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John #1482 was very professional. Thoroughly explained the problem and every thing that needed done and why. He cleaned up and assured my satisfaction before leaving. The only negative thing I can say is that they give you a 4 hour window of time when they will arrive. This is very inconvenient and a large chunk of the day or evening to wait for the plumber to arrive, then wait another hour for the work to be completed.
I visited the web page of this well-known and respected plumbing company where I requested a plumber to clear a clogged kitchen sink. The web page was neat and professional. The work order was easy to complete, and it was submitted in less than 15 minutes. The plumber arrived the very next day. The plumber arrived on time, he examined the sink and he quoted a repair price. I agreed to the price and he began work immediately. The plumber was intelligent, pleasant, and he explained everything he did before he did it. I was confident in his abilities. However, what should have been a 20-minute job took three (3) hours. Instead of being able to clear the clog in the kitchen sink, the plumber had to snake through 75 feet of sludge in the basement drain. It was a strenuous, filthy, and time-consuming process, but the plumber hung in there and he refused to quit till the entire drain was unclogged. I thanked the plumber for a job well done as I watched my troubles go down the drain.
Technician #1482 was at house within 2 hours of service call. He explained everything in detail and was diligent to be tidy and keep work space clean. He unclogged sink quickly and offered recommendations to avoid this happening again in the future.
Ray and Joshua were on time, professional, and fixed the issue quickly. I would recommend Roto-Rooter to my friends and neighbors.
Plumbers were courteous, knowledgeable, and efficient. They responded on a winter Saturday when they were busy with lots of frozen pipe emergencies. They solved my leak problem a lot faster than I thought possible. They worked tirelessly for several hours until the job was knocked out. I will use them again without hesitation. They were NOT cheap. Techs responding were Justin #252 and Jeremy #1280.
Mr John Gleason- ( #1482) - is a very impressive person!! He is the most efficient, professional, and thorough plumber or Roto - Rooter service technician that I have ever had come fix our drainage problem. He was pleasant, informative, and explained everything clearly- and cleaned up after he finished his work. I will always ask for him in the future. I was truly amazed. I recommend him as the best of the best! Andrew Grandjean
They were prompt and on time and thoroughly explained each step. They went out of their way to avoid any unnecessary repairs to save me money. Would definately recommend to anyone
They came very late in the evening to relight my hot water tank. I also had a sump pump where the switch quit working and I had water in the basement, hence the pilot light went out. He could not relight the tank, but could sell me a new one. Barely looked at my sump pump and said I needed a new one. He basically did nothing and charged me nothing. When my husband got home the next day, he drained the water from the tank and relit the pilot. We needed a new switch on the sump pump and he got that for $20 at Lowes. So this guy from Roto Rooter did not help me one bit to get hot water. I think he was in a hurry to get home and to sell me $$$$$$ on hot water tank and sump pump. This was Nov. 2017.
Chris went above and beyond to not only explain what he needed to do, but went the extra step to make some calls to get additional parts needed to solve an issue I had been having in my basement for months. As a single mom, you often feel like you are being taken advantage of when it comes to repairs needed. Chris was extremely professional and even gave me pointers on what I can do on my own. He said if he did his job right, I would never see him again. :) THANK YOU CHRIS!
In the early morning hours of Oct. 19th (1:00 AM) I had my water meter break loose from the main water line in my basement. As the water was pouring in I called Roto Rooter because I used them before for drain work. I explained the problem and they said that they would send a plumber as soon as I had the water turned off from the street. They called back within a ½ hour to see if I contacted Columbus water department. I told them that I was having problems finding the emergency phone number and they looked it up for me. Within 45 minutes of the first call, John from Roto Rooter was at my home assisting me with the problem, John wasn’t a plumber but from the water restoration side of the company. John stayed with me until the water company showed up (2 ½ hours after calling Columbus). Then John called his dispatcher to get a plumber out to assess the problem (4:00AM). Tony (the plumber) said that I could save hundreds of dollars if I was willing to wait until 8AM to get the needed part to fix the water line. I did and by 8:30 AM the repair was completed.John returned and helped me contact my insurance agent and get the paperwork completed to start the water restoration, what a fantastic job they did, the basement never look better. John also contacted ERS, a company that is examining my tools that got water logged.Never having to experience an event of this type before, what a comfort it was having a company like Roro Rooter at your side from start to finish. Great job by all.
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.