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1. Premier Septic Services

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2751 Birdsong LnPowhatan, VA 23139

(804) 402-3848

I would highly recommend Priemer septic. They came out within 2 hrs. And got us taken care of thank you for your fast reliable service. Great guys 5…

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Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service

2. Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service

(135)
(877) 729-7686

From Business: Need a good plumber? Roto-Rooter is North America's largest provider of plumbing & drain cleaning services with more than 600 locations in the US and Canada. Roto-R…

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Absolute Plumbing

4. Absolute Plumbing

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BBB Rating: A+

134 Crossroads CtrTroy, VA 22974

(434) 979-9916

We have a well for water and on Thursday afternoon we discovered our holding tank and pressure switch were not working properly. We started evaluati…

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6. Virginia Septic Service and Repair

2615 Red Lane RdPowhatan, VA 23139

(804) 916-9333

From Business: Full service septic repair and installation.

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7. Anytime Pumping Septic Service

(1)

Powhatan, VA 23139

(804) 403-3330

TOO LONG TO WAIT FOR SERVICE, OVERPRICED, AND NOT THE MOST FRIENDLY SERVICE. IT'S WORTH TAKING THE TIME TO SHOP AROUND FOR BETTER SERVICE.

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8. Precision Installations Inc

2210 Cedarwood RdPowhatan, VA 23139

(804) 598-5266
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9. Old Dominion Septic Service Inc

3853 Old Buckingham RdPowhatan, VA 23139

(804) 598-1477
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Your Friendly Local Repair Guys - We Do It All

10. Your Friendly Local Repair Guys - We Do It All

(366)

Serving the Powhatan Area.

(888) 260-6747

I called this place on Thursday morning looking for someone to hang pictures, curtain rods and shelves.They did a very good job and on-time. Thanks,…

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14. Royall Pump & Well Co Inc

BBB Rating: A+

2958 Anderson HwyPowhatan, VA 23139

(804) 598-8147
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15. Carrington Pump

2363 Flint Hill RdPowhatan, VA 23139

(804) 598-9311
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16. Atlas

BBB Rating: A+

11626 Busy StNorth Chesterfield, VA 23236

(804) 594-1950
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17. Cafe Caturra Short Pump Crssng

3332 Pump RdHenrico, VA 23233

(804) 269-5790
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18. J L Bishop Contractors

BBB Rating: A+

700 Grove RdMidlothian, VA 23114

(804) 379-5236
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19. Johnston's Septic Svc

BBB Rating: A+

700 Grove RdMidlothian, VA 23114

(804) 379-7101
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20. Rooter Tooter

BBB Rating: A+

11626 Busy StNorth Chesterfield, VA 23236

(804) 378-9091
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21. Stemmle Plumbing

OAK Lake LnMidlothian, VA 23113

(804) 379-1733
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22. G P 3 Va

700 Grove RdMidlothian, VA 23114

(804) 794-9473
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23. Rooter-Man

2704 Oak Lake BlvdMidlothian, VA 23112

(804) 346-5700
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24. Clearwater Drilling

2633 Clary Preston DrHenrico, VA 23233

(804) 360-1540
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25. Mr. Rooter Plumbing

BBB Rating: A+

718 Grove RdMidlothian, VA 23114

(804) 897-3435
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26. Noel Well & Pump

BBB Rating: A+

10250 Misty Oaks LnAmelia Court House, VA 23002

(804) 561-4209
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27. Vetxpress Short Pump

3412 Pump RdHenrico, VA 23233

(804) 360-0111
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28. Howard G L Inc

6011 Pouncey Tract RdGlen Allen, VA 23059

(804) 360-2010
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29. Pnucor

2511 Dog Gone RdMaidens, VA 23102

(804) 556-6644
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30. Rrsi Short Pump

3213 Glastonbury DrHenrico, VA 23233

(804) 716-1051
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Helpful Reviews 
Premier Septic Services
donnyh rated

Very prompt and excellent service. I was unable to be at my home for the cleaning, but this proved not to be a problem. They contacted me by phone to verify they were at the right location, and arrange payment. I was unaware that Chesterfield required a pumping every 5 years, and received a letter advising me to get it done. The next day I placed the call to Premier, and within 24 hours they were onsite getting me taken care of. Upon completion, they left the receipt where I could find it, along with a reminder to send a copy to the county. I was surprisingly impressed with their care for my yard. My tank is on the opposite side of my home than my driveway. I was surprised to find out when I got home that they had not driven their heavy vehicles on my lawn to get to the tank, which I truly appreciated as I had forgotten to express my concern for this I know this isn't a service that you frequently need to have done, but when the time comes around, you should go with this company.

