Spring Cleaning? Don’T Forget About The Septic System And Plumbing

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning? Don’T Forget About The Septic System And Plumbing

Spring cleaning generally entails cleaning things like your kitchen, windows, baseboards, and more. There is more to cleaning, however, and some things you likely do not consider as part of your spring cleaning to-do list. Two of these things are your septic tank and plumbing system.  Keep reading for some helpful information about this. Clean the Septic Tank Because your septic tank is buried beneath the ground, it is easy to forget about. It is an important part of your plumbing, however. It goes through a lot of wear and tear as it is constantly working 24/7. Make sure you give your septic system the proper maintenance so it will run smoothly and last a long time for you. When you flush your commode, the waste water flows straight to your septic tank. Once it arrives, the solid waste sinks to the bottom. Bacteria that is in the tank then breaks down this solid waste and turns it into sludge. The middle area of the waste is water, and the oils and fats are the top layer and creates a sludge. You should have your septic tank pumped regularly. If you do not, over time you will start seeing standing water or wet areas around the tank, which is known as the drain field. Your toilets may run slower or you may smell odors in your house. The average cost of pumping and dumping out a septic tank is approximately $75 to $200,. Hire a local company to come to your home and pump it for you. They can also clean the tank while they are there. Clean the Plumbing Drains Something else you should do during your spring cleaning is to clean the plumbing drains in your bathroom, kitchen, and bathtub. This is especially true if you smell any odors coming from them. This is something that will be very easy for you to do on your own. Pour approximately one cup of white vinegar into the drain and then immediately put approximately two tablespoons of baking soda down the drain. You will immediately start hearing a fizzing sound. While it is fizzing, it is cleaning the debris built up along the sides of the drain. Once you stop hearing the fizzing sound you can pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to further clean it. Repeat this for each drain you have in your home. If you still smell any kind of odors coming from your drains after you do this, you should contact a plumber to clean the plumbing pipes for you. Talk with a local plumber and septic tank company like Honest John’s Septic Service Inc about how often you need to have these things...

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Can Purifying Your Home’s Water Help Your Child’s Allergies Or Asthma?

Posted by on February 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can Purifying Your Home’s Water Help Your Child’s Allergies Or Asthma?

If your child has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma, or another condition that can impair breathing and compromise the immune system, you may be on a constant search for ways to improve your child’s environment and lessen his or her discomfort upon exposure to allergens. Because so many allergens and respiratory irritants are airborne, you probably spend more thought on purifying the air your child breathes than the water he or she drinks. However, switching to purified water can also have a significant positive impact on your child’s overall health and well-being. Read on to learn more about how many public water sources can pose issues to children with sensitive immune systems, as well as some of the effects you may notice after switching to purified water.  Is public water unsafe for children with allergies or asthma? Most public water supplies are heavily treated with chlorine and other anti-microbial agents at a central processing plant before traveling to your home for consumption. This process is necessary to help kill pathogens present in the vast majority of water sources, and is part of what makes the U.S. public water supply among the safest in the world. However, the chemicals used to treat and decontaminate this water can irritate the mucous membranes of those already dealing with immune system sensitivities inherent with allergies or asthma. Barring high levels of lead or other contaminants, this water isn’t unsafe for allergic children to drink—however, if you’re already taking other steps to help eliminate irritants and improve your child’s health, switching to a gentler source of water is often advised. Should you install a water purification system in your home?  Before investing in a water purification system, you may want to first test to see whether your child’s allergy or asthma symptoms lessen upon the introduction of purified water. By switching to purified bottled water for eating and cooking for a few days, you should be able to notice whether this public water abstinence is having a measurable impact on your child’s health. If he or she seems to be breathing more easily, has more energy, or is suffering fewer hives or other skin irritations, you’ll have your answer. In other cases, you may find that you simply prefer the smell and taste of purified water and decide to make the switch for non-health-related reasons. The installation of a purification system to remove contaminants from all the water in your home can take less than an afternoon and should require little ongoing maintenance.   For more information, contact a company that specializes in water purification, such as Aspen Waterwise,...

