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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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How To Avoid Cracks In Your New Concrete Septic Tank

Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Avoid Cracks In Your New Concrete Septic Tank

If you are having a new septic tank installed, there is a good chance that it will be made out of concrete. Concrete septic tanks are cost-effective and can last for many years, but there is one problem that you have to worry about — cracking. Obviously, these cracks can cause a lot of problems, such as serious leaks. Although the cracks can be repaired in some cases, they can cause a big mess in the meantime. Plus, if the cracks are too bad, you may need to have your septic system replaced entirely. The best course of action is to avoid the cracks from occurring altogether, so follow these tips to keep your new septic tank in good shape. Ensure a Good Bedding Material is Used When your septic tank is buried your septic system installation company should use a good bedding material. Sand is a good choice for this purpose, or your septic system installation company might use pea gravel. This bedding material helps cushion your new septic system and helps prevent cracks. Ask your installation company (such as Koberlein Septic Service) if a bedding material will be used before the installation is done to ensure that this step is taken. Avoid Driving Over the Septic Tank Take note of where your new septic tank is buried, and avoid driving over this area. The weight of your vehicle can cause the ground to shift, even just a little bit, which can cause your septic tank to crack. It is best to have your septic tank buried in an area where you and your family members will not be driving, but if this isn’t possible, you should mark off the area with flags or stakes until your family gets used to it. Pay Attention to Nearby Trees It’s important to pay attention to trees that are near your septic tank. As they grow, their roots can extend across your yard and can grow against your septic tank, which can cause cracking. Have your septic tank buried away from large trees, and hire a tree service if you feel that your septic tank is at risk of being affected by tree roots. Cracks in your concrete septic tank can create serious problems. There are other materials that don’t crack, such as steel, but these types of septic tanks have their own issues as well. As long as you follow these tips when your septic tank is being installed and afterward, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Then, you can use your septic tank for many years without worrying about leaks or other similar...

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Two Tips To Keep Your Septic System From Freezing During Winter

Posted by on November 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Tips To Keep Your Septic System From Freezing During Winter

The pipes and holding tanks for a septic system are typically buried underground. Because of this, some people assume this will prevent the system from freezing during the winter. However, that’s not true at all. If you don’t take precautions this winter, you may end up with burst pipes, a yard full of slushy sewage, and giant bill. Here are two tips to prevent your septic system from freezing during the cold season. Use the System on a Regular Basis It may seem like an odd piece of advice, but a sudden drop in how frequently fluids flow through the pipes and into the septic tank can cause the fluids to stagnate and gradually freeze. For instance, several children move out of the home leaving behind only the parents who decide to also cut back on the amount of water they use to save money. As a result, water flows through the system too infrequently to keep the fluid in the tank from circulating enough to prevent freezing, leading to a frozen tank when the temperatures drop significantly. Therefore, finding ways to keep water—particularly hot water—flowing to the septic tank on a regular basis can go a long way towards preventing that outcome. This may require a little creative thinking on your part. For instance, instead of doing laundry all in one day, you could break up the chore into one load per day. Taking a hot bath each night can help send hot water to the tank to melt any ices and keep the overall temperature inside the tank above freezing level. Using the dishwasher at least once per day is a third way to keep water running through the pipes. Cover the Site Strangely enough, a layer of snow can act as insulation between your septic tank and the freezing temperatures. Unfortunately, sometimes temperatures drop before the snow can fall or you’ll have freezing temperatures without any snowfall at all. One way you can keep the ground over your septic tank from becoming too cold is to cover it with about a foot of mulch or bags filled with leaves, straw or any material that will stay loose. This will provide enough warmth to keep the ground from freezing and protect your septic tank from the deep cold. If it does snow before you get a chance to cover the area, it’s important to keep people and animals from walking over the ground covering the tank. In addition to destroying the insulating effect of the snow, the moisture will get ground into the dirt which, in turn, will freeze and increase the risk that you’ll be dealing with a frozen septic tank at some point. If your tank or pipes does freeze, it’s important to contact a septic system maintenance professional as soon as possible to fix the problem and prevent long-lasting damage. For more information about protecting your septic system over the winter, contact a professional in your area, like those at Linn Septic...

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