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"I called another place before going with
. I decided to go with them because they were so much more helpful over the phone, and answered" all my questions. This was my first time to have my tanks pumped, and it was a learning experience for me. My septic tanks ended up being buried about 2 ft under ground, and were not easy to find. The employee
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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"The lady who answered the phone was friendly and asked questions to make sure I received the correct service. She also worked with me on scheduling so my husband" could be here when they came. The guy that came was knowledgeable, professional and friendly. We will definitely use them again and highly recommend them.

-Donna K.

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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 La Mirada

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Call on Monday and made appointment for Wednesday. Was supposed to be first on the list. Was supposed to show up by 9:00. Had not shown up by 10:00 I called and receptionist said he was at a business. Never called to let me know they would be late. Finally showed up about 11-11:15. Good information about preventative maintenance on septic system from technician. Little put off by fact he just piled dirt back on top of tank with no attempt to put sod back on top. Overall seemed efficient.
- Landon R.
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On time, business-like, quick, neat and with helpful info. Our second experience with this company and we're really impressed very favorably. Never had a better septic service. Pleased to recommend them!
- Jean Q.
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crew was very knowledgeable and efficient. They showed me all of the parts of my aerobic septic system, reviewed the overall operation, and gave me some tips for preventative and ongoing maintenance. Everyone I spoke with at this company was friendly and informative. I couldn't be more pleased with their service and would certainly recommend them. Thank You,
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- Jean B.
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was there first to respond after I left messages for several other large and small plumbers. He and his coworker arrived promptly and fixed the drain quickly. They were very polite and helpful.
- Mark W.
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They came out when they said they would. They inspected the septic system and found a small wiring problem with the float system and repaired it. They left a report on our front door. When I read the report, I noticed that the service tech described everything he did, but he failed to notate the sludge level of the tanks and he failed to notate whether or not it needed to be pumped out or not. The sludge level was the first thing I wanted to know from the inspection but the service tech forgot to notate it. I called them back and let them know that the sludge level was not notated on the report. They sent him back out the next day to provide a compete report including the sludge level. They were very responsive and provided good information regarding our system.
- James L.
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Super job.....fast , efficient and a total professional install all the way.
Excellent company !
- Terry G.
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Very knowledgeable, explained how pump worked, and made helpful suggestions for care of system. Workers were very careful replacing dirt and pine straw. This was one of the best service experiences I have had.

- Mary S.
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Great. They are very professional. There was nothing that I didn't dislike. They came and gave a good estimate. The price was good compared to others who quoted me a higher price. They came when they said they would. They were on time. They got the permit like they said they would because I was doing it with someone else and he was never really able to get it together.
- Shirley F.

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A A YOUNG'S PLUMBING

1606 E 218TH ST
Carson

A-1 Total Service Plumbing

3025 W. Artesia Blvd
Torrance

Ace Pelizon Plumbing

138 E Badillo St
Covina

Adobe Builders

15300 Ventura Blvd Ste 203
Sherman Oaks

Affordable Plumbing

9495 9th St
Rancho Cucamonga

Alchemy Plumbing

949 Euclid St.
Santa Monica

All American Contractors

25660 Aspenwood Ct
Moreno Valley

ALL COMMERCIAL HYDRO JETTING

2400 W MAGNOLIA BLVD
Burbank

AllStar Plumbing & Rooter

9155 Archibald Ave Ste 302
Rancho Cucamonga

Alosta Plumbing, Heating & A/C

255 S Glendora Ave
Glendora

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

American Industrial Services

5626 Cherry Ave.
Long Beach

Apco Construction Services

29520 La Cresta Dr
Quail Valley

Arvin Plumbing

341 linares
Long Beach

Assura Public Relations

335 N Brookhurst St
Anaheim

ASTRO PLUMBING

2491 Rubidoux Blvd
Riverside

AZTEC PLUMBING CORP

2664 CALLE OLIVO
Thousand Oaks

B&S Construction

Los Angeles

B2B Design / Build

6302 Whittier Ave.
Whittier

Bob Key Equipment Rentals

795 Redriver Way
Corona

Bright Green Contracting

464 Larkstone Ln.
Brea

Bristol Restoration

25020 Avenue Stanford
Santa Clarita

C R Plumbing & Construction

4330 Stewart Ave.
Los Angeles

C.Moore Construction, Inc.

