723 Camino Plaza
San Bruno

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

2226 A Westborough Blvd
South San Francisco

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

2995 Woodside Rd Suite 400
Redwood City

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

390 East Mcglincy Ln
Campbell

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

20660 STEVENS CREEK BLVD Ste
Cupertino

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

353 E 10TH ST Ste E
Gilroy

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

15732 Los Gatos Blvd Suite
Los Gatos

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

654 N Santa Cruz Ave Suite
Los Gatos

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

305 - Vineyard Town Center
Morgan Hill

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

2464 El Camino Real
Santa Clara

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

3121 Millbrook Dr
San Jose

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

14510 Big Basin Way Ste A
Saratoga

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

245 MT Hermon RD Ste M
Scotts Valley

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

530 Showers Dr, Ste 7
Mountain View

Mr. Rescue Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

309 Ceader St Suite
Santa Cruz

Parker and Sons

3636 E Anne St

PETES PIPES & ROOTER CLEANING

43201 Montrose Ave
Fremont

Pleskach Plumbing

5062 Banff Park Ct
Fremont

Plumbers San Francisco

101 California Street
San Francisco

PREFERRED PLUMBING & DRAIN

501 W 10th St.
Antioch

Quick Plumbing Inc

1044 Martin Ave
Santa Clara

Roroman Plumbing

5100 Bickford Cir
Fairfield

Roto-Rooter

29197 Simms Ct
Hayward

Roving RV Tech

PO Box 3027
Tustin

Rush Plumbing & Rooter/Rush Contractors & Eng.

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

Sandoval Engineering

17338 Serene Dr
Morgan Hill

Shaz Construction & Design

PO Box 1083
Novato

Straight Shot Plumbing

P.O. box 9407
Pittsburg

STREAMLINE PLUMBING

20885 REDWOOD RD
Castro Valley

TMS Construction & General Engineering Co.

2585 El Camino Real
Santa Clara

Treeium, Inc

5352 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village

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