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3 Things You Do That Hurt Your Septic Tank

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Do That Hurt Your Septic Tank

If your home is connected to a septic tank, you need to do everything you can to maintain it. That means you need to be aware of things you shouldn’t do in your home. Here are three things you do that hurts your septic tank. 1. Flushing anything except toilet paper and human waste down the toilet. Your toilet wasn’t made for you to use as a trash can. The only things you should flush are toilet paper and human waste. Everything else can not only clog your plumbing up, but can cause significant consequences for your septic tank. For instance, toilet paper is formulated to break down in the septic tank. This enables the septic tank to accumulate more waste before it needs to be pumped. Things like paper towels, condoms, tampons, and other trash are not made to break down in a septic tank. Therefore, if it actually makes it out of your pipes and into the tank, it will cause your septic tank to back up and need pumping much sooner than usual. 2. Pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It may seem harmless when you drain the grease off of food you just cooked down the kitchen sink. However, it can cause big problems for you. Not only can it lead to clogged up pipes, but it can also lead to problems in your septic tank. Whenever grease cools down, it hardens into a solid. That solid then takes up space in your septic tank. And the blobs of greasy fat will also continue to accumulate the more often you pour grease down your kitchen sink. Much like the “fatbergs” that are found in city sewers, your septic tank will be overtaken by these fat blobs and cause it to back up into your yard or even in your house. So, the next time you are cooking fatty meat, drain it into a disposable container and throw it in the trash can instead. 3. Misusing your garbage disposal. So many people think they can put just about anything down their garbage disposal. After all, it is called a “garbage disposal,” so why shouldn’t be able to put any garbage in it to be disposed of? The answer is quite simple: if you have a septic tank, the remains of the garbage you put in the garbage disposal goes right to it. The garbage disposal is meant to dispose of small amounts of food. That’s it. It’s not meant to break down chicken bones, cleaning chemicals, paper, or coffee grounds. For more information, talk to a septic tank pumping...

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Benefits Of Opting For A Septic Tank Installation Over A Sewer System

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits Of Opting For A Septic Tank Installation Over A Sewer System

When it comes to deciding on septic tank installation, you probably will not have much of a choice if you are buying a home that has already been connected to the local sewer system. However, if you are building your home from scratch, there are a number of benefits you could enjoy by opting for this type of waste management system. It is economical When constructing a new home, opting to build your own septic tank could end up being considerably cheaper than being connected to the sewer system. This is because a new connection would require you to install a new piping system that would enable you to direct waste into the public sewerage system. With the different sizes of tanks available, you could opt for something that is within your budget. Additionally, public sewer systems will charge you a monthly fee for their services. By having your own system, you will not be required to pay anything extra to your city’s public services. However, it is good to note that you will still incur maintenance costs for your septic tank, as it will require pumping on occasion to reduce the buildup of waste. It is the greener option More and more people are looking for ways of reducing their carbon footprint. If you were looking to live in a residence that does not have a negative impact on the environment, then septic tank installation would be your best bet. Your tank could make use of the soil’s natural filtering process at its drain field. This means that once the water penetrates the soil, the soil naturally filters out any bacteria that may be present. In addition to this, a personal septic system positively contributes to the local water table. Since the water used is recycled immediately, the soil benefits from the constant replenishment of ground water. It has a long lifespan In general, after septic tank installation you can expect it to serve you anywhere between twenty years and forty years. However, this will also depend on a number of factors. For instance, the material you choose will dictate the lifespan of your septic tank. Concrete tanks tend to have the longest lifespan, as they are not susceptible to rust. Another factor that would come into play is the maintenance involved in taking care of the tank. By engaging the services of professional septic technicians for regular cleaning and maintenance, you can have problems diagnose early and fixed before they cause further damage to your tank. For more information, contact Rob’s Septic Tanks Inc. or a similar...

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Tips To Improve The Function Of Your Septic System

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Improve The Function Of Your Septic System

