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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.

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As a former member of this private for-profit, non-profit status, club, I can say with 9 years of experience that I could never recommend this club to anyone. They have known safety issues, poor management, run down facilities and are escaping taxes to their exclusive, private club by claiming to be a "social welfare" organization. Once a good club, but in the last decade it has deteriorated and become such a hazard to the community that it really should move to a safer location.
The main complaint in my opinion is the unsafe xenophobic membership and management. It is the best shooting range of the 1940's.
As to safety, we all know guns are dangerous when handled improperly. This club is in a very developed area, with houses only yards from the shooting range property lines and multiple schools easily within distance of any bullets leaving the range property. The management is fully aware of lost rounds, bullet strikes in the -partially- baffled range baffles (don't know why they never finished that safety feature) and even that a cannonball that narrowly missed a neighbor cutting the grass in his back yard. There have even been gunshot wounds on the property. Yikes!
I cannot recommend this business for the sake of their neighbors safety.
BTW, I don't know who put the first review on this business under Septic Tanks, but the irony is
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The workers were prompt and professional. One worker gave me helpful information about septic tanks. The cost was slightly less than another provider recommended to me by a plumber, primarily because
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did not charge extra for using 100+ feet of hose.
- Darren H.
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From the first time I meant with him for an estimate till the job was finished he was very professional , informative and friendly . He kept in touch about the permit. His time line was accurate. They did a great job of installing the drain field and when the job was done and inspection was okayed they did a great job of smoothing out the yard. I would highly recommend this company.
- diane A.
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The gentleman who came out to do the dig was timely, polite, and even considerate of the end result, appearance-wise, as we currently have our home on the
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Plumbing to complete the job. The job in its entirety was completed in under a day, and the contractor even tidied up my front "lawn" and preserved the cement slab in the front, in an effort to maintain appearances as much as possible. This company is wonderful, and all efforts were made to make this as pleasant an experience for me. The repair was a painful pill to swallow but I would hire this company many times over. Fantastic job!
- Diana S.
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He showed pictures of the work he had done and his system beats other companies in the area. It went perfectly from start to finish "Exactly" as he said it would. Nowadays, that means everything! The other company we priced was going to charge more and put in an aerobic system that was not needed and causes many headaches.
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does what he says and keeps his word.
- Sara M.
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The toilets were backing up with no apparent clogs. When I called, I had to leave a message. He called me back very quickly and gave a estimate time of 11 am. He showed up by 11:10; which I found to be great because I have found many people to give estimate times and their estimates needed an hour before or after. He came out and found not only the septic tank was completely full but there was a clog in the pipe. He cleaned out the septic tank as well as snaked the clog.
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was who I talked to and handled everything. He had two workers with him, Everyone was very polite, worked very fast and efficiently, and acted very professional. I was very pleased with the work and how fast he got everything done. Especially since I had a couple of errands to run quickly before school let out.
- Morgan N.
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Contacted
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who discussed the problem and then immediately had me placed on the work order route. Grateful is an understatement.
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arrived this morning. He was professional, knowledgeable, and began working right away. The job was complete in a timely manner and the area was put back together neatly.
- Christine O.
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They're prices are reasonable and they do good work. Communication with them is excellent and they're very responsive often coming out the same day.
- Suzanna L.

All Septic Tank Services in Tacoma, WA

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A Advanced Septic

11603 Canyon Rd E
Puyallup

A C Septic Services

1613 5th Street
Marysville

A&H Septic Systems

5431 Preston Fall City Rd SE
Fall City

A-Bell Excavating Inc

Po Box 731902
Puyallup

Abba Excavating, LLC

PO Box 675
Wauna

AFORDABLE SEPTIC SERVICES

108255 22ND AVE E
Tacoma

AL & ART'S SEPTIC SERVICE

4612 FOSTER PL NE
Tacoma

AL & ART'S SEPTIC SVC

PO BOX 24360
Federal Way

Allied Plumbing and Pumps

246 W Manson hwy #124
Chelan

Allied Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc.

4231 S. 3rd Avenue
Everett

Alpha Environmental Services Inc

11080 SW Allen Blvd., Suite 100

America's Pride Home Services

23201 126th Ave E
Graham

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

AQUA TEST INC

28620 MAPLE VALLEY BLACK DIAMOND RD SE
Maple Valley

Backflo Pro's Inc

855 Trosper Rd SW
Olympia

BAY SHORE CONSTRUCTION LLC

2103 HARRISON AVE NW
Olympia

Ben Davis Trucking & Excavating

2 Bridlewood Cir
Kirkland

Black Wire Electric

PO Box 4894
South Colby

Bob Oates Plumbing, Sewer, & Rooter LLC

600 W Nickerson St
Seattle

Brent Nuckols Construction Inc

20811 Kaster Rd NW
Poulsbo

Brent's Septic

1237 52nd St. NE
Auburn

Burlando Home Improvement

13526 SE 340th St
Auburn

Chardonnay Homes

923 187th Ave. E.
Lake Tapps

Chris's Plumbing

4214 N 22nd St
Tacoma

Clean N Rooter

PO Box 709
Seabeck

Clean Septic Pumping LLC

16 Lakeside Club SW
Lakewood

Dirt Works Unlimited

115 S. Bunnell St
Glenwood

Doc's Excavation and services LLC

225 137th st sw
Everett

DrainTech Northwest, L.L.C.

