Use the Strainer: A Simple and Easy Way to Protect Your Grease Trap
Protect Your Grease Trap and Protect Your Septic System
The grease trap is the first line of defense to prevent FOG ( fats, oils, and grease) from clogging drain lines and disrupting the smooth flow of your septic system. A grease trap is designed specifically to capture these three elements before they can cause problems, but the trap itself needs to be protected from other foreign solids.
Use the Strainer
Food scraps, bones, small trash items, bits of plastic wrappings, paper tags, bottle caps and any other small solid which can unintentionally find its way to the kitchen sink can cause clogs and backflow at the grease trap itself. The best way to prevent this is by properly using the strainer. Keep the strainer in place even when the sink is not in use, but especially when washing dishes.
All those small objects you see captured by the strainer are future problems you have just avoided. Had they gone on to lodge in the grease trap they would become the core material for tough clogs.
Even with the strainer in place, it’s always the best practice to refrain from dumping hot cooking oil directly down the drain. Let it cool and solidify first and then scrape it to the trash. The grease trap will have all it can handle just from residual FOG from washing dishes and cookware even after they have been scraped free of solids.
Preventive Maintenance Avoids Grease Trap Problems
All grease traps require periodic professional cleaning, even when the strainer is used properly. Some companies may consider a quick skimming of grease off the top of the trap as “professional cleaning” but at Kaiser-Battistone we have a higher standard of professionalism.
Our 14 point inspection process includes complete removal and cleaning of baffles as well as draining the old dirty water. Our expert technicians can advise you on the best frequency for cleaning and preventive grease trap maintenance to avoid problems before they occur. To avoid grease trap problems at your home or business, first put that strainer in, then click this link to schedule your grease trap maintenance.
Kaiser-Battistone has been serving all plumbing and septic needs in Western Connecticut for over 80 years. We provide both commercial and residential services, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
Septic Pumping Service by Kaiser-Battistone: Town Spotlight: Stamford, CT
Kaiser-Battistone in Stamford, CT
Stamford, CT has grown to be the third largest city in Connecticut, according to the Census Bureau, and we can understand why more folks are gravitating to this vibrant city on Long Island Sound. You can commune with the birds at the beaches and trails at Cove Island Park, or kick up your heels at the Metropolitan Dance Center. Stamford has something for everyone, from the serenity of the natural surroundings or heading downtown to “make the scene” with the arts and entertainment.
Kaiser-Battistone is Connecticut’s leading septic pumping and drain-cleaning company. Our team of septic system and wastewater experts at our Stamford facility has the expertise to offer the full range of commercial and residential services to Stamford residents and businesses as well as the nearby towns in CT and NY including: Norwalk 06850, New Canaan 06840, Greenwich 06807, Darien 06820, Pound Ridge 10576, and North Castle 10504.
Septic Pumping Service
The best way to avoid septic system trouble is frequent and regular pumping of the septic tank. Your septic system is your individual wastewater treatment facility and maintaining it for proper operation protects not only your individual household or business but also your surrounding community.
All septic systems are designed to dispose of the 3 layers of sewage in the safest, non-hazardous way possible. Those layers are:
- Sludge- Solid wastes which are heavier than water
- Effluent- Liquid waste which can be distributed throughout your septic systems leach field
- Scum- The floating layer which is dissolved by natural bacterial action in the septic tank, converting it to effluent or sludge.
The liquid effluent layer is the only one to make it out to the leach field for natural distribution and reabsorption when your septic system is functioning at its best. Problems arise when the sludge layer is allowed to build up in the septic tank, to levels which affect flow to and from the tank.
This solid layer needs to be pumped out and properly disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. Our Stamford team can provide septic pumping service and advise you on the best septic pumping schedule suitable for your household or business.
Full Septic Services Available From Kaiser Battistone in Stamford, CT
We’re not just the leading septic pumping service in Connecticut. Kaiser-Battistone’s Stamford team also offers technical expertise covering all of your septic, grease disposal, and wastewater treatment needs. We offer preventive maintenance programs to avoid problems before they occur, and we’re always standing by to get your systems up and running quickly in an emergency.
We handle pipelining, plumbing, septic inspections, drain cleaning, and grease trap maintenance, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Stamford team. For all your septic and wastewater maintenance requirements contact us today.
Septic Pump Stations 101: Scheduled Septic Pump Checkups at Kaiser Battistone
Septic Pump Stations 101
Septic pump stations are the solution for moving waste away from the house when gravity alone cannot move the waste through the system. When effluent (liquid sewage) cannot flow by gravity and needs to be lifted to its destination the pump station comes into play. Pumping is required in several situations including:
- Shallow soil absorption unit (Leach fields over rocky ground for example)
- The leach field is at a higher elevation than the septic tank.
- A mound soil absorption system is used
- Deep septic tank installation
- The pumping station consists of a durable watertight tank (usually concrete), the effluent pump, on/off switch and an alarm with associated wiring. This article at North Dakota State University offers some nicely detailed information on pumping stations. Obviously, if any of these pumping components fail the homeowner will experience major backflow problems. At Kaiser-Battistone, we prefer to prevent problems like this from occurring in the first place, and we have a convenient solution.
Regular Septic Tank and Septic Pump Station Maintenance
We recommend regular septic tank pumping to remove accumulated solids from the tank for all of our customers. You can see from the graphic in this article at Farm and Dairy how accumulated sludge (solid waste) in the tank could shut down the entire system, which is why regular septic tank pumping is required.
Homeowners with pumping stations can take advantage of our regular septic tank pumping schedule by including the pumping station in the preventive maintenance routine. Each time the tank is pumped our expert technicians will check pumping station condition and operation to ensure that your septic system remains problem free.