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What To Expect When Switching From A Residential Septic To A Municipal System

Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Expect When Switching From A Residential Septic To A Municipal System

When you’re a homeowner that’s been mandated to switch from a residential septic system to a municipal treatment outlet, you may be wondering how the process works. Whether you’re in line for a grinder pump or a main sewer connection, switching from a septic to a municipal system can be easier if you know what to expect. So if you’re getting ready to make the jump from septic tank to city sewage, here’s what you should know about the process. Connecting To The Municipal System Whether your county has issued you a sewage meter to connect to or a pump, you will be in charge of redirecting your residential effluent to the new system. In some cases, the homeowner will be responsible for installing a new grinder or gravity system all together, where in others, the only responsibility is to use a plumber to connect plumbing from the home to the main sewage line. Either way, you will have to hire a plumber to reconnect your plumbing lines from the house away from your septic and to the municipal system. If you will be connecting your home’s plumbing to a grinder pump, you will also have to supply the unit with electricity and possibly a back-up source of power for handling effluent during power outages. If you’re unfamiliar with the logistics of placing a new grinder system, you should have a contractor or plumber find the best place to locate your new pump. Configuring Your Old System In every case, whether you’re connecting to a grinder pump or lateral sewage line, you will have to have your old septic tank cleaned and inspected as a part of the process of switching. Septic tank pumping and cleaning should already be a voluntary part of your residential plumbing maintenance, but when you’re abandoning an old tank, professional pumping and cleaning is a requirement of municipal hook-up. You’ll be required to show that your tank is pumped, cleaned, and abandoned in order to connect to a municipal sewage line. Contact a professional service, like The Outhouse, to do this job for you. If you don’t want to completely abandon your old septic tank, you may be interested in converting your old septic tank to a cistern. Though it sounds scary, converting your septic tank to a cistern is a safe and reliable method of maintaining a fresh water source for landscaping, washing cars or boats, or for emergency needs. Beyond connecting a gutter to your septic and having your tank thoroughly cleaned, you’ll also have to have the Department of Health inspect your new cistern before it goes into...

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The Benefits Of Porta Potties

Posted by on July 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Benefits Of Porta Potties

If you are hosting an outdoor event, or if you have some other need for mobile, easily accessible toilets, then you might be considering portable toilets. To help you make your decision, here are some of the benefits of porta potties: Cost The cost of a portable toilet will usually be quite a bit lower than the cost of installing a permanent bathroom. Of course, this will actually depend on how long you plan on needing to have a portable toilet. If you rent a portable toilet for several months or years, then the cost might actually exceed that of a permanent bathroom. However, if you only need a bathroom for a few days or weeks, then the most cost-efficient option will definitely be the portable toilet. Size One of the primary benefits of portable toilets is that they are much smaller than traditional restrooms. In order to set up a traditional restroom, you will need to create a building, set up plumbing, and install bathrooms and sinks. This can take up an area that is several times the area needed for a single porta potty. On top of that, you might even need to set up gender-specific restrooms if you plan on installing permanent toilets. There are no such restrictions on porta potties, which can serve either gender equally well. Portability In some cases, you might also want to move your toilets after a period of time. This can be incredibly expensive or impossible for permanent toilets, but it is quite easy with portable toilets. For instance, if you need porta potties for a construction site, then the majority of workers might be moving to a different area in a few days or weeks. Portable toilets allow you to bring easy bathroom access along with you to every work site. Ease of Cleaning Portable toilets are actually much easier to clean than traditional bathrooms. While you might need to hire a janitor or clean the bathroom yourself if you have a permanent bathroom, the company that rented the portable toilet to you will generally handle all the cleaning. This means that you won’t have to deal with all of the waste inside the porta potty. The way this works is that the portable toilet company will bring a large waste disposal vehicle to your site. With a specialized tube, they will drain your porta potty of waste, which will reduce the odor and allow for continued...

