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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
2509 Douglas Dam RdSevierville, TN 37876
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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
Nothing good about this place. Last few times I was here he wanted me to pay cash, which is a red flag in itself. About 3 months ago he put an alternator on my van, insisting I pay cash. Over $400. Now I discover he put a used alternator on my van, it is bad again. Bill he gave me has no business name on it, now out of business, he signed the bill but cannot read the signature. Canceled his phone service, first name is ray. If you have any idea where he is in business again, stay away. Very dishonest.
We are so happy to find Smokey's Auto Repair, we used their services this last week and we were so impressed! These folks know their business and offer such friendly and great service you can trust. They have so much past experience their recommendations for the car were amazing. I finally have my forever auto mechanic. We highly recommend them - best auto care experience we have had in years! Oh and --- fresh free coffee --WIFI and comfortable areas to enjoy waiting on your service. It was just top notch all the way!
Check out my car for free and did the repairs next day at the quoted price ' very good.
He ripped me off about 1000. he is a con man who tried to manipulate me. I'm a single struggling mom who had to evacuate Florida and he ripped me off! Worst part is he drive in in a brand new Lexus truck. He didn't need to steal my money. He must get off on stealing from struggling single mothers!! He didn't fix my car after all that! The car was pulling to the side and from what I was told it is normal for a car to pull to the side. Nothing was wrong. With my car!!
Price gouged while evacuating FL because of Irma. He charged several hundred dollars more than he should have. The owner is a manipulative, lying con artist. I'm an unemployed single mom. I wonder if he enjoyed conning my money. He drove up in a brand new Lexus truck, and he wanted to con me? For what?! I guarantee he is rich, but this guy is stealing money from a single mom? Please don't go to this guy....
Please do not ever ever go there,, bad bad bad, just ask any local auto shop what they have heard about rick dunn,, if you want a nighmare he will give it to you, I did not let him wreck my vaction though, when I finally got my daughters car back they busted the brake lines so the brakes went right down to the floor when I got in it,, Now how can they let him be in business... shame on serverville...
Over 15 years in business and relocated here in the great smokey mountains to serve you!!! Best prices keeping you on the road and on vacation.
Took vehicle in for engine losing oil pressure, 1700.00 in repairs , now has bad engine knock, they only accept cash and debit card in payment, chasing the owner to pay for repairs is laughable, then owner offering to purchase the truck at a low ball price after repairs , this is a Mickey Mouse operation at its best. Only good thing Dave, a employee ,is great and he is put in a bad situation everyday with this owner. Consumer beware of this Business ! Dave I hope you find a more respectful company to work for.
Jeff was absolutely amazing! He drove me to 5 or 6 different shops and made great suggestions to help me find a place that was open that could help me. He even helped me find a place to rent a car from when my insurance was not helpful. And he charged next to nothing. A very professional, amazing service! So glad I was able to find such great help being from out of town. Give Jeff a call, and he will make sure you are taken care of! Highly recommended!!!
These guys are GREAT, you are crazy to go anywhere else. We were on our family vacation and our car started making a very loud strange noise when we arrive in pigeon Forge. It was Sunday night and no one was open so first thing Monday morning I showed up at another automotive repair shop that opened earlier that could not take us and was not very helpful. Went to T &J's next and they were not open yet so I waited and as soon as Tony walked up he immediately open the shop early to see what I needed. They immediately took my car in to see what was wrong with that and with in 15 minutes had a diagnosis and were willing and able to do the repairs In less than an hour after giving me my diagnosis and quote I was in my car and on my way. If not for Tony our vacation would have been over before it started (major steering issue). Thank you so much Tony and Jim!!!
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.