How to prepare your septic tank for fall!

We found this great advice from Miller Septic, a company out of Ohio: 
 
“Preparing your Septic System for Fall!!
While you’re doing your Fall cleanup chores outside, don’t forget about your septic system. Here are some Fall maintenance tips to keep your septic tank working smoothly.
Insulate Your Septic System:
Your septic system needs extra insulation over the cold months. Let the grass covering your septic tank grow out a little more than usual over Fall to provide that extra layer of protection.
You can also lay mulch over your septic system area to provide additional insulation for the cold months.
Pump Your Septic Tank:
Before winter arrives with snow and freezing temperatures, pump your tank. When it snows or the ground freezes, it becomes difficult to locate your tank and hard to dig into soil. If you’re ready to have your tank pumped, give us a call.
Check for Leaks:
Take a look at the pipes inside and outside of the house, as well as your septic tank lid, and fix any leaks now before they could cause frozen pipes over Winter.
Change the Leach Lines:
Do you have a distribution box? If so, Fall is a great time to change the elbow on your leach lines to give that section of the leach field a break. After it has time to recover, you can go back to it in the Spring.
Day-to-Day Septic Tank Maintenance
Don’t forget to treat your septic system well by using everyday methods to keep it healthy like staggering appliance use and being selective about what goes down your drain.”
 
As always, if you need us, give us a call at 615-504-7178

Your septic tank can tell us a lot about you! :)

Our favorite part of this article: 

2. The toilet paper inside your tank gives away secrets about you

In addition to sludge, scum, and effluent, your septic tank contains a floating island of toilet paper.

“The heavier the toilet paper, the less likely it is to dissolve in the tank,” Seipp says. “When you open up the tank of a family of four daughters, you’re going to see a lot of TP.”

You can even identify the brand by what it looks like inside the tank. For instance, Cottonelle looks “just like cotton,” Seipp says, while Quilted Northern and Charmin are dense and clumpy.

Also, fun fact: If you eat a lot of fatty food, your septic pro will know it. Leftover oils and grease also float, which can make that TP “frothy.”

 

Read the whole article at this link: 

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/gross-things-about-your-septic-system/

 

~The Doo Doo Guru

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Read and Learn about the potential for septic tank disasters!!!

We did a job today at a home that was built in 1987. Since then, two additions had been made to the home and a detached garage had been built with a guest apartment above it. 

The main septic tank had never been pumped, and the lid was actually under an aggregate concrete sidewalk. Along with a sidewalk being over top of the septic tank, the water lines, the electrical lines, and drain lines, were also on top of the septic tank. 

There isn’t anything simple we could do to fix every problem here… but we were able to cut the concrete sidewalk to get to the lid without ruining any of the lines, we installed a riser so that the tank has easier access, and were able to put the concrete back and it didn’t look too disturbed. The main tank was dangerously close to backing up. 

In the guest house, an old water tank from Tractor Supply seemed to be what prior owners had installed for a septic tank…. now the guest apartment has a real septic tank that will meet the needs of the homeowner. 

 

Moral of the story, when you do additions on a home, make sure you get a permit and do not do anything that would impact your septic tank and the location and its’ accessibility.

 

And of course, if you’re in need of our services, give us a call at 615-504-7178

 

~the Doo Doo Guru

 

 

It’s beautiful outside and here’s another Spring Tip!

“Spring” Septic Tip: Any change in season or temperature is a good time to have your septic tank serviced or at least inspected. Even after mild winters, it is likely that there will be more overflow just from the level of moisture the soil holds from the increased precipitation over those months and the lack of absorption. Additionally, Spring brings a lot of showers!
 
Getting an inspection and your tank pumped out is the best way to avoid major issues that will lead to major repairs and major bills. This is standard maintenance and can be compared to the changing of tires, oil, and brake pads in a vehicle! You invest to keep your automobile healthy, prevent major issues, and increase the length of time you will have it. It’s the same for septic tank maintenance. Give us a call if you are needing your septic tank pumped or if you are in need of an inspection!
 
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~The Doo Doo Guru

Quit Flushing……

Quit flushing anything besides toilet paper down your toilet! A simple google search will show you how destructive flushing feminine products or moist wipes down the toilet is for your septic system. Flushing these products down your toilet inevitably leads to more septic services and more money. If you are on sewer, you are really damaging city waste lines by flushing anything down the toilet besides toilet paper. This is becoming more and more of an issue, so the Doo Doo Guru wanted to post this advice right away so that 2019 will reveal much healthier septic tank systems! 🙂

Happy Happy Spring! 

~The Doo Doo Guru

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