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is one of the good guys! This was the first time I had called this company - my septic service had previously been handled by another company" that told me my system needed to be cleaned every 2-3 years, and it had already gone longer than that.
came out, checked the size of the tank, and calculated that I could go another year without a problem, so he suggested waiting on it. He didn't even charge me for driving out. This kind of honesty is so refreshing and much appreciated - and I will definitely be calling him when it's time.

-Dana O.

"First experience with
was exemplary 5 years ago. Service providers arrived on time, just before noon a couple weeks ago. They came to my" front door after failing to find the clean out area using a map they said was provided as a result of service call 5 years earlier. I showed them where clean out is located (having lived here over 2 decades, it was easy). One of the men argued with me about the location, suggesting I Was wrong! They got to work and completed task in a little over an hour. They did not inform me when they were done and just left. I noticed they dug an area much larger than during prior service call and area appeared much more disturbed than in the past. 7-10 days later vegetation was dying in the area they worked and my husband determined a sprinkler line was not functioning. He found a yellow sheathed bundle of wires in the septic dug out area that had been cut and reburied. It took 10 days to get our regular irrigation people out on a service call . They determined the cut wires caused the malfunction in the sprinkler line. I called
to provide feedback and indicated it was hard to believe the service providers did not know about the cut wires as they were quite obvious. Having failed to mention the problem to me
to a couple of week delay in discovery and repair of sprinkler issue. Vegetation suffers in 99 degree heat. The
reps i spoke with assured me a manager would get the info and get back with me. I have heard nothing from them which I find inexcusable. So add $108 dollars to cost of cleanout due to sprinkler issue. I will not be using the


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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.

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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.

Septic Tank Cleaning reviews in Oregon City


He arrived at the scheduled time, actually earlier. He called to ok that. He put in a snake with a camera and found sludge and roots. He cleared them and poured something in the drain that would eat away the roots. I couldn't use the drain for 4 hours. My receipt just has the total charged and no itemization. There is a warranty of 6 mths or 1 return trip.
- Carolyn D.

I can't say enough good things about
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was timely, efficient and his estimate was spot on. If I had a question, he answered it. Our well pump was 460 feet down and he brought up the malfunctioning one and put a new one down in the same day.
Outside of the immense amount of labor involved in doing a well pump -
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has impressive knowledge of pumps and water softener systems and how they work. You know it's fixed right the first time.
- David B.

and was told that the septic system maintenance and pumping are handled by two different departments would have to be checked out for $85 by the maintenance department before I could schedule a pumping. Told me that ALL septic systems should have a contract on them. Well, ours doesn't and never has. Called my neighbor and asked her, and she said she never had a contract either. Unpleasant phone call. Would not use.

Wow! Great Service!
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was absolutely incredible! Not only was he professional and punctual but informative and compassionate! Having sewage in your basement is Not a fun situation!
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installed a great product! It was a pleasure to work with him! Having only owned my home for a couple months it was indeed a sigh of relief to have a good company and people service my home! Thank you
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- Michelle M.

I was originally told they could not get to us for another week. Within the next hour our septic began to back up into our drains. I called back and spoke with
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who was wonderful and sent someone out within the hour. It was pouring rain and storming but the great man who did the pumping stayed out in that rain and did a wonderful job. We were told also that our Brush filter needed to be replaced which they did at the same time. Everyone we dealt with was very professional but very understanding and caring. I would absolutely deal with Ed
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again and advise anyone who needs that service to do the same. You won't be disappointed.

- Marty B.

We hired
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to pump our septic tank after reading the reviews here. They did a great job. Our tank was completely full before we called. They showed up, pumped it out, talked to us about do's and
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'ts of septic tanks, and finished up the job. We were surprised at how fast they got the job done. They were friendly and professional.
- John D.

Fantastic service.
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was prompt and friendly in all her communications. She was courteous and understanding when we experienced an unexpected scheduling change, and they were able to accommodate us on very short notice when we regained access to the property for inspection.
The inspection went smoothly and we received a detailed report of all activities completed, delivered when promised. We learned that there is a 2nd cesspool on the property, something our seller never mentioned.
We definitely plan to use them in the future if and when the need arises.
- Grete E.

They pumped out the septic tank but then told us we needed a new drain field on one of them and that if we hired him on the weekend we wouldn't have to go through the company and it would be cheaper; $2,500 vs the companies $5,000! Not a reputable company at all!

Septic Tank Services in Oregon City, OR

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911 Restoration of Vancouver

4530 Vancouver Ave Cocoa, FL 32926


1410 SE 88TH ST

Ability Plus Drainage Co

6327 SW Capitol Hwy

Action Drain And Rooter Service

3690 Kashmir Way SE

Alpha Environmental Services Inc

11080 SW Allen Blvd.

American Plumbing Services LP

5905 N Interstate Ave

American Sani-Can

PO Box 20265


PO Box 694
Forest Grove

Byers Septic Tank Service

PO Box 549
Oregon City


PO Box 641




Oregon City


23302 S ENGSTROM RD P.O.Box 517


105 West Main Street, Suite 101.

Elite Plumbing Incorporated

6023 SE Nehalem St


5731 NE 109th Ave


325 Orchard Dr





Grumpy's Drains

14428 NE Failing St.


8630 SW Scholls Ferry Rd

GTM Construction Inc

17735 Mardee Ave
Lake Oswego

Hollenbach & Hurd Incorporated

5291 NE Elam Young Pkwy.

Hps Pipe & Supply

598 Baseline St

JDM Electric

PO Box 1628

Lakeside Custom Homes

170 Lakeview Dr

Lanphere Construction & Development

13625 SW Farmington Road


PO Box 86280

M P Plumbing Co

15330 SE 82nd Dr

New Line Construction

6317 Nicklaus Loop N



NW Home Services LLC


NW Renovations

PO Box 186

Oregon Wastewater Services Inc.

P.O. Box 65
Oregon City

PDX Excavation & Sewer LLC

2050 New Burnside Rd


PO Box 998

Portland Plumber

121 Southwest Salmon Street

Portland Plumbing Plus

6819 SE 82nd Avenue



Ranieri Plumbing

2229 NE Burnside St.

Rescue Rooter

12430 SE Capps Rd


5410 NE 105th ave

Roto-Rooter Group Inc - Wilsonville

25599 SW 95th Ave

Royal Flush Environmental Services Inc

1574 Coburg Rd # 519



Service Group Construction

10411 NE Fourth Plain,


PO BOX 1260

Ted Mcbee Boring & Excavating Inc

11428 NE Schuyler St


Oregon City

Ted Rudiger Excavation Inc

10448 SE 147th Avenue
Happy Valley

Terry Rinkes Tractor Work

PO Box 546

Terry Vandegrift


The Excavators LLC

21975 SW Riggs Rd

The SHIR Corporation

9411 NE HWY 99 Ste. 1

Titan Plumbing & Mechanical LLC

PO Box 1803

Tri County Construction

1363 SW Borland Rd
West Linn

Tualatin Valley Concrete

8950 SW Locust St

Underground Solutions LLC

33541 Watson Rd

West Side Drain

PO Box 1050

Younger Contracting

PO Box 2044
Oregon City

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