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Tips on Septic System Repairs:Interview with Lynn Fedas of Souhegan Septic Tank Service

By Lynn Fedas

Tell us a little bit about your company's history and the services you offer.

In 1978 Souhegan Septic Tank Service was founded by Jack Sr. and Carole Fedas with Jack Sr. on the road servicing properties with the company's only six-wheel truck and Carole overseeing the office. Jack Jr. joined the company full time in the early '90s.

In 2003, my husband Jack Jr. and I purchased the company. As the new owners Jack Jr. continued work on road servicing properties and I took over Carole in overseeing the office. The company has grown over our 11 years of ownership. We now have 3 ten-wheel pumper trucks and a service pickup.

Our primary service is pumping and backflush cleaning of septic tanks. Other services we offer include tank locating, filter cleaning, baffle replacements, riser installations, snaking, and inspections; and because everyone is so busy, we send reminder cards to each customer when service is due.

Our customers have voted us best septic company in the Souhegan region for the last 8 years. We feel that this loyalty and confidence is a direct reflection of the quantity service, reasonable rates, and friendly service that is experienced at every Souhegan Septic service call.

What are two or three of the most common septic system repairs you've done in the New Hampshire area?

The most common repair that we do is outlet baffle repairs. This is a very important repair. If your out baffle is broken, solid waste will have access to leave the septic tank into the leach field. Leach fields are built to handle effluent water only, solids can cause harm to the leach field. We service the 14 towns in the Souhegan Valley: Amherst, Mont Vernon, Milford, Wilton, Lyndeborough, Hollis, Brookline, Mason, Temple, Greenville, Hudson, Nashua and Bedford, New Hampshire.

Can you describe some signs that a homeowner has a septic problem he or she should consult a licensed contractor about?

If a homeowner is experiencing slow toilets, slow drains, gurgling pipes, leaking pipes, or pooling of effluent in their yard, they should call right away. These symptoms can imply a problem, which if addressed quickly, can be corrected without a backup in the home.

Are there any basic steps that homeowners can take to help prevent major septic repairs?

It is very important to pump and backflush clean your septic tank on a regular basis. (Backflush cleaning is the process of removing all the sludge from the bottom of the tank). Also, remember that everything that is flushed goes into your "underground dumpster" so only put down a toilet what has to.

Cigarette butts, hair, facial tissues, paper towels, bandages, feminine products, baby wipes, dental floss, etc. belong in the garbage, not the toilet. Grease should be disposed of in the trash not down the drain; grease does not break down and can cause clogs. Check our website for more information.

Treat your leach field as sacred ground. Do not place anything over your leach field that requires spikes to be placed in the ground; these spikes could damage your leach field. Do not drive over your leach field or allow anything heavier than a lawn tractor over it, the weight could cause damage. Do not plant anything over your leach field; the root growth could clog your septic pipes.

What advice would you give to people who are considering purchasing a house in New Hampshire with a septic system?

Don't be afraid of using a septic system. If you follow basic usage rules and proper maintenance it can last a long time.

What's the best way for people to reach you and your company?

Customers can call our office 603-673-4711 or contact us through our website www.souheganseptic.com

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