*We at last appeared on TV. Observe the link. Newsroom KPTV12. David Smidke from channel 12 called and introduced himself. He claimed that he had been experiencing a septic nightmare for more than 4 years. Before I could call, he had already dialled two numbers from the phone book. He was paid more than $3,000 by one company to jet the drainfield and pump his septic tank. 

The second business assessed him a fee for another septic tank pumping. He dialled Us while still backing up into his home. after spending around three hours examining and assessing his system. There must be another septic tank underground, I reasoned. Unexpectedly, there was. Even Clark County records only indicated one underground tank. Yet we discovered the other. Boy, was it packed. not pumped for more than 35 years. Mr. Smidke had never seen anyone bother to look for another tank or attempt to identify his concerns. Nobody was even aware it existed. My extensive expertise convinced me of it. The septic nightmare of Mr. Smidke is finished. When making calls, make sure to check with the health department to verify if the potential contractors are licenced to work on septic tanks. In the phone books, anyone can place an ad. You only need to pay, and you’re in. Phone directories never verify certifications; that responsibility always rests with the homeowner.

Septic 911  is Licensed and Certified by Clark County Health Deptartment. Washington State Onsite Sewage Association (Wossa), and National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (Nowra).

Also We finally made our local paper. The Reflector. Have a look. It was the October 8th Issue of 2008.

Here’s the artice in case it’s not legible.

Septic 911 swiftly building a solid reputation: Ken Vance Staff reporter Darren and Kristy Yankovsky were sick of their septic alarm at their Batlle Ground home sounding constantly.

The couple spent hundreds of dollars calling two different septic contractors to identify their issue, but the issue remained.

The Yankovskys called Septic 911 and asked Ronnie Tamez to investigate.

“He arrived the following day and examined our entire system. He discovered that the tanks had not been emptied as we had been informed when he dug up two tank entrances (of which we were not even aware of one),” Kristy Yankovsky noted in an email. “On the earlier pumpings, they never dug up the tanks.”

Both tanks were missing crucial screens, and the pump screen was entirely detached from the pump, according to Kristy’s report. “It goes without saying that the other business did a poor job. Ronnie put in a lot of effort, was highly productive, and did a fantastic job. He also provided us with advice on what not to do in order to maintain the health and functionality of our system.

Since March, Septic 911 has been operating. The enterprise is run out of the Yacolt home of Ronnie and Sarah Tamez. Ronnie spent four and a half years working for Big John’s Septic Service before founding Septic 911.

When asked why he and his wife decided to work for themselves, Ronnie responded that it was because of the economy. For Big John’s to support an employee, the septic business became too slow. We discussed it and made the decision to try it.

After buying and having a vehicle moved from Massachusetts to Yacolt, Ronnie set to work getting it ready for the company’s debut.

Since it serves as my moving business card, Ronnie remarked, “I wanted it to be really nice.”

The first several months were a touch slow, but according to Tamez, the company is currently doing great.

It began to pick up because, according to him, “people knew me and knew I had been in the business for a long time.”

The National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, Washington State Onsite Sewage Association, and Clark County Health Department all grant Septic 911 licenses and certifications.

Septic tank pumping and servicing, inspections, verifications, and electronic location are just a few of the services the business provides. Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania Counties can take advantage of Tamez’s senior and veteran discounts and services.

Sarah has been a resident of Yacolt her entire childhood and graduated from Battle Ground High School in 1996. Ronnie graduated from Goldendale High School in 1993. Justin, 4, and Matthew, 2, were born to a couple who met while working at a McDonald’s in Battle Ground.

Tamez abides by Clark County’s advice about routine inspections.

All gravity systems must be inspected every three years, he said, adding that he will follow the county’s recommendation. Every year, you should inspect any systems that have pumps, alarms, filters, or sand mounds.

The majority of systems require pumping every three to five years. Ronnie made fun of the fact that people used to paint their homes and pump their tanks every five years. “Down there is just a big rubbish can. It will eventually fill up. The most important thing is that it needs to be maintained.

Periodic inspections can identify critical repairs that, if ignored, might cost homeowners a lot of money and suffering.

Tamez advises that “the system that fails on a property will probably not be approved to be put back into place.”

Call 336-985-7051 or visit for more information about the company.