Of course, we are always standing by and ready to provide pump replacement and emergency repairs as needed, but a little bit of extra preventive maintenance at septic pump stations can go a long way toward avoiding those emergencies altogether. Use the form at this link to schedule your preventive pumping station maintenance today and don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Kaiser-Battistone for all your residential and commercial wastewater needs.
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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January’s Messiest Drain Award
How would you like to start off the year with frozen pipes? Well our customer in Warren, New Jersey wasn’t too excited about this either. Unfortunately, winter is notorious for bringing about frozen plumbing, and it takes special equipment to free up the lines to make them usable again. By applying hydrojetting technology, our technicians melted 125 feet of ice inside the customer’s pipes. The lines were so crammed, they had to jet over 10 times. A normal job usually lasts a couple of hours; this job took up most of the day. Congratulations to this month’s Messiest Drain for n-ICE-ly exhibiting the lengths our guys will go to get the job done!
Brrrrrr…ing on Winter!
Our technicians are ready and more than able to handle your winter septic woes. Septic repairs do not have to be put on hold just because of snow and ice. Kaiser-Battistone technicians are trained and equipped to perform all services even when freezing weather hits. To learn more about winter septic maintenance or to Schedule Repairs, Contact Us Today.
What Does a System Inspection Consist of?
An inspection is a complete septic examination performed by a technician certified by the state. These are most often required for real estate transactions so that buyers can be sure their home’s septic system is working properly. If you are buying or selling property and plan to schedule an inspection, make sure the inspector shows you the appropriate credentials to prove he is indeed certified. Our company proudly employs the largest number of certified inspectors in the wastewater industry. Let’s take a closer look at what our inspections look like.
Our In-depth Process
- Locate your septic tank and pop it open for pumping and a quick visual inspection
- Measure your tank’s exact specs and evaluation the scum/sludge layer for system performance
- Check the system inlet line with advanced system imaging technology
- System outlet filter and baffle check (if applicable)
- Inspect all pipes leaving the property for any leaks
- Determine the effects of any water treatment, ejector/sump pump, or garbage disposal use
- Image capture your leaching system to fully evaluate the leach field function
But That’s Not All
It’s true we deliver thorough and accurate inspection services, but there are a couple more things our customers really appreciate. The reporting aspect of our inspection process enables us to stand out among other companies because our robust documentation exceeds what the state requires. More importantly, especially to you and your real estate agent, we have super quick turnaround so you can get your inspection results the very next day. Additionally, our online portal conveniently allows you to keep track of your essential paperwork without cluttering up your home or office. When it comes to septic inspections, you can rely on Kaiser-Battistone to take great care of you while making the process fast and simple.
What is the Difference Between Alum, Dry Cake, and Leachate Sludge Hauling?
Kaiser-Battistone provides a wide variety of common waste services like septic pumping and drain cleaning, but we also take care of the less conventional services. This includes sludge hauling, where we go and remove waste byproducts and properly dispose of them. For those of you unfamiliar with this service, read on to learn about 3 types of sludge hauling performed by the Kaiser-Battistone team.
Alum Sludge Hauling
Alum Sludge is a by-product of water treatment plants, created during the filtration process. It’s usually kept in large alum lagoons or is spread on drying beds. To remove alum sludge, we use high-tech lagoon pumps that can handle up to 500,000 gallons. We also have a cable dredge capable of handling million-gallon projects.
Dry Cake Sludge Hauling
You don’t want to eat this cake! Dry cake sludge is basically waste from sewer plants that has had all the water and fluid extracted from it. Because of its tendency to be hard and sticky, it’s difficult to remove and must be disposed of properly. Kaiser-Battistone has the equipment and skills needed to get the job done, and thanks to our relationships with landfills and beneficial reuse facilities, we have plenty of disposal options.
Leachate is the by-product produced at landfills, and like other sludge, it must be transported and disposed of appropriately. Not only do we handle the hauling service, we also keep methane collection lines beneath the landfill working correctly. With state-of-the-art jetting and camera equipment, we’re prepared for all aspects of leachate removal.
We’re Haul You Need
To learn more or to schedule any of our sludge hauling services, Contact Us!
Smaller Than GoPros? Check Out the Video Cameras that are Used to Diagnose Septic Problems
Technology has simplified so many areas of life including wastewater management. Septic maintenance continues to become simpler thanks to advancements in the equipment we use. Video technology is one that has truly been a game changer in our industry due to its ability to save time and money. When it comes to septic diagnosis, video cameras have revolutionized our methods of identifying and locating problems.
No More Guesswork
It used to be impossible to see what was going on underground in your septic system without a lot of digging. With the development of special cameras designed to travel through plumbing, technicians can now quickly take a look at the inside of your pipes. These septic cameras can go to great lengths to find clogs, roots, rust spots or cracks in pipes. They can also be used to find good things like that wedding ring you accidentally dropped down the sink.
No More Destruction
Camera technology now allows us to investigate a problem without excavation. Our technicians simply insert the camera and find the blockage or damage. If by chance your pipes are broken, you can even look at trenchless pipelining solutions that make repairs without any digging. Your grounds and landscaping can remain undisturbed from diagnosis to final repair.
Small Cameras, Big Savings
We can pass on great savings to the customer when eliminating the cost of excavation and time to diagnose the problem. Not only that, our little cameras are great for inspections and have grown in popularity as a preventative measure. Businesses like supermarkets and restaurants with high water consumption can certainly benefit from periodic camera inspections due to their ability to find unforeseen problems. Combine these inspections with a healthy maintenance regimen, and you will extend the life and efficiency of your septic system. To learn more or to see our cameras in action, Contact Kaiser-Battistone or Request Service Now.