This store has really gone downhill in the past 5 years. Mainly the quality of the staff. If you are seeking an employee to ask a question, be prepared to search for 5 minutes until you see one who will start walking the other way when they see you coming. I've had this happen several times. And even if you manage to catch one, the odds of them knowing the answer to your question are slim. The usual response is "I don't know" and they expect to leave you with that. No going the extra mile and offering to find out, just a short "I don't know" and that's it. I once asked an employee about TV screen resolution in the electronics department and she had no idea what it even meant. Why was that girl working in a department that sells TVs? I mean really? The lines are also terrible at night thanks to someone's brilliant decision to only have 2 lanes open. If you complain, a third cashier will be sent as relief until the lines die down and then they disappear again. Why not just keep 3 lanes open? It's also very inconvenient that after a certain time at night they lock the other exit and make you check out ON THE SIDE THAT'S LOCKED. You have to walk down to register 15 or something where the cigarettes are to check out yet you can't leave on that side of the store because the doors are locked and your car is parked on the other side. What sense does this make? Whoever runs this place needs to be a bit more choosy about who they hire and use some logic when it comes to making decisions. Like maybe have a lane open on the side of the store people park on. Preferably one without 7 people in line.
103 N Ben Jordan StVictoria, TX 77901
From Business: In 1949, Service Supply was established as a plumbing supply store servicing the trade customer in South Texas. Today, Service Supply services South Texas with products in the Plumbing, HVAC, Industrial, Oilfield, Construction and Agriculture markets... more info... Service Supply Houston features an extensive in-house inv…
4801 N Navarro StVictoria, TX 77904
polite, respectful, will help you anytime you need help, got good service, well mannered, very understanding, explains information in the easiest wa…
Serving the Victoria Area.
From Business: Linen Service is the free and easy search tool to find your next linen supplier or to get competitive quotes for your restaurant, medical facility, uniformed empl…
We've come to Burkett & Sons for 3 full kitchen build-outs since 2010, and frequent them on a regular basis for smallwares. We rely on the knowledge…
5803 NE Zac Lentz PkwyVictoria, TX 77904
From Business: McCoy’s is a supplier of lumber, building materials, roofing supplies and farm & ranch equipment with stores in Texas, New Mexico, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
3804 Billy DrVictoria, TX 77901
From Business: Suwannee Pipe & Supply, Inc. dba Suwannee Supply has been servicing the production, construction, & industrial needs along the TX Gulf Coast since 1983. Business was built on service & finding those “hard to find items”. In 2005, a full line of Pittsburgh Paints was added.
15. Navarro Cleaners
3708 N Navarro StVictoria, TX 77901
From Business: * Full drycleaning & Laundry Service * Alterations * Heirlooming * leathers & Bedspreads * Drive Thru Service Available ASSOCIATION Member of Dry Cleaning & Laundry Institute Member of Southwest Dry Cleaners Association; Lang:English & Spanish
123 N Star DrVictoria, TX 77904
From Business: Since 2005, La Mirage Weddings and Events has been the premier wedding and event planner for the city of Victoria and the surrounding areas. We are a locally owned and operated business dedicated to providing our clients with exceptional services as well as beautiful designs.rnrnOur experts specialize in event and wedding …
This company should get no stars but it made me click at least one!! I called to get someone out because I hit the bottom section on my door and couldn't close my door. I called Friday around 9:30 am and was told they would have someone out the following Friday. When I asked about getting my doo…
307 S Vine StVictoria, TX 77901
8331 Lone Tree RdVictoria, TX 77905
My husband and I bought this business in late 2014 and it has been going strong for over 26 years. The previous owners were committed to good customer service and we have built upon their outstanding reputation. We like to personally walk our customers out to their vehicles to make sure they ar…
I enjoy going there for the few odds and ends. The groceries are a tad on the expensive side compared to HEB and Walmart but then it's not a full service grocery store. They don't carry any meat and you just get your basics--milk, bread, cereal, spaghetti noodles, etc. It's convenient when you don't want to deal with a big supermarket. Their beer and wine section is decent enough and carries one or two gourmet items like real champagne at $50 something a bottle. The entertainment/electronics department is pretty good and has a decent selection. Customer service is friendly and the store looks nice. You can also grab a cup of Starbucks coffee on your way in from the in-store site and there's also a little place that serves snacks like pizza and nachos, I believe.
bought a system from Lee who has a great reputation but he installed a Clearwater System that barely made it out of warranty before failing. instead of making it right, Lee referred me to the manufacturer which I considered a cop out. i did not shop for a bargain basement system and paid a premium from a premium installer but got an average product not supported by installer.
I want to leave a review on a salesman named Arnold Martinez, I Rose Lamas has bought a few cars from him and have enjoyed my experience. Mr. Martinez made me feel like I was getting the best for my buck and he is very good at what he does. I will be back to buy another vehicle as soon as I'm done paying off this last vehicle he sold me.
depends on who's working but if ur lucky like i was Ull have great customer service
Great Dealership!! Helpful and understanding!! Thanks Bill!!
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.