Town Spotlight: Fall in Norwalk and Preparing for Winter
Fall in Norwalk is an unpredictable season, sunny and warm one day, chilly and crisp the next. The changing color of the leaves paints a beautiful tapestry against the sky. Fresh tomatoes, delicious corn, crisp apples, and sweet berries are everywhere. It’s also a time of closing the pool, covering the boat, the house needs readied for the cold days ahead and, of course, the ever falling leaves need raked. Fall is a season that is beautiful, tasty, and filled with preparation for winter
And no place is more attractive in autumn than Norwalk, Connecticut. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says that, depending on the weather, fall foliage color is at its peak between October 5 and November 13. The Norwalk region offers a lot of places to get outside, savor the colorful landscapes, and enjoy the fall beauty. While any fall day is perfect for leaf viewing, you will find less traffic, and more peace and solitude if you can sneak away for a few hours midweek.
As you enjoy the crisp fall weather and begin to prepare for this upcoming winter, remember to consider your septic system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that 20% of households, 60 million people, depend on septic systems to treat home and business wastewater. The topic is so notable that the EPA has created a program called Septic Smart, an initiative dedicated to instructing homeowners and neighborhoods on the proper care of septic systems.
The program provides homeowners, who depend on septic systems, the opportunity to learn how to maintain their system and avoid problems. The first recommendation they make, to ensure your septic system and the associated plumbing is ready for fall, is to inspect and pump frequently. Regardless of what part of the country you are in, sludge buildup is unavoidable, but regular inspections and pumping reduce repairs by identifying possible issues before they happen, and is inexpensive when compared to high repair bills.
Not regularly having your septic system pumped is the top cause of all septic system problems and can end up costing thousands in avoidable repairs. Many people neglect their system and go for years and even decades without septic pumping or inspection of their system. As you enjoy what many consider the most beautiful season of the year in Norwalk, Connecticut, and prepare for the bitter cold of winter, remember to have a professional inspect your system and avoid costly repairs in the future.
To learn more about preparing your septic system for fall in Norwalk or anything else contact us today.
Major Backup Caused by FOGs and Wipes in Baltimore
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are not to be taken lightly. You may think that a little grease here or a wet wipe there won’t hurt your drains, right? Recently in Baltimore, Maryland what has been referred to as a “fatberg” caused 1 million gallons of sewerage to leak into Jones Falls at the end of September. While investigating the leak, Baltimore authorities noted that about 85% of the pipe is blocked.
The overflows have since been redirected to storm drains, but this could have been prevented. Home owners and business owners a like should be wary of not disposing of FOGs down their drains and even though some of those wet wipes boast “flushable” they should still be disposed of in the trash.
Does Your Business Need Hy Vac Services?
Hy vac is a system that uses high vacuum pump trucks to clear debris and blockage from exterior grease tanks and catch basins.
If your business has either, then you may be in need of hy vac services. Exterior grease traps are used by some food service establishments. These are large tanks designed to use gravity to separate FOG (fats, oils, and grease) and food waste from wastewater. They prevent sewer line blockages which can be caused by FOG, but they need to be cleaned every three months. In most cases, normal pumping is enough, but if grease has become hardened in the tank, then you will need hy vac cleaning.
Catch basins, on the other hand, collect excess water from landscaping and direct it down storm drains as part of a flood control system. Some catch basins are connected to the sewer system, which means they can easily cause a clog. As a result, they should be cleaned to remove sand, leaves, and other debris. Again, this can sometimes be most efficiently done using a hy vac truck.
In other words, if you have an exterior grease trap or a catch basin on your property and you are having issues with it filling up, clogging, or backing up, then you need a hy vac truck. You may be able to avoid the need by doing proper, regular cleaning and maintenance, but if you do have a problem they are fast, efficient, and will leave your drains and trap clean and ready for use. If you want to know more about this service, then please contact Kaiser-Battistone today.
Knowing What To Look For: Ejector Pumps
An ejector pump is an integral part of your pressurized septic system. Here’s how it works and what to keep in mind when it’s time for maintenance.
Waste from your home is taken by gravity to the septic tank. There, the waste separates into one of three products. Sludge sinks to the bottom, scum floats to the top and effluent water remains center and flows through the system.
The ejector pit accepts effluent water from the septic tank and ejects it to the leach field using an ejector pump.
The ejector pump is located on the floor of the pit. There are three floats that control the pump. The on/off float, located mid-pit, and the redundant off float, located closer to the bottom of the pit and an alarm float.
The on/off float is triggered by new water entering the chamber. The redundant off float is triggered by water dropping to a low level. This float prevents the pump from overheating.The alarm float triggered by high water level.
If you hear this alarm you can shut it off on the control panel. Push to silence it and then call us here at Kiaser Battistone. We know what we’re doing. Do not attempt to fix this pump issue yourself.
Here are three common reasons for needing to do maintenance or replacing your ejector pump altogether.
