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Guy won't fix septic leak

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by iamthelawnbarber, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. iamthelawnbarber

    iamthelawnbarber LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 99

    I have a customer with a septic leak in his drainage bed. I told him about it last summer, but he did nothing about it. I went to do his 1st cut of the season today and saw a pipe-I thought "GREAT-he got it fixed!" After string trimming the high grass around it, it turns out, the pipe broke completely off and is laying there in the grass. What do I do? I'm tired of mowing over his SH!T water! I was thinking about writing him a letter saying that I have a copy of this letter and he's going to ruin his bed if he doesn't get it fixed. The guy can afford $600 new patio furniture, but he can't fix his septic! I don't want to be blamed for this problem later down the road. Do I offer to fix it for him and charge him for it? Or refuse to cut it? I didn't break the pipe in the first place. I know I can't force him to get it fixed, but I don't want to deal with this another year. If I could afford it, I'd drop him as a customer and move on, but I need all the clients I can get. Any ideas??
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    either mow it or quit.
  3. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,274

    Mow around it! If he asks tell him your not going ot get his cr@p water all over you! Health risk etc.
    Im sure its illegal to have a non functioning septic system. It is here!
  4. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,381

    Around here, non-functioning septic systems are a HUGE no-no. I would call my buddy in the septic business to tip off the county environment inspector, it would be fixed real quick.
  5. garydale

    garydale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    Be responsible report the guy, he's endangering his neighbors!
  6. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    I have had this problem before. Homeowner not repairing a broken septic discharge line.
    I simply stopped mowing around it and when the client complained I explained it was a health hazard and I wouldn't subject either me or any of my crews to it any longer.

    I gave him one-week to repair it or service would stop completely.

    He didn't so I stopped service. I do know the H.O.A. knew about the problem and sent him a letter saying the system required repair but since I never went back I didn't care.

    People underestimate the potential for infection raw sewage represents and if your client is such an uncaring person I'd drop him as tendencies like this are a clear indicator he will turn into a pita which no one wants.
  7. waterman1971

    waterman1971 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    Is it black or grey water ? In some cases grey water is permitted to be discharged on the surface.

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