Curtis Plumbing offers a full range of septic related services. We pump, maintain, and repair septic systems as well as install new septic tanks and leach fields. For the sale of properties, we will pump and certify the septic systems. We can call PDEQ and request records for $25.00, or in the event that there are no records, we can electronically locate your tank. We own and operate our own Septic Dewatering System. Created in 2009, this state of the art facility allows us to offer competitive pricing by eliminating the need for a middle man to process the waste. Our fleet includes three well-maintained septic pump trucks, as shown here.
Septic Tanks in Tucson and Tucson Septic Services
Septic tanks are the main part of a septic system. Septic is a small scale sewage treatment and is mostly found in areas where there is no form of connection to the municipal sewer system. Other parts of a septic system that may or may not be mandated include pumps, sumps, filters, and alarms. To pump the septic tank, one needs to know the location of the large access holes built into the tank lid. The soil over those lids needs to be excavated to allow access to the tank. The service tech will pump out both sides of the tank, rinse the tank and check the outlet baffle tee. If there is a filter in place, they will clean it and test the leach field for proper working conditions. Curtis Plumbing will install a wire with a metal marker above the septic lids to denote excavation and access location.
Tucson Septic Inspections
Inspecting a septic system can help determine what its condition is and to make sure it's working properly; however, it's not easy to do this, as most of the system is underground. Curtis Plumbing can check the system by excavating the inspection ports of the tank, making sure that the baffle tees are in place, and cleaning the filters if needed. Our techs can run water into the leach field to make sure that it is accepting liquid properly.
Septic System Certification Process
To certify a septic system, the dirt over the septic tank lid must be excavated to allow proper access into the tank to pump all the solids out, to measure the tank and inspect it. Upon receiving the work order from the client, the Curtis Plumbing office will contact Pima County for any septic records from when the home was built or from prior certifications. If no records exist, Curtis Plumbing can electronically locate the septic tank. After the service tech excavates the tank, he will thoroughly pump the septic tank. He will inspect the tank to make sure that the inlet and outlet baffle tees are in place and confirm that the tank has no cracks or holes in it. The tank is then measured for size and liquid capacity. The leach field must be tested to make sure it is taking water properly. If there are no existing records of the size and location of the leach fields, PDEQ requires that we electronically locate the lines, and include the location on the map section of the seven page certification report. The report is then faxed downtown, and when Pima County e-mails the Certification, we will e-mail copies to the title company, realtor, etc. for the close of escrow.
Septic Certifications for Home Sales
Whenever a home/property is sold with a septic system, Pima County and the State of Arizona require that the system be pumped and certified.
7.21.045 -Operating permits.
Septic Pumping Tucson
By pumping your septic tank regularly, you can extend its life. Regular pumpling also protects the drain field. How often you should pump depends on the household size and the size of the septic tank itself.
Do's and Don'ts of Septic Tanks
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