Crissta Ames

Contributing Writer

For more than 25 years, Ball Septic Tank Service has been servicing Charlotte and the surrounding area septic tanks, both home and commercial. 

The company was started by Ralph Ball as a side business. According to business manager Brandon Eldridge, Ball’s son, Steve took over in the 90s and expanded the business. In December, Ball Septic Tank Service was sold to current owner, Darrell Vanderstelt.

Ball Septic does anything to do with septic tanks, but they also clean out grease traps. 

“We install fields, replace tanks and fields. We can do repair work on the system. We install risers on the tank. This essentially brings lids to the surface. Some commercial buildings or mobile home parks have lift stations that we pump as well,” said Eldridge. “Something most people would probably be surprised by is that the grease traps smell worse and are usually worse than the septic.”

The business now has six employees running full-time, and is open year round, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also offer emergency services and will do weekends by appointment. 

Ball Septic is located at 105 S Cochran Ave in Suite 2. For more information, visit, their Facebook page Ball Septic Tank Service, email them at, or call them at (517) 983-9553.