Turlock, CA Septic Tanks Systems

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4. Mainline Plumbing Inc.

BBB Rating: A+

Escalon, CA 95320

(209) 560-6652

From Business: Reach out to Mainline Plumbing Inc. for all of your plumbing service needs in Escalon. The plumbing professionals are the best in the local and surrounding areas …

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5. Mainline Plumbing Inc.

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Escalon, CA 95320

(209) 838-1000

I recommend Mainline. Joey came out and went above the call of duty to resolve my plumbing issues. Customer service skills are excellent. Respons…

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6. Mountain Valley Septic Services

BBB Rating: A+

Serving the Turlock Area.

(209) 772-2613

From Business: We Make Your Business Our Business, Lowest Price on Septic Pumping in Calaveras County

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7. Watson Backhoe Inc.

BBB Rating: A+

1060 Bent RdModesto, CA 95357

(209) 606-9905

From Business: Watson Backhoe & Septic Tank Installs 30 years serving the greater Modesto, CA area

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8. Gene's Septic Service

BBB Rating: A+

4336 Pioneer RdHughson, CA 95326

(209) 883-4018
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13. AAA Backhoe Service

Serving the Turlock Area.

(209) 529-9291

From Business: COMPLETE SEPTIC SYSTEMS & PUMPING * Residential & Commercial * Installation & Repair * Low Rates * Free Estimates

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14. Central Valley Concrete Inc

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1800 Paulson RdTurlock, CA 95380

(209) 664-3600

They send out hot loads,left over concrete from other jobs just to make more money they loss me as a costumer never again

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15. Chief Drain & Plumbing

3624 Washington RdHughson, CA 95326

(209) 581-9450
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17. Lawrence Backhoe Service, Inc.

Atwater, CA 95301

(209) 358-2544

From Business: * Specializing In New Installations * Free Estimates * AG - Commercial - Residential

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26. Action Plumbing & Rooter

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Riverbank, CA 95367

(209) 863-8911

Action Plumbing was wonderful. Kelly did an excellent job AND cleaned up after himself. I have had plumbers before that were just pigs. Thank you so…

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27. Haile's Septic Service

5706 Montpelier RdDenair, CA 95316

(209) 874-9404

From Business: Engineered Septic Systems, sanitation and septic repairs, underground and trenching. Excavation, tree holes and backhoe services.

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28. Garcia Septic Service

4213 Crows Landing RdModesto, CA 95358

(209) 238-3986
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29. Chief Drain & Plumbing

Po Box 1787Turlock, CA 95381

(209) 632-3288
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30. Hibdon Backhoe Service

Turlock, CA 95380

(209) 632-7099
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Helpful Reviews 
Sun Valley Septic Tank Pumping Service
Joel D. rated

Terrible! Rude and unethical! I hired them to pump out and inspect my septic tank. They failed my system and said I needed to replace my leach lines. I was skeptical because we have NEVER had any issues in over 10 years of living in the home. When I called to get clarification, the person on the phone was rude and patronizing. I had another company come out and it cleared just fine. The "problem" that Sun Valley said I had was nonexistent. Buyer beware!

Sun Valley Pumping
Joel D. rated

Do not use this company! Rude and unethical! Bad combination. Hired Sun Valley to pump and inspect my septic system. We never had one problem with it in over 10 years of living in the house. They failed the system and told me I needed new leach lines. I was skeptical and when I called to get clarification they were extremely rude on the phone. Called another company who tested the system and it worked perfectly! They even told me it wasn't pumped out all the way by Sun Valley! Unbelievable!