2614 - 147th Street Court East
Tacoma

Economy Septic & Construction Inc.

19626 Denmark St SW
Rochester

Economy Septic Svc

PO Box 731292
Puyallup

Ed Heuss Co LLC

5420 Kitsap Way
Bremerton

Evergreen Sanitation Inc

2910 Hartford Rd
Lake Stevens

FloHawks

10412 John Bananola Way East
Puyallup

FloHawks

18808 SE 257th
Kent

FloHawks

8625 Martin Way E
Olympia

Forrest & Forrest Construction Services

9353 Skylark Ct
Joint Base Lewis Mcchord

Fox Plumbing & Heating

7501 2nd Ave S
Seattle

FRANK MORRONE'S SEWER & DRAIN

5018 N 9TH ST
Tacoma

Frontier Septic

PO Box 1392
Enumclaw

G & N Septic Tank Service

505 F St SE
Auburn

Green Tech Excavation

9812 Coral Dr. SW
Lakewood

Harbor's Edge Excavation & Trucking

7470 Alpenridge Pl SE
Port Orchard

Harkness Construction

2045 McHugh Ave
Enumclaw

Harts Plumbing & Excavation LLC

2522 N. Proctor st
Tacoma

HEMLEY'S SEPTIC TANK CLEANING

9303 54TH AVE NW
Gig Harbor

Hil Septic

PO Box 7217
Kent

HILL CUSTOM HOMES

6869 KIMBALL DR
Gig Harbor

Honeydew Construction LLC

4015 South K Street
Tacoma

Howdys Doody Service

620 93rd Ave
Olympia

Hull Electric and Servicellc

17106 17th Ave Ct E
Spanaway

Hunt's Plumbing And Heating

6225 4th St NE
Tacoma

I Need a Plumber Now

19612 70th ave s
Kent

Integrity Septic Pumping

38213 117th Ave E
Eatonville

J and K Plumbing, Inc

34127 183rd Ave SE
Auburn

Jim Dandy Sewer & Plumbing

903 N. 128th St.
Seattle

John's Plumbing & Pumps, Inc

4715 Lacey Blvd SE
Lacey

Lateral Concepts, LLC

4136 Wirth Drive

LDL Enviro Services / Affordable Septic

5111 85th Ave East Suite 2
Tuiallup

Lilly's Septic System

21233 SE 271st St
Maple Valley

M & J Handyman Services, LLC

P.O. Box 1311
Rochester

MAC'S SEPTIC SERVICE INC

813 SHAW RD E
Puyallup

McGinnis Electric LLC

PO Box 1283
North Bend

MCLENDON HARDWARE INC

440 RAINIER AVE SO
Renton

MCNEL SEPTIC SERVICE

28109 305TH AVE SE
Ravensdale

Miller Bay Water Co

7939 Beachwood Ave NE
Poulsbo

Mr. Rooter

9315 Gravelly Lake Drive SW
Lakewood

My Plumber

6897 Gateway Ct

NW Septic Services

PO Box
732088

NW SEWER & DRAIN

P.O. BOX 55573
Seattle

O'Neill Plumbing

6056 California Ave SW
Seattle

Ocean Rooter Services, LLC

P.O. Box 1044
Spanaway

Preferred Water Systems & Pumps

PO Box 201/178 Bunker Creek Rd.
Adna

Pro-Vac

6622 112th St E
Puyallup

PTI Construction

4509 74th ave ct w

PUGET SOUND PLUMBING & HEATING

11803 Des Moines Memorial Dr
Seattle

Rescue Rooter Seattle - 9226

175A Roy Rd SW
Pacific

Robison Plumbing Service Inc

191 Dora Ave
Bremerton

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

1130 140th Ave NE
Bellevue

Save-On-Plumbing

111 79th pl. S.E,
Everett

Scottco Plumbing

6335 Augusta Place N.
Tacoma

Seattle Pipeworks

30701 229th Place SE
Black Diamond

Sewer Friendly, LLC

23930 Highway 99
Edmonds

Simply Leak Detection

1837 Clovercrest St
Enumclaw

South Sound Septic and Sewer

630 Monterey Lane
Fircrest

Spartan Services, Inc

760 107th St S
Tacoma

STUTH COMPANY INC

PO BOX 950
Maple Valley

THRIFT WAY PLUMBING

PO Box 23295
Federal Way

tmh excavation

PO Box 2037
Allyn

Vortex Plumbing, Inc.

9620 S. 242nd Ct.
Kent

Watson Contracting LLC

PO Box 862
Monroe

WeHoneyDo.com Service Companies

10035 Main St
Bothell

WILKIN'S PLUMBING INC

PO Box 26034
Federal Way

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