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"I showed him the spot where the septic was located and he dug down to a rock covering the opening. He looked inside the tank and saw that it was not overflowing." He asked me to flush each toilet separately so he could see if each flush properly drained into the tank. They did. He took a measurement of the depth and said that the septic was in not full, rather it was nearly empty; and that the drain field was in good condition. My only charge was $50 for his trip out. I was so happy that that there was no problem. He was very nice and very honest. I will keep his number forever for the future and I highly recommend him to everyone.

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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)
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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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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)
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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 Arlington Heights

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The price for the service was LESS than the quoted over the phone by $100.00, I guess because our tank was smaller. They actually called to come a little earlier than the original schedule. They were called on a Thursday, and performed the service on Monday. Very quick turn around time. The technicians were very professional and explained everything they were going to do. I would recommend them and use them again.
- Tammy L.
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Background: I purchased the home in mid 2014 and the septic was new and
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is under contract for two years to service the system.
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has always shown up as required to conduct the periodic maintenance and leaves a printout of the report for my records.
I received a call from my tenants Saturday morning around 9 am that the toilets were not flushing. We had just had a heavy rain, but since it is an
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system, it should have been fine. I called
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and told them of my issue and I was expecting that since it was last-minute on a Saturday, they would send someone out on Monday or charge me an "emergency service" fee. Neither happened and I was told that they had a technician who was out and he would stop by and inspect the system and see what the issue was. The technician inspected the system and told me the high water alarm was on, most likely due to a clogged line, but everything looked good now and the alarm would go off soon. The alarm went off and the tenants reported that everything works fine.
I was very impressed with the customer service I received when I called on Saturday morning. There was no hesitation regarding my issue, she told me she would send someone out to check the system. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone who is looking for a company to provide septic maintenance.
- JOHN R.
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They cleaned out the tank and inspected it. Everything turned out fine. They were courteous and efficient. They showed up when they said they were going to be there and were out quickly. THEY Didn't Tear up the yard.
- Tammy S.
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Most impressive was this companies communication from the employee doing the work. The office had scheduled a specific time for the work. The truck driver called not once, but twice to update me on actual arrival time. After arrival, the employee proceeded to diagnose the problem. He corrected the issue, suggested a method to prevent future problems, and pointed out a potential issue to be delt with at a future date. Great communication, great service, and at a fair price.
- Dale B.
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Our house sepric system backed up 2 days before Christmas
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send out their crew on Christmas Eve day to locate and pump my system. the guys were great the system was located all the workings of the septic system were explained to me and the tank was pumped all before noon.

- Jerome B.
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They competed the work in a couple of hours. I thought they were good. We have to have this done every 3 years and I've decided to continue hiring them for the work. They seem honest and reasonable.
- Kristin A.
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Workers showed up on time and with a great attitude. Did a thorough inspection. Resolved problem pointed out items out of code and made suggestions for additional preventative work.
- William B.
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was very helpful. He answered every question I had and explained to me how my cesspool system works (first time owning a home with a cesspool). He didn't try to up sale me anything just found the problem and fixed it. He was quick, very professional, and very helpful. I totally recommend him.
- Danny L.

