Taking a break from septic systems this week to offer some insight into grease traps. It is required that grease traps are maintained and serviced regularly. If you are in need of this service, we’d love to be your company. Here’s a before and after of a 100 gallon indoor grease trap that we cleaned!
This is a photo of a PVC Tee we had to put in to replace a concrete Tee that had fell off. It was letting trash out of the tank and into a pump vault and burning up pumps. This is one example of why it is important to pump and inspect concrete tanks. They do deteriorate over time, some faster than others depending on the type of chemicals, starches, and free fatty acids. As always, if you are unsure about the health of your septic system or know you haven’t had your’s pumped in 3-5 years, give us a call!
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The definition of Inspection: Careful examination.
We had a call last week from a homeowner in the process of selling their house. They were asking for a second opinion septic inspection. The previous company failed the inspection saying they needed a whole new system. We went out to the home and found that the tank is 4 feet deep and had never been dug up. How do you do an inspection without physically seeing the interior of the tank?
Attached are 2 pictures of before and after a full septic inspection. Notice the shovel sticking in the crust due to the thickness of sludge from the tank not being serviced every 3 years. You see the inlet tee stopped up in the before photo but once cleaned you see the flow of water running into the tank as the homeowner is using it.
~The Doo Doo Guru
This is a great article on how to be mindful of safety when dealing with your septic tank system!
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2 reasons to routinely take care of your septic system (from the US Environmental Protection Agency):
A key reason to maintain your septic system is to save money! Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace, and poor maintenance is often the culprit. Having your septic system inspected regularly is a bargain when you consider the cost of replacing the entire system.
Your system will need pumping depending on how many people live in the house and the size of the system. An unusable septic system or one in disrepair will lower your property value and could pose a legal liability.
Protecting health and the environment:
Other good reasons for safe treatment of sewage include preventing the spread of infection and disease and protecting water resources. Typical pollutants in household wastewater are nitrogen, phosphorus, and disease causing bacteria and viruses. If a septic system is working properly, it will effectively remove most of these pollutants.
To read the full publication, click on the link!