A septic system is not designed to entirely remove solids from your wastewater. Instead, solids will float to the top of the water where bacteria will break them down. Whatever the bacteria doesn’t break down will settle to the bottom of the tank as sludge. Gradually this sludge will build up until the tank has to be pumped to avoid overflow of sludge into your drainage lines or a backup of sewage into your house. While septic tank service and pumping are necessary, there are steps you can take to improve the function of your system. Eliminate Antiseptics Cleaning your hands with an antibacterial soap seems like a good idea, but what happens when that antibacterial agents in the soap reach your septic tank? It kills the bacteria that your tank requires to function properly. You should also be careful with household chemicals. Chlorine, oxidizing cleaners, vinegar, and other harsh chemicals can have a negative impact on your septic system. Make sure you only only cleaners that won’t harm your wastewater system go down your drain.  Properly Dispose of Oils and Grease You might want to drain a greasy pan right into your sink, but once the grease from the pan reaches your septic system, it can clog the inner workings of the system. Thus, you should not flush oils, grease, or paints down the drain. Don’t Flush Solids The only solid you should ever flush besides human waste is toilet paper. You might think that baby wipes are okay, but they tend to take a long time to decompose and thus can take up space in your tank, which may cause malfunctions. Some homeowners flush medications down the drain. As with antibacterial soap, flushing medications meant to kill bacteria will kill the bacteria in your system. Thus, stick to the toilet-paper-only rule.  Add Probiotics If you just realized that you flushed medications or harmful chemicals down the drain, you should try to counteract the damage you have done to your system. You can buy additives that are designed to promote bacteria growth in your system, and flushing one of these after you have inadvertently hurt your system will help to get it back on track.  Remember that the above suggestions aren’t meant to eliminate the need to pump your tank; instead, they are meant to make sure that your system is working properly between pumpings. Wise homeowners will take steps to ensure that their system is working properly in order to avoid the cost of pumping out drainage lines or replacing your...

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What Are The Features Of Luxury Portable Toilets?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are The Features Of Luxury Portable Toilets?

Portable toilets have been around for several years. They are commonly used at outdoor events, such as ball games, music festivals and county fairs. These are very convenient because they can be moved from place to place and are made of a sturdy plastic that is easy to clean and sanitize. In recent years, portable toilets have become more advanced than ever before. They are now referred to as luxury portable toilets to differentiate them from standard portable toilets. These are some of the features that luxury portable toilets have to offer. Larger Sizes  Luxury portable toilets are available in a variety of sizes that are much roomier than standard portable toilets. In the past, the only option for portable toilets was using a small closet-sized area that seemed very tight and closed in. Now that luxury portable toilets are available, using an outdoor restroom is similar to going to an indoor restroom at a home, store or restaurant. Some luxury toilets are actually small trailers that have substantially more room than standard portable toilets. Many also even have attractive wall decor and potted plants to give them the look and feel of being indoors. Running Water  One of the downfalls of standard portable toilets has always been the lack of running water for flushing the commode and washing your hands. This has given portable toilets an unsanitary reputation and makes them unpleasant to use if not cleaned on a regular basis.  Luxury portable toilets come equipped with a functioning sink and a flushing toilet. This is achieved easily by connecting a water hose to the faucet that can be turned off and on and by having a working water tank connected to the commode. Running water is the perfect addition for making portable toilets more comfortable. Electricity  Many luxury toilets also have electrical power installed. This creates perfect lighting by fixtures in the ceiling and around mirrors that are above the sink. Some more advanced luxury portable toilets also have enough electrical power to keep the temperature inside at a comfortable level. These portable toilets have both heating and air conditioning so they can be used any time of the year. If you are planning an outdoor event that will include a large number of guests, you may want to consider renting a luxury toilet. Your guests will enjoy all the benefits of an indoor toilet without having to run in and out of your home. For more information on other portable toilets, contact a business like Road Runner Waste Service...

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Why You Would Want To Convert Roll-Off Dumpsters Into Housing For The Homeless

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Would Want To Convert Roll-Off Dumpsters Into Housing For The Homeless

Let’s face it—it might not be the least insulting way to live, but it is entirely possible to convert roll-off dumpsters into a different type of mobile home. With so many homeless people struggling to stay warm and huddling near dumpsters anyway, why not convert clean and sanitized dumpsters into comfortable dwelling places for people who need them? It would not be the first time that such a conversion from poubelle (French for garbage, refuse) to palace has occurred There are several reasons why this would and could work, especially given the large homeless population in major metropolitan areas. Examples of What Housing Conversions You Can Do to a Dumpster One guy utilized the smallest dumpster available for his conversion. It had a sink, fully functional toilet, outdoor shower and a bed made from several padded chair seats. From the inside, it looks like the interior of a pop-up camper. To anyone who is homeless, it would be far more comfortable than sleeping on the street inside a cardboard box, plus a dumpster dweller could lock the door and never have to worry about claim jumpers in their absence. Any size dumpster (like those available from Western Disposal) then could be converted into a home, including 21 footers, which are practically the length and height of single story ranch homes already. The Price of Each “Urban-Camouflaged” Home Small dumpsters cost around $2,000, and the conversion process from dumpster to home is about another $1,000, give or take a few hundred. Larger dumpsters cost a few thousand more, but could be converted into family units to help parents and children stay together but still be safe until space opens up in a shelter or government-subsidized housing units. If the city and local governments would grant space to dumpster dwellers but also allow freedom to move their roll-off dumpster home anywhere they want, many homeless would not have to worry about warmth and where they will sleep, which is a common problem with overcrowded shelters in big cities. Another Example of a Converted Container and Home Living If the idea of converting dumpsters into homes for the homeless leaves you uncomfortable, then maybe converting shipping containers are more your style. For about the same price as a large dumpster-to-home/camper conversion, you could convert shipping containers. Where small dumpsters would provide all the basics of apartment living, converted shipping containers would provide a more upscale type of living for those with the ability to pay a little in rent each month. It would be the next step up when people who are homeless are trying to get past their current...

