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FIRST THINGS FIRST. Matt 16:24-26 24 Then 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.

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first things first
FIRST THINGS FIRST

Matt 16:24-26

24 Then 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)

inspections what ever cleaning should be

INSPECTIONSWhat ever cleaning should be

Steve Meeks

Meeks Environmental Services

what we do

What We Do!!!

Wastewater

what we do4

What We Do!!!

“ I could never do what you do

for a living”

Wastewater

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 jobs8
WHAT ABOUT THE BAD JOBS?
  • Biggest tank cleaned
what about the bad jobs9
WHAT ABOUT THE BAD JOBS?
  • Biggest tank cleaned
  • Deepest underground
what about the bad jobs10
WHAT ABOUT THE BAD JOBS?
  • Biggest tank cleaned
  • Deepest underground
  • Furtherest from your truck
what about the bad jobs11
WHAT ABOUT THE BAD JOBS?
  • Biggest tank cleaned
  • Deepest underground
  • Furtherest from your truck
  • Greatest lift
what about the bad jobs12
WHAT ABOUT THE BAD JOBS?
  • Biggest tank cleaned
  • Deepest underground
  • Furtherest from your truck
  • Greatest lift
  • Strangest thing found
what about the bad jobs13
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.

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Onsite WastewaterInspections

What every cleaning should be.

Why?

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Onsite WastewaterInspections

Why?

  • To protect the environment
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Onsite WastewaterInspections

Why?

  • To protect the environment

We do this!

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Onsite WastewaterInspections

Why?

  • To protect the environment
  • To protect public health
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Onsite WastewaterInspections

Why?

  • To protect the environment
  • To protect public health

We do this!

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Onsite WastewaterInspections

Why?

  • To protect the environment
  • To protect public health
  • For the industry’s perception
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Onsite WastewaterInspections

Why?

  • To protect the environment
  • To protect public health
  • For the industry’s perception

We had better do this!

what are wastewater systems supposed to do24
What are wastewater systems supposed to do?
  • Take the wastewater away.
  • Treat it.
what are wastewater systems supposed to do25
What are wastewater systems supposed to do?
  • Take the wastewater away.
  • Treat it.
  • Protect public health.
what are wastewater systems supposed to do26
What are wastewater systems supposed to do?
  • Take the wastewater away.
  • Treat it.
  • Protect public health.

Do city sewer systems do this?

what are wastewater systems supposed to do27
What are wastewater systems supposed to do?
  • Take the wastewater 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.
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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.
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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 pump32
Let’s pump!
  • Park in the street.
let s pump33
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 street35
Why would you stay in the street?
  • You may not pump the tank.
  • Driveway may be old.
why would you stay in the street36
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 for39
Things to look for.
  • Dark or discolored areas
  • Wet spots or water running from yard
things to look for40
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 for41
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 for42
Thingsto look for.
  • Does the customer park in the yard?
things to look for43
Thingsto look for.
  • Does the customer park in the yard?
  • Does this yard drain the neighborhood?
things to look for44
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 for45
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 has my septic tank gone
Oh where, oh where, has my septic tank gone?
  • Where does the homeowner think that it is?
oh where oh where has my septic tank gone47
Oh where, oh where, has my septic tank gone?
  • Where does the homeowner think that it is?

Have they ever

held a probe?

oh where oh where
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 where49
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 owner51
Questions for the owner
  • How old is the house, or system?
    • What will this tell you?
questions for the owner52
Questions for the owner
  • How old is the house, or system?
    • What will this tell you?
      • Size
questions for the owner53
Questions for the owner
  • How old is the house, or system?
    • What will this tell you?
      • Size
      • Type
questions for the owner54
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 owner55
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 next57
Can’t find it? What next?
  • Look in the basement for…
    • Drain pipes, 3” or 4”
can t find it what next58
Can’t find it? What next?
  • Look in the basement for…
    • Drain pipes, 3” or 4”
    • Dampness
can t find it what next59
Can’t find it? What next?
  • Look in the basement for…
    • Drain pipes, 3” or 4”
    • Dampness
    • Odor
can t find it what next60
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 next61
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 next62
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 area64
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 danger66
Danger, danger, danger!
  • What if you think there is an underground utility?
danger danger danger67
Danger, danger, danger!
  • 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 dig69
Lids and where to dig
  • What can the age of a home tell us about the lids?
    • Size
lids and where to dig70
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 dig71
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 dig72
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 trade75
Tools of the trade…
  • Probe
  • Cant hook
tools of the trade76
Tools of the trade…
  • Probe
  • Cant hook
  • Pry bar
tools of the trade77
Tools of the trade…
  • Probe
  • Cant hook
  • Pry bar
  • Shovel
tools of the trade78
Tools of the trade…
  • Probe
  • Cant 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?
slide86
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!
flooded89
FLOODED!!!
  • What does it mean?
flooded90
FLOODED!!!
  • What does it mean?
  • What about dark,

