Frequently asked questions
This is possibly the single most important question you can ask a potential contractor. Septic contractors need to be licensed to work on septic systems due to their dangerous components and potential hazards. Without an actual license, you shouldn’t let a septic contractor work on your septic system. More than any other question, it is important that you ask whether the septic contractor is licensed.
Unfortunately there is a myth that anyone with a backhoe can be a septic installer. Over the years, we have seen countless bad installations. Common failures include backed up toilets, septic tank cave-ins, septic infused and smelly backyard. This resulted in thousands of dollars of damage for the homeowner.
40 years. The length of time a contractor has been working in the area should be one of the factors you consider when hiring someone. Many contractors blow through the area like a strong Texas wind. You need to be assured the company you hire will stand by their work.
It depends. There are many factors that go into sizing a septic system. When designing and quoting your new septic system, we need to consider size of the house/office, future expansion, soil makeup, lot size, etc… Give us a call for a free estimate and evaluation.
Depending on the issue you are experiencing, you might need anything from basic septic tank pumping to a full excavation and replacement of your system. Before you hire a professional to work on your tank, ask them to come to your property and analyze the problem. After you know what is wrong, find out what the contractor’s service includes and how they proceed if they find new issues along the way. Diagnosing and repairing septic systems is one of R&R Construction specialities. Call us today to help you fix your problem.
When it comes to septic tank pumping, many homeowners are unclear how often they should have their septic tank system serviced. While the dispute over how often you should pump your septic tank varies and is mostly dependent on the number of household occupants and the system’s load, the EPA recommends pumping and inspection at least every three years. Septic tank pumping should be done on a regular basis to keep the sensitive system running smoothly.
If you have a large party or event happening at your house, we recommend pumping your septic tank prior to the event. Nothing is worse than pumping a septic tank during the middle of your party. Or rent a portable toilet from RR Equipment Rental.
- Bathtubs, showers, and sinks all drain at a snail’s pace.
- Water and sewage are backing up into the house from toilets, drains, and sinks
- The plumbing system is making gurgling noises.
- Near the septic tank or drain field, there may be standing water or moist places.
- Odors emanating from the septic tank or drain field.
- Even in dry weather, bright green, spongy lush grass grows over the sewage tank or drain field.
- Blooms of algae in nearby ponds or lakes.
- Water wells with high levels of nitrates or coliform bacteria.
These can be the sign of septic tank failure.
The following are some tips for keeping your septic tank clean and healthy:
- Do not use your septic tank as a waste disposal system.
- Keep trees away from the sewage system
- Do not pour grease down the drain
- Divert rainwater from the septic drain field.
- Heavy-duty cleaners should be avoided
- You should only use septic-safe products
- Safeguard the septic system from being harmed
A septic tank smells unpleasant only when anything is wrong with it. If the tank is full, the pipes are clogged, or tree roots grow into something, sewage can back up into toilets or seep into the ground outside, but there is no stench under typical circumstances with excellent maintenance (get it inspected once per year or two).
Most experts recommend that you have your septic tank tested every three to five years. Many people put off calling the septic inspectors until something goes wrong. Inspectors will frequently recommend that you fix or replace your septic system at this stage, which can cost thousands of dollars.
We specialize in septic tank drain fields, septic construction, and concrete tank manufacturing. Our septic services include septic tank pumping, septic tank cleaning, grease trap cleaning, septic tank risers, septic tank location services, and more.