How Drainfield Restoration Work Can Help You Survive a Recession

Scott Noble of Frank's Septic Services in Vacaville, California, says an investment into drainfield restoration equipment paid off for him in the Great Recession in 2008

How Drainfield Restoration Work Can Help You Survive a Recession

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When the recession hit more than a decade ago, business changed for Frank’s Septic Services in Vacaville, California. The company responded with an investment.

“It really didn’t affect us until 2008 or 2009,” says Scott Noble, the company’s operations manager. “The only thing we invested in was a remediation tool that we could hook to our skid-steer.”

They bought the Soil Shaker 2000 to make sure their customers would be taken care of even when the economy was down and homeowners’ budgets were tight. “We were remediating a lot because a lot of people didn’t want to invest in a new system,” he says.

The Soil Shaker (today known as the EarthBuster) works by injecting 120 psi air into the ground through 6-foot-long probes. Expanding air loosens the compacted soil or clogs that may prevent wastewater from properly flowing away from a drainfield.

A Frank’s Septic Services technician would blast leach lines on what was said to be a failing system and get the systems up and running, he says. It wasn’t a complete solution, but rather a bridge to get customers through troubles and keep their systems functioning until they were in a position to do more extensive repairs or replacements.

Providing that service for people probably did encourage some of them to use Frank’s Septic Services when their systems finally had to be replaced, Noble says, but because the company has such a good reputation in its area, it’s hard to know how many people hired Frank’s Septic Services because of its help in remediating their systems.

When customers became financially better off, the tool saw less use, according to Noble. But with all that’s going on now surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, who knows what the future holds?


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