Grease is insidious which is why you should never dump bacon grease or any other type of oil down the drain. There are oils and greases already being rejected by your body and this process doesn’t need an expedition. What happens is these ejector pumps fill with grease. Grease is a nasty thing that can cause you a lot of problems that can cause your pump to stop working and lead to malfunction. No homeowner who had dealt with that would care to deal with it again.
2. The Pump Itself.
Every five to ten years you have to open up the pump and clean it out. Most times if you take them apart and put them back together the pump will start working again. The pumps themselves usually last for ten to fifteen years, then they need to be replaced.
3. The Float Switches.
If the float switch malfunctions then you may need to eventually replace the pump itself. Pay attention to the alarm that is attached and know what it sounds like.
The Importance of the Leach Field
If you have a septic system, you are likely already aware of what the septic tank does. What you may not know as much about is the leach field, which is also a major component of the septic system. Just because you aren’t aware of the leach field doesn’t mean that the purpose it serves is any less important.
As a most basic definition and description, the leach field works as a disposal filter for contaminants and liquids after they have been anaerobically digested and pass through the septic tank. The leach field is for disposing of organic materials that have already been catabolized by a microbial ecosystem; it gets rid of what is left after the bacteria have eaten what waste they will eat. The leach field will typically contain a system of trenches and gravel (or another porous material) covered in soil. This prevents animals and surface runoff from being able to reach the material being distributed by the trenches. A properly designed leach field considers hydraulics so the material can properly move through it, and catabolism for the biochemical oxygen demands of the wastewater.
Leach fields will over-saturate for a couple of reasons: either the field was not properly designed, or the workload it was designed for is underestimated and it is being overworked. Pooling in and around the leach field or in the yard is a primary symptom, due to the biosolid sludge and liquids no longer properly passing through the trenches. A failing leach field will also give off strong odors and possibly cause pipes to back up inside the home. These are signs of much larger problems to come; problems that are dangerous to the environment, humans, and animals.
All is not lost though. Like any other part of the home, a septic system requires routine, preventative maintenance to stop any sort of disaster from occurring. At Kaiser-Battistone, our team of friendly professionals can properly survey the issues you’re having with your leach field and address them accordingly, saving you time, money, headache and worry. So if you’re noticing any of these signs of septic system distress, call us today and one of our friendly staff will educate you and put you at ease. Let’s prevent that problem that’s bubbling in your back yard.
Helping A Methane Digester Work For You and Your Landfill!
Way back in 1994, the New York Times published an opinion piece titled “That’s No Joke About Cows and Methane”. In this piece, it was well-known that landfills are a huge source for methane gas production. Methane gas has the potential to be destructive to our environment, luckily we have figured out a way to use it to our benefit.
Methane gas has certain properties, like when it is released into our atmosphere it absorbs infrared radiation and contributes to a global warming.
What is the earth to do? Instead of ignoring the problem, people are taking action. Through the use of relatively new technologies, i.e. a Methane Digester, science has found a way to use methane for good. We here at Kaiser-Battistone even use a type of Methane Digester that powers our plant in Pennsylvania.
What is a Methane Digester?
A methane digester is a large tank that is fed organic waste. In that tank waste sinks to the bottom. There it mingles with a liquid of complex substrates that creates methane gas. This gas exits through a tube near the upper portion of the tank and sends the methane gas to be used for many purposes.
Without this crucial step methane would simply we released into the atmosphere which is very dangerous.
Many treatment plants are using this as a means to create something out of nothing. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. See how one of our locations utilizes a methane digester here.
Have any questions about how methane can benefit your life? contact us
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How Trenchless Pipelining Gets the Job Done: Fast, Eco-friendly, and Durable
In the “good old days” a sewer line repair could be quite a project involving excavators, landscapers, plumbers, and perhaps an accountant to advise you on how to finance such a major repair project. Lawns and shrubbery were upended, sidewalks might need replacing afterward, and the domestic or business routine of the property undergoing such invasive surgery could be disrupted for days if not weeks. Finally, after all that time and effort, the result was a new system of pipes and seams just as prone to the same deterioration as the old ones you’ve just replaced.
CIPP: (Cured in Place Pipe): Patented Permaliner to the Rescue
Now imagine you could fix those old pipes without digging up everything which happens to live above the sewer-line. And wouldn’t it be nice if you could run one long continuous pipe without the worries of coupling failures or deterioration? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Trenchless pipelining is here.
Our patented Permaliner system uses state of the art epoxy to form a new pipe within a pipe. The Permaliner cures to a durable smooth finish on the pipe wall interior, improving flow and forming a durable sealed surface. Root intrusion is prevented to maintain that rate of flow over the years.
The new Permaliner “pipe within a pipe” provides the same tensile strength as a new replacement pipe, with the advantage of converting coupled pipe sections into one long seamless line, as the Permaliner treats joints and seams as we pump it along the line.
