The Inland Empire’s Trusted Source For Septic Tank Service
As a local, family-owned operation, West Coast Sanitation, Inc is committed to providing excellent service. We have the experience you can trust for all your septic, plumbing, and construction needs.
Customer satisfaction is our number-one priority. For this reason, we focus on quality and offer clean, fast, and reliable service the same day you call.
Commercial Septic Services
West Coast Sanitation’s septic experts are trained in a wide range of commercial septic system services. Our highly trained technicians can guarantee to find a solution for all your commercial septic problems. From commercial septic tank installations and repairs to hydro-jet cleaning, our dedicated professionals can do it all. West Coast Sanitation’s septic experts only use the latest high-tech equipment to provide our customers the highest quality service.
Residential Septic Services
West Coast Sanitation is fully licensed and insured with septic system experts providing the best quality service for all septic issues. In order to have your residential septic system running at its best, it is important to maintain your septic system for optimal function and possible prevention of any future problems that may go wrong. Our trained professionals use only the newest, high-tech septic pumping equipment that can help combat any septic issue or problem. With all of our top-of-the-line equipment, you know you can trust our septic experts with all your residential septic pumping and repairs.
Septic Tank Installation and Repair
West Coast Sanitation is the experienced and trusted local experts at new septic system installation, as well as upgrading or repairing existing systems for residential customers throughout the Inland Empire. Our professionals to trouble-shoot your system and can inform you of the necessary repairs.
Septic Tank Pumping
In order to pump septic tanks, West Coast Sanitation utilizes the newest high-tech septic pumping equipment in the industry to bring our customers the best quality of work. Our technicians use our Crust Buster equipment, a $75 value, to break up solids before the pump for better results.
A perc test of a leach line are done by our certified technicians. This test determines whether your leach lines are working properly. A perc test in the Inland Empire will ensure how quickly a high volume of water will be absorbed in the subsoil of a drilled hole which detects the seepage level.
Our septic services specialize in hydro-jet cleaning of residential septic tanks and drains. Hydro-jet cleaning is the only method that will truly clean your sewer and drains like new. By using high-pressured water to scour the interior walls of grease, roots, sand, dirt, and debris, it will literally flush away all your septic problems!
Septic Camera Inspection
We offer digital camera inspections in the Inland Empire to inspect the inside of your septic system, drain lines, and drain fields. By using one of the most valuable tools in the plumbing industry, our waterproof camera allows us for a visual inspection, finding potential future septic system issues. This cutting edge technology places us among the leaders.
Electronic Tank Locating
Can’t find your home septic tank buried under all that dirt? West Coast Sanitation can provide residential septic tank locating services in the Inland Empire. We have the latest technology to find your home septic tank by using our electronic locating devices that can detect cast-iron and PVC pipes that can detect cast-iron and PVC pipes.
24/7 Emergency Septic Services
Our septic service experts will be more than happy to fix your septic problems any day of the week, any time. We provide septic repair for homes and 24 hour emergency rooter service throughout the Inland Empire.
We are a licensed sanitation system C-42 contractor; we provide top septic tank services for homes in the Inland Empire. After fully inspecting your septic system, we will provide you with a C-42 certificate if all requirements are met.
Aerobic Treatment Unit (ATU)
West Coast Sanitation technicians are trained and certified to install ATU System An Aerobic Treatment Unit (ATU) is an innovative technology, providing consistent and reliable advanced.
Septic Service FAQ’s
How does a septic tank work?
The septic tank is the place where the first stage of wastewater treatment occurs. The conditions in the tanks are ideal for bacterial growth. The bacteria utilize the organic waste as food. After the bacteria digest the food, it settles to the bottom of the tank and is identified as “sludge”. Very little of the soaps, fats and grease are eaten by the bacteria and because they are lighter than water; these continue to float on top of the water. This build up is known as “scum”. The area between the sludge and scum is known as the “clear zone”. This is the zone of treated wastewater that moves out of the septic tank to the next component of the disposal system. Gases generated during liquefaction are normally vented through the building’s plumbing vents.
How often do I need to pump my septic system?
