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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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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 Waltham

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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 Waltham, MA

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ABC Cesspool Co Inc

292 High St
Acton

ABS DRAIN

9 ESSEX ST
Lynn

Adams Street Plumbing

272 Adams St.
Boston

ADH CONTRACTING INC

161 E GROVE ST
Middleboro

AFTER HOURS DRAIN SERVICE

PO BOX 760
Wrentham

All Drain Service Inc

119 Hampson St
Dracut

All In One Drain Cleaning

85 Worcester Rd
Webster

ALLBUILDERSERVICES

PO BOX 376
Lynnfield

Alpha Omega Enginnering Inc

25 Highland View Dr
Sutton

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

Andover Sewer & Drain

85 Essex St
Andover

Blue Hill Plumbing

1049 Blue Hill Ave.
Boston

BP Plumbing and Heating

209 Boston Post Rd
Sudbury

DAVE STARMER DISPOSAL, INC

9 OLD COUNTY RD
Sudbury

Dave's Trucking & Excavating

24 Intervale Rd
Sudbury

DC Contractors Inc.

243 Bridge Street
Raynham

DCR Building & Remodeling

PO Box 132
Lynnfield

Dorchester Emergency Plumbing

109 Norfolk St.
Boston

Dorchester Plumbing And Heating

11 Saint Margaret ST
Dorchester

Drain King

95 1/2 High St
Haverhill

Drain Remedy Inc

PO Box 674
Stoughton

DUMONT PUMPING SVC

P.O. Box 292, 95 S. Washington St
Norton

East Bridgewater Plumbing

East Bridgewater

GRADY CONSULTING LLC

71 Evergreen Street
Kingston

Grand Plumbing

Dorchester

Gulla Landscape Inc

467 Washington St
Norwood

Hancock Street Plumbing

981 Hancock St
Quincy

Hilltop Plumbing and Heating

43 Hilltop Dr
Burlington

HOLLISTON SEWER SERVICE INC

136 Fisher St.
Holliston

Huntington LLC

40 Providence St
Millbury

J & C Project Services

190 Whipple Road
Tewksbury

J G SCHMIDT INC

149 E UNION ST
Ashland

J G Schmidt Inc

149 E Union St
Ashland

J.P. Farrell Construction Inc.

40 Cross Street
Ashland

JDD Remodeling

10 Central Ave
Burlington

John Young Contracting

P.O. Box 244
Weston

Just Call Me LLC

177 River Rd
Uxbridge

KCC Excavation llc

668 main st
Wilmington

Kerr Place Plumbing and Heating

1 Kerr Pl
Roxbury Crossing

Kiernan Road Plumbing

17 Kiernan Rd
West Roxbury

Knowles Construction Co., Inc

20 Dean Street
Norfolk

Lamartine Plumbing

97 Lamartine St
Jamaica Plain

Landscape Visions Corp

P.O. Box 1294
Concord

Larkin and Larkin Development Corp.

709 Lowell Street
Methuen

Lyon General Contracting

250 Bent St
Franklin

M F REYNOLDS INC

125 E ALBION ST
Medford

MA Plumbing and Heating

1010 Massachusetts Ave
Boston

Macura Excavating, LLC

14 Stub Toe Lane

Maynard Plumbing & Heating

13 brown street
Maynard

MCCORMACK BUILDERS

37 Elm St
Canton

Medford Sewer & Drain

144 Mystic Ave.
Medford

Melrose Plumbing & Heating

897 Main St.
Melrose

Midurski Bros. Landscaping Inc.

118 Cushing Street
Stoughton

Miller Environmental

608 Spring Street
East Bridgewater

Northwind Builders Coro

56 pickman rd
Salem

NPM Inc

400 B Lake Ave
Worchester

NVP Plumbing & Heating

197 Neponset Valley Pkwy.
Hyde Park

Paul G Jenner Associates Inc

31 Riley Ave
East Weymouth

Peabody Emergency Plumbing

121 Lynn St
Peabody

Peabody Sewer and Drain

8 Rita Rd
Peabody

Penn Street Plumbing

85 Penn St
Quincy

PETERSON CONSTRUCTION

210 BROADWAY
Lynn

Pleasant Street Expert Plumbers

823 Pleasant St
Norwood

PODGURSKI CO

8 SPRINGDALE AVE
Canton

Ponch Excavation LLC

3841
Roslindale

Presidential Way Plumbing

120 Presidential Way
Woburn

PROVOST PLUMBING

282 NEEDHAM ST
Dedham

RAPID ROOTER

3 Surrey Cir
Woburn

Revere Beach Sewer & Drain

1795 Revere Beach Pkwy.
Everett

Rhino Rooter

11 Cushing Ave
Belmont

Richard Street Plumbing

1 Richard St
Revere

SB Plumbing Experts

544 Dorchester Ave
Boston

Septic Pump Lift Station

82 Lawrence St
Waltham

SERVICE PUMPING & DRAIN CO

5 HALLBERG PARK
North Reading

Servpro Industries Inc

P.O. Box 44
Bedford

Sherman Inspection, Inc.

97 Stanley Street
North Attleboro

Sherwood Sewer and Drain

20 Sherwood St
Roslindale

Stoneham Plumbing

29 Landers Rd
Stoneham

Stonley Sewer and Drain

76 Stonley Rd
Jamaica Plain

Stoughton Plumbing and Heating

73 Kinsley St
Stoughton

SW Plumbing Heating and Cooling

35 Royden Rd
South Weymouth

TCD Contracting Inc

1009 Chandler St
Tewksbury

THE THRONE DEPOT

10 GREEN ST
Woburn

Tileston St Plumbing

21 Tileston St
Everett

TROOPER SIDING, INC.

1 Juna Way
Franklin

W Callahan Excavation

75 Border Rd
Reading

WACHUSETT ENVIRONMENTAL

27 HOLDEN ST
Holden

Wakefield Plumbing & Heating

500 Main St.
Wakefield

Wind River Environmental

8 Production Road
Walpole

Wind River Environmental

577 Main St
Hudson

Wind River Environmental

Main Street
Newburyport

Wind River Environmental

Main Street
Littleton

Wind River Environmental

Main Street
Worcester

WR Plumbing Experts

64 Laurie Ave
West Roxbury

WR Sewer and Drain

743 W Roxbury Pkwy
West Roxbury

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