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The Truth Behind Four Common Water Damage Myths

Posted by on July 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Truth Behind Four Common Water Damage Myths

Water damage is one of those things that few homeowners think about until it happens to them. Many times, those homeowners are surprised to find out that some of the things they’ve assumed or heard about dealing with water damage aren’t true. Luckily, you can save yourself hours of frustration and the possibility of further damage to your house by learning the truth about some of the myths that you may be familiar with. Here are a few of those myths that you should be aware of. Myth: Your First Call Should Go to the Insurance Company Truth: If your home is suffering from water damage, you want to address the source of the water first. Any delay in dealing with the water is going to increase the risk of damage in the house. If your water damage issues are caused by plumbing damage, you’ll want to call a plumber right away to have it fixed. You may even want to shut off the water line so that you’re not adding more water to the area. Then, reach out to a water damage remediation specialist who can start drawing the water out of your house. Once you have these steps in motion, you can call your insurance company to find out what your coverage limits are and how you should address the claim. Myth: Homeowners Insurance Covers Flood Damage Truth: If the water damage you’re experiencing is caused by flood waters, you may not have coverage under your homeowners insurance. You’ll have to carry a separate flood insurance policy to cover damage caused by floods. Even a couple of inches of water can cause thousands of dollars in structural damage, so it’s important to make sure that you’re protected. If your insurance carrier tells you your home is in a flood-rated area, you should purchase a flood insurance policy. Myth: I Have to Use the Service Providers Recommended by the Insurance Company Truth: You have the right to choose any restoration company you’d like for your repairs. In many cases, insurance companies have preferred vendors because they’ve negotiated for easy billing and resolution of claims with those vendors, but that doesn’t mean that you have to use them. Myth: I Can Just Clean My Carpets after a Black Water or Sewage Issue Truth: If your water damage is caused by sewage or contaminated water, also called black water, you shouldn’t simply clean the carpets. Instead, your carpets will need to be removed because the subfloor must be disinfected with a commercial cleaner before new carpet is applied. Otherwise, your floors will harbor bacteria that could make you and your family sick. It’s in your best interest to work with a professional water damage remediation company for water damage cleanup because the lingering damage from water saturation can be hazardous to your home and your health. Now that you know the truth about several myths related to water damage issues, you can address your home’s water damage problems safely and...

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6 Easy Ways To Make Portable Toilets More Welcoming For Guests At Your Outdoor Event

Posted by on June 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Easy Ways To Make Portable Toilets More Welcoming For Guests At Your Outdoor Event

Whether it is an outdoor wedding or a corporate event, having enough restroom facilities available is one of the most important aspects of the party. In most outdoor settings, there are not enough bathrooms to cater to the needs of several guests. This is why portable toilet rental is such a convenient service that actually makes outdoor gatherings a possibility. The only problem with portable toilets is the fact that they are pretty basic in their design and are not always the most welcoming facilities. There are six easy ways you can make portable toilets more inviting for guests at your outdoor event. 1. Prepare a basket of necessities for your guests. Fill a small basket with things people would normally need in a bathroom, such as extra toilet paper, hairspray, or hand lotion, and leave the basket inside for your guests to find. 2. Leave something aromatic inside. Make sure the portable toilets at your event smell nice by placing a bowl of potpourri inside or adding an automatic air freshener. 3. Make hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes available for your guests. With no running water inside, your guests will still be looking for a way to clean their hands. Make sure they have it with a container of antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizer. 4. Hang photos or posters inside on the walls. You can make a portable facility feel more comforting just by adding a bit of interesting decor inside. Try hanging poster-sized photos of the bride and groom for a wedding or even a schedule of the night’s events at a corporate party. Whatever you hang, just make sure it won’t damage the walls. 5. Add a battery-operated light inside of the portable toilet. Most porta-potties do not come equipped with lighting because they have no electricity. However, you can make sure your guests can see what they are doing by adding an inexpensive, battery-operated light inside. Flameless candles, simple lanterns, or touch lights are all perfect solutions. 6. Place something welcoming on the outside of the door. Whether it is a wreath, a welcome sign, or a poster, any small change to the exterior door of the portable toilet will make it appear more inviting to the guests at the party. Creating a welcoming bathroom for all of the attendees at your party is a possibility, even if you use portable toilets. Make sure you keep this handy list in mind when portable potties are delivered to your chosen party venue. Contact a business like Road Runner Waste Service Inc to learn more about portable toilet...

