Septic Repairs and Products
Clearwater Cleanup Company provides a full range of septic tank repairs, from missing parts to complete tank replacements. We install only top-quality products. For repairs that require a technician to enter the septic tank, we use “confined space entry” safety procedures, as mandated by OSHA. If what you need is not listed below, please give us a call.
Drop Tees - These internal pipe fittings are critical to septic tank function. We can replace broken or missing tees.
Filters - Summit County requires filters for tanks installed after June 2000 because they prolong the life of your leach or drain field. Older tanks can usually be retrofitted. The filters sit in the outlet tee of the secondary chamber and catch debris that would otherwise clog your field. We install either rigid or brush style filters. All filters should be cleaned once or twice a year because a clogged filter could cause sewage to back up in your house.
Filter Alarms - An optional safeguard that alerts you if your filter becomes clogged.
Pipe Inspection - By using a tiny video camera inside your sewage piping, Clearwater can find lines, view the condition of your pipe, see the cause of problems, and pinpoint the location.
Pipe and Couplings - If the sewer pipe entering or exiting your septic tank has sagged or settled, it can create a “belly” in the line. Low spots hold water and catch toilet paper and other debris, and they are a frequent source of clogged or frozen lines, which can lead to sewage back-ups. We replace couplings and sections of pipe as needed to straighten the line. We also clean sewer pipe and drains.
Dosing siphon - This flushing mechanism sends a precise amount of water to your leach field. The amount is determined by the design of the field. When the dosing chamber fills up with the right amount of water, the siphon “doses” the field. We test your dosing siphon every time we pump your septic tank, and we can perform adjustments, repairs or replacements as needed.
Pumps and floats - If your leach field is higher than the lowest level of your house, your septic system includes a pump to lift the water up to the field. We clean lift station vessels, provide annual maintenance, respond to alarms, diagnose problems, replace pumps and floats, and upgrade electrical junctions. We do not work on fresh water wells. Learn more about our lift station and pump service.
Risers - The top of your septic tank is at least one foot, but often several feet below ground. Risers are used to improve the access for maintenance. These tubes connect the openings in the top of the tank with lids near ground level. Ideally your lids should be above ground, because this will simplify the regular maintenance that is necessary for septic systems. Most counties require that lids are within 8 inches of the surface. If some or all of your lids are buried too deep, we can add concrete or plastic riser rings in increments of 2 inch, 6 inch or 12 inch. They come in 20 or 24 inch diameter.
Transition Risers - These are used to transition from square risers to round lids, or from concrete to plastic. We install all risers so they will be watertight. This is essential to keep out dirt and ground water.
To learn about the basics of septic tanks and how to care for them, visit our Education page, "How do septic tanks work?"
Lids - The most important feature of a septic tank lid is security. It is absolutely mandatory that you protect children, pets and unsuspecting adults from inhaling lethal gasses or possibly drowning in your septic tank. Lids also keep out dirt, debris and surface water. We install 20-24 inch diameter lids of plastic, concrete or traffic-rated steel. Plastic lids are screwed down, while the others rely on weight to prevent accidental entry.
Fake Rocks - Septic lids on the surface encourage good septic maintenance. However, they can be an eye-sore in certain locations. One option is to cover them with a few inches of wood chips. Another choice is hollow “rocks” made out of lightweight polyethylene. These surprisingly realistic rocks cover your septic tank lids, and are held down with stakes. Your can order and install these yourself from many catalogs or online sources, or we can handle it for you.
Leak Repair - Whether you have ground water leaking in, or sewage leaking out, it’s not a good thing. We repair leaks in concrete tanks and in some fiberglass tanks. We do not repair metal or plastic septic tanks, but we do stop infiltration in all types of risers.
Tank Heaters - Septic tanks can occasionally freeze in extreme weather. This is more of a problem when the tank is infrequently used. We install electrical tank heaters that can be left in place.
Tank Insulation - For septic tanks with chronic freezing problems, we can install special insulation around the tank and/or risers.
Additives - Clearwater does not sell septic tank additives. These are not necessary and some can increase clogging of your leach field. There is no additive that reduces the need for regular removal of the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank.
Tank Replacement - Many plastic and fiberglass tanks installed before 1985 are now failing. If your current tank is damaged, Clearwater can replace it with a new concrete septic tank of the same size or larger. If your current tank is just undersized, we can add a second tank. Simple tank replacements are done with a permit from Summit County Environmental Health. If you are installing a new septic system, you will need an engineer’s stamp. Click here to go to the septic system page on the webpage for Summit County Environmental Health.
Leach fields / Drainage fields - We can replace distribution boxes and vents and repair broken lines. We do not do whole field rejuvenation, but we can high-pressure jet the leach field piping, and install simple leach field replacements.