Preventative Maintenance for Septic Systems
The humble septic tank is the waste water workhorse of many homes across the country. Homes that are not serviced by public sewers must have a way to dispose of waste water and septic tanks do just that. Wastewater septic systems consist of a tank and leach-field. The tank separates the solids from the wastewater and houses the bacteria that decompose the solid waste. The leach-field, also known as a drain-field, is where all the wastewater drains to.
A well taken care of system will last for years and cost very little. On the other hand, poorly maintained tanks will cause pollution, property damage, and health concerns. Follow these simple steps for septic preventative maintenance.
An ounce of prevention will spare a month of headaches. Wind River Environmental recommends a 3 step maintenance plan for keeping your septic system running smoothly.
The 3 step preventative maintenance plan:
- Regular system pumping every one to two years removes the sludge that collects over time.
- Bacterial additives such as CCLS add high levels of beneficial bacteria to the tank to break down solid waste.
- Installing a filter will prevent large particles from settling in the leaching area.
Another part of septic preventative maintenance is avoiding things that harm the system. According to Public Health and Social Services, using too much water and pouring chemicals into the system are habits to avoid. Using too much water at once will flood the tank and prevent solid wastes from separating efficiently. Pouring the old drain cleaners and other toxic products down the toilet is a bad idea as well. These chemicals will destroy the beneficial bacteria that break down solid waste.
Septic systems are delicate systems that require maintenance and care. Having the tank pumped, adding beneficial bacteria, and installing a filter are important steps in maintaining a septic system for years to come.
Why is Your Hot Water Running Out So Fast?
Unless you’re one of those crazy polar bear plunge participants, you probably aren’t a fan of cold showers. There are few things more unbearable than cold water pouring over your body, especially if it’s a chilly winter morning. So why does this happen? If no other appliances have been running and no one else has used up all the hot water, the problem is likely the water heater.
What’s the Problem?
Before we look at malfunctions, let’s consider the size or quality of your water heater. Your family may have grown or you may have purchased a home from a smaller family, and the heater can no longer accommodate the hot water needs of the household. Also, a lower quality water heater with a low FHR (first hour rating) cannot supply a lot of hot water within a short time. However, if neither of these is the problem, it may be time to call a professional.
He may find build up in the tank. If you have hard water, there are minerals in it that collect in the tank and take up a lot of space over time. This sediment can also damage the tank, so it needs to be flushed out. Another problem could be a broken dip tube. This long component goes to the bottom of the water heater and releases the cold water to be heated by the heating element at the bottom. If it’s broken, the cold water doesn’t always reach the heating element before mixing in with the hot water.
Leave it to the Experts
Making repairs on a water heater is a dangerous job, so please leave it to the technicians at Kaiser-Battistone. Our certified professionals have been specially trained to handle all types of water heaters and know what to do when trouble strikes. We also recommend having your water heater inspected on an annual basis to ensure uninterrupted hot water production for your business. Take advantage of our expertise, and Contact Us to inspect or service your water heater.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Make Your Septic System Feel Lucky!
The most important advice we can give our customers is to invest in preventative maintenance. I know I know…your budget is stretched thin and you think you can’t afford it. Well, consider this. Emergency situations are messy, expensive and stressful, while preventative maintenance is budgeted, predictable and averts costly mishaps. Wouldn’t you rather pay for health club fees and annual physicals to keep your body healthy knowing they will prevent a high-cost trip to the emergency room? Your body may look and feel fine, but it needs to be maintained on a regular basis to stay that way.
Eat Your Greens
Just as your body needs an annual physical, your septic system needs its annual inspection. This preventative measure is invaluable for detecting unforeseen problems and stopping early formations of clogs. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are preventative measures for your body, just as bacterial additives and routine cleanings are preventative measures for your septic and plumbing. Be sure to include these in your preventative routine, and you’ll prolong the life of your septic system.
We’re Your Good Luck Charm
You’ll need more than the luck of the Irish if you trust just anyone to handle your septic needs. Your wastewater facilities need the care of a trained professional just as your body should have the care of a trained physician. On this St. Patrick’s Day week, make your system feel lucky by signing it up for a maintenance plan. Our technicians will treat it with goodies like bacterial additives, a septic filter, and a customized pumping routine. Spring is just around the corner, so get your system ready for the seasonal transition with care from the best in the business. To learn more about our 3-step maintenance plan or our other preventative maintenance services, Contact Us.
