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First time pumpers

FIRST TIME PUMPERS

May 2nd and 3rd 2003

Steve Meeks

Meeks Environmental Services


First time pumpers1

FIRST TIME PUMPERS

May 2nd and 3rd 2003

Steve Meeks

Meeks Environmental Services


History lesson

History Lesson

  • We make waste.


History lesson1

History Lesson

  • We make waste.

  • We always have.


History lesson2

History Lesson

  • We make waste.

  • We always have.

  • We always will.


History lesson3

History Lesson

  • How we get rid of this waste has been debated for many years.


History lesson4

History Lesson

  • For the most part the removal of waste from our home or our immediate environment has been by the use of water.

  • This would be called waterborne

    waste disposal.


History lesson5

History Lesson

  • I bring this up only to point out that in some area’s and in some case’s people have and still do use dry waste disposal.

  • The idea of composting toilets is as old as septic tanks themselves.


History lesson6

History Lesson

  • Many early settlements were along waterways

  • The water coming down stream was used for drinking and cooking


History lesson7

History Lesson

  • The water leaving was for carrying away daily waste


History lesson8

History Lesson

  • A couple of problems arose

    • Someone up stream probably had the same idea


History lesson9

History Lesson

  • A couple of problems arose

    • Someone up stream probably had the same idea

    • With heavy rains came flooding


History lesson10

History Lesson

  • As people began to move away from the water, only what was needed for the essentials was carried home, drinking and cooking.


History lesson11

History Lesson

Waste disposal was mainly dry, such as outhouses.


History lesson12

History Lesson

As the need to move waste away became more important, water again was the choice.

Waterborne waste.

That’s what we do.


What we do

What We Do!!!

Wastewater


What we do1

What We Do!!!

Wastewater

“ I could never do what you do

for a living”


First things first

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Matt 16:24-26

24Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

25"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

26"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

(NKJ)


Topics of discussion

Topics of Discussion

  • PUMP TRUCKS

    • Trucks,Pumping Equipment, and Assembly

    • Pump Truck Cleaning & Maintenance

    • Permitting and Inspections – Pump Trucks

    • Disposal Issues?


Topics of discussion1

Topics of Discussion

  • Pumping onsite systems

  • Inspections

    • What every job should be.

  • Review for exam

    • Example questions


Who are you

WHO ARE YOU?

  • PUMPERS

  • INSTALL AND REPAIR

  • PORTABLES

  • PLUMBERS

  • ENGINEERS


How long

HOW LONG ?

  • 1 YEAR

  • 5 YEARS

  • 10 YEARS

  • 20 YEARS

  • OVER 25 YEARS


What about the bad jobs

WHAT ABOUT THEBAD JOBS?

Our War Stories !


What about the bad jobs1

WHAT ABOUT THE BAD JOBS?

  • Biggest tank cleaned


What about the bad jobs2

WHAT ABOUT THE BAD JOBS?

  • Biggest tank cleaned

  • Deepest underground


What about the bad jobs3

WHAT ABOUT THE BAD JOBS?

  • Biggest tank cleaned

  • Deepest underground

  • Furtherest from your truck


What about the bad jobs4

WHAT ABOUT THE BAD JOBS?

  • Biggest tank cleaned

  • Deepest underground

  • Furtherest from your truck

  • Greatest lift


What about the bad jobs5

WHAT ABOUT THE BAD JOBS?

  • Biggest tank cleaned

  • Deepest underground

  • Furtherest from your truck

  • Greatest lift

  • Strangest thing found


What about the bad jobs6

WHAT ABOUT THE BAD JOBS?

  • Biggest tank cleaned

  • Deepest underground

  • Furtherest from your truck

  • Greatest lift

  • Strangest thing found

  • Longest since last cleaned


Onsite wastewater inspections

Onsite WastewaterInspections

What every cleaning should be.


Onsite wastewater inspections1

Onsite WastewaterInspections

What every cleaning should be.

Why?


Onsite wastewater inspections2

Onsite WastewaterInspections

Why?

  • To protect the environment


Onsite wastewater inspections3

Onsite WastewaterInspections

Why?

  • To protect the environment

  • To protect public health


Onsite wastewater inspections4

Onsite WastewaterInspections

Why?

  • To protect the environment

  • To protect public health

  • For the industry’s perception


What are wastewater systems supposed to do

What are wastewater systems supposed to do?


What are wastewater systems supposed to do1

What are wastewater systems supposed to do?

  • Take the water away


What are wastewater systems supposed to do2

What are wastewater systems supposed to do?

  • Take the water away.

  • Treat it.