Premier Septic Services
Christopher P. rated

After reviewing the reviews on this site, I decided to call Mark to inspect and pump my septic tank. I am happy I did. Mark quoted me a price and worked me into his schedule for today. Mark stayed in contact with me and arrived today as planned. Mark was able to access/dig out my tank's lid without damaging the phone lines that were installed for some reason right on top of and in the middle of the lid. The bill for the service was exactly what was quoted even though he could have charged more for having to maneuver around the phone lines . Mark was professional and courteous and I will definitely be using his services again. I would give him more than 5 stars if they were available!

Premier Septic Services
Toni A. rated

Mark was very personable and polite from the moment he answered the phone late Wednesday evening. He was here in less than 48 hours later. His price was very fair. He even gave my husband a lower rate for digging the opening to the tank. He bought Mr. Lipes business for any Amelians who need his services. He will give you instructions on keeping your system healthy, and he places you on a list for 5 year maintenance. We were very pleased, and we will use him, and refer him to others.

Did You Know?

If you're like most people, you don't give another thought to the water that goes down the drain after washing dishes, taking a shower, or flushing the toilet. But, if you are one of the many homeowners who rely on a septic tank to dispose of your wastewater, it would be smart to give your septic system some attention every so often.

There are four main parts to your septic system:

  • A pipe from your home to the septic tank
  • The septic tank, which is where wastewater, sludge, and scum accumulate
  • The drain​ field, also known as the leech​ field, where wastewater is directed after going through the tank
  • Soil, which filters the wastewater and aids in removing bacteria and viruses from it

It's the homeowner's responsibility to make sure all four parts of your septic system are in working order. A failed septic system is costly to repair or replace, can lead to health hazards in your home and community, and may even lower property values in your neighborhood.

A Homeowner's Responsibilities

Every homeowner who uses a septic system needs to ensure it stays functional. There are three elements to maintaining the system:

  • Inspections
  • Pumping
  • Septic system failure prevention

Inspecting a Septic System

Inspections should be at least an annual task. Some systems may require more frequent inspections. A homeowner can perform these inspections on his or her own, but hiring a professional is recommended. Contractors who regularly work with these systems generally have a better idea of what to look for and can better identify problems.

To begin, locate your septic tank. If the entry point is buried and there is no map, start by looking at the direction of the outbound pipes in your basement. Follow the pipes' direction into your backyard to locate the tank. When you think you're close, insert a probe into the soil until you find the piping. Your inspector should come ready with an insulated probe to use.

You should only have to go through this process one time. Once you find the piping and the tank, sketch a map for future use. Doing so will not only benefit you and future contractors you hire, but also the next owner of the home.

When the tank is located, you or the contractor will have to dig to uncover the manhole cover to access the tank's interior. Next, test your household water systems to make sure the septic system is working properly. Flush the toilets, turn on the faucets, and run any appliances that use water, like the dishwasher or washing machine. If water drains noticeably slowly, there could be an issue in your septic system that needs immediate attention.

Once you've determined that the system is in good order, it's time to measure the sludge and scum levels. Sludge collects at the bottom of the tank and is comprised of solid wastes. Scum floats to the top of the tank and is comprised of fats and oils. Both enter the tank through the inlet tee baffle, or the pipe that directs outbound water from the home to the tank. On the opposite side of the tank is the outlet tee baffle, which directs treated water to a second compartment in the tank for further treatment, or to the drain​ field. This baffle is the marker to measure scum and sludge against.

Scum levels should be at least 3 inches above the bottom of the outlet tee baffle. Sludge levels should be no more than 1 foot below the bottom of the baffle. If either of these are closer to the bottom of the baffle than they should be, it's time to have the tank pumped.

Next, take a look at the drain​ field, tank walls, and pipes. Any cracks in the walls or pipes need to be addressed right away to prevent septic system failure. The drain​ field should not have any odd or foul smells, and the grass shouldn't be soggy or full of puddles. Uncommonly green grass is also a sign that the drain​ field isn't functioning properly.

Pumping

Pumping is usually necessary every three to five years, but it ultimately depends on the size of the tank, the number of people in the household, and the types of appliances that are used. For example, a family of six with a 1,000-gallon tank might pump every 1.5 years, but a family of three with the same size tank might pump closer to every four years. Additionally, garbage disposals fill up the septic tank more quickly and result in the need to pump more often.

A professional should always pump the tank. They will have the right equipment and expertise to know how to safely and effectively remove the sludge and scum from the tank. Additionally, the fumes that are emitted from the tank are noxious and can be dangerous if inhaled.

Always be present for the pumping process. Though the contractor will have the right education and experience to do this task properly, it's important that you oversee the project. The maintenance of your septic system is ultimately your responsibility, not the contractor's. When observing the contractor's work, make sure:

  • The contractor uses the correct point of entry - the manhole opening should be used, not the inspection ports.
  • All scum and sludge is removed - there is no reason to leave any behind.

