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Old 04-07-2013, 10:50 AM
 
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Does anyone know of a good company to call for a septic tank check. My lawn approx. 20 ft from septic tank has an approx. 2 foot diameter wet spot - I'm thinking it is from the lines. Does anyone give a free estimate that you know of that is reliable? Thanks in advance
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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Call a guy now and get it pumped out immediately.

Just open the yellowpages and start calling, you want the first guy that will come out today.

At this time he will give it an inspection,
He will have you run some water to make sure your lines are not clogged or broken.


ps have you looked in the basement?
if it is "clogged or "broken" or if the tank is full it could also be backing up.

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Old 04-07-2013, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Fuquay-Varina
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Stallings Septic is a company I recommend as I have seen them in action numerous times during inspections. Stallings Septic Service
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:53 AM
 
Location: The Carolinas
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I would definitely get it pumped out asap! Other possibilities: have you had an unusual number of guests (party?) last night or yesterday? (and why wasn't I invited!) Have you accidently had a toilet or faucet running on? That can inundate your septic system.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I prefer Brantley & Sons over Stallings.

the reason being that my clients purchased a home a year ago. At that time, we had it inspected AND pumped by Brantley & Sons.

A year later, they were relocated and buyers used Stallings. Stallings said the septic needed to be pumped. I let them know that it was just pumped a year ago and Stallings said I should have let them know! Made me wonder if they just tell everyone that their septic needs to be pumped.

Vicki
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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I prefer Brantley & Sons over Stallings.

the reason being that my clients purchased a home a year ago. At that time, we had it inspected AND pumped by Brantley & Sons.

A year later, they were relocated and buyers used Stallings. Stallings said the septic needed to be pumped. I let them know that it was just pumped a year ago and Stallings said I should have let them know! Made me wonder if they just tell everyone that their septic needs to be pumped.

Vicki
I've never had a problem with Stallings and have dealt with them a number of times. There are definitely circumstances that would require a system to be pumped after a year!!

Personally I prefer Pearces Backhoe and Septic (919) 556-5018.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I've never had a problem with Stallings and have dealt with them a number of times. There are definitely circumstances that would require a system to be pumped after a year!!

Personally I prefer Pearces Backhoe and Septic (919) 556-5018.
There ARE definitely circumstances that would require a system to be pumped after a year; however, this home had 2 adults in the home, one that traveled quite a bit. So...no matter what, I doubt it needed to be pumped after one year. AFTER I explained this to the tech, they decided it did NOT need to be pumped but what if I hadn't required additional information from the tech? It would have been pumped and my sellers would have paid another $300 for nothing.

Vicki
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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There ARE definitely circumstances that would require a system to be pumped after a year; however, this home had 2 adults in the home, one that traveled quite a bit. So...no matter what, I doubt it needed to be pumped after one year. AFTER I explained this to the tech, they decided it did NOT need to be pumped but what if I hadn't required additional information from the tech? It would have been pumped and my sellers would have paid another $300 for nothing.

Vicki
Typically a system like that could go an easy 3-4 years without pumping. On the other hand if it had a garbage disposal on it (which it shouldn't) that was heavily used it could require annual pumping. Unfortunate that you had a negative experience with them. I would have thought that he would have measured the scum and sludge before making that assessment. That being said, pumping the tank allows for a much better and more complete inspection.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Back in the day, we never pumped a septic unless there was a problem. About 10 years ago, septic companies began to say that the septics should be pumped about every 8 years. Now, the septic companies say it should be pumped every 4 years. I wonder...

Kinda like calling a roofer to ask if you need a new roof...I've yet to find one that says no!

Vicki
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:41 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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Back in the day, we never pumped a septic unless there was a problem. About 10 years ago, septic companies began to say that the septics should be pumped about every 8 years. Now, the septic companies say it should be pumped every 4 years. I wonder...

Kinda like calling a roofer to ask if you need a new roof...I've yet to find one that says no!
I use one company that inspects our system and cleans the filter between the tanks in our septic system and let us know when the tank needs to be pumped, and have a second company pumps the tanks when necessary. That setup has worked well for us the past 12 years :-).
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