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3 Essentials for Any Basement Bathroom

Posted by on October 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Essentials for Any Basement Bathroom

If you are thinking about turning your basement into a game room, an extra bedroom, or another room that you and your family can use, you might be thinking about adding a bathroom as well. However, you should know that there are a few additional considerations you should think about when installing a bathroom in this area of the home. These are a few “extras” that you might want to install when adding a bathroom to your basement. 1. Sewer Ejector Pump When using plumbing in your basement, either for your new bathroom or for your washing machine, you have to be able to pump the wastewater up and out of the basement and into your plumbing system. In order to do this, you may need a sewer ejector pump. Even though a sewer ejector pump is generally not needed for other bathrooms in the home, it is something that you will want to talk to a plumber about if you are thinking about installing a bathroom below your home, in the basement. 2. Ventilation Fan As you probably already know, basements can be moist and humid already. Once you add in a bathroom — particularly if you are planning on installing a bathtub or shower rather than just installing a half bath — in the basement, you need to think about the additional moisture that can be created. To help combat all of this moisture and to prevent mold, mildew, and other issues, you will want to install a good, heavy-duty ventilation fan in the bathroom. This can help whisk away the moisture from the bathtub or shower, along with the additional moisture that might already be found in the basement. 3. Upflushing Toilet One of the best toilet options for a basement bathroom is an upflushing toilet. Basically, an upflushing toilet is self-contained, so you do not have to worry about excavating through concrete in your basement in order to install it. When your plumber installs your upflushing toilet, he or she can install it so that the pipe runs up through your basement’s ceiling; then, the pipe will be connected to the sewer line. As you can see, there are a few special considerations that should be taken when installing a bathroom in your basement. By remembering these important guidelines and working with an experienced plumber, you can help ensure that your basement bathroom installation project goes as smoothly as...

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The 4 Steps To Take To Ensure An Effective Septic Inspection As A Homebuyer

Posted by on September 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The 4 Steps To Take To Ensure An Effective Septic Inspection As A Homebuyer

When you purchase a home with a septic tank, it is essential that you have the septic tank inspected. This will let you know the time and money that you are going to have to invest in the septic tank in the long and short term. Here is what you need to do to ensure that you get the most accurate information about the home’s septic system: #1 Hire A Licensed Septic Inspection Company First, you need to find and hire a licensed septic inspection and installation company to inspect the entire septic system for you. You want to use an inspector that is specifically trained in septic tanks in order to obtain the most accurate information about the state of the septic tank and the future work that you are going to have to put into it. A general home inspector will not be able to provide you with the same level of information. #2 Request An Estimate Second, when you hire the licensed septic inspection company, make sure that you make it clear that you also want to get two estimates with your inspection. The first estimate should provide you with information about how much money you need to put into the septic system to get it up and running in the best condition possible. The second estimate should let you know how much it would cost you if you were to ever need to replace the septic system down the road. The first estimate will help you see what you need to budget for in the near future in relation to the septic tank; this information can help you budget and it can help you negotiate the sale. The second estimate will allow you to see the longer-term cost that you will face if you ever need to replace the entire system. #3 Be Present For The Inspection Do not make the mistake of just reading the inspection report. If possible, set up the inspection during a time that you can be present for it. This will allow you to ask questions that pop up during the inspection process and this will allow you to have everything in the report explained to you in a hands-on, in-person manner. If you schedule the inspection so that the seller is present as well, the inspector will be able to ask question about the function of the septic tank of the seller that you may not have thought of and will be able to provide you with an even more detailed report on the condition of the septic system and its future needs. Make sure that you take the septic inspection seriously and that you invest time in finding a licensed inspector and are present for the inspection; the information you gain can help you with negotiate the sale of the home and will help you when you become the home’s owner.  For more information, talk to a septic professional like AAA Cesspool & Rooter...