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Two Simple Tips For Preventing Frequent Septic Tank Pumping

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Simple Tips For Preventing Frequent Septic Tank Pumping

On average, a septic tank should need to be pumped approximately once every three to five years. However, if your home is producing more waste water or solid waste than the average home, you could find yourself requiring this service as often as once every few months in order to prevent an overflow. Not only can this greatly increase your overall maintenance costs, but it can also greatly increase the chances of a premature system failure. Thankfully, you can avoid both of these issues by choosing to make some minor changes in your daily routine. 1. Small Changes Equal Big Changes In Water Consumption When it comes to how much waste water your home produces, even the smallest changes can make a huge difference. For instance, simply choosing to turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth can save more than 13,000 gallons of water per year, per person in your household. This is a huge difference in the amount of water that your septic tank must process. Other ways you can reduce your overall water consumption are to install low flow toilets or faucets, recycle grey water for secondary purposes such as irrigation or outdoor maintenance, and waiting until your washer or dishwasher are full to run them. By making these small changes, you will be allowing your septic tank more time to process waste water before it needs to release some of this water into your drainage field. This will ultimately help to ensure that all solid waste is removed from the water before it is released. This can help to prevent clogs that can lead to a system failure or overflow. 2. Bacteria Is Beneficial Inside A Septic Tank While you may not want your home overrun with bacteria, high bacteria levels are actually beneficial inside of a septic tank. This is because bacteria plays a major role in breaking down solid waste so that your septic tank can continue to process additional waste. The problem is, in an effort to rid your home of bacteria, you may also be ridding your septic tank of the bacteria that it needs. When you choose to use antibacterial products in your home, these products are often introduced to your septic tank as they are washed away with your waste water. For instance, the use of bleach when washing your clothes will not only help to keep your whites brighter, it will also reduce the bacteria level in your septic tank as bleach is highly effective in killing bacteria. There is no need to completely eliminate antibacterial products from your life in order to maintain the proper level of bacteria inside your septic tank. Instead, consider making small changes to the way you use these products. For instance, rather than using an antibacterial soap to wash your hands, consider using a milder soap and then following up with a sanitizing solution that does not need to be washed off. You can also choose to use disposable paper towels when using antibacterial products to clean your home rather than using a reusable cleaning cloth that must be rinsed out in your sink. To learn more about septic tank plumbing, contact a company like Rob’s Septic Tanks...

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Seven Interesting Uses for Roll-Off Dumpsters

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Seven Interesting Uses for Roll-Off Dumpsters

Roll-off dumpsters can be the perfect solution for a variety of home and business needs from renovation to lawn care. Using a roll-off dumpster can save considerable time, money, and stress. Consequently, they have become so widespread that people around the world have actually started using them for more than just trash. The art of using a roll-off dumpster in new and innovative ways is referred to as “upcycling.” This article highlights seven creative uses for roll-away dumpsters.  1. Art Gallery One artist by the name of Mac Premo repurposed a 30-yard dumpster and actually turned it into a mobile art gallery containing over 500 pieces of artwork. The dumpster gallery has made an appearance at several art festivals around the country, including ones in New York and Miami. 2. Boat In England, Tom Cunliffe famously turned a roll-off dumpster into a boat by simply adding a motor. He actually takes it out for cruises on the river. 3. Garden Dumpsters are now widely used as gardens both in household yards and community spaces. San Francisco has embraced the roll-off dumpster garden trend with open arms, and you can find various community dumpster gardens around the city. These gardens actually provide quite a viable option for planting in urban areas, where space for gardens is virtually nonexistent. 4. Automobile Automobile enthusiasts in both Europe and the United States have gone so far as to create working cars and trucks from roll-away dumpsters.   5. Pool and Hot Tub Believe it or not, creating pools from old dumpsters has become an increasingly popular trend in New York and other urban areas where it is near impossible to find the space for a pool.  Similarly, Michel de Broin actually turned a roll-away dumpster into a hot tub capable of holding 1649 liters of water ( 6. Coffee Shop In the Netherlands, Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten have really gotten creative with dumpster upcyling by creating coffee shops and bars in Ultrecht, Netherlands. They call the project “Straatlokaal,” and it is designed to get people excited about recycling, reusing, and waste removal.  7. Skate Ramp Various young innovators have turned roll-off dumpsters into skate ramps of different designs, which can be found in various skate parts throughout the country.  Evidently, roll-off dumpsters can suit a wide variety of needs from standard sanitation to eco-friendly coffee shops. The particular features of roll-off dumpsters make them easy to transport and thus easy to transform. Want to create your own masterpiece? Find dumpsters at companies such as Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling Service Inc/Office Recycling...

