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"They came out to the house and were able to determine that the filter was clogged in the second stage of the septic tank preventing the water from flowing to" the drain field. They pumped the tank, cleaned the filter and were on their way. This is the second time I've used them and they are always
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" Awesome Service! Sellers have been serving my septic systems (home & rental properties) for 15 years. Over the years, Sellers have performed many pump" outs, installed a new septic tank, installed new drain field, installed a new pump system and added an alarm system to alert me my septic tank is not functioning property. In 2009, my 2 year old pump system failed (installed by builder's plumber when house was built in 2007) and I experienced 1st hand how disgusting it is for your septic system to back up in your house...sewage came shooting out of the tub drain! Sellers installed a new reliable pump system and also installed a pump alarm. IF YOU MUST HAVE A PUMP SYSTEM FOR YOUR SEPTIC TANK, IT'S WELL WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY TO INSTALL AN ALARM TO ALERT YOU WHEN YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM IS NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY - I THINK I MAY HAVE SPENT AN EXTRA FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS!

-PETER N.

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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 Cleaning reviews in San Marcos

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Two men arrived on time. Both were polite and professional. Completed the job of pumping out the septic tank as well as cleaning the septic filter. They were helpful and explained the process giving us a better understanding of how our septic system operates. Will definitely request this company next time the septic needs pumping.
- Jeffrey V.
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I've actually had Judge out to give me a bid on
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my septic tank cover. A previous septic tank servicer came and told me my septic tank lid was buried approximately 3 feet under ground and would need a riser installed to bring the septic tank cover to ground level. Judge came out and found the septic tank lid buried about 3 inches in a nearby flower bed! I thought I would have to spend about $3000 for excavation services but Judge saved me that money by finding the cover. He then sent out two technicians who provided exemplary service. They emptied the septic tank and found a problem in my lift pump and fixed it. Judge and his technicians were professional, prompt and knowledgable. Thank you
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Septic Service! I will recommend you and use your services going forward.
- Angela Z.
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He came about 45 minutes early which was great and went right to work.
He drained and cleaned the septic tank and filter, when he finished he showed me what was done.
He was professional and did a great job.

- DEBRA M.
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was very punctual on getting back to me with potential times to complete the job. This is the second time I have called
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for a job and he once again did a great job on the sump installation. I am a 'detail' guy and
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always takes the time to answer all my questions.
- BRIAN L.
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did a terrific job of uncovering and pumping my septic. He has his own backhoe, so he was able to uncover it in less than half an hour.
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takes great pride in his work, and you can tell that he's done this hundreds of times before.
I was very impressed, watching him, as he even put a tarp down to hold the dirt, and didn't just make a giant dirt pile, which is great if you have a lawn, flowers, or plants around your septic. When he was finished he even marked my septic lid with a small metal marker that can be seen on the topsoil, so now I don't need my map and tape measure to find it.

In the future I would only use this company.
Last time I had my septic pumped, a well known plumbing company charged me thousands and didn't have a backhoe, but had two guys dig it up by hand, and it took them five hours, which they charged me for. They also had to come over twice to fix it.
- Karen B.
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I called on Friday and they were able to come on Monday to pump out our septic tank. We have owned our home for a little over a year and found out that the previous owners didn't have the septic tank pumped out. They came, pumped and cleaned out the septic system. They estimated that it hadn't been pumped in about 10 years because of the thickness. They recommended that we have it pumped every two to three years to be safe. They noticed that the septic system cap was cracked and pointed it out. They told us about a couple of companies that sell these. I appreciated all of their recommendations. I'll definitely use them again.
- BETH & BRAD D.
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After another service came out and couldn't identify exactly where the lid was in the first 30 minutes of looking and after digging one small hole which reached the tank but not necessarily the lid, they gave up and didn't want to continue.
Milty's called mid-day to come out but had to go dump their tank and said they would be back that day. They actually showed up the next afternoon, but then got everything handled.

- Brook B.
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) are great to work with. I was concerned because the work was contracted as Time and Materials, but at the end of the day I felt like I got my money's worth and then some ... when they were working, the backhoe almost never stopped. They under ran the estimate by about 2K even though I added some work, so that was good news.
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offered several suggestions as the work progressed to save money or improve the outcome. He is very good on the backhoe and there is little if any wasted motion. They were on time everyday, worked full days, Have first class equipment, were pleasant to work with, are honest and professional. I have more excavation to do next year and won't hesitate to give them the work.
- Mel P.

Septic Tank Services in San Marcos, CA

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Alert Plumbing & Drains

361 L Street
Chula Vista

AMERICAN CLASSIC PLUMBING

1215 S Buena Vista St
San Jacinto

ATLAS PUMPING SERVICE

12740 VIGILANTE RD
Lakeside

Beach City Builders Inc

2604 B El Camino Real
Carlsbad

BLACKBURN DRAINAGE & CONSTRUCTION

P O BOX 1277
Boulevard

BMB SEPTIC CO

9148 LAKE VALLEY RD
El Cajon

California Pumping & Snttn Inc

1057 S Washington Ave
San Bernardino

D&M Rooter, Inc.

1175 Nacion Ave
Chula Vista

Delta Plumbing

1301 Dos Hermanos Glen
Escondido

Diamond Environmental Services

807 E Mission Road
San Marcos

Drains 4 Less

825 college blvd
Oceanside

Family Plumbing Heating & Air Inc.

29970 Technology Dr #210
Murrieta

G & C Construction

1006 Willson Rd
El Cajon

Gold Coast Flood Restorations

10965 Hartley Rd
Santee

Hassle Free Plumbing

PO Box 70872
Pasadena

Honey Bee Septic Service

2488 S Santa Fe Ave
Vista

Imperial General Contractors

1211 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
Escondido

Ireys Plumbing

2746 Caulfield Dr
San Diego

LD construction

6550 ponto dr

M C Welch Plumbing

PO Box 564
Cardiff By The Sea

Mr. Drain Plumbing of San Marcos

844 W San Marcos Blvd
San Marcos

My Plumber CA

7150 Convoy Ct
San Diego

Naidl Construction

2437 Green Hills Way
Vista

Pacific Drain & Plumbing

1330 Park Center Dr
Vista

PLUMBER MAN

4140 FAIRMOUNT AVE
San Diego

Plumbing Plus

12147 Kirkham Rd
Poway

Reliance Plumbing

PO BOX 411
Wildomar

Roto Rooter Plumbers

2141 Industrial Ct
Vista

Roto-Rooter

1342 Industrial Ave
Escondido

Roto-Rooter

16819 Little Morongo Rd
Desert Hot Springs

ROYAL ROOTER PLBG & DRAIN

603 SEAGAZE DR
Oceanside

Runge Building & Consulting

4485 Sunburst Dr
Oceanside

Rush Plumbing & Rooter/Rush Contractors & Eng.

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

SAN DIEGO PLUMBING & DRAINS

4225 OCEANSIDE BLVD
Oceanside

Septic Solutions

29816 Old Sycamore Lane
Murrieta

So Cal Plumbing Heating & Drains

38340 Innovation Ct.
Murrieta

TCE Constructors, Inc.

4661 Brighton Avenue
San Diego

Todd Ruffner Construction Inc

10336 Greenford Dr.
San Diego

Treeium, Inc

5352 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village

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