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When Your Water Is Rusty

Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Your Water Is Rusty

When you turn on your tap and your water comes out brown and rusty, you may find it hard to drink. It can smell and even taste unpleasant. You do have several choices: you can work to correct this problem or learn to live with it. If you have rusty water, you need to know how to deal with it. Iron Since rust is simply oxidized iron, your water is chock full of the stuff. This development alone is not a health hazard. High levels of iron are not harmful to anyone except those with hemochromatosis, a disease that allows your body to accumulate too much iron in your organs. Unless you or a member of your family has this condition, your brown water will not harm you. Solutions In addition to taste problems, this rusty water can stain all your bathroom fixtures and the kitchen sink. You may well want to correct this issue, so you will need to look at several possible causes. Pipes rust over time, and the sentiment settles to the bottom. Normally, that rust does not get into your water, but if you’ve had work done on your plumbing or your water pressure has changed, the rust will end up swirling into your system. You can flush your pipes by opening all the taps and running them at top pressure for about twenty minutes. If that doesn’t work, you should consult a drain and pipe cleaning company about cleaning the sediment out of your pipes. If the rust is still a problem, consider having a full house water filtering system installed. Your water will look, taste, and smell better as well as feel softer. Your fixtures should no longer stain, and your laundry will be cleaner and more comfortable. As an added bonus, the condition of your hair is likely to improve since a filter will remove the minerals from hard water and prevent nasty buildup on your strands. Your skin will also be in better shape. Iron in your water is not a health concern, but it is a real annoyance. Consulting with your plumber can help you solve this issue whether it stems from rusty pipes or simply your main water source. Rust in the pipes can indicate that your old plumbing system is on its last legs. You may need to invest some money to get clear water back into your home, but your entire family will appreciate the financial...

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Heavy Rains In The Forecast? 3 Steps To Protect Your Septic Tank

Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Heavy Rains In The Forecast? 3 Steps To Protect Your Septic Tank

If you live in an area that’s been plagued by droughts, and you have a septic system in your yard, sudden rain storms can spell disaster. If you’re not sure how your septic system relates to the drought, here’s how. First, the drought dries out the soil around your septic tank. Once it dries out too much, it becomes difficult for your soil to absorb a sudden onslaught of water. When it finally does start absorbing the rain water, it will take it in all at once, which will flood your septic system. Unfortunately, once all that water drains into your septic tank, there won’t be any room left for the water that you flush through to the tanks. When that happens, you’re going to start noticing some serious problems with your septic tank, such as sewage backing up into your home, and smelly brown water oozing up in your yard. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to help prevent backups and overflows. Check the Clean-Out Drains As soon as you know that the rains are going to get heavy, go out and check your clean-out drains. Those are the black drain pipes that are located around the perimeter of your home. You’ll see a black pipe coming up out of the ground somewhere near the foundation. In most cases, you’ll have one under each exterior bathroom window and one under your kitchen window. Those are designed to make it easier to clear clogs in the plumbing lines. However, if the caps aren’t secure, rain water can flow right through those drain pipes into your septic tank. Before the rains arrive, make sure that the caps are tight. Reduce Your Water Usage Once you know that you’re going to experience a significant amount of rain, you should reduce your water usage. If you have leaky faucets, turn them off until after the rain has passed through. Try to avoid doing laundry until the storm has passed. This will ensure that your septic tank doesn’t become overburdened with excess water. Have Your Septic Pumped After the storm has passed, flush your toilets. If they are slow, or you hear a gurgling sound, your septic has overfilled during the storm. Contact your septic company like Chavis Septic Services and schedule pumping. Removing the excess water will relieve the pressure on your septic system and prevent flooding and backup problems. If you have a septic system, heavy rains can cause serious problems. Use the tips provided here to protect your septic system during heavy...

