Family Owned and Operated since 1952

Servicing Oakland and Livingston


Welcome to Janette & Sons Excavating

Letter from the Owner

It is our pleasure to welcome you to We hope that you'll find the information we've provided helpful in learning more about the services we specialize in, our key personnel, and the excavating and septic industry as a whole. After reviewing our site's pages that explain our capabilities to get the job done right and satisfy all of your excavating and septic needs, please contact us by telephone, email, or click on the button above to request a quote.

We look forward to working with you.

Services We Offer

  • Sewer & Water Work
    (all kinds)
  • Septic Repair
  • Septic Installations
  • Septic Testing
  • Grinder Pump Installation
  • Certified Installer Norweco
  • Perk Tests
  • Certified Installer AdvanTex
    Septic Systems
  • Elevated and Pressure Drain
  • Septic Cleaning
  • Residential Excavating
  • Commercial Excavating

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Service Area

• Hartland
• Milford Township
• Milford
• Highland
• South Lyon
• Lyon Township
• West Bloomfield
• Novi
• Commerce
• Walled Lake
• Wolverine Lake
• Wixom
• White Lake

About Us

Janette & Sons Excavating

Both Residents & Companies of Oakland & Livingston Counties Use Janette & Sons

Janette and Sons Excavating LLC. is Oakland and Livingston Counties most trusted choice for all of their excavating and septic needs. Since 1952, customers throughout the communities we service have chosen us because of our companies traditions and beliefs that we've continued to offer customers for three generations. Our beliefs and traditions that began in 1952 are the reason that today we continue to receive the majority of our work through referrals.

2015 Business of the Year

Business Of The Year

Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce
names Janette & Son's Excavating

its 2015 Business of the Year.


Janette and Sons Excavating LLC. is a family owned and operated business. We began business in 1952 and we are going on three generations today. Over this time we have grown significantly in terms of the services we offer and our abilities as a company.

Frank Janette established the family business as an installer and  manufacturer of septic tanks. Soon after opening his doors he had become one of the largest installers and manufacturers of septic tanks in the area. It did not take long before the company he created started growing in many ways.

In the late 70's we began offering residential excavating services. This included digging basements for residential homes and the final grading of residential properties. Along with introducing the new division of  residential excavating, we also continued installing septic fields for homeowners.

By the end of the 1980's we had branched out to another new division of offering commercial excavating. Today we continue to offer all of these services and more. Our experience in the residential and commercial excavating industry, along with our experience in septic installations have made us experts in these industries today. We're proud to offer this expertise along with the innovation of our industry to our commercial and residential customers.

Need Excavating Services?

Related services offered include:

  • Site Work
  • Basements/Excavating
  • Backhoe/Grading
  • Sand and Gravel
  • Trucking

Let us quote your excavating needs. Contact us today to get answers to your questions.


Janette & Sons Excavating

Conventional Septic System
Norweco Septic System
AdvanTex Septic Systems

Septic Cleaning and Pumping Service

Keeping Your Septic Field Healthy

Having your septic tank cleaned by Janette and Sons on a regular basis is essential to your septic fields proper operation. It is the only way to remove sludge and greases before they can harm your septic field.

Cleaning is necessary every 2-3 years. If you have a garbage disposal or four or more people we recommend more periodic maintenance.

Cleaning the tank involves the use of a vacuum tank truck. Our certified technician stretches the hose from the truck and vacuums the contents of the tank out.

As part of our cleaning service our technician will examine the tank level and baffles. There are many different styles of tanks and components in which our friendly technicians are trained to evaluate each system.

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Septic Systems DOs and DON'Ts


  • Do spread clothes washer use over the week rather than many loads in one day.
  • Do make a permanent record of where the key parts of your system are located for future maintenance, such as tank pump outs or field repairs.
  • Do have your septic tank pumped out every 2 to 3 years.
  • Do keep the records of pump outs and maintenance.
  • Do use water-conserving devices where possible. Low flush toilets and shower heads are commonly available.
  • Do have manually cleaned lint traps in your washer.
  • Do remove or prevent trees with large root systems growing near the disposal field.
  • Do check any pumps, siphons, or other moving parts of your system regularly.
  • Do maintain a healthy grass cover over the disposal field to use some of the water and to prevent erosion.
  • Do keep surface water from upslope or from roof drains away from the disposal field.
  • Do compost your kitchen waste. A garbage disposal should be installed only when the septic tank is oversized, and the tank will need to be pumped more often.
  • Do call Janette and Sons for all your septic needs, including pump out and maintenance.
  • Above all else Do Not wait for signs of failure. Check the system regularly.


