Septic Tank System Cleaning in West Chicago, IL

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1. Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service

(877) 729-7686

From Business: Need a good plumber? Roto-Rooter is North America's largest provider of plumbing & drain cleaning services with more than 600 locations in the US and Canada. Roto…

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17. White Septic Service

1n248 Ridgeland AveWest Chicago, IL 60185

(630) 231-0200
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18. Ability Septic

Po Box 456West Chicago, IL 60186

(630) 529-2973

Recently my outside lifter pump failed. Those of you that have a septic system know what a situation that creates; the concrete lifter station is fi…

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19. Selsors Pumping Service Inc

850 Meadowview Xing Ste 14West Chicago, IL 60185

(630) 562-2288

Selsor's has provided septic pump out service to my home for the past 18 years and the service has been great. Recent jet service for the line betwe…

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20. Dupage Septic Svc

BBB Rating: A+

375 Fenton Ln Ste CWest Chicago, IL 60185

(630) 665-0981
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21. A & P Grease Trappers

903 W Washington StWest Chicago, IL 60185

(630) 231-0905
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22. Jackson & Son Septic Inc

903 W Washington St Ste 200West Chicago, IL 60185

(630) 462-7817

Every time I have called Jackson & Son they have come the very next day. I have a problematic septic system but I can always count on Jackson to…

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23. American Septic Services

1n155 Woods AveCarol Stream, IL 60188

(630) 690-3020
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24. Aqua Flow Plumbing

612 Stuart DrCarol Stream, IL 60188

(630) 665-7249
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25. J. Congdon Sewer Service

170 Alexandra WayCarol Stream, IL 60188

(630) 510-2434
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26. Selsors Pumping Service, Inc.

BBB Rating: A+

PO Box 9Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 514-7393
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27. Dupage Septic Service

1016 College AveWheaton, IL 60187

(630) 665-0981
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28. Hallman Sanitary Service

BBB Rating: A+

Po Box 72163Roselle, IL 60172

(630) 529-7532
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29. Mc Kamey Septic Svc

1N158 Ellis AveCarol Stream, IL 60188

(630) 690-3020
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30. Tri-County Trenching & Septic Inc

809 W Jefferson StBensenville, IL 60106

(630) 766-3507
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Helpful Reviews 
Selsors Pumping Service Inc
Bill S. rated

Selsor's has provided septic pump out service to my home for the past 18 years and the service has been great. Recent jet service for the line between house and septic was prompt and cleared a blockage.

Selsors Pumping Service Inc
Mrspeteach .. rated

Selsors went out of there way to ensure that our job got completed promptly and correctly. They are experts in their field and we very easy to work with. I highly recommend them. Full field replacement completed in a short time frame

Ability Septic
Nathan W. rated

The 2 men we're knowledgeable and courteous that cleaned our septic tank. Unfortunately, an accident occurred that allowed the waste to leak out of the tank of their truck and onto on my driveway causing a stain. I called them and the sent the crew back out to power wash the stain. They treated the area but the stain didn't come out. And to add insult to injury I just my had driveway resealed in September (2 months ago) and the power washer removed the sealant opening all repaired cracks with evidence of pieces of asphalt all over my driveway. I sent them pictures per their request and they said they would pay to have it re-coated (fine). I called them today not hearing from them for 2 days and they informed that they will not pay to repair the damage or cleanup the mess that caused it. THERE ARE PLENTY OF COMPANIES THAT DO THIS WORK, DON'T USE THIS ONE!! They don't do what they say. Proof is in the pictures.

Stark Sanitary Service
Tayler A. rated

I have had this company come out and service my system multiple times and love the service they provide. The girls that they have working for them are very kind, knowledgeable and efficient. I have never had a problem with them and will always use them to service my system.

Stark Sanitary Service
Pete G. rated

They might do a great service but seem unprofessional when they back 150' up my driveway to service my neighbors property without my permission.

Stark Sanitary Service
Connie V. rated

I had Stark come out today and he pumped out my septic. No problems. Very courteous and knowledgable. I'd recommend them to anybody.

Ability Septic
Larry B. rated

Recently my outside lifter pump failed. Those of you that have a septic system know what a situation that creates; the concrete lifter station is filled to overflowing and one is afraid to use any water since it exacerbates the potential overflow situation. What I needed was septic service - and fast! Over the phone the Ability rep quickly confirmed the failed pump was under warranty and would be replaced. Further, Abiltiy Septic was at my home by 8:30 am that same morning! (OK, they were in the neighborhood.) They quickly pumped out the full lifter station plus my septic tank at a reasonable price and arranged for a new pump. The new pump was installed at no cost in a pouring rain by Ability field folks a couple of days later. Nice guys; great attitude. LB

Ability Septic
aprilllove rated

I cant say enough good things about this company. They are always there when u need them. When they say they are gonna be there they will be if not early. Great people in the office.

Stark Sanitary Service
Dale R. rated

I cannot be more happy and satisfied with Stark Sanitary Service. I had an emergency situation today (Saturday). Stark was able to come out quickly and pump out our system. They are very courteous, friendly, knowledgable, and overall just great people. They cleaned up the area perfectly after their service. I recommend them very highly to everyone!

Stark Sanitary Service
Ashley B. rated

I was very impressed with the service I received from Stark Sanitary Service, Inc. They were prompt, kind, courteous and patient with all of the questions I asked about how to best take care of my septic system, and very reasonably priced. I highly recommend them for septic service.

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.