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"They came out when they said they would. They inspected the septic system and found a small wiring problem with the float system and repaired it. They left a report" on our front door. When I read the report, I noticed that the service tech described everything he did, but he failed to notate the sludge level of the tanks and he failed to notate whether or not it needed to be pumped out or not. The sludge level was the first thing I wanted to know from the inspection but the service tech forgot to notate it. I called them back and let them know that the sludge level was not notated on the report. They sent him back out the next day to provide a compete report including the sludge level. They were very responsive and provided good information regarding our system.

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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.

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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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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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 Princeton

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Very knowledgeable, explained how pump worked, and made helpful suggestions for care of system. Workers were very careful replacing dirt and pine straw. This was one of the best service experiences I have had.

- Mary S.
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Great. They are very professional. There was nothing that I didn't dislike. They came and gave a good estimate. The price was good compared to others who quoted me a higher price. They came when they said they would. They were on time. They got the permit like they said they would because I was doing it with someone else and he was never really able to get it together.
- Shirley F.
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That was really good. They were very good and very quick about it surprisingly because I thought it would take them hours to pump it out and it took them about one hour to get it all down to the bottom. The guy was very informative very much like the
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guy telling us exactly what needed to be done and how to prevent it from doing it again. It wasn't as much as I thought it was gonna be. He explained exactly what he was doing and how the septic tank was working and how we could keep it from clogging up in the future. I'd give them A for everything.
- Paul J.
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We use this company first time, what a great experience we have with this company, and especially with this company's owner,he came he came on time, finish the job in two hours, and company's owner is very professional, and again We are very very happy with the service, and in future we will keep using this company and we will refer to of her family members and friends.
- sajid R.
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I called
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because I had water leaking from the manhole cover, and had no idea where the filter was. I called them at 1030 was told that they could not get there until after 1300, which I was fine with and was expecting to show around 3 or 4.
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called me at 1330 and said he was 20 minutes out. when he arrived he quickly jumped right into it (the work not the tank) and showed me where the filter was located and how to pull it out and clean it off. which allowed the tank to start draining, he also checked the intake ad identified that there was no baffle in place and explained why that was important. he told me how much it would cost if he did not have to climb in the tank and how much it would cost if he had to, plus he reiterated the cost of the service call so I would know exactly how much I was paying total and asked me if I wanted him to proceed, which of course I did.



He was done with the work by 1430, and then spent time explaining some do's and
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'ts and gave me literature on same subject.



I was very impressed with the promptness of the service call and the work that needed to be completed, and as I informed
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, being a new home owner to the area, When I find a service that I like I will continue to use them and communicate to friends and neighbors their service if needed.
- Daniel C.
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It went great. We called at 7:15 this morning and they were here by 1pm. The driver called as he was on his way. When it was clear that just emptying the tank would not stop the water backing up in the basement, they called a 2nd truck in to flush the pipes. My husband had already tried snaking the pipes and that did not clear the clog -- but the flushing did. the 2nd truck arrived in 30 minutes and they were all done in 30 minutes & all plumbing was tested.
- PAULA H.
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There were some issues on the big part of the project. A cable was cut and took a while to get it fixed but overall we were happy with the results and found
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to be a good partner to work with and we will continue to utilize them for our septic tank needs.
- Wendy P.
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The crew arrived on time. They put down a tarp to save my sod and to store the dirt they removed from my cover. The crew was very professional and knew what they were doing. The owner
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Chambers was also on the job. After pumping and cleaning the tank they assisted me in determining the cause of another plumbing problem I was having. They restored the area they had dug so it was hardly noticable.
I knew in advance what the total charge would be and there was no attempt at add on charges.
I highly recommend this company.
- GARY F.

All Septic Tank Services in Princeton, NJ

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ACTION SEPTIC

PO BOX 188
Lumberton

Allied Mechanical

PO Box 2683
Vincentown

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

BDP Excavating

19 Reese Ave

Big Mike INC

96 Schoolhouse Rd
Somerset

BILLY'S SEPTIC SERVICE

474 Elk Rd
Monroeville

Bonitz & Bonitz Construction Co

146 Merrick Rd
Trenton

C M DICOCCO INC

PO Box 465
Pennington

DAVID ZUIDEMA INC

90 MIDLAND AVE
Midland Park

Decker Septic

29 Constitution Dr
Vincentown

Decker Septic

29 Constitution Dr
Southampton

Dierolf Supply Company

311 County Line Rd

DRAIN KING

412 RIDGE RD
Dayton

Drains By Norton

Pennsville

Franc Environmental

321 Maple Ave

Gold Medal Service

11 Cotters Ln
East Brunswick

HENDRICKSON EXCAVATING

23 OLD RD
Stockton

Jay Bucks Plumbing

4173 Paul St

John Sarappa LLC

4 N. 2nd Ave.
Waterford Works

Karley Builders llc

114 Mill Rd
Marlton

Level Line Construction LLC

871 County Rd 519
Frenchtown

Longford Landscape

299 Whitehead Road
Trenton

Russo Corporation

1220 Kings Highway
Swedesboro

Service Today

9349 Old Furnace Rd

South Jersey Engineers LLC

PO Box 1406
Voorhees

STEVE PRICE INC

80 PATTY BOWKER RD
Vincentown

STINKY'S SEPTIC TANK PUMPING

462 STATE HIGHWAY 31 N
Lambertville

The Pipeshark Inc

P.O. Box 187

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