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The Dangers of Grease Traps

If you’re a restaurant owner, you have heard of grease traps and the dangers of grease traps. If you haven’t, grease traps are devices necessary for catching major food particles and grease from a commercial kitchen before they enter the wastewater septic system. If you consult any “Do Not Flush” list, you will see grease at the top of the list. Many times, we don’t think about regular maintenance until there is a problem that needs to be fixed. Letting a grease trap go too long without cleaning can be dangerous and catastrophic. For your employees, customers, and restaurant [...]

By |2018-07-06T18:40:36+00:00July 6th, 2018|Septic Systems|

Do Not Flush Rules and the Reasons Behind Them

A lot of septic care starts with how you treat your system.  This includes monitoring the items that you put into it through the sink or toilet. In fact, following Do Not Flush Rules is one of the biggest things you can do for your septic system. There are plenty of things on the list of Do Not Flush Rules that you may already know about. But, what you might not know is WHY you should not put those things into your septic system. So, here’s a list of things that you should not flush, and the reasons behind [...]

By |2018-06-29T16:05:40+00:00June 29th, 2018|Septic Systems, Septic Tank Care|

Medications and Septic Systems: Are They Safe to Flush?

We all know that there are substances that should not be flushed or put down the kitchen sink. Grease, coffee grounds, baby wipes are some of them. But, what about expired or unwanted medications? Yes, these go on the “do not flush” list too. Medications and septic systems don’t get along, even if they are “expired.” Pharmaceuticals vs. Over the Counter Medications So, what are we talking about when we say medications? We don’t necessarily include over-the-counter medicines. In the case of medications and septic systems, we focus on the ones that are prescribed to you by a medical professional. [...]

By |2018-06-15T15:09:45+00:00June 15th, 2018|Septic Systems, Septic Tank Care|

5 Types of Septic Tanks

So, you’re the owner of a new property and need to learn about the type of waste management system you now have. You could be connected to a larger municipal septic system or have your decentralized septic tank. And it goes further, considering the different types of septic tanks you could have. While repairs and replacements are uncommon, septic pumpings and general septic maintenance and care require knowing what type of tank your septic system uses. Perhaps, one type even works better for your property and household needs. Knowing your options will help you make a cost-effective and energy-efficient choice [...]

By |2018-06-07T15:18:28+00:00June 7th, 2018|Septic Systems, Septic Tank Care|

Tips for Avoiding Clogged Drains

Many calls we get begin with: "I think my septic tank is full. Can you come out and pump it?" While in some cases this is true, septic tanks usually only need to be emptied every 3-5 years. More often, the causes are clogged drains. Also, many of the items and practices causing drain clogs negatively impact your septic system as well. Here are a few tips for avoiding clogged drains while saving you a potential septic repair. Tips for Avoiding Clogged Drains Avoiding Bathroom Drain Clogs Regularly Remove and Clean the Stoppers The leading causes of bathroom clogs are [...]

By |2018-04-26T14:43:34+00:00April 26th, 2018|Septic Systems, Septic Tank Care|

Best Soils for Septic Systems and Drain Fields

What do bacteria, soil, and gravity have in common? They are all environmental factors and natural processes that help your septic system do its job of processing waste and treating wastewater. Without them, untreated water released back into the water table contaminates your community. While we know how to keep the bacteria in our septic tanks healthy, and gravity works on its own, what about the soil? What are the best soils for septic systems and drainfields? Soil Requirements Along with other regulations like setbacks, tank capacity and lawn size, soil requirements and soil types can make or break your [...]

By |2018-06-01T21:38:04+00:00April 20th, 2018|Septic Installation, Septic Systems|

Septic Systems in Rental Properties – What You Need to Know

When looking for a new tenant, we meticulously scrutinize credit scores, income levels, and past landlord references. On the other hand, potential renters dive into home details like bedrooms, average utility costs, storage and parking. But, no one ever talks about where the houses' waste goes or potential tenants' bathroom habits. So, what should landlords and tenants know about septic systems in rental properties? Septic Systems in Rental Properties With 1 in 4 residents in the United States relying on wells or septic systems, the chances of coming across a rental property with a septic system are relatively high. If [...]

By |2018-04-11T17:46:53+00:00April 11th, 2018|Septic Systems, Septic Tank Care|

Septic Myths: Which are True and Which are Complete Lies

Welcome to the Internet. The place where messages spread instantly, regardless of their validity. But, this was happening long before by simple word of mouth. However, it's hard, to tell the truth from fact and myths—including septic tanks and systems. So, here are some common septic myths, debunked. Debunking Septic Myths Starting With a New Septic Systems Requires Seeding What's seeding? Exactly what it sounds like—helping your system and bacteria grow with "seeds" or in this case organic material. And we have heard of everything under the sun: flushing a pound of yeast, manure, worms and more. But, this is [...]

By |2018-03-27T16:12:00+00:00March 27th, 2018|Septic Systems, Septic Tank Care|

Septic Tank Safety, Dangers and Tips

Hidden underground, it's easy to forget septic tanks are even there. Ideally they go unnoticed except for regular pumping and maintenance. But that can also make it easy to forget septic tank safely. But, what is dangerous about septic tanks and systems? What can you do? And what septic tank safety tips should every household follow? Septic Tank Dangers While numerous dangers can deal damage to your system (like parking on a drainfield), there is one area that causes the most damage to people: your septic tank. Improper ventilation leads to explosive environments within your tank. As the bacteria in [...]

By |2018-02-15T19:54:27+00:00February 15th, 2018|Septic Systems, Septic Tank Care|

Stop Water Contamination by Protecting Water Near Septic Systems

While an improperly working septic system wreaks havoc on your home, it is even worse for the water surrounding your property—including surface and drinking water. But, how does water contamination occur? What does this mean for surface and drinking water supplies? Most importantly, what can you do to prevent contaminating your communities' water supplies? How Does Contamination Occur? Contamination of water supply occurs when your septic system is overloaded, clogged or full of unnecessary and harmful chemicals. Your septic system is not a garbage can. It is unable to handle and treat harsh chemicals, medicines, feminine hygiene products and other [...]

By |2017-12-26T20:25:16+00:00December 26th, 2017|Septic Systems|