All Septic Tank Services in Arlington Heights, IL

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A & J Sewer Service

1055 Courtesy Ln
Wheeling

A & P GREASE TRAPPERS

903 W. Washington Suite 200
West Chicago

ABC Plumbing Heating Cooling & Electric

760 Hastings Ln
Buffalo Grove

ABILITY SEPTIC SVC

P.O. Box 456
West Chicago

Ace Plumbing & Drain Service

621 Berkshire Ct
Downers Grove

Adavenced Sewer and Flood Control

6638 W Gunnison St
Chicago

Allan E Power Plumbing & Heating

8800 W. 47th St
Brookfield

Amazing Plumbing & Sewer

7921 N Lowell Ave
Skokie

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

American Virtual Associates

304 Whitelaw Avenue
East Alton

ARCE Plumbing and Sewer

4514 Grove Ave Apt 4
Brookfield

Arlington Heights Plumbing & Heating

4242 N Bloomington Ave
Arlington Heights

ARROW SEPTIC & SEWER

1704 LAMB RD
Woodstock

Ashland Ave Emergency Plumbing

2415 N Ashland Ave
Chicago

Brookfield Plumbing

3928 Sunnyside Ave
Brookfield

Brookfield Plumbing Heating & Cooling

3311 Prairie Ave
Brookfield

California Ave Plumbing Co

2024 S California Ave
Chicago

Capps Plumbing & Sewer Inc

90 E Marquardt Dr
Wheeling

CARL'S SEPTIC

20 W 335 S FRONTAGE RD
Lemont

CENTRAL PLUMBING

29 N Hickory Ave
Arlington Heights

Compass Plumbing

PO Box 326
Lombard

D-3 Development LLC

26190 W Boesch Pl
Ingleside

Dan Reeg Plumbing

7112 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Oak Park

Environmental Evaluations Inc

7020 Red Barn Rd
Crystal Lake

Friendly Plumbing

1539 Seminole Rd
Algonquin

Fullerton Sewer & Drain

3935 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago

G & L Septic Service

39W277 Campton Hills Dr
Saint Charles

G B PLUMBING

1522 W Suffield Ct
Arlington Heights

Grove Sewer and Drain

860 Ridge Ave
Elk Grove Village

H T STRENGER PLUMBING CO

28915 N HERKY DR
Lake Bluff

Haggis II Construction

6400 N Northwest Hwy
Chicago

HALLMAN'S SANITARY SERVICE

PO BOX 72163
Roselle

Halstead Sewer and Drain

737 S Halsted St
Chicago

Handyman Matters Chicago

5251 N. Central Ave.
Chicago

Harding Ave Sewer and Drain

4347 N Harding Ave
Chicago

Hazardous Waste Haulers

19725 Breckenridge Dr
Mokena

Helmer Excavating & Septic LLC

6105 Del Miller Ln
Cary

Hillside Sewer and Drain

4415 Harrison St
Hillside

Jackson Blvd Sewer and Drain

200 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago

James Mangan Masonrywork

6328 W. Holbrook St
Chicago

JC Plumbing Inc

PO Box 798

Justine Street Plumbing and Heating

223 N Justine St
Chicago

Karps Plumbing

8359 S Rutherford Ave
Burbank

Kedzie Ave Plumbing

8700 S Kedzie Ave
Evergreen Pk

Kenwood Sewer and Drain

5140 S Kenwood Ave
Chicago

Kingston Ave Plumbing

8871 S Kingston Ave
Chicago

Klosa Properties LLC

2939 Peachgate Ct
Glenview

Lafayette Ave Plumbing

7508 S Lafayette Ave
Chicago

LAKE COOK TRENCHING

1510 N OLD RAND RD
Wauconda

Larrabee Plumbing

1012 N Larrabee St

Liberty Park Sewer and Drain

15511 Wherry Ln
Orland Park

Libertyville Plumbing Heating and Cooling

426 S Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville

Lunt Ave Sewer and Drain

3665 W Lunt Ave
Lincolnwood

Madison Street Plumbing

6 E Madison St
Chicago

Madison Street Sewer and drain

61 E Madison St
Chicago

Palatine Expert Plumbers

45 E Heatherlea Dr
Palatine

Patrick B Murphy Plumbing and Piping Co

1426 Sherman Rd
Romeoville

Patriot Plumbing Service inc

1121 Breuckman drive

Payne's Rehab & Repair

1688 Carolina Dr
Chicago Heights

Perfect Home Services

4951 Indiana Ave
Lisle

Perry Plumbing and Heating

1 W Wacker Dr
Chicago

Ponds Inc. of Illinois

P.O. Box 6223
Elgin

R & S Plumbing, Inc

3850 Berdnick Street
Rolling Meadows

Ridge Park Plumbing and Heating

608 S Chester Ave
Park Ridge

Rolling Meadows Plumbing Heating and Cooling

4301 Wilmette Ave
Rolling Meadows

RON'S TIDY TANK SEPTIC SERVICE

PO BOX 512
Fox River Grove

Roosevelt Road Plumbing

554 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

400 E Randolph St
Chicago

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

17147 Westview Dr
Thornton

S. A. Weidner Inc.

108 N Old Rand Rd
Wauconda

Samuel and Son Plumbing

9525 Bryn Mawr Ave
Rosemont

Skyway Oil Recycling

3721 W. Belmont Ave
Chicago

South Chicago Sewer and Drain

9316 South Baltimore Ave
Chicago

South Franklin Street Sewer and Drain

122 S Franklin St
Chicago

South Riverside Plumbing

10 S Riverside Plz
Chicago

SUBURBAN SEWER & SEPTIC INC

21003 River Rd Unit C
Marengo

Sullivan Septic and Sewer Inc

1947 Airway Ct
New Lenox

T & R PLUMBING & CONSTRUCTION INC

3825 W Devon Ave
Chicago

Terry Plumbing Co

5503 S. LaGrange Road
Countryside

Titan Plumbing & Drain Services

1450 Plymouth Le
Elgin

TRI-COUNTY TRENCHING & SEPTIC INC

809 W JEFFERSON ST
Bensenville

Weather Control Heating & Cooling

524 Pinehurst Dr
Des Plaines

Weidner's Septic Service Inc

P.O Box 173
Lake Zurich

Wells Street Sewer and Drain

2017 S Wells St
Chicago

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