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10503 Altonbury LnHouston, TX 77031
P.O Box 130743Spring, TX 77393
My carpet has never looked better! I love this company and will continue to call them out and refer them! They are very nice reasonably priced and for the money it is amazing thank you arrow cleaning! You rock
14019 Southwest Fwy # 301-321Sugar Land, TX 77478
I had a problem with a drain/vent issue in a house and called to ask them to perform a service that I thought would help. Ann called one of their master plumbers who diagnosed the problem over the phone, told me he would be glad to come out to look, remove the toilet and mini-cam the line but th…
5900 N Braeswood BlvdHouston, TX 77074
I need a plumber to repair my water main and my neighbor recommended A Plus Plumbing Services to me. This plumber is honest and punctual. I felt very comfortable with him and satisfied with his work result. He was also neat and cleaned up after work. Five stars for A Plus Plumbing Services
1260 Brittmoore RdHouston, TX 77043
Our AC went out on a friday.I called a large company close to us in Jersey Village.The tech came by Sat. morning and told me I needed a new AC system.Cost would be $6700 but because I was a senior would be $6300.I decided to call Church Services becaues I had seen them in the area.Frank Burrier …
9203 Highway 6 SHouston, TX 77083
I have used USA Plumbing Services on several occasions from drain cleaning service to unclogged my toilet. They always served me very well and their prices were affordable and fair. I love their same day service! And even you call them on weekend, they will come to rescue you. A++ from me and my…
5403 Kirby DrHouston, TX 77005
Called for service this morning, the person who answered the call was very polite and had someone at my home by 9:30. The tech was professional, efficient and polite. He did a great job and we are so thankful!
600 Travis StHouston, TX 77002
We had a bathroom sink that went from slow one day to completely blocked the next. We made a call to Yb Plumbing Svc and even though we were asking for a Labor Day weekend date, there was no problem. Mike. came to our home, promptly and in very good humor. He proceeded to quickly and efficiently…
10926 Ashcroft DrHouston, TX 77096
Awesome! These guys came in, diagnosed the issue in about 10 min and had it fixed in less than an hour. They had to cut through some drywall to get the repair and the patchwork looks amaizing. You can't even tell it was cut out. Great company!
11118 Timber Crest DrHouston, TX 77065
Good experience with them. Quick response and friendly service so far. I use them for a couple months now back to back for a couple home issues. So far so good. I don't see any of the problems mentioned like others. Hope they keep up with their good service!
Houston, TX 77092
Rick and JR came to the rescue! There was a muddy mess under the house and they had to contend with the mud. The leak origins were difficult to find due to the insulation on the pipes. They remained professional and pleasant. They never complained about the mud. They were able to find the leaks …
10005 W Sam Houston Pkwy NHouston, TX 77064
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Houston, TX 77005
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Andrew was an excellent technician. On time, fast service, great explanation of the work needed and the work done. No hassle. Great job.
The technician came out about two hours after I called, so the team was very prompt. The technician was professional and left the work area very clean. Will certainly call them again.
Jonathan came out to help me with an issue I was having when another plumber (different company) installed a tankless water heater for me.He checked everything and made sure the settings were correct and resolved some of the noise the new tankless was making. He also explained how tankless works and that getting rid of all the noise was nearly impossible but showed me ways to have it only trigger at minimal times.I was ready to go back to tanked water heater but he calmed me down and explained the tankless lasts longer and will ultimately save me money in the long run. I'm planning on using his services again to install some water conditioning devices.He mentioned that these could help the noise but mainly would reduce maintenance and ensure water coming out of any house fixture functioned better. That's why I'd recommend ARS and Jonathan in particular because he knows his stuff. It's no fun hiring 2 plumbers to do one water heater install correctly so don't always go with the cheapest offer at the start like I did. Go with ARS first
Jeff #197 did a great job troubleshooting and fixing several small problems with the plumbing. A new problem that arose unexpectedly hours later was fixed very quickly the next day at a discounted rate. I appreciate the prompt arrival, Jeff being polite and knowledgeable, and the speedy return when something new went wrong. Thank you!
Justin was very friendly and professional. Diagnosed and repaired problem to our great satisfaction. I would definitely use this service again.
Marty arrived early this morning. I called for help with a main line leak.Despite the VERY old galvanized pipes, he quickly figured out how to resolve my issue and didn't quit until he had it right.I was very impressed with Marty's overall skill and warm and friendly approach to me and my problem. Thanks Marty and thanks Roto-Rooter.Vivian Chumbley 6/2/18
Mike showed up on time. He showed me what he was seeing and what caused my problems. He fixed it, cleaned up the mess, and showed me the spare parts and gave me suggestions to avoid problems. I'd recommend him and Roto-Rooter.
Tom Lee was the service person that took care of our air conditioner.HeCalled to tell me he was on his Way.When he arrived he was polite and very professional.After he diagnosed the problem ,he gave me 3 quotes.After I made my choice,He began his repair.A very nice person and good serviceI will call John .Moore again.
German and his team were fast and did a thorough job unclogging and detecting the problem on the same day that we called about an issue.
Jeff was very professional, and funny. He explained what would need to be done for the best result possible and fixed 3 leaks I had very quickly. He explained what extra services Roto-Rooter offers and thank God he did because that free service (water damage assessment) caught water damage that could have been so much worse had I let it be and had Jeff not mentioned this assessment to me. Currently in the process of water restoration and I couldn't be more impressed with this company and the professional staff they have! They are very prompt and make sure I understand every little detail of the entire process. Very happy camper right now even though theres quite a bit of damage that I'm very upset about. Jeff and the staff that have followed behind him have made me feel at ease.
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.