PO Box 1115
Sunland

California Construction & development

8414 s. 8th Ave.
Los Angeles

California Pumping & Snttn Inc

1057 S Washington Ave
San Bernardino

CANYON SEPTIC SERVICES

P O Box 67
Silverado

CJ deBoer Tractor & Septic

1971 Aviation Drive
Corona

COBRA ROOTER

6345 FLORENCE PL
Bell

COVENANT PIPELINE

3818 SENASAC AVE
Long Beach

D.F. Construction & General Engineering

8132 Firestone Blvd
Downey

Daniel Cordova Plumbing

14248 Dalewood St
Baldwin Park

Diamond Environmental Services

807 E Mission Road
San Marcos

Eagle Eye Property Inspections

11445 Paramount Blvd
Downey

Earthcare Plumbing

11041 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles

ELT. PLUMBING

2509 W. HARRIET LN.
Anaheim

Endo Plumbing Company

18314 Villa Park St
La Puente

EXCEL CONSTRUCTION LA, INC.

12531 Collins Street
Valley Village

Fidelity General Contractors

18034 Ventura Blvd
Encino

Flow Tech Plumbing & Rooter, Inc.

13961 Oxnard St Apt 48
Van Nuys

Grand Slam Plumbing

2935 E . Chino Ave
Chino Hills

greenoaksevice

7751 Kyle St
Tujunga

Holsson, Inc

7900 Limonite PMB 107
Riverside

Honest Plumbing & Rooter Inc

36 E Magnolia Blvd
Burbank

iFIXit PLUMBING

1239 Spazier Ave.
Glendale

IGM Auto Repair

6205 Kester Ave
Van Nuys

Jets West

po box 2436
Garden Grove

Joe's Plumbing

11067 1/2 Stagg St
Sun Valley

Knowbody Construction

25168 Lemongrass street
Corona

Moe Plumbing Service

830 W Doran Ave
Glendale

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Industry

1600 S Azusa Ave
Rowland Heights

Mr. Drain Plumbing of La Mirada

11900 La Mirada Blvd
La Mirada

Mr. Drain Plumbing of Laguna Beach

448 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach

Mr. Rooter Plumbing

322 N Aviador St
Camarillo

Mr. Rooter Plumbing Of Los Angeles

8847 Lankershim Blvd.
Sun Valley

Option One Plumbing

10722 Arrow Route
Rancho Cucamonga

PLS Construction

15189 Ashwood Lane
Chino Hills

Plumbers Irvine

19800 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine

Plumbing Solution Specialist

PO Box 17022
Anaheim

POWER PRO PLUMBING

18105 s Hobart Blvd
Gardena

Prieto Engineering Construction

2026 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles

PumpMan

5020 Bleecker St
Baldwin Park

QUAIL CAPITAL CORP

2310 W VICTORY BLVD
Burbank

R.S. One Plumbing

145 s.glenoaks suite#446
Burbank

RAGUSA'S ROOTER SVC

15818 IMPERIAL HWY
La Mirada

Red Lilly Plumbing

3121 W Temple St
Los Angeles

Right Price Rooter

201 South Everett
Glendale

Rooter Buster Plumbing Inc.

13012 Debby Street
Van Nuys

Rooter Experts

10881 La Tuna Canyon Rd
Sun Valley

Rossman Plumbing

12523 Limonite Ave. Suite 440-413

Roto-Rooter

5801 State Rd
Bakersfield

Roto-Rooter

24971 Avenue Stanford
Valencia

Roto-Rooter Plumbers - Arcadia

4131 E Live Oak Ave
Arcadia

Roto-Rooter Plumbers - Inglewood

925 W Hyde Park Blvd
Inglewood

Roving RV Tech

PO Box 3027
Tustin

S.C.Contractors (Americas Most Wanted Handyman)

Post Office Box 800657
Santa Clarita

Same Day Home Inspections

11110 Lorne St
Sun Valley

SCG Plumbing Co

4527 Brookview Ct
Chino Hills

ServiceMASTER by C2C Restoration

10881 La Tuna Cyn Rd
Sun Valley

SGV UNDERGROUND

138 E Badillo St
Covina

SHERIFF PLUMBING, INC.

8560 Vineyard Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga

SHOWALTER'S SANITATION CO

11121 PENROSE
Sun Valley

Simply Plumbing and Rooter

15081 Purdy St
Westminster

SoCal Contractor

3289 Veteran Ave
Los Angeles

South Bay Plumbing and Heating

703 Pier Ave Suite B #334

Sterling Solution

3150 Forest Meadow Drive
Chino Hills

Sweetwater Plumbing

6471 Potomac River Court
Chino

The Gooden Group

6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles

Treeium, Inc

5352 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village

Universal Plumbing Co

3315 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles

Water Prospector

6222 Atoll ave
Van Nuys

Watson Plumbing

27911 Smyth Dr
Valencia

West Coast Commercial Construction

13710 Bora Drive
Santa Fe Springs

Western Rooter & Plumbing

136 E Santa Clara St
Arcadia

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