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Welcome to Lappin Septic Service!

IOWPA Members, BBB Accredited, A+ Rated, Homes for Heroes Affiliates

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Friends of Heroes

We appreciate our Firefighters, EMS, Law Enforcement, Military (Active, Reserve & Veterans), Healthcare Professionals and Teachers, and offer discounts for pumping, repairs, and inspections to show our thanks!

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Family Owned and Operated 3 generations since 1987

We are the most trustworthy septic company in town, and known for our credible second opinions! Members of the Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association and BBB Accredited, A+ rated. We are your one stop for maintenance, repairs, and inspections in St. Joseph, Marshall, Starke, and Elkhart counties, and offer pumping service in Laporte County. We believe in prompt, quality service, professionalism, efficiency, and repairs at affordable prices. We can usually schedule you for service within a day or two, with 2 trucks to better serve our customers. We stand behind our work 100%, just check all our 5 star reviews on Google, Yelp, and Facebook! Our straightforward and reliable technicians are trained, county certified for inspections, IOWPA state certified for repairs and inspections, and have passed drug and background checks. If you're looking for a family ran septic company to treat you like our own, you have come to the right place! 

Why is our truck called the Honey Dipper? Back in the early days before indoor plumbing and vacuum trucks, a horse drawn wagon went through town collecting toilet buckets from outhouses, also called "honey buckets" due to the honey colored liquid emptied from them. The carriage was known as a "honey wagon" and the person driving it the "honey dipper". Another version is also from the buckets used to empty septic tanks before vacuum trucks were common.

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Our Services

We’re proud to provide community members with top-notch service. Our clients love working with us, many of them returning as repeat customers. Get in touch to let us know what we can do for you today.


Septic Pumping & Cleaning

Regular maintenance can save you hundreds to thousands on repairs and replacement!

We remove the solids and liquids completely from your tank, back flushing (rinsing the sludge out) at least once, and as many times as needed to clean the tank top to bottom. We do a visual inspection of the filter, baffles, main line, and tank to let you know if anything needs attention now or in the future.


Grease Trap Pumping

Attention to Detail

Restaurants, motels, event centers, student housing, anywhere with a commercial kitchen will need the grease trap cleaned regularly, usually every several months depending on grease drainage. Call us for a one time pump or set up recurring maintenance to keep your kitchen running smoothly!

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Septic Filtration

Baffled by baffles?

We clean, repair, and replace septic tank filters and baffles. 
The inlet baffle is located where the main sewer line from the house comes into the tank. It's purpose is to run wastewater below the scum line to not plug the inlet pipe, so the solids are broken down into the sludge on the bottom, and prevent waste from flowing up into the house should you have a backup. 
The outlet baffle is one of the most important components of the septic tank, keeping the sludge and scum from flowing out of the tank into the leach field, causing clogs and system failure.


Risers, Safety Devices, and Locating

Never dig your Lid again!

Do you know where your tank access is? Are you tired of digging it up every time you need a pump or to clean the filter? We have the solution! Install a riser to bring your lid to ground level and stop breaking your back digging it up. It's code in St Joe County as well. We have all diameters and depths, with safety devices standard. We can also install risers on inlet and outlet sides, or on distribution boxes. 
If you don't know where your tank lid is, we can locate it! Our techs are trained to learn system layouts and how to find the access. For tough locates, we can flush a tracker and trace the entire system house to tank!

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Drain Line Cleaning

Bust through blockages and clogs

We can clean out any drain lines, from the main sewer line coming out of the house to any line coming out of your tank.



Keep distribution boxes and leach fields flowing properly

The distribution box is downhill from the tank and is a network of pipes that evenly distributes waste water into the leach/drain field. If one of the pipes in the box or legs of the field gets clogged, it will cause overflow and saturation to the surface or a system backup.  We can dig up the Dbox and jet the lines to remove blockages causing issues and get your pipes and field flowing smoothly again!


Line Replacement

Main Sewer Line Repair

Some older systems still have clay pipes that can be damaged, infiltrated by roots, blockages that just can't be removed, or are just too small to handle the water flow from the house. We can replace the main line with new PVC that will be impenetrable and keep drains and toilets from backing up, and your line leaving the tank going the distribution box as well.


Custom Jobs

Call us for your special projects

We have the experience and skills necessary to tackle just about every type of job that comes our way, and are state certified for repairs and installations. Excavating, sump pumps, drywells, dosing tanks, we handle just about everything. We have almost 200 feet of hose to reach any tank, and a micro-mini excavator that can fit through a gate as narrow as 24" wide. Call us to see if we can help with your project today!


Septic System Inspections

Presale, Property Transfer, and Routine Maintenance

Our inspector is one of the best! We offer thorough, detailed inspection reports for homeowners, sellers, buyers, realtors, and title companies. Our reports are 10+ pages of full color photos, explanations of what we did, what we find, repairs that might be needed, all in layman's terms that are easy to understand, plus all county paperwork. We are county certified for St. Joseph and surrounding counties, and are IOWPA state certified as well. Did you get a failing septic inspection? Call us for a second opinion!


Line Camera

Wondering what's going on underground?

Do you have lines that keep clogging and backing up?  We have state of the art cameras to run down any pipe and see what's going on, from cracks, to roots growing in, old Orangeburg, maybe one has collapsed. Not sure where your lines go coming out of your house? Our cameras also have locators attached so we can trace your system.


Filter Cleaning Service Plans

Don't get backed up!

A clogged filter will cause sewage to back up into your home, pool above your tank, and flood your yard. Toilets won't flush, and drains won't go down.  We offer a variety of rotating cleaning options for 3 months, 4, 6, or whatever your system needs for your individual usage.

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PO Box 379, Lakeville, IN 46536

Call or text 574-784-2484

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