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EMERGENCY SERVICES

Most of us try to avoid any sort of emergency. However, when trouble arrives – in the form of an overflowing tank, back- ups in the house or an alarm going off – it is good to know that someone will answer the phone when you call for help.

Goodman Sanitation does not have an answering service, when you call, you get a professional septic expert to help with your problems and find a solution.

Goodman Sanitation can send out an operation and maintenance professional (we have a few) we can send out a septic technician to pump your tank, whatever the emergency, call Goodman Sanitation at 503-492-2500.

All systems need care and maintenance – absolute vigilance must be taken to secure the well being of your home systems.

The first best rule: if you don’t eat it – don’t flush it! or put it down the drains. Easy to remember = easy to do

Pumping frequencies follow the general rule of thumb (see chart), other factors to take into consideration, do you run a daycare? Are you retired? Do you have teenagers? Is this your full time residence? Do you rent out the property? Then also to consider, what type of systems are you using?

The gravity flow systems – from the home the septic waste flows down to a septic tank (see picture of tank) which flows down to a drainfield or leach lines. The sand filter systems – from the home the waste also goes to a septic tank, if there is only one tank, the first half hold the solids as the wastewater flows to the pump side, this wastewater is pumped to a sand box, if the sand box has a liner, then there is usually a pump in the center of the sand box which pumps the cleaner water to a drainfield.

If the sand box does not have a liner, it is called a “bottomless” sand filter systems, the wastewater travels through the layers of sand to disperse into the ground.

A maintenance contract is required for new installations of sand filter systems and only a “certified” (By DEQ) maintenance provider can provide that service. There are other systems – Alternative Treatment Technologies (ATT) that have been approved by the DEQ for installation in Oregon.

Our product of choice is the Advantex systems, made by Orenco (right here in Oregon). Our professional installers are trained in the installation and service with maintenance of the Advantex systems.

All new installations of ATT approved systems require an “Operation and Maintenance “service contract.

All systems, from the simple to the complex need pumping and regular scheduled maintenance to prolong the systems life and ensure a good working – cost effective systems.

A few simple rules for homeowners of septic systems.

Know what pumping schedule works for you and your lifestyle, try to keep to it.
Again – if you don’t eat it – don’t flush it, the only exception is your toilet paper, and it should have printed on the back on the package “Safe for septic use” You may want to look at all the household products that you use, from cleansers to shampoo, to see the “safe for septic use” on them.

There are exceptions to this rule – BABY WIPES or Personal wipes ARE NOT FLUSHABLE and should be disposed of without flushing EVER.

WIPES do not degrade and breakdown in the septic tank ! WIPES will make it out to the drainfield lines and keep building up and compacting into the drainfield lines, the distribution box then the outlet line, then the septic tank will not process the wastewater.

"FOR ALL THINGS SEPTIC"

Following the 12 steps of septic management .

One of which is knowing where your septic tank is located. The systems cannot be treated, pumped, or maintained if you, the homeowner, cannot find it.

Goodman Sanitation can help.

Being proactive with the septic systems (the most costly component of your home) upkeep, maintenance and pumping, extends the life of the systems and your investment in your property.

Table 1. ESTIMATED SEPTIC TANK PUMPING FREQUENCIES IN YEARS (For year round residence)
Houshold size (Number of People)
Tank Size
(Gallons)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
500 5.8 2.6 1.5 1.0 0.7 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 -0.7
500 9.1 4.2 2.6 1.8 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.3
1000 12.4 5.9 3.7 2.6 2.0 1.5 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.7
1250 15.6 7.5 4.8 3.4 2.6 2.0 1.7 1.4 1.2 1.0
1500 18.9 9.1 5.9 4.2 3.3 2.6 2.1 1.8 1.5 1.3
1750 22.1 10.7 6.9 5.0 3.9 3.1 2.6 2.2 1.9 1.6
2000 25.4 12.4 8.0 5.9 4.5 3.7 3.1 2.6 2.2 2.0
2250 28.6 14.0 9.1 6.7 5.2 4.2 3.5 3.0 2.6 2.3
2500 31.9 15.6 10.2 7.5 5.9 4.8 4.0 4.0 3.0 2.6

Note: More frequent pumping needed if garbage disposal is used

Figure 1. CROSS SECTION OF A SEPTIC TANK WITH (optional) EFFLUENT FILTER

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NEW OREGON DEQ GUIDELINES


There are inspections for homeowners who want to remodel their homes with additions to the house or property.

There are inspections for hardship cases for homeowners who want to add a mobile home to the property and attach to the existing septic systems.

There is the "time of transfer" inspection / evaluation when the homeowner is selling the property.

Each of these inspections require that the tank be uncovered, the distribution box(es) be uncovered, that there is an amount of water introduced to the tank, to watch the contents flow to the distribution box and be accepted by a "thirsty" drainfield, to pump the tank and note any deficiencies.

To do an inspection on any and all pump vault components and panels along with electrical connections. To provide a detailed plot plan meeting all DEQ Specified requirements with all DEQ forms filled in completely with our technicians "certified" number and identification on the reports.

Should any repairs be needed to help bring your systems "up to date" with compliance codes. We will outline the repairs and the cost and schedule an appointment for you. This gives you time to make an informed decision, awk questions, research websites, or ask for comparison bids for repair or work on fitting the repairs into your budget.

Your septic systems is the second biggest investment, next to your home and Goodman Sanitation will be considerate on how you spend your money.