Early last year my aerobic pump went out. I called several septic system maintenance providers and all of them told me it would be anywhere from 2 to five day's before they could respond to troubleshoot my system. I came across Haynes Septic Systems and talked to Matt Haynes, He told me he could be there in the early afternoon.Mr. Haynes arrived at my residence about 3:10 P.M. Mr. Haynes had our system up & running by 4:30 P.M. The bill to repair our system was more than resonable & done in a timely manner ( also I did not have to clean up after the repairs were made ) Mr. Haynes also emphasized that if there were any problems with the repairs performed to give him a call and he would gladly follow up as required. I was so impressed with the timelyness & professional maintenance performed on our areobic system that I contracted Haynes septic systems to be our maintenence provider for our system. My previous provider really did not care for our system in the proper guidlines required. Haynes Septic Systems does a great job of inspecting the function of our aerobic system on a quarterly basis and actually inspects the system and advises us of the health of our aerobic system and possible future maintenance problems. I would highly recomend Haynes Septic Systems for all your septic system needs. Shawn Pella
I was charged $367.50 for replacing two electric hot water heating elements (plus thermostats but as best I can tell they come with the heating elements). Knowing absolutely nothing about hot water heaters, my assumption was that these elements must have been $100+, so when I found out that they…
recommend this company. they are professional, friendly and don't charge a lot like other company, I been using them for 6 year and never had a problem with service and if it is an emergency show up quick.
My experience with Van Delden was a pleasure, start to finish. After giving them a call and giving a littlle information over the phone, I had an appointment in just two days. The two servicemen showed up as scheduled. Both were friendly and answered all the questions I had. I would highly rec…
Wonderful management. The owners are always willing to help. Mr. Jerry came out and checked my system and informed me of all the requirements. Very well run company. Although the company is not open on Saturdays, if they are there, they answer the phones and even sell parts. The owners are …
Serving the San Antonio Area.
From Business: Formed in 1987, Texas Super Septic is led by Doug Dowlearn, R.S., a Registered Professional Sanitarian in the state of Texas. His firm routinely designs, permits, and/or installs approximately 200 septic installations per year throughout the San Antonio / Austin / Hill Country area. Besides septic design, Texas Super Septi…
Great family business with competitive prices. They showed up on time and had a long enough hose to reach my septic on the opposite side of the house (couldn't drive up to it). The gentlemen were very nice and polite. They even educated me on how my particular septic tank worked and what shape i…
I had sewage leaking out of my lines and running onto my neighbor's lawn and I needed some help. The tech from Texas Wastewater Environmental Solutions came out and pumped my tank and gave me an estimate to fix my problem. The next day, Texas Wastewater Environmental Solutions had already gotten…
After encountering several problems with my system, having replaced the septic pump along with the added cost to having my system pumped I contacted Matthew. I'm sure he sensed that I was trying to fix it myself yet he stayed on the phone answering questions and offered feedback without the potential to gain a contract. I was thoroughly impressed with his knowledge and decided to have him over to check my system. He fixed the cause of my problem which have continually costed us more money.When I contacted my current provider, it was on a Saturday with no return call back until Monday. Matthew came over on the weekend as a bonus to any homeowner he works on the weekends which is great. When my contract is up...I will most certainly sign a contract with Matthew, you will not go wrong.
I am a new home owner with a newly constructed home for 3 years now, though we are having a stinky smell coming from our master bath. I called Matt Haynes with Haynes Septic Systems thinking it was time to have the septic pumped and cleaned. Further, to my surprise, Matt stated it was to soon to have the Septic pumped and it should not be cleaned until 5-8 years. Mr Haynes suggested some easy steps to counter the smell coming the pipes and, sure enough, the odors are fading away. Last, Matt gave me some pointers on septic maintenance and some contacts since my location is out of his service area. Overall, Matt Haynes gave me 20 minutes of his phone time and saved me $100's. I wish he would service my area because he is Professional.
Haynes Septic Systems is by far the best company we have dealt with when it comes to having something for our home done. Our original septic service never did anything that was supposed to be done with our septic tank/sprayers, we came across Haynes service through our subdivision notice board and they have done everything they say they will do and have gone the extra step to make sure that we are completely satisfied with the work that is done. When they say they will do it, it is done, when they say they will be there, they are there. I recommend if you are looking for someone to service, repair or whatever your plumbing need you contact Matt Haynes and you WILL be a satisfied customer. Davad Miller
Great family business with competitive prices. They showed up on time and had a long enough hose to reach my septic on the opposite side of the house (couldn't drive up to it). The gentlemen were very nice and polite. They even educated me on how my particular septic tank worked and what shape it was in. I will call these guys the next time around for sure!!!
Haynes Septic provides outstanding service! Matt Haynes was actually out standing in the rain digging up my root clogged line and having my tanked pumped. That is truely outstanding service. He is real professional and recognized as an expert in his field. I highly recommend Haynes Septic Systems.
We called Matt on a Sunday morning because our septic was backing up and we couldn't use any water or the toilets. He called us back within 2 hours. He did a great job and was very pleasant. He was honest and knew what he was doing. and showed up when he said he would.
Our company has used Haynes Septic for the installation of our aerobic septic systems. Matt is dependable, punctual, friendly and professional. He has shown us time and again that quality work is his top priority. We would highly recommend Haynes Septic Stystems!
I definitely recommend P U Septic Tank Service. I received excellent same-day service and the guys were polite and knowledgeable. I would not hesitate to call them again.
These guys respond quickly and their prices are pretty good too. I would recommend them!
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:
- 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 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
- Household cleaning chemicals
- Motor oils and fuels
- 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:
- Cleaning cloths
- Dental floss
- Sanitary napkins or tampons
- Cat litter
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 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
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.