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algina N.
"I wasn't satisfied. The problem continued. We had a second company come out and they did not see evidence that our tank was properly pumped. We were told new field drain lines" were needed...thousands of dollars. However, the next company was able to simply fix the problem for about $800-no new lines, a thorough pump and widening of the T.
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Brian P.
"We received our notice from the county for our septic tank to be pumped/flushed.
Services had been referred to us. They did a great job and also took care" of notifying the county once it was complete.
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"I wasn't satisfied. The problem continued. We had a second company come out and they did not see evidence that our tank was properly pumped. We were told new" field drain lines were needed...thousands of dollars. However, the next company was able to simply fix the problem for about $800-no new lines, a thorough pump and widening of the T.

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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.


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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This is a family business. When I called the person who answered was professional and polite. Making the appointment was
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. I was given a time frame for the date the services would be performed and told that the provider would call me when they were close. That is exactly what happened. They called and said they were near.

When they arrived, they began work immediately after introducing themselves. They could not have been more personable. They were friendly and good natured. They made some suggestions about what I could do to take proper care of my septic system. They did not try to sell me any additional services or products. The work was completed in a timely manner.

When they finished they cleaned up neatly and it was as if they had not been there at all. I really wish that all providers were like this. I cannot recommend this company enough to anyone in the area that requires this service. In fact, they were so superior from beginning to end that I chose them over a local company that was less than ten minutes from my home. I could not be happier.

- Michael B.

He arrived on time and the service guy was very personable. I had the tank lid un covered for him as my cable line is in the vicinity of the lid and I didn't want to have to deal with any Comcast issues. This was my fourth time of having the tank pumped out and he was the first guy to backflush some liquid into the tank to stir up the sediment on the bottom of the tank along with spraying down the tank walls prior to a final pump out. He also had me run some water into the tank from inside the house so he could insure that my sewer line was not obstructed.
- Angelo A.

Had they bothered to return our calls, we might have had some experience be it good or bad. However a service business that does not return telephone calls is either extremely arrogant or simply poorly run.
- Thomas R.

The 2 young men that showed up were very friendly and knowledgeable. They were late but I was notified earlier in the day that they would be running about 30 mins late. They performed the inspection and found 1 problem. I received the report 3 days after the inspection was complete.
- Jessica C.

I could understand why there was such glowing reviews for this company.
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and his son did the job efficiently and without incident.....dealing with a cesspool isn't my favorite task but
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made it easy and I appreciate that.....they are a local family run business that I love to support !!! Without a doubt this is the company you want to use !!!!
- Paul S.

Scheduled on a Friday to come out on the following Monday, I talked to them Monday morning to double-check pricing, and then called them at 4pm on Monday afternoon to see if they were still coming (after taking the day off of work to be there to wait). The receptionist told me that they had been trying to call me, but I never answered. I asked what phone number she had (it was wrong), and she told me that I gave her the wrong number (the last digit was wrong). Really? I gave HER the wrong phone number? Professionalism was lacking, she wasn't even remotely concerned, didn't even tell me what they were trying to call me about. She just said that, oh, the driver was done for the day. If I wanted him to still come out, it would be an after-hours charge. Otherwise, they didn't have any availability until the week after Christmas. People, don't waste your time - they're never going to show up because they're lazy. I recommend that Angie's List remove this vendor from their list.

- Julia H.

The servicemen arrived on time, pumped out the tank, and the man in charge answered all my questions (ex. was tank in good condition (yes), was it in dire need of pumping (no), and advised me on trees I could and could not grow near septic field), and they did not leave a mess. Very professional and best of all, they didn't try to sell me anything, no bacteria treatments, or additional services, and that in my book speaks volumes about how good a company this is. I wholeheartedly recommend
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Tank Service.
- Lee N.

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AAA Septic Tank & Pumping

2855 2nd St SW

AHP Services LLC

9613 Trumbull ave ne

AL Heating & Air Conditioning

Po Box 6629

Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling

6145 2nd St NW
Los Ranchos

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

Amity Plumbing & Heating

1538 Parsifal St NE

Apollo Pipeworks Inc.

69 Taylor Loop
Santa Fe

Aspen Meadows

2976 Mora Lane
Santa Fe


P.O. Box 10477

B & A Industries, LLC

1701 William St SE


3800 Garcia St. NE

CaitCo Drainworks

1589 San Mateo Lane
Santa Fe

Chaparral Machine Services

3100 Pan American Fwy Ste 2

D & R Services

2929 coors blvd

EJS Refrigeration, Plumbing & Heating LLC

763 Seaborn Dr. S.W.

EM Plumbing Heating Mech.

5113 Lomas De Atrisco

EM Plumbing Heating Mech.

5113 Lomas De Atrisco Rd NW

Haddow Plumbing & Heating

670 Ranchitos Rd

Montano Albert Sand &Gravel

4519 Agua Fria Street
Santa Fe



Rio Grande Septic Systems

210 Enterprise rd
Rio Rancho

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

7510 Mallard Way
Santa Fe


686 Brook Meadows Drive
Rio Rancho

US Home Renovation LLC

6201 2nd St NW

York A-1 Pumping Service

P.O. Box 3146

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