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Three Options To Deal With Plumbing Installations That Are Below Sewer And Septic Lines

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Options To Deal With Plumbing Installations That Are Below Sewer And Septic Lines

If you have a home with a basement and want to finish it and add a kitchen and bathrooms, there are many issues that you may need to deal with. One problem that you may need to address is the location of plumbing, which may be below the elevation of your septic or sewer system. This means that you need to have a way to get the waste out of the basement and into the sewage line. This is usually done by using special pumps and wells, which pump the waste out of the basement. There are also additional features that can be added such as a grinder pump. Here are some of the options you have to pump waste out of your basement: 1. Installing A Well That Can Handle Waste And Overflow Before you have a pump in your basement, you will need to have a well installed to contain the waste. This will give the waste a place to be stored until it can be pumped to the sewage lines. It is a good idea to have a well that is larger than your waste handling needs. It should be large enough to handle excess waste and things like foundation drainage that you may have installed in your basement. 2. Getting An Efficient Sewage Pump For Your Basement Plumbing The sewage pump is another important component of the basement plumbing system. You will want to have a pump that is efficient, but that also provides enough power to get the waste to the sewer lines. When you install the pump, you may also want to install it in a way that makes it easier to repair and replace. This can be done by using check valves that will allow you to easily remove the pump when needed. 3. Adding A Grinder Pump To Ensure That Your Plumbing Does Not Have Problems Most sewage pump systems only have one pump. For a basement plumbing installation with minimal use, this can be fine. If the basement is going to be part of your main living area and get a lot of use, a grinder pump may be a good addition to your plumbing. This pump will grind the waste before it goes to your conventional sewage system. This will help to prevent debris from clogging plumbing or damaging your sewage pump. Plumbing in the basement can present many challenges, but with the right pump, your basement can have any plumbing you want. If you need pumps for your basement, contact a sewage pump service like Fyle’s Honey Wagon to get exactly what you need for your basement...

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3 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Home With A Septic System

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Home With A Septic System

If you’re in the market to buy a home in an area that isn’t serviced by city plumbing, then there’s a good chance that you’ll end up with a home that has its own septic system. Because septic systems require special care to maintain, you’ll want to make sure that the system has been well taken care of. Otherwise, you could end up having to shell out a lot of money for new system installation or major repairs down the road. By asking the sellers a few simple questions, you can get a better idea of how well the system has been maintained. Where is the System Located? Start by asking the owners (or their real estate agent) where the septic system is located on the property. If they don’t know the answer, this should be seen as a major red flag. That’s because any homeowner with a septic system should know where it’s located, provided that they’ve had it pumped and maintained each year. If they don’t know where it is, there’s a good chance that they’ve never had the tank flushed or the system inspected, which isn’t a good sign for you. When Was the Tank Last Pumped? Even if the previous owners or seller’s agent knows the location of the system and the septic tank, it’s still a good idea to ask when the tank was last pumped and when the system was last inspected. If it’s been more than a year, then the system hasn’t been taken care of as recommended. If the sellers offer to pump the tank out for you before you move into the home, make sure you have it inspected first; a thorough inspection cannot be done when the tank is empty from having just been pumped. What Components Does the System Have? Finally, find out exactly what’s included with the septic system so that you have an idea of what components may need to be serviced or replaced down the road. For instance, is the system just a conventional septic tank and drain field? Or, are there also drywells, seepage pits, and other components? If the system or the home is relatively new, you may even be able to request the original blueprint drawings of the system, which can help you when it comes to maintaining it down the road. Never buy a home with a septic system without first asking these questions. If you find that you do need to install a new septic system, contact a professional like Lanik Enterprises INC. for...

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