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What You Can Do About A Septic System’s Sewer Line Freezing

Posted by on June 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Can Do About A Septic System’s Sewer Line Freezing

It’s very rare that a septic system’s sewer line will freeze, since it’s usually active enough that waste is flowing through it during the winter which keeps the pipe warm. Unfortunately, a sewer line for a septic tank could still freeze in extreme weather conditions or when the pipe is not insulated properly. When this happens, the waste has nowhere to go and will flow back towards your home and come out of the toilets and sinks. Take Preventative Measures When Possible If you know that very cold weather will be coming through your town, you should take preventative measures to make sure that the sewer line does not freeze. Start by using hay to cover the ground above the part of your yard where the sewer pipe is. Where you have access to pipes that are above ground, cover them using Styrofoam insulation. While letting your faucets drip slightly is a great way to prevent your cold water pipes from freezing, this can actually cause ice dams to form in your septic system’s sewer line if they are not properly insulated. Heat The Pipes Up When the sewer line freezes and does not cause a complete blockage, there are some tricks to clearing it on your own. Try running hot water down your drains to melt those ice dams. You can take a hot shower or pour boiling water down the drain. If this does not unclog the pipe quickly, avoid doing this any more since you could have a complete blockage in your line. If that’s the case, the hot water could create a build up of pressure and cause the sewer line to burst. If the sewer line is not deep underground, you may need to dig down to where the pipe is and apply heat tape to the pipe. A plumber can do this for you if you do not feel confident doing it yourself. Use A Thawing Machine For clogs that have completely blocked the pipe, you’ll need a pipe thawing machine. It works by running a low voltage current through the pipe that will help melt anything that is inside it. Unfortunately, it only works on pipes that are made with iron or copper, so it will not work if you have a PVC sewer line going to your septic tank. For more ways to clear a frozen sewer pipe, reach out to a septic system service company for...

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When Not To Pump Your Septic Tank

Posted by on March 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Not To Pump Your Septic Tank

You need to pump your septic tank regularly to prevent clogging, boost its efficiency, and prolong its life. However, there are specific times you shouldn’t pump your septic system. Here are three examples of those times: The Area around the Field Is Flooded Many things can flood the ground around your septic tank. For example, a nearby river can overflow its banks after a serious storm; even too much rain can cause flooding. Pumping your tank at this time may not help you since the dirty water may just flow back into the tank after pumping it. The risk of this happening is greater if the floodwater level is above the tank inlet. If that happens, you will need to pump the tank again to get rid of the muddy water; it’s like doing the same thing twice. Also, if you pump the tank during this time, it may float out of the ground if it is made from a light material, such as plastic. The wastes in the tank help to weigh it down, and getting them out makes the tank even lighter. With the pressure from the floodwater pushing the tank from all directions, it can easily float out of the ground. There Is an Imminent Tank Inspection A comprehensive septic tank inspection is usually broken down into three stages; the tank is inspected before pumping, during pumping, and after pumping. Thus, you interfere with the inspection if you pump the tank before the inspector has a chance to do their job. An example of a pre-pumping inspection involves introducing a brightly colored dye into the system and observing how it flows. This can reveal, for example, if the tank is leaking or if there is a backflow in the system. Another test involves introducing water into the waste drainage system and observing how it flows into the tank; a rise in the liquid level in the tank indicates a blockage at the outlet. Both of these tests cannot be performed if you have already pumped the tank. The Tank Is Too Old Lastly, you shouldn’t pump a tank that is too old; its fragility can lead to accidents during pumping. For example, a tank made of concrete blocks can collapse if it has been in use for many years and its walls are fragile. It may be that it is the effluent tin the tank that is keeping it intact, and removing it would make the pressures outside the tank too much for it walls. A septic tank cave in can be a dangerous accident if it happens when someone is close to the tank. In this case, it’s best to have the tank inspected first before pumping it. You may not know about any of these things if you take a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach to septic tank pumping. This is why it’s best to consult a professional plumber anytime you wish to engage in a service, repair, or inspection involving a septic...

