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How To Maintain a Septic System

A contractor 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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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.


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.



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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Our septic tank was not draining. Both
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County and another Septic company thought that our leach fields were compromised, and the county was reluctant to authorize new leach fields. Other alternatives like recirculating sand filters would have been much more expensive and would have required more maintenance. Because of our location, we could not hook up to city sewer. The other vendor actually offered to do an illegal workaround that would have saved us money, we decided that we could not work with that vendor because of their cloudy view of ethics.
We originally asked
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to offer a second bid on a recirculating sand filter. He said he wanted to verify that this was the problem, probed around the tank, and announced that the blockage was within a few feet of the septic tank. The probe came out wet right next to the tank, and dry a few feet further. Both the County and the other vendor had failed to notice this. As a result, a much cheaper repair did the trick.
They did the repair quickly, without digging up more than was needed, and resolved the problem. All in all, a class act.
- Jonathan R.

Our warning light was tripped on our septic alarm on Labor Day weekend.
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was the available technician for
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and responded to our call. He quickly diagnosed a false alarm due to a loose connection in our float. He was able to quickly resolve the issue and we have had no problem since.
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was recommended to us by a separate septic service company and we have now used them twice and would gladly use them again. I appreciate that since they do not provide routine pumping there potential conflict of interest and recommendation of unnecessary services.
- Ryan M.

A team of two arrived as scheduled and pumped out septic tank. The team was very professional and courteous. They went above and beyond to assist with determining if a slow shower drain was related to the septic tank.
I will definitely use them again in the future.
- Diane E.

He was very informative and accurate with every suspicion that he had. His skill and expertise allowed me to absorb each step as he went along. You could tell he was experienced and prepared me for the best and worst case scenario. Also, he never forced me to get any extra work done, they educated me and allowed me to make an informed decision. I could tell from the time that I opened the door that this was a trustworthy company. From the receptionist, who was very knowledgeable, to the owner, all the way down to the backhoe operator that currently installing the new system, it's apparent that they are true experts. They were very informative and hands-on every step of the way. As a single lady, I really appreciated that they provided me with a working knowledge of the septic system, an area that I knew nothing about. They have also taught me how to maintain the system and offered to come back for any assistance that I need.
- Diane S.

Excellent customer service! Did a fabulous job came on short notice and worked us into their schedule. Very professional and knowledgeable much more so than some of the other providers we have used on other houses. Highly recommend!
- christophe C.

He quickly located the cesspool cover, pumped out the sludge and added sulfuric acid to the cesspool. He is very professional. He did not recommend unnecessary services. He is also very friendly and explained every thing what he will do before starting work and showed it after completing.
- Suresh W.


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arrived promptly, was well mannered, considerate of our landscape, and went right to work. He worked carefully throughout the job, checking to make sure the procedure and equipment were operating properly. He spent the needed time and energy to ensure the job was completed correctly. He was attentive to details, and left the property undamaged. In addition to Mr.
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's professionalism, his rate of service was extremely reasonable, so we felt it only fair to give him a tip. I hope
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continues to
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as this is a much needed service, and it's comforting to know there are businesses like this one which provide excellent service at a very reasonable rate.
- JR T.

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was timely, efficient and personable. He came the day after I called. He also didn't try to sell me any unnecessary services, such as a competitor did in the past. I was completely satisfied and will be sure to call him again in the future.
- Thomas S.

Septic Tank Services in Garner, NC

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3D Professional Services

4348 Karlbrook Ln

A & L Plumbing & Piping

PO Box 71932

All American Septic

3056 Emmitt Pond Rd

Bear Contracting

1712 Trent Blvd
New Bern

Bizzy Bee Plumbing Inc

1939 High House Rd

Bobby Davis Septic Tank Services

5835 Family Farm Rd

Boyce McCaskill Auto Service

3316 Hobby Ct

Carolina Plumbing Co

719 Mattress Factory Rd

CK's Septic Alarm

150 Nicholas Dr

Compendium Contracting LLC

246 Charles Riddle Rd.

David Brantley and Sons Inc

37 Pine Ridge rd

Dennis Well & Pump Service Inc

PO Box 1867

Dr Drain Plumbing

5209 Woods End Rd

Durham Plumber

2530 Meridian Parkway

Earl On Call A Handy Man Company

556 Brintle Rd

EAS Professional Painting

5213-107 Wynslow Park Drive

Eastside Septic Cleaning

1018 Us Highway 70 W


1304 W NC HIGHWAY 54

Four Seasons Septic Repair

613 Clee Circle

global restoration

2113 Sandy Plains Rd
Wake Forest

Green Level Landscapes

206 Luther Rd

Hardee'S Septic Tank Service

1061 White Memorial Church Rd
Willow Spring

HF Services LLC Grading & Paving

40 trillium pl
Chapel Hill


4724 Hargrove Road

John E. Byrd Septic Tank Service

1200 Byrds View Ln

JW's Home Services

3810 Valley Dale Dr

King's Plumbing

2533 Buckingham Dr

Michael & Son

4001 Atlantic Ave

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Wake County

2001 Deep Forest Dr

New Light Services LLC

4217 Purnell Rd
Wake Forest

Pipetechs Plumbing

6600 Mt Herman Rd

Riddle Residential Construction

246 Charles Riddle Rd.

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

8820 Midway West Rd

Schwartz Plumbing Company

1129 Corporation Parkway

Spectrum Environmental, Inc

PO Box 97213

Stallings Septic Service

7132 Hidden Valley Trl

Thornton's Plumbing Inc

3160 Vinson Rd

Total Enviro & Septic Inc.

1007 Cumnock road



Wake Sewer & Drain Cleaning

121 W Morgan St



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