Contact us for all your trenchless pipelining needs. We can rehabilitate pipes between 2″ and 28″ with the Permaliner process described here, but we’ve also got special applications for larger jobs so don’t hesitate to give us a call for help with those too. Your lawn will thank you.
Don’t Make Mistakes When Taking Care of your Grease Trap
Many professionals in businesses that use grease traps are likely unaware of their purpose. Grease, defined typically as animal fat, cools and solidifies at normal temperatures in pipes. It is lighter than water and will not mix with it, so it floats to the top of a grease trap, potentially leading to clogging. Sewers, for all of their modern marvels, simply are not designed with the ability to handle grease and other renderings in mind. If a business does not have a properly functioning grease trap in place, it is risking severe damage to the lines.
Grease traps usually aren’t on the mind of any busy professional working in a hospital or restaurant. No one thinks about the grease that is slowly building up in the trap, soon clogging and causing expensive back-ups, fines, and possibly even costly downtime for your business. A Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) can be costly for a business; not only financially, but also in reputation.
Preventative maintenance is paramount in importance for keeping your grease trap functioning and serviceable! How often one needs to be serviced depends on the kind of grease trap one has installed and just how much grease goes through it. Some can need servicing as frequently as every ninety days. Here at Kaiser-Battistone, we put all of our grease traps through a rigorous fourteen-point service every time. With our established name and reputation at the top of our industry, you know you’ll be getting quality service when in our technicians’ hands.
Don’t wait until it’s too late and you’re dealing with expensive and environmentally unsightly overflows that can cost you time, status, or customers. Call us today!
Why Most Cities and Counties Require Lift Station Monthly Maintenance Contracts
In case you don’t know, a lift station moves wastewater from lower elevations to higher elevations. They are appropriately named because they “lift” wastewater to higher areas when gravity can’t move the water to where it needs to flow. You might see these used for neighborhoods located at the bottom of a hill when the sewer system is at the top of a hill, for example. In order to get wastewater to the sewer system to be cleaned, the lift station collects the water and then pumps it up the hill.
So what happens when the lift station malfunctions? Flooding, backups, and environmental hazards are all potential outcomes when lift stations aren’t working properly. This is why cities and counties make monthly maintenance mandatory.
We Know Lift Stations
Fortunately, Kaiser-Battistone has the equipment and experienced staff to maintain and repair lift stations. Our hy vac services are great for cleaning up big jobs and accessing deep depths. Much like a septic tank, a lift station has a receiving well where solid waste collects and must be pumped out. Other crucial parts like the pumps, motors, valves and electrical components could also malfunction, and we have a crew specially trained to repair these. Sometimes the pumps are in tight spaces, making them challenging and dangerous to access. For these scenarios, we pull in our team members who are certified in confined space safety.
Count on Us for More Than Just Septic
We are the authority in septic repair and maintenance, but our expertise does not stop there. We service all types of wastewater facilities from small grease traps to entire sanitary systems. Lift stations require unique tools and specialized training so make sure to use a provider who is qualified to inspect and service them. To learn more about lift station maintenance or to request service, Contact Us.
How to Preserve Your Leach Field
When the general public talks about septic issues, they are usually thinking of the septic tank. Most people don’t realize the tank is just one part of the entire septic system. Once wastewater leaves the tank, it goes to the distribution box which sends it out to the drain field or leach field. The leach field is wastewater’s final stop in the purification process before nature takes over. From here, the wastewater percolates into the soil where gravity will pull it down to meet groundwater. Several things can go wrong on this path from your toilet to the leach field, so here are 3 things you should do to preserve your leach field.
Do Not Use a Garbage Disposal
This one applies to both the tank and leach field. While the garbage disposal may seem like a convenient means of getting rid of food scraps, it can damage your septic system. A garbage disposal merely chops food into smaller pieces. Unfortunately, these food particles do not break down adequately enough and initiate clogs. Our advice is to feed food scraps to a pet or just toss in the trash.
Install a Septic Filter
A septic filter attaches to your tank’s outlet and will catch particles that the tank was unable to separate from the effluent. It is very important that solid elements do not enter the leach field because clogs in this part of your septic system are difficult and costly to repair. Avoid all that with this easy solution. Kaiser-Battistone carries a variety of filters, and our technicians would be happy to fit one to your septic system.
Don’t Plant Anything Over the Leach Field
A common problem we see with sewage piping is that it attracts plant roots. Your wastewater is rich in nutrients that trees and bushes seek, so they naturally break through pipes to reach it. For this reason, we advise you not to plant anything over your leach field except grass. Even some types of weeds have strong roots, so weeding and mowing over the drain field must be maintained as well.
Damage to your leach field is difficult to repair and can be very costly, so make every effort to keep it in great working condition. For more tips on caring for your leach field, Contact Kaiser-Battistone or Request Service now.