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The 3 Most Important Things For New Septic Tank Owners To Know

Posted by on January 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The 3 Most Important Things For New Septic Tank Owners To Know

If you just purchased your first house with a septic tank, you need to learn how to take care of your septic tank. Here are three things that you need to know as a new septic tank owner.  Test & Inspect Your Tank On A Yearly Basis You need to have your tank tested on a yearly basis by a licensed professional. When they test your tank, they can let you know how full your tank is and if all the waste is breaking up properly. This is the best way to learn if sludge is building up inside your tank or if it needs pumped.  You should also make sure that the professional you hire to inspect your tank also checks out everything up top, including the motor, timer, pump, compressor, baffles and alarm. This is the easiest way to spot problems before they start. Pay Attention To What You Plant Near Your Septic Tank You also need to take into account the location of your septic tank and your septic tank field when planning how you want to landscape your house. You should not plant trees or large bushes that have deep root systems near your septic tank. The roots may grow into the septic tank, and may even try to use the septic tank as a source of water.  The only things that you should plant above your septic tanks are grass and flowers. Both grass and flowers have shallow root systems that will not interfere with your septic tank.  Additionally, you shouldn’t compress the soil above your septic tank too much. It is probably not the best spot to put a swing-set or your patio furniture. Ideally, your septic tank will be located in an area of your yard or property that you don’t walk on or use extensively.  It Matters What You Put Down Your Drain Finally, you need to pay attention to what you allow to go down your drain. There are many things that will not mix well with your septic tank. To start with, you don’t want to put any harsh chemicals down your drains, such as insecticides, paint thinner or gasoline. All three of these substances will kill the bacteria that live inside of your septic tank and break down the waste products inside of it. You should also stay away from harsh soaps and try to refrain from using harsh cleaners to clean your sinks, tubs and toilets. Instead, you should try to use more natural based cleaners whenever possible if the by-products will be going down the drain.  Additionally, you need to make sure that the only thing you put in your toilet is toilet paper. You should not put baby wipes, sanitary pads or diapers in the toilets. These products will not break down inside of your septic tank and can cause it to become backed up.  If you have any questions about your septic tank’s maintenance, visit Elliott’s Septic...

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When To Have Portable Toilets On Hand And Where To Get Them

Posted by on December 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When To Have Portable Toilets On Hand And Where To Get Them

Portable toilets can be very useful in several situations. Some of those situations are more serious than others. Here are just three examples of situations where it is a very good idea to have a portable toilet on hand. 1. Your Septic System Needs to Be Completely Redone When you call for septic services and find that your septic system needs a complete overhaul, you have a three-fold problem. Your entire yard and septic system has to be dug up, removed and replaced, which is very costly and time-consuming. You have absolutely no toilets that you can use while your septic system is overhauled. The workers who will remove the old septic system and replace it with a new one also have no restrooms they can use while they are on the job on your property. This is one situation where a portable toilet definitely comes in handy. 2. Your Campgrounds Need Restroom Facilities So People Do Not Go in the Woods Although some campers really like “roughing it,” digging your own hole in the woods and using it as your toilet is not ideal for large campground properties. You do not want your property to smell like an outhouse or have lots of flies buzzing around. Renting or buying portable toilets for the camping season is a much better alternative to campers digging their own shallow pit toilets. 3. You Need Restroom Facilities for Construction Workers If you are adding on to your commercial property or to your home, the last thing you want is a bunch of dirty, sweaty construction workers tromping through to use your bathroom at home or to use your restrooms with your customers/clients. In the same breath, you cannot expect these workers to go all day without using a restroom. Renting some portable toilets provides for the needs of the workers as they add on to your home or commercial building and prevents them from constantly entering your home or work space to use the bathrooms inside.  Where to Get Your Portable Toilets When these situations apply to you, the next thing you need to do is track down who rents “porta-potties.” Some septic service providers rent portable toilets on the side, while other businesses specialize in just the rental and sale of portable toilets. If you are not sure who to contact in regards to porta-potties, then you can contact your local sanitation department because they help empty and dispose of the contents in these toilets. To rent portable toilets in your area, contact a company such as Onsite Portable Toilets &...

