I am pleased to provide this review, which I should have done a long time ago. I initially used Allen Rapid Dry to clean the carpets and some dining room chairs in my home. Greg and his other technician were extremely careful with my furnishings, they made sure my place was cleaner when they left than when they arrived, and just everything about the experience was top drawer. I later had them clean several upholstered customer chairs at my business (about 20 of them), and again they did a fantastic job. About six months later I had them clean the carpets and about 20 more customer lobby chairs at our tax office, and "again".... an exceptional experience. My reason for leaving this review is that Greg and the way he conducts business, from the quality standards of their work to everything else, has been very consistent. I will never use another company because I know what I will get every time when I call Greg. Consistent quality and very reasonable prices. Truly an amazing company worthy of many more than just five stars in my book.
I originally heard about this place through my boyfriend when he cracked his screen of his iPhone five and needed to get it replaced, We went to cracked without an appointment and he took care of it right there in less than an hour, At a reasonable price way less than what it would cost to replace an iPhone 5. While I was there I was looking at all their iPhone 5 different customized glass colors, But decided to wait off. About a week later I Dropped my phone onto the counter and had lines going down my whole screen and it would not register touch, I went back to cracked and for under $500 I got customize glass on the front and the back a sparkly button and the front screen repaired, I now have a purple and gold sparkly iPhone he also threw in the sparkly button And the sparkly screen protector for free! Very satisfied, the dude is friendly an fast. Got my phone hooked up by Cracked! :)
As a property manager and realtor, I needed to have a reliable carpet cleaner whom I could call on to give me high quality cleaning at reasonable prices. I met Greg from Allen Rapid Dry at a business meeting and was impressed from the moment I heard him talk about his business. I have used him about six times or more now to take care of move-outs at apartment buildings I manage, and I have been very happy every time. He is so thorough with his work, and is always there promptly when he says he will be there. Also, his prices are great and NEVER has he tried to change the price he quotes. Just an honest, quality-minded kind of guy who is great at what he does. I would recommend him to anyone.
Alaska Premier Services is responsive, prompt, and professional. I value my limited free time and it's wonderful to have someone else do the work of keeping my lawn mowed, especially when they do a much better job of it than I would! It's great coming home on a Friday to see my nice neat lawn and know that's one less thing I have to do. The prices are very good- especially so when I consider the time and effort it saves me. If you are even a little on the fence about getting lawn care service, try these guys for a few weeks and then make up your mind!
We have used at least five different carpet cleaners over the last several years, and all of them left our carpets too wet, OR they increased the prices once they got here. Allen Rapid Dry was a breath of fresh air, because not only did they clean our carpet and had them dry literally in a half hour, but the price they quoted on the phone was exactly what they charged for the work. Truly a great group of people to deal with, and I doubt I will ever use a different company ever again. Excellent company!
I had been meaning to leave a review for a while, and am glad to have gotten around to it. This guy is awesome. Not only did he quote an honest price, but the quality of his work speaks for itself. If you are looking elsewhere for your carpet cleaning, STOP. Greg is the real deal and you will be OH SO HAPPY you chose his service instead of the other pretenders out there. Honest, quality, and fast drying carpet. What more could you want? Thanks Greg!
In our distribution center, we have nearly 3,000 square feet of carpet in our offices, conference rooms, and hallways. I was very pleased at not only Rapid Dry's competitive rates, but how nice the carpets came out. Three months later, the stains still haven't returned. Greg truly is helping me extend the life of our carpets, and we are having him come out every four months to keep them looking like new. We tip our hats to this fine company.
As a property manager, I have used Greg's company several times for between-tenant cleanings, and he always exceeds my expectations. His prices are very good, he or his technician is always on time, and I have been more than satisfied. I have recommended him to fellow property managers in my company, many of whom have begun using him and area equally as happy as I am. I won't use anyone else.
I had Rapid Dry clean the carpets in our home and they came out very nice! The also cleaned a water-stained rocker in our nursery and I was pleasantly shocked that all the stains came out. To top it off, Greg cleaned the floor mats from our Dodge Ram pick up, which were in terrible shape, and made them look almost new again. Great work from a great company!
I am so happy to have found crouts contracting services. I've had work done before on my home but have never been completely satisfied. Anthony was courteous, clean and didn't overcharge. He even did some extra things that he didn't charge me for. He also left the rooms he worked on spotless! I will definitely be calling for future work.
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.