What are wastewater systems supposed to do3

What are wastewater systems supposed to do?

  • Take the water away.

  • Treat it.

  • Protect public health.


What are wastewater systems supposed to do4

What are wastewater systems supposed to do?

  • Take the water away.

  • Treat it.

  • Protect public health.

    Do city sewer systems do this?


What are wastewater systems supposed to do5

What are wastewater systems supposed to do?

  • Take the water away.

  • Treat it.

  • Protect public health.

    Do city sewer systems do this?

    Can a Septic Tank / Onsite system do this?


Onsite wastewater industry

Onsite WastewaterIndustry

  • Onsite can do the job.


Onsite wastewater industry1

Onsite WastewaterIndustry

  • Onsite can do the job.

  • It can do the job and it can do it better and more cost effective in many cases.


Onsite wastewater industry2

Onsite WastewaterIndustry

  • Onsite can do the job.

  • It can do the job and it can do it better and more cost effective in many cases.

  • It also reintroduces more water back into local aquifers.


Let s pump

Let’s pump!


Let s pump1

Let’s pump!

  • Park in the street.


Let s pump2

Let’s pump!

  • Park in the street.

  • Why?


Why would you stay in the street

Why would you stay in the street?

  • You may not pump the tank.

    • Empty

    • Not the problem

    • Didn’t call to cancel


Why would you stay in the street1

Why would you stay in the street?

  • You may not pump the tank.

  • Driveway may be old.


Why would you stay in the street2

Why would you stay in the street?

What can a big truck do to a bad driveway?


Take a good look

Take a Good Look!

What can we see from the street?

How much can you tell about the system?


Things to look for

Things to look for.

  • Dark or discolored areas


Things to look for1

Things to look for.

  • Dark or discolored areas

  • Wet spots or water running from yard


Things to look for2

Things to look for.

  • Dark or discolored areas

  • Wet spots or water running from yard

  • Is the vent stack in the front?


Things to look for3

Things to look for.

  • Dark or discolored areas

  • Wet spots or water running from yard

  • Is the vent stack in the front?

  • Which way does the yard slope?

    • Is there room for the field?


Things to look for4

Thingsto look for.

  • Does the customer park in the yard?


Things to look for5

Thingsto look for.

  • Does the customer park in the yard?

  • Does the yard drain the neighborhood?


Things to look for6

Thingsto look for.

  • Does the customer park in the yard?

  • Does the yard drain the neighborhood?

  • Is the yard in a low area?


Things to look for7

Thingsto look for.

  • Does the customer park in the yard?

  • Does the yard drain the neighborhood?

  • Is the yard in a low area?

  • Is there standing water?


Oh where oh where

Oh where oh where…?

  • Where does the homeowner think that it is?


Oh where oh where1

Oh where oh where…?

  • Where does the homeowner think that it is?

  • Where would an engineer put it?

    • Logic helpful, but not required.


Oh where oh where2

Oh where oh where…?

  • Where does the homeowner think that it is?

  • Where would an engineer put it?

    • Logic helpful, but not required.

  • Where would you put it?


Questions for the owner

Questions for the owner

  • How old is the house, or system?


Questions for the owner1

Questions for the owner

  • How old is the house, or system?

    • What will this tell you?


Questions for the owner2

Questions for the owner

  • How old is the house, or system?

    • What will this tell you?

      • Size


Questions for the owner3

Questions for the owner

  • How old is the house, or system?

    • What will this tell you?

      • Size

      • Type


Questions for the owner4

Questions for the owner

  • How old is the house, or system?

    • What will this tell you?

      • Size

      • Type

      • Number of feet of field lines


Questions for the owner5

Questions for the owner

  • How old is the house, or system?

  • Are you having trouble?

    • In or out?

    • Where and at what level?


Can t find it what next

Can’t find it? What next?


Can t find it what next1

Can’t find it? What next?

  • Look in the basement for…

    • Drain pipes, 3” or 4”


Can t find it what next2

Can’t find it? What next?

  • Look in the basement for…

    • Drain pipes, 3” or 4”

    • Dampness


Can t find it what next3

Can’t find it? What next?

  • Look in the basement for…

    • Drain pipes, 3” or 4”

    • Dampness

    • Odor


Can t find it what next4

Can’t find it? What next?

  • Look in the basement for…

    • Drain pipes, 3” or 4”

    • Dampness

    • Odor

    • How many systems?


Can t find it what next5

Can’t find it? What next?

  • Look in the basement for…

    • Drain pipes, 3” or 4”

    • Dampness

    • Odor

    • How many systems?

    • Other things….