At least every 3-5 years: The industry recommendation, guided by the Department of Environmental Quality, is to pump your system every three to five years. Heavier usage, leaky toilets or faucets, foreign items introduced into the system, or use of non septic friendly chemicals can influence the time between maintenance, increasing the frequency necessary to keep your system working well.
Things you can do to help keep your maintenance simpler, and the cost down:
- Keep a record of tank location – Either you or the septic technician can draw a sketch, showing the location of your tank in relation to your yard and house.
- Note how deep the tank is buried – For easier servicing, have risers installed. They will pay for themselves the first time you have your next service by avoiding any labor charges for digging.
- Note the “size” or volume of tank – The septic size, in gallons, dictates the amount you will pay for service. You are charged by volume. Keep a record of the ”size”. This will help you figure the price for service, in the future. Keep in mind that the amount of material pumped from the septic tank can be greater than the capacity of the septic tank if it overfilled and backed up – what is being pumped is not just the contents of the tank, but the overflow, as well.
- Keep tabs on condition – Ask the technician how the tank looks, is it structurally o.k. Are the baffles or tees in place, and what is the overall condition? Are there problems that need prompt attention? Preventative maintenance is always less expensive and more convenient than correcting emergency problems.
I have no problems—Do I still have to have it pumped?
Yes! Proper maintenance, which includes pumping at least every 3-5 years, is essential to extending the life of your septic system. When your tank is pumped out, the leaching portion of your system is able to take a brief break from receiving any liquid. You may also want to inquire as to whether you should have your system cleaned during your regular maintenance visit.
I smell a septic odor- What do I do?
Septic odors do not necessarily indicate that it is time to pump your tank:
Odors Inside– If you detect odor inside your home, make sure that all “P” traps, or drains, have water in them. When a sink, shower, toilet, or even washing machine drain is not used for an extended period of time, the water in a trap can evaporate, allowing the septic gases to enter the house back through the dried trap. The P trap is designed specifically to hold water, forming a barrier for odor. Simply run water in the drain for a few minutes to remedy a dry, or empty, trap. You should also check the seal (gasket) around the base of your toilets. A broken seal can allow odors into the home. You can replace the gasket yourself, or contact a plumber for service. Odors could also be coming in from the roof vents, in which case you can purchase and install charcoal filters.
Odors Outside– Septic odor outside the house could be coming from the septic tank, the vent pipe on the roof, or the vent pipe at the end of your leach field (if you have one). Septic gases are a naturally occurring side effect of the septic water treatment process. These gases can and will escape out of any small opening. To eliminate an odor from the septic tank cover, place a small amount of dirt over the cover to act as a filter. Odor detected in the air may be coming from the vent pipe on the room (over the bathroom). This pipe vents the septic gasses from the house out through the roof. A charcoal filter can eliminate the odor coming from the vent pipe at the end of the leach field.
If the odor seems to be coming from the ground, and the ground is wet, appears black, or heavy vegetation growth is visible around the tank or pit/ field area, you should schedule a visit with your septic technician as soon as possible. There may be some problems.
Should I add septic treatments to the system to make it work better?
This subject is an ongoing debate in the industry. A bacteria treatment can be added to your system to help maintain live bacteria levels. The treatments can be administered monthly. Treatment can be as simple as flushing a pre- measured packet of bacteria/ enzymes down the toilet. You can also have your septic technician add a treatment directly to the system during a routine maintenance visit. If someone has been ill, and on prescription medication, or heavy cleaning has been done, resulting in bleach or bacteria or other harsh chemical use, a bacteria treatment may be a good idea to help bring the system back into balance. Never let solvents or paint thinners enter your system.
My house is backed up. Should I call a plumber or a septic company?
Always call West Coast Sanitation first. We can ask you questions to help you diagnose whether your symptoms might be attributed to plumbing issues, or if you are truly experiencing a septic system problem. Most plumbers have little or no septic experience, so you could be wasting money by calling a plumber first. We get many service call orders from plumbers who are unable to remedy a customer’s problems.
Where is my septic tank?
County health departments issue permits and inspect systems as they are installed. If your system has been installed in the last 20 years, you may be able to find a sketch of the layout of the system attached to the original permit (Only in the last 8-10 years have these permit drawings been required to have a high level of accuracy).