Septic System Failure Prevention

While inspections are usually an annual task and pumping occurs two or three times per decade, prevention is something that must always be kept in mind.

Never flush or pour chemicals down the drain. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Drain openers
  • Paints
  • Household cleaning chemicals
  • Motor oils and fuels
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cooking oils and grease
  • Pesticides and herbicides

Introducing these substances to your septic system can cause damage to the tank or piping and contaminate the groundwater in your area.

Don't flush garbage down the toilet, including:

  • Diapers
  • Rags
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Dental floss
  • Sanitary napkins or tampons
  • Cat litter
  • Cigarettes

Practice water conservation to prevent flooding your system. Though your tank can handle many gallons of water, too much water at one time can overwork the system and cause solid waste to enter the drain​ field. Some tips for water conservation include:

  • Upgrade to low-flow faucets, toilets, and showerheads.
  • Use Energy​ Star appliances that are designed to use less water.
  • Don't let the water run excessively.

Preventing septic system failure also involves keeping the drain​ field clear. Never drive or park over the drain​ field, and don't allow livestock to walk over it. Heavy equipment should also be kept away from this area.

Common Septic System Problems

In general, a septic system is safe and easy to maintain, especially if you regularly inspect and pump it. However, there may come a time when you run into a problem that needs to be addressed quickly and correctly.

Clogs

Clogs or backups are usually caused by improper or too-infrequent pumping. Your tank is completely full, and solid waste is being forced through the outlet tee baffle and clogging it. Some signs that you have a clog include:

  • Wastewater backing up in your drains in your home
  • Foul odors in your home
  • Water draining slowly

To address this problem, call a professional to clean out your tank right away.

Broken Lines or Pipes

Broken elements of your septic system need to be addressed as soon as they are spotted. A number of factors can cause baffles, lines, and pipes to break or crack, including:

  • Digging in the wrong place
  • Sulfuric acid or rust deterioration
  • Tree-root infiltration

Using a special camera, a contractor should be able to locate the crack or leak and replace the part.

To prevent pipe damage, call 811 before you begin any project that would require you to dig. A professional can detect which areas you need to stay away from. Remember, there could be more than just your septic system beneath your land - wires and cables may also run through your property.

Prevent damage due to tree roots by periodically having a professional take a look at the trees nearby and assess their risk. Don't attempt to remedy the issue yourself using chemicals like copper sulfate or by cutting down the tree. A professional will know how to solve the problem for the long term and should be knowledgeable of any local environmental regulations regarding chemicals.

Health Hazards Associated with Septic Systems

When a septic system is working properly and is adequately maintained, harmful bacteria will be removed and won't affect the groundwater, people living in the home, or neighbors. However, a septic system failure comes with health risks that are best to avoid as much as possible.

Illnesses Caused by Failed Septic Systems

Nitrates normally get filtered out before wastewater reaches the drain​ field. However, if they are still mixed in with the water exiting the septic tank and make their way into drinking water, they can lead to an illness that affects infants. Methemoglobinemia, more commonly referred to as "blue baby syndrome," reduces infants' ability to move oxygen through their blood.

Other diseases that are associated with failed septic systems include:

  • Typhoid fever
  • Dysentery
  • Hepatitis

Water Pollution Caused by Failed Septic Systems

If your septic system is near a body of water, there is a chance that harmful bacteria and viruses from a failed septic system could spread farther than your property using the local waterways. Nutrients in the wastewater can cause algae to grow much faster than normal, blocking necessary sunlight from shining into the water to support other plant and animal life. Additionally, these plants will reduce oxygen levels in the water, leaving the environment less habitable for some animal life.

Too much algae and other plant life can also reduce the ability for people to use a body of water for recreational purposes. What's more, the bacteria and viruses included in the wastewater can also cause disease in the people swimming, boating, or fishing in the water. Fish and shellfish can also become contaminated, making them harmful to eat.

How to Choose a Septic Company

Your septic system is highly important to your home, and as such, it's vital to find a good company to help you with maintenance. Before hiring anyone, do some research into the company. Look online for reviews and testimonials. Also, ask your friends, family, or colleagues who have septic systems who they work with and why.

Program Benefits and Costs

Every contractor will offer different products and programs, even though they'll generally be able to accomplish the same tasks. Be sure to read the fine print and determine what services the company includes in their different programs.

These programs will also vary in cost between different contractors. In 2016, septic tank pumping and cleaning cost anywhere from $200 to $900, with most people spending about $375. Compare and contrast pricing as well as services covered by the program you choose.

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