Septic System Maintenance & Frequently Asked Questions Page

 

Septic Pumping - Stone Excavating added septic pumping to their services in 2003.  We pump both residential and commercial tanks. To assure that all the sludge is removed, we use a power mixer to agitate the sludge before pumping. We also have an inspection camera on the pump truck that allows us to inspect the tank after pumping.  Concrete septic tanks often have baffles missing or damaged.  Using the camera we can find these problems, and notify you of the need for repair. Missing baffles allow solids to flow into the absorption field, where they begin to clog pipes or the gravel layer. These baffles can often be easily replaced with a PVC baffle.

 

Septic pumping is an important part of septic system maintenance. Failure to pump a tank will shorten the life of your system. Many homeowners don't keep accurate records of when their tank was last pumped. We can put your tank on a schedule, and notify you when your tank should be pumped again.

 

Locating tanks - We can locate septic tanks for you. We usually probe for tanks, but
when all else fails, we can flush a transmitter and use the signal to locate the tank.

 

Septic Inspections - Stone Excavating also does septic inspections for real estate transfers.  We will research the history of the system and probe the laterals to
determine their condition.
 

 
Locating Tanks - We can locate septic tanks for you. We usually probe for tanks, but
when all else fails, we can flush a transmitter and use the signal to locate the tank.
 
Septic Inspections -  Stone Excavating also does septic inspections for real estate transfers.  We will research the history of the system and probe the laterals to
determine their condition.
 
Graveless Absorption  -  Stone Excavating Offers Infiltrator chambers for both trench type and bed systems. These chambers offer a more efficient method of effluent dispersal. Chambers also allow construction in small areas because they can be hand carried to the site. They also are great for repairs because they require less construction traffic on the turf.  
Mound and Pump Assisted Systems  -  Stone Excavating installed their first mound in 1978, and has continued to observe new technologies that might allow a site to be developed with non conventional systems. We continue to upgrade installation practices to allow low maintenance costs and long life.  
Filtered Septic Tanks  -  Stone Excavating installs septic tank filters in every septic tank that they sell. Septic tank filters keep solids from leaving the tank much better than a baffle alone. Filters normally require cleaning when the tank is pumped, however they may require rinsing because of higher than normal flow. This minor inconvenience is offset by the benefit to the absorption trenches. Solids that flow past the septic tank will clog the absorption trenches. Filtered tanks have a surface access that provides ease in removal of the filter for cleaning. We also can install a filter in existing tank to extend the life of the system.  
Residential Site Plans  -  Stone Excavating will provide a residential site plan for new construction. This is a requirement for all permits issued in Marshall County. There is a fee for this service, however this fee is discounted from the installation cost when Stone Excavating installs the system.  
Service What We Sell  -  Some installers will not service pumps and controls. Stone Excavating believes that this is important for customers to know that they will be able to get service on their equipment if there is a problem. When we service a pump or control, it allows us to know what we can do to prevent such problems in the future. Over the years we have made several changes in installation practices that prevent corrosion, or eliminate little problems that can shut down a system. Because we are a small company, when you have a problem, you donít have to ask for a manager to address the problem. If we made a mistake when we installed the equipment, we will take care of it.  

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Phone: 574-935-5456  -  Plymouth, IN 46563  -  14501 Lincoln Highway