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2612 Tee DrBaton Rouge, LA 70814
I highly reccommend this company, they are professional workers who get the job done right! They are affordable and work very effecient.Very nice an…
7000 Greenwell Springs RdBaton Rouge, LA 70805
From Business: A Family Business Built by Honest Plumbers The heart of our business is the family that started it. The Payne family founded Central Plumbing Co. 40 years ago and…
14653 Terrell RdBaton Rouge, LA 70816
I have nothing but praise for the removal of old & installation of a new cooktop. Work was done quickly and the low charge was a good surprise. I w…
9634 Mammoth AveBaton Rouge, LA 70814
From Business: Established in 1960, Louis Mechanical Contractors is a provider of plumbing and construction services. The company offers drain cleaning, installation, leak detec…
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Fast & friendly service! Five stars all the way around. The best. I will recommend you to all of my friends!
Excellent customer service. Cara, who handled our call, was professional and courteous on the phone. When an earlier appointment came up, she contacted us so we could get our gas line installed earlier. Mike and Tristan were professional and courteous and knew what they were doing. They did and excellent job running a gas line for installing a gas stove. They provided excellent customer service! Job well done and keep up the good work! We highly recommend them and will definitely contact them when we need their services.
Our water heater stopped producing hot water. In this day and time we are not used to not having hot water. I called American Plumbing. Mr. Smith recognized that I was panicked and stressed! He assured me that he could send someone out as quickly as possible. Mike arrived with a smile and politely introduced himself. I felt very comfortable having him in our home!He was aware of the nature of my plumbing issue when he arrived. Upon thorough examination he was able to diagnosis my problem. My water heater needed to be replaced! He quoted a reasonable price in which I agreed and he placed my water heater that day!!!He removed my old one and all scrap materials. He cleaned the entire area where he worked and everything was immaculate! I now have a “BRAND NEW WATER HEATER” and HOT WATER once again! Thank you American Plumbing and Mike for all of your hard work!!!
These guys are the absolute best. I have been using American Plumbing since it opened nearly twenty-years ago. Mr. Smith, has always been professional and has always quoted a price before the work is began. Any proposals for large jobs have been thorough and well thought out and always given fair market value. This industry is often slighted based on the reputation of fly by night contractors which damage the community and the industry. However, American Plumbing has been around for nearly twenty years and I would not use anyone else. I just wanted to say thinks for always taking care of our plumbing needs. Thanks American Plumbing and Terry Smith.
These guys are the best. Anytime I need them, they have been right there to lend a hand. This company is ran with integrity and stands behind their work. I highly recommend American Plumbing to all those in our community and surrounding communities. Thanks!!!!
Horrible experience. Workers were extremely careless. Problems not resolved and the work that was done has already fallen apart multiple times. Would never recommend.
The name is major, but the performance is minor. No promise fulfillment, time wasting but the most important the impolite front desk attendant, who argue with you that you are wrong and they are correct and nobles. sorry to say this company doesn't worth to bear this title.
Called American Plumbing because, I had another so called plumber install a reverse osmosis water filter under my kitchen sink. After paying $1,000 without success of getting any water pressure through the filter I decided it was time to call somebody else. I called American Plumbing and Terry assured me tat as long as i had the manual along with the technical support number they could figure it out. Well, Terry sent a crew out immediately. They checked out the situation and the plumber called technical support and found the reason for my problem.
Contacted this company to clear a drain line plugged with powdered soap! The company never contacted me to let me know they would be 3 hours late! They claim my card was declined when I have a 10K limit! PISS POUR SERVICE! Not Professional, Not Prompt. Service Tech Not Professional. HIRE AT YOUR OWN RISK
American plumbing gave me solutions to my problems, to resolve my problem and they are now the only plumbing company for me with their outstanding customer service! always professional and take care of their clients.
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:
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.
Every homeowner who uses a septic system needs to ensure it stays functional. There are three elements to maintaining the system:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.