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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 Snowbirds Leaving Florida & Vacation Home Owners

With the temperatures back in the upper 80's and 90's, we begin seeing the Snowbirds' departure from Florida. With that comes vacant homes and condos. But, are you doing everything right when leaving your vacation home? How do you prepare a vacation home to be empty until the temperatures begin to dip again? Here are a few tips for Snowbirds leaving Florida. Tips for Snowbirds and Vacation Home Owners When you aren't living in your home there is often no way to know if there is an issue. Set yourself up for success by following these tips for vacation home [...]

By |2018-05-15T15:09:23+00:00May 10th, 2018|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|

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|

Kids and Septic Systems – Teaching Kids the Septic Rules

Healthy septic systems run smoothly and are often forgotten about, leaving them to do their job in silence. Because of this, it's sometimes hard to remember to treat your septic with care. Enter toddlers and kids. This careful treatment becomes exponentially harder when kids and septic systems begin interacting. So, what can you do? What areas demand your attention and education? What can you do to teach your kids how to use a septic system? Why Is It Important To Teach Kids About Septic Systems? Teaching toddlers and young kids about proper septic system use may not always be easy, [...]

By |2018-03-27T15:52:12+00:00March 8th, 2018|Septic Tank Care|

Septic Spring Cleaning – When to Do It and What to Do

With temperatures heating up, it's time to start thinking about Spring! More importantly, spring cleaning—and your septic system requires attention too. Make sure to add these septic spring cleaning to-dos onto your list this March, April or May. Why Spring Clean Your Septic System? April showers may bring May flowers, but they also produce heavy rainfall, flooding and wreak havoc for ill-prepared septic systems. Septic spring cleaning keeps your system working efficiently. And it's not just the septic system that needs a good cleaning. It starts with the products you put into the system to the soil and landscaping of [...]

By |2018-02-22T15:46:18+00:00February 22nd, 2018|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|

10 Commandments for Septic System Owners

Over the past few months, we've given plenty of advice for septic tank owners. But, all those great details can be overwhelming. So, we are going to keep it simple. Here are the 10 Commandments for Septic System Owners—all the septic rules in one place. 1. Thou Shall Pump When Needed Your septic tank never rests. It's always breaking down waste, processing wastewater before moving it to the drainfield. And it doesn't like to be forgotten. A properly working septic tank will need pumping every 3-5 years on average.  This allows for removal of waste accumulation and sludge that the [...]

By |2018-03-02T16:31:41+00:00January 10th, 2018|Septic Tank Care|