Sun Valley Septic Tank Pumping Service
A B. rated

if zero stars were available, I would give -0. I'm not quite sure how a company can operate w/such unprofessionalism. I have had issues in the past, but kept to myself w/their attitude because I figured it's just this line of work. I have never been around this kind of work and wouldn't care to do it myself. It's dirty & smelly. The "owners son" apparently doesn't like to do jobs he can't just pull up to? Made me feel each time like I was putting him out and a big hassle. He told me I am the only client who he has to come inside to pump out. This came up because the machine (gross & filthy) left smelly brownish black marks all over my floors Front & back. I asked for him to clean it as my floors were spotless before he arrived and he gave me a bit of attitude. Because, of course in hindsight, he was already "put out" to do the job. I might also mention, I was on time for our early scheduled appointment...& he didn't have the correct truck ready when I arrived? So, he asked if I would come back or pass on the 2nd phase of cleaning to wait for the truck!!! Really?, of course I am coming back..it smelled horrible. This angered him I could tell. He tried to convince me all was ok. I said it never has smelled this bad...and asked if he had a commercial air zone fragrance of something to combat this foul smell before I opened my doors for business. Because he didn't have the correct truck It made it really close to my opening time. I guess my request to clean floors or have a commercial spray to cover foul odors was out of the ordinary? l He refused to talk to me as a professional business would to come to an agreement. His less that professional person answering the phone said"sorry hun, you should find someone else to do the job..he does NOT want to come back". What? I said, why wasn't I informed? she said "I dont' know hun...he can do what he wants" Apparently, I am not the only one who feels this way as you read reviews.

Sun Valley Pumping
Jay S. rated

Sun Valley Pumping has great service!!! They are Very Professional. Yes, I would recommend Sun Valley to anyone looking for Septic Installation or Pumping.

Sun Valley Septic Tank Pumping Service
Jay S. rated

What a Wonderful Business! Very Friendly, they show up on time and get the job done right. thank you Sun Valley Septic for a job well done. if anyone is looking for a Septic Tank Cleaner, Sun Valley is a great choice!

Sun Valley Septic Tank Pumping Service
Thomas C. rated

I found the owner and their staff to be very responsive, helpful kind, and knowledgeable. I am sorry that a couple of other folks had poor comments, but I went in with open eyes and a fair mind, as well as plenty of research. I was very pleased with their work.I also feel assured that if any unforeseen issues present, this company would be responsive to my needs and handle any concerns in a speedy and professional manner.

Sun Valley Septic Tank Pumping Service
kriso78 rated
Awful service

Upon calling this business to have our septic emptied, I spoke to the business owner who was rude and unprofessional. We dug open the hole to get access to the tank, which was requested by the company earlier the morning of our appointment. The woman (owner) then called back saying that they wouldn't be coming out at all that day, and the price would be increased because we're farther than expected. We ended up canceling our appointment altogether, and had to call another company to get out there to get the job done. - The job we had been waiting 4 days for to be completed. Would highly recommend calling a different company.

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Margaux B. rated

They can pump out a tank, and that's about it. I had them do my new home inspection, and 4 months later, I had trouble. Horrible customer service. The woman on the phone was unenthusiastic and unsympathetic to my septic emergency. Despite telling her I could not flush my toilet and my shower was backing up at a property they had "inspected" four months earlier, she could not get me in for FIVE days. Every other septic company I've ever used has had emergency service, especially for current customers. I found another company to pump, and they came after hours. Once the septic (the second one on the property that these people didn't even INCLUDE on their HOME INSPECTION!) was pumped, I called these people back after hours and left a message cancelling my appointment. They showed up five days later, and claimed they never got my message. Insisted on charging a service call for a service I had CANCELLED. When I called the company and complained, the woman claimed they didn't have an after hours answering machine, and had never gotten my message. She was outright rude and disdainful, and had no sympathy for my situation. I will never recommend them to anyone, ever. You're in the SERVICE industry, and you need to provide service to keep customers happy - and they failed when they did not find the second septic on my property, when they could not fit me in on an emergency basis and when they claimed they never got my message and charged me for a service I cancelled. Three strikes and you're out and have a poor review throughout the internet.

Did You Know?

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:

  • Inspections
  • Pumping
  • 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

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
  • Paints
  • Household cleaning chemicals
  • Motor oils and fuels
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • 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:

  • Diapers
  • Rags
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Dental floss
  • Sanitary napkins or tampons
  • Cat litter
  • Cigarettes

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

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
  • Dysentery
  • Hepatitis

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.

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