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How To Install A Replacement Baffle In Your Septic Tank

Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Install A Replacement Baffle In Your Septic Tank

A baffle is used to keep solids from flowing into your outlet pipe in your septic tank and clogging up the pipe and leach field. Baffles are typically made out of concrete. They are placed in front of the outlet pipe in the tank so solids can’t directly flow into it. As the tank fills with water, the solids sink and the water spills over the baffle and into the outlet pipe. If the baffle deteriorates and breaks, it will have to be replaced to keep your septic system functioning as originally designed. Here is how you can replace a concrete baffle with PVC pipe. You Will Need: PVC Piping PVC Sanitary Tee Tapered PVC Fitting PVC Cement Hammer Hacksaw Measuring Tape Baffle Filter Step 1: Remove Waste You should have the septic tank completely pumped out before you replace the baffle. Removing the waste will make it easier to work and prevent you from being exposed to a high level of sanitary waste. Step 2: Remove Old Baffle You need to remove whatever is left of the old baffle before you install a replacement one made out of PVC pipe. Take a hammer and break the rest of the concrete barrier. Make sure you pick up all the broken pieces of concrete that fall to the bottom of the tank. Step 3: Measure the Length of the Baffle Measure the distance from the bottom lip of the outlet pipe to the floor of the tank. You want the bottom of the baffle to be an inch or two above the floor once it is installed. Step 4: Construct New Baffle You should put the baffle together before you install it in the tank. Cut the length of pipe you need and attach it to the bottom of the sanitary tee with PVC cement. Place a liberal amount of cement on the end of the pipe going into the bottom of the tee. Then place cement inside the tee where the pipe is placed. Connect the two pieces together quickly, as the cement dries very fast. Take a small length of PVC pipe and cement it to the stem of the sanitary tee.  Step 5: Install Tapered Fitting on to Outlet Pipe The tapered end of the fitting slides into the outlet pipe. This will be a tight fit and you might have to use a hammer to tap it into place. Step 6: Install New Baffle Cover the inside of the open end of the tapered fitting with cement, and do the same with the outside of the small piece of pipe that is placed into the fitting. Slide the small piece of the baffle into the fitting with the long end of the pipe facing toward the floor of the tank. Insert the baffle filter into the open end of the tee facing upward. The filter will stop larger pieces of solids of entering the outlet pipe and plugging it up. Put the cover back on the septic tank. For more help with your septic tank, visit a service like SOS Septic...

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Things To Keep In Mind When Renting Portable Toilets

Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things To Keep In Mind When Renting Portable Toilets

Portable toilets can be incredibly useful if you are planning a large event or an event that is not near any facilities. However, there are quite a few things that you should know before you go out and rent portables. Estimate How Many Toilets You Will Need When renting toilets, there are quite a few factors that you will need to keep in mind when estimating how many you need. The size of the crowd is a valuable metric, but it is certainly not the only number that you need to look at. You should also heavily consider: How much food will be available What kind of food is being consumed What kind of beverages are available The duration of the event Whether or not the toilets will be pumped during the event This combination will give you a good idea of where to start. After all, one portable toilet might be sufficient for a gathering of 100 people for 1 hour, but you might need a lot more if you serve a lot of coffee. On top of that, increasing the duration of the event will vastly increase the chances of multiple people needing to use the bathroom at once (particularly if you serve food, since many people will begin digesting at the same time). Basically, you need enough toilets to handle the average number of people that will need to relieve themselves at any given time, but you will also need to consider spikes in usage throughout the event. Check Permits Depending on your state and city, you might need special permits to have portable restrooms at a public event. Check with your local laws to see whether or not you need to go get these permits, but make sure to check far enough in advance that you have plenty of time to acquire them if necessary. You don’t want a lengthy filing and processing to force you to reschedule your event. Increase Sanitation If you are concerned about the unsanitary nature of portable restrooms, then you can take a variety of precautions to make the event cleaner. Handwashing stations can be strategically placed in order to help people feel more comfortable while simultaneously reducing the spread of germs. Additionally, you can reduce the strain on any given toilet by increasing the total number of toilets that are available. The more toilets that there are, the less dirty each will be and the more options that your crowd will have in the event that one toilet becomes too dirty. For more information about portable toilets, talk to a professional like RCS...

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