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What Areas Do We Service?

Barefoot Septic & Sewer, Inc. proudly serves all of Monroe County and all of Livingston County as well as eastern Genesee County, Western Ontario County, northeastern Wyoming County, southeastern Orleans County, and western Wayne County.

Livingston County

Avon, Caledonia, Conesus, Dansville, Geneseo, Groveland, Leicester, Lima, Livonia, Mt. Morris, Nunda, Ossian, Portage, Sparta, Springwater, West Sparta, York

Monroe County

Brighton, Brockport, Chili, Churchville, Clarkson, East Rochester, Fairport, Gates, Greece, Hamlin, Henrietta, Hilton, Honeoye Falls, Irondequoit, Mendon, Mumford, Ogden, Parma, Penfield, Perinton, Pittsford, Riga, Rochester, Rush, Scottsville, Spencerport, Sweden, Webster, Wheatland

Ontario County

Bloomfield, Bristol, Canadice, Canandaigua, East Bloomfield, Farmington, Gorham, Hopewell, Naples, Richmond, Rushville, South Bristol, Victor, West Bloomfield

Genesee County

Alexander, Batavia, Bergen, Bethany, Byron, LeRoy, Pavillion

Wyoming County

Castile, Covington, Perry, Warsaw, Wyoming

Wayne County

Macedon, Palmyra, Walworth

Orleans County

Clarendon, Holley

How Does a Septic System Work?

The septic tank is a large box that is most commonly made out of precast concrete. Everything flows into the tank through the inlet baffle and into the middle section of the tank. Here, the bacteria that live in the tank break down the waste which then separates. Three layers form in the middle section of the tank. Organic solids form a crusty layer of “scum” at the surface of the tank. Inorganic solids form a layer of “sludge” at the bottom. The main purpose of the septic tank is to provide a place for all the solid wastes that leave your house to accumulate. Here the solid waste can be dealt with by pumping it out of your system. If the solids are not removed from the system, then the solid layers thicken and the “clear water” middle layer will be contaminated with solids which will then leave the outlet baffle and flow into the drainage system.

Why is it Necessary to Pump a Septic Tank?

The importance of maintaining your septic system can be compared to the importance of maintaining your car’s engine. The responsible automobile owner knows that the car’s oil should be changed every few thousand miles. if you do not change your car’s oil periodically, your car’s engine will eventually fail. The same holds true for your septic system. Pumping your septic tank is the most important aspect of maintaining your septic system. Most septic systems should be pumped out every 2 years, unless the more frequent pumping is needed, depending on the size of the tank and the number of people using the system. In some cases when a large number of people are using a small tank, the tank needs to be pumped annually or semiannually. If the septic tank is neglected, solid waste will escape from the septic tank into the drainage system. The solids will plug up the following:

  • the perforations in the leach lines
  • the gravel in the trenches
  • eventually, the soil itself. Once the drainage system is contaminated with solids, it will fail

What are Barefoot Septic’s Prices for Septic Pumping?

Septic Pumping Price

  • Up to 1,000 gallons: $325.00 + tax
  • Up to 1,250 gallons: $355.00 plus tax
  • Up to 1,500 gallons: $380.00 plus tax
  • Up to 2,000 gallons: $465.00 plus tax
  • Up to 4,000 gallons: $800.00 plus tax

Other Prices

  • Septic Inspection: minimum of $320.00 plus tax
  • Hand Digging Tank: $40.00 minimum per cover


3 House Discount: 10% off pumping only (before tax)

Nine Simple Steps to Keep Your Septic System Working

Here are nine simple steps that the US EPA suggests in order to keep your septic system working, with additional comments added by an experienced septic system inspector.

  1. Locate your septic tank and drainfield. Keep a drawing of these locations in your records.
  2. Have your septic system pumped and inspected at least every two years.
  3. Don’t dispose of household hazardous wastes (paint thinner, paint, oil, gasoline, etc.) in sinks or toilets.
  4. Keep other household items out of your system (diapers, baby wipes, wrappers, feminine products, cigarette butts, garbage of any kind).
  5. Use water efficiently. Reducing water usage reduces the load on your drainfield.
  6. Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage the system. Also, do not apply manure or fertilizers over the drainfield.
  7. Keep vehicles and livestock off your septic system. The weight can damage the pipes and tank, and your system may not drain properly under compacted soil.
  8. Keep gutters and basement sump pumps from draining into or near your septic system. And very important, keep surface runoff and subsurface runoff away from the septic tank and drainfield.
  9. Check with your septic contractor before using additives. Commercial septic tank additives do not eliminated the need for periodic pumping and can be harmful to your system.

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What Areas do You Service

Barefoot Septic & Sewer, Inc. proudly serves ALL of Monroe County and the Rochester, NY area (including Ogden, Pittsford, Riga, Rush, Spencerport, Wheatland, Webster) and ALL of Livingston County (including Avon, Caledonia, Consesus, Dansville, Geneseo, Groveland, Leicester, Lima, Livonia, Mt. Morris, Nunda, Ossian, Portage, Sparta, Springwater, West Sparta, York) as well as eastern Genesee County, Western Ontario County, northeastern Wyoming County, southeastern Orleans County, and western Wayne County... and many more! Call 585.359.9330 to set up your appointment.

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Why Should You Clean Your Septic System?

If your home is not connected to the public sewer system, all the wastewater your home generates is treated by an “Individual wastewater treatment system”, commonly called a septic system.

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