Can t find it what next6

Can’t find it? What next?

  • Look in the basement for…

    • Other things

      • Broken air ducts

      • Water leaks

      • Dead animals (live animals)

      • Missing kids


Now that we know the area

Now that we know the area…

  • Lets take a closer look outside

    • Gas lines, lights, grills

    • Power, over and under

    • Water

    • Phone, over and under

    • Cable, over and under

    • Satellite

    • Lawn sprinkler

    • Power supply to out building


Now that we know the area1

Now that we know the area…

  • Lets take a closer look outside

    • Look for meters

    • Junction boxes

    • Wires on the outside of the house


Danger danger or at least trouble

Danger, danger,or at least trouble


Danger danger or at least trouble1

Danger, danger,or at least trouble

  • What if you think there is an underground utility?


Danger danger or at least trouble2

Danger, danger,or at least trouble

  • What if you think there is an underground utility?

    Call before you dig!

    1-800-292-8525


Lids and where to dig

Lids and where to dig

  • What can the age of a home tell us about the lids?


Lids and where to dig1

Lids and where to dig

  • What can the age of a home tell us about the lids?

    • Size


Lids and where to dig2

Lids and where to dig

  • What can the age of a home tell us about the lids?

    • Size

    • Number of lids


Lids and where to dig3

Lids and where to dig

  • What can the age of a home tell us about the lids?

    • Size

    • Number of lids

    • Plugs or not. That is the question!


Lids and where to dig4

Lids and where to dig

  • What can the age of a home tell us about the lids?

    • Size

    • Number of lids

    • Plugs or not. That is the question!

      What tools do you use?


Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade…


Tools of the trade1

Tools of the trade…

  • Probe


Tools of the trade2

Tools of the trade…

  • Probe

  • Can’t hook


Tools of the trade3

Tools of the trade…

  • Probe

  • Can’t hook

  • Pry bar


Tools of the trade4

Tools of the trade…

  • Probe

  • Can’t hook

  • Pry bar

  • Shovel


Tools of the trade5

Tools of the trade…

  • Probe

  • Can’t hook

  • Pry bar

  • Shovel

  • Electronic locators


When you pop the top

When you pop the top

  • What’s the first thing you notice?

    • Water level

      • Too high

      • Too low

      • Just right


Question time

“Question time”

  • Does a high water level in the tank always mean there is trouble in the house?


Well i never had a problem until you dug it up

“well I never had a problem until you dug it up”

My plumber said,

“It must be the tank”


Flooded

FLOODED!!!

  • When you start to dig you get water, at or near the top of the tank.


Flooded1

FLOODED!!!

  • What does it mean?


Flooded2

FLOODED!!!

  • What does it mean?

  • What about dark,

    black soil


War stories

War Stories !


How many gallons from a 1000 gallon tank

How many gallons from a 1000 gallon tank?


Water level too low

Water level too low…

Pass or fail?


How do we clean a tank properly

How do we clean a tank properly?


How do we clean a tank properly1

How do we clean a tank properly?

  • Back washing

  • Crust buster

  • Garden hose and a rake

  • Mud hog


How do you clean out your hoses

How do you clean out your hoses?

  • Garden hose

  • 5 gallon bucket


War stories1

War Stories !


What s is the biggest mess you have made

What’s is the biggest mess you have made?

War Stories !


How would you clean up a spill

How would you clean up a spill?


Now the tank is clean what next

Now the tank is clean,what next…


Now the tank is clean what next1

Now the tank is clean,what next…

  • Checking the inlet

    • Listen


Now the tank is clean what next2

Now the tank is clean,what next…

  • Checking the inlet

    • Listen

    • Water noise


Now the tank is clean what next3

Now the tank is clean,what next…

  • Checking the inlet

    • Listen

    • Water noise

    • If in doubt flush paper


What s left

What’s left?

  • Other lidsWeak/sagging


What s left1

What’s left?

  • Other lidsWeak/sagging

  • Outlet TeeMissing/aging


What s left2

What’s left?

  • Other lidsWeak/sagging

  • Outlet TeeMissing/aging

  • Baffle wallMissing/broken


What s left3

What’s left?

  • Other lidsWeak/sagging

  • Outlet TeeMissing/aging

  • Baffle wallMissing/broken

  • Side walls

    and floorCracks/holes


Let s talk about how septic tanks work

Let’s talk about how septic tanks work…


More questions

More questions…

  • What about filters?

  • What can I put in my tank?

  • If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!


More questions1

More questions…

How do you answer them?


More stuff

More stuff…

  • Pumper magazine

  • New tools, and gadgets

  • Disposal issues


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