Learn About the Things You Should NOT Flush Down the Toilet
Completely replacing a septic tank costs tens of thousands of dollars, and the time and effort it takes for the labor is quite inconvenient. Plus, if you’re running a business, it’s pretty tacky to have bathroom facilities with an out-of-order sign on the door. Customers like clean and operable facilities while shopping, and so do the employees working there. The best way to ensure fully-functioning toilets is by employing a healthy maintenance regimen. Part of this includes proper toilet habits and knowing what you can flush.
The Bad List
Here is a list of common items we find in septic tanks and wastewater that you should not be flushing down the commode.
- Chemicals – Products like disinfectants, photographic chemicals, gasoline, thinners, paints, pesticides, and varnishes will counteract the septic process and poison ground water.
2. Cigarettes – These contain toxins that can contaminate ground water.
3. Cleaning products (bleach, disinfectants) – When choosing cleaning products, you want to use environmentally-friendly brands that won’t kill the good bacteria in your septic tank. They should be liquid, biodegradable detergents with no phosphates.
4. Coffee grounds – These are not biodegradable.
5. Cotton swabs/balls – The fibers bunch together and cause clogs.
6. Feminine hygiene products – Packaging for some of these products often says they’re safe for flushing, but we have found otherwise when it comes to septic.
7. FOG – Fats, oils, and grease will harden and stick to your pipes causing clogs.
8. Food – It’s better to feed your scraps to an animal or throw in the trash. Garbage disposals are also discouraged when you have a septic tank.
9. Garbage – Garbage is for the garbage, not your wastewater system.
10. Kitty Litter – Even though it may claim to be flushable, it will not break down.Not only is the septic system unable to break down these products but the chemical make-up of certain soaps, pills, and pesticides will actually kill the bacteria found in the septic tank. Without the bacteria to break down organic waste, the septic tank is useless.
An easy rule to remember is that human waste and 1-ply toilet paper are really the only flushable items.
Don’t Get Flush-terated
If you own a business, it’s a bit harder to monitor and control what gets flushed, so you might consider posting signs in the bathrooms. You’ll also want to engage in regular preventative maintenance that involves pump service and inspections. Since you can’t oversee all the activity that happens in the bathroom stalls, at least do what you can to prevent clogs and backups. We’re here to help, so Contact Us!
What Can Cause Weak Sump Pump Flow?
Sump pumps are responsible for moving water from lower elevations to higher elevations. They are instrumental for septic systems that rely on gravity or can be used to prevent flooding in basements. A faulty sump pump can cause big problems when it is unable to move water fast enough to avoid damaging a home or wastewater system.
What Goes Wrong?
Several things can be attributed to the malfunction of a sump pump such as power failure, defective products, frozen lines, or mechanical problems. However, many problems come from simple lack of maintenance and even incorrect installation. If installed incorrectly, sump pumps can become clogged. The debris can interfere with the action of the pump switch or affect the float, both of which affects the effectiveness of the sump pump.
Don’t Leave Your Sump in a Slump
With so many moving parts and electrical components, the sump pump is a complicated machine, and its problems are often hard to diagnose. Rely on the experts at Kaiser-Battistone to install, repair, and maintain your sump pumps. Remember the cost and convenience of routine maintenance far outweigh the cost and inconvenience of a flooded basement and damaged property. To learn more about this topic, Contact Us or Request Service Today.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Learn About the Love Your Septic System Has for Service and Maintenance!
I don’t have any romantic advice for you on this holiday of love, but I do have some advice on how to show some love to your septic system. One of the most important lessons we can teach at Kaiser-Battistone is that treating your septic system with routine preventative maintenance will result in a long and happy life when it comes to your wastewater.
3 Ways to Woo Your System
Instead of roses and chocolates, invest in our 3-step maintenance plan. Incorporating these items will keep your septic tank and lines clean so you can avoid clogs and backups.
- Regular Septic Pumping – We’ll completely remove the sludge and wastewater from your septic tank or cesspool.
- Bacterial Additives – Adding an additive like CCLS helps the good bacteria in your system to thrive and break down
- Septic Filters – Install a filter to the outlet of your septic tank to stop large particles and other potentially damaging materials from entering your leach field.
Don’t Kill the Mood
Nothing will kill a romantic evening like sewage backing up into your bedroom or the stench of methane gas over a candlelight dinner. Just as your relationship needs attention and care to thrive, so does your septic system. It works day and night processing the very thing you need to survive—water. It’s easy to neglect something that is out of sight and out of mind, so take the time on this Valentine’s Day to do something special for your hardworking septic system. Spoil it with a preventative maintenance schedule, and it will return the favor with a lifetime of trouble-free plumbing. To learn more about our 3-step maintenance plan or our other preventative maintenance services, Contact Us.
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.
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.