black soil

how do we clean a tank properly95
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
now the tank is clean what next101
Now the tank is clean,what next…
  • Checking the inlet
    • Listen
now the tank is clean what next102
Now the tank is clean,what next…
  • Checking the inlet
    • Listen
    • Water noise
now the tank is clean what next103
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 lids Weak/sagging
what s left105
What’s left?
  • Other lids Weak/sagging
  • Outlet Tee Missing/aging
what s left106
What’s left?
  • Other lids Weak/sagging
  • Outlet Tee Missing/aging
  • Baffle wall Missing/broken
what s left107
What’s left?
  • Other lids Weak/sagging
  • Outlet Tee Missing/aging
  • Baffle wall Missing/broken
  • Side walls

and floor Cracks/holes

onsite wastewater system report111
Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Date
  • Address
  • Seller
  • Buyer
onsite wastewater system report112
Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Date
  • Address
  • Seller
  • Buyer
  • Closing Attorney
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Date
  • Address
  • Seller
  • Buyer
  • Closing Attorney
  • Closing Date
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Septic Tank and/or Grease Trap
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Septic Tank and/or Grease Trap
  • Vacant or Occupied
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Septic Tank and/or Grease Trap
  • Vacant or Occupied
  • Water level in tank High/Low
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Septic Tank and/or Grease Trap
  • Vacant or Occupied
  • Water level in tank High/Low
  • Wet spot/eruptions observed Yes/No
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Septic Tank and/or Grease Trap
  • Vacant or Occupied
  • Water level in tank proper Yes/No
  • Wet spots/eruptions observed Yes/No
  • Water entered tank from house Yes/No unable to test
onsite wastewater system report119
Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Outlet Tee in place Yes/No
onsite wastewater system report120
Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Outlet Tee in place Yes/No
  • Baffle wall in good condition Yes/No
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Outlet Tee in place Yes/No
  • Baffle wall in good condition Yes/No
  • Lids in good condition Yes/No
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Outlet Tee in place Yes/No
  • Baffle wall in good condition Yes/No
  • Lids in good condition Yes/No
  • Solids level in tank warranted cleaning
    • Yes/No
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Outlet Tee in place Yes/No
  • Baffle wall in good condition Yes/No
  • Lids in good condition Yes/No
  • Solids level in tank warranted cleaning
    • Yes/No
  • Tank cleaned Yes/No
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Washer connect to ST GT FL

Unable to test

onsite wastewater system report125
Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Washer connect to ST GT FL

Unable to test

  • System working properly Yes/No
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Washer connect to ST GT FL

Unable to test

  • System working properly Yes/No
  • If repairs are needed describe
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Washer connect to ST GT FL

Unable to test

  • System working properly Yes/No
  • If repairs are needed describe
  • Comments
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Washer connect to ST GT FL

Unable to test

  • System working properly Yes/No
  • If repairs are needed describe
  • Comments
  • Inspected by___________
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Washer connect to ST GT FL

Unable to test

  • System working properly Yes/No
  • If repairs are needed describe
  • Comments
  • Inspected by___________
  • Received by___________
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Have a thorough disclaimer!
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Onsite Wastewater System Report
  • Have a thorough disclaimer!
  • Why?
more questions
More questions…
  • What about filters?
  • What can I put in my tank?
  • If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
more questions133
More questions…

How do you answer them?

more stuff
More stuff…
  • Pumper magazine
  • New tools, and gadgets
  • Disposal issues