Races through our neighborhood without stopping at stop signs or slowing down for speed bumps. Dangerous! And he lives in this neighborhood! If he shows so lack of concern while driving to and from jobs, I can only imagine how the quality of work is.
1424 Churchill DrNew Braunfels, TX 78130
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We hired this mason (John Aguirre) to do a job in which he agreed on the date to start, price, and completion date. Save your money and find someone else, it is not worth your time and effort. First and foremost Johnny / John Aguirre was over one week late from when he said he would show up to start the work. Many calls later he finally showed up. Then he provide mediocre work in my opinion, I have seen a lot better jobs completed. It also took him etreamly longer time to complete one phase of the project than what he said originally. Johnny also began to demand payment by sending me numerous text messages and voicemails throughout the day within a two hour period. I was not able to drop what i was doing at the time and drive to him. I felt as if he was one phone call away from threatening me!! He was not completed with the work, demanded money, and said he needed to pay his hired help in cash from a previous job!!! He is a young kid with minimal experience in the work field who one day couldn't follow directions from his boss, so Johnny decided he could do the work on his own. Now it seems as if he continues to have difficulties following the same simple directions. Did I mention that he said if I did not pay him he would file a lien with the city on the home? Keep in mind, this is the same day, within a two hour period. I finally reached out and he insisted I drive from my home on the North side to the south side to bring him $2,500 in cash!!!! He explained the situation was the guys would not work the following day if he didn't pay them. Obviously this guy doesn't have any capital for the company whatsoever. I, like the fool I deserve to be called drove all the way down to the south side where he was at his daughters birthday party. Johnny introduced me to his entire family, offered me a beer, and said that they will be there to finish out the work that they were contracted to complete. Just today he said that he will not be returning because he is busy doing other things!!! Seriously??? We exchanged words via text. I kept my side legal with deceptive business practices, tax fraud for not offering up his Tax ID number, and a number of other things. He responded by saying he is better than I am, he needed the money to pay his guys, my wife is a whore and spoke ill of my son who had passed away!!!! What type of person would and could be like this? I will be filing a complaint with all departments throughout the city and surrounding areas as well as getting my attorneys involved to make certain this guy doesn't screw anyone else. He said to me that he was to build a swimming pool for a client but didn't know how. But that he was going to give it a shot!!!! Inexperienced little arrogant boy is about to gamble on someone here in the great city of San Antonio with our hard earned money!!! Help me stop him, help your fellow San Antonians place this person in jail where he belongs!!! I have proof of everything that is written on this complaint, and I will not remove it so everyone can see who they are dealing with!!! I have text messaging, and recorded conversations as per penal code 16.02. Thank you for your time, God bless...
We hired this gentleman to take care of our pool in 2017. The service was fine but the billing was an issue. My mother discovered on her invoice that the date he stated he began caring for our pool was previous to when he actually began. He had to make adjustments. During this call he became rude with my elderly mother when she asked him what was included in the bill. I previously had purchased a brand new polaris. Coincidentally after letting him know we know longer needed his services the fittings for the polaris were discovered to be missing along with the connector in the pool. Also our manual vaccum/cleaning brush (which was very old and not worth stealing) disappeared. It was almost as if someone didnt want us cleaning our pool on our own.
I live in the same subdivision as this person and he believes he is above the law and that STOP signs do not apply to him!!
Jesse from Legends Pool is the best in the business. Hard working service person. Experienced and knows the pool repair business.Benito P. Ramirez.I would refer this person
My son has a rental house and had tenants from hell, leaving the pool without a pump and a pig-sti. . Ray was recommended by another contractor. Ray's pool company did an awesome job, with draining, cleaning and re filling the pool. had done my homework and knew more or less how much it would cost me.. Three other companies were ridiculously high. Ray's pool company was the best honest quote. They are honest hard working people. I live out of town, so I have hired them to maintained the pool, I know that I can trust him. He gets the job done!
Ray goes far beyond to get the job done..
This is the worst pool service company. They charged for work and chemicals that were never performed or added. My pools turned green and they just blew it off and would not return calls or the multitude of messages that were left. BEWARE this company sucks at service.
I called John after seeing that he was an authorized Hayward Pools repair shop. He responded to my call immediately and came out as quickly as he could. He had to come twice because one repair ofter reveals other problems. On his second call he charged less than the first, which I thought was very professional. In addition, he explained how I could have done a lot of stuff myself and suggested things for me to do in the future. He was informative and easy to work with.
Ray"s Pool Service was very nice and honest. I called him and explained our problem the biggest one being that the pool was located in Poteet no one was willing to drive out to help us. He not only let me know that it wouldnt be a problem but that he was able to make it that same day! we were thrilled. Thank you for your help we will recommend you to all our family and friends.
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.