  • Don't overload the system with high volumes of water.
  • Don't connect basement sump pumps to the on-site system.
  • Don't connect backwash from water treatment devices directly to the on-site system without professional advice.
  • Don't allow large amounts of fats, chemicals, or solvents to enter the system. Don't allow any plastics to enter either.
  • Don't use any septic tank additives. They are not beneficial and may damage your disposal system. Active bacteria are naturally present in sewage. Even with additives, regular pumping of solids is still required.
  • Don't enter a septic tank without proper ventilation. A second person is required to be present aboveground and other requirements by law are met for confined spaces. Sewer gases can be fatal.
  • Don't allow vehicles or heavy equipment to drive over or park on the disposal field. This may compact the soil and crush the piping.
  • Don't plant anything over the disposal field except grass. Especially do not cover the tank or field with asphalt or concrete or other impermeable material.
  • Don't put in a separate pipe to carry wash waters to a side ditch or woods. These “greywaters” also contain disease carrying organisms.
  • Don't discharge water softener into Septic Field.
  • Don't flush the following items into your septic system: Coffee Grounds, Disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, Baby wipes, cigarette butts, fats, grease and oils, disinfectants, photographic chemicals, dental floss, kitty litter, tampons, condoms, paper towels, pesticides, other chemical wastes, paints, varnishes, waste oils, poisons, thinners, pills & unused medication. NOTE: Just because items are advertised as flushable, they really are not safe for your septic system.

What Our Clients Say

Quick to Respond to Emergency

Great company! had a new field installed and they did a great job. they were quick in responding to my emergency situation and gave me a fair quote that actually came in lower. The office was a pleasure to deal with and they answered all my questions. Highly recommend!

5 Star Yelp Review

Work Done Efficiently

Friendly and informative, did their best to fit me into a busy schedule. Work done efficiently. Would definitely use them again.

5 Star Google Review
B. Sanford

I most certainly recommend Janette

It’s hard to believe the reviews on here. Janette and Sons came today. They were very nice, professional, affordable and fast. I would most certainly recommend them to a friend.

5 Star Google Review
M. McFalda

I highly recommend this company

Janette and Sons are great to work with. Efficient, friendly and knew exactly where to find the septic tank and field.  I highly recommend this company.

5 Star Google Review
J. Gunn

Very Helpful

Very friendly and informative on the phone and in person. Answered lots of questions and gave lots of very helpful info. Knew exactly where to find the septic tank lids as I had no clue. We will be using this company again in the future.

5 Star Google Review
A. Dahm

Dave and his crew are professional!

Dave and the entire crew were great! One of the best experiences we have had. They were contracted to do the grading on our 1 acre lot. They went above and beyond to get everything accomplished. I would definitely use them again and would highly recommend them to anyone.

5 Star Google Review
J. Harshbarger

Just had my septic pumped by Janette & Sons.

Just had my septic pumped by Janette & Sons. Very friendly and professional. I’ve used other companies in the past so this was my first experience with them. They were the best septic service I’ve used since I owned this house the last 10 years. Would highly recommend.

5 Star Google Review
M. Wade

Dave and the entire crew were great!

One of the best experiences I’ve had with a contractor. Dave and his crew are professional, punctual and go above and beyond to make their customers happy. I had a complete system install for a fair price and they left my yard looking better than it did before they arrived. We are extremely please with the workmanship and the timely manner in which the job was completed. Do not hesitate to trust Janette & Sons with your project, you will not be disappointed.

5 Star Google review

Fantastic Job on New Septic System

They did a fantastic job on a whole new septic system. Dave was great to work with and I highly recommend this company!

5 Star Google Review
T. Rew

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2275 Childs Lake Road
Milford, MI 48381


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2275 Childs Lake Road
Milford, MI 48381