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3 Things To Know When Switching From City Sewer To A Septic Tank

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things To Know When Switching From City Sewer To A Septic Tank

If you’re moving from the city to a house you are building in the country, one difference you may encounter is the type of sewer system you use. In the country, you may need to have a private septic system installed on your property. If this is new to you, here are three things you need to know about this. You’ll have to pay for the system upfront According to Home Advisor, the average cost of a septic system is around $4,500, but yours may be more or less than this. If your last house had city sewage service, it probably also had city water too. These two utilities are usually billed together, and you were probably required to pay a fee each month for them. The nice part about owning your own septic system is that you will not have to pay a monthly bill for using the system. Once you pay the contractor for it, the only time you will ever spend money on it is if it needs to be pumped or repaired. It will need maintenance The main type of maintenance you will need to do if you own a septic tank is have the tank cleaned out from time to time. This service will cost between $200 to $300, but it will keep the system running properly. If you take good care of your septic system, it will last longer and experience fewer problems. The biggest question is how often a tank should be pumped, and the answer to this depends on the size of the tank and the number of people living in the house. Home Advisor reports that most homeowners need to have this done every one to three years, but Inspectapedia offers a chart you can use to determine how often to do this. For example, if you live in a house with four people total and have a tank that is 1,000 gallons, you should have it pumped every 2 1/2 years. You may need to learn how to control water usage A septic system is very different than a municipal city sewer system, and one thing that can cause issues with it is when you use too much water. A septic system is designed in a way to allow the solids to remain in the tank and the liquids to evaporate and work their way out. When too much water is used too often, the system cannot keep up with this process, and you may end up with sewage water in your yard. The best thing to do is to control and limit the amount of water you use daily. Another good idea is to simply spread out your water usage over an entire week, instead of using it all in one day. For more information, contact Lanik Enterprises INC. or a similar...

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Get Your Home Back Into Livable Condition After A Flood

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get Your Home Back Into Livable Condition After A Flood

If you have just endured a flood situation in your home, you need to work quickly in removing the water to decrease the amount of damage you may sustain to the structure of the building. In areas where many homes have flooded, water damage restoration services are most likely in high demand, making it important to work on the flooded area on your own until you can have professionals come for an assessment. Here are some instructions for you to use when dealing with flooding inside your home. Keep Everyone Safe If power has not been turned off to your home, go to the breaker box and turn it off yourself. Gather as many helpers as you can and have everyone suit up to go into the water. If people have waders, have them wear them. Otherwise, tie garbage bags around each person’s legs to help keep contaminated water off of their skin as they walk into the area. Make sure everyone wears plastic gloves, as well. Remove The Water Form a line where one person scoops water and passes it to the next person. The last person in line can dump the water outdoors. It is a good idea to have several buckets in use at a time to remove water quickly.  If someone has a power converter available, have them use it in their vehicle so you can use an extension cord to plug in a water pump to help redirect water. Use a long garden hose to move water to an area lower than your foundation. This will greatly lessen the amount of time needed to remove the water from your home. Dry Out The Area Move any furniture or items you believe you can salvage, outdoors or into a dry area. Turn pieces upside-down so that embedded moisture will drip out. Open all windows and doors to aid in drying out the home. When power is restored, use several area fans to dry the area.  If the flooded area has carpet, steam clean it to remove excess water from within the fibers. Many times a professional service will need to help get carpets cleaned after a flood situation, as the moisture becomes trapped in the carpet padding. This causes mold or mildew to occur. Rip down any saturated pieces of drywall as these harbor mold spores, as well. They will need to be replaced by a contractor if you do not know how to do the repair on your own. Clean The Area When everything has dried, it will need to be sanitized to help keep mold spores from growing into harmful black mold. Make a solution of half bleach, half water, and scrub down every single surface that was touched by flood water. Bleach will kill bacteria and help kill mold spores. Rinse thoroughly. Afterwards, follow-up with a commercial-grade mildew remover for extra insurance that mold will not grow within the home. To learn more about flood clean up, contact a company like CDM Cesspool...

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Medical Waste Services: What Constitutes Medical Waste And Who Disposes Of It?

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Medical Waste Services: What Constitutes Medical Waste And Who Disposes Of It?

If you have ever wondered what constitutes medical waste and how it is disposed of, the explanation is a simple one. You could ask a doctor or nurse, and they could, and should, be able to tell you exactly what makes the defining list for medical waste. If you do not personally know a doctor or nurse and do not move in medical circles with any frequency, then the following will help define and explain it for you. What Makes the List for Medical Waste Surprisingly, it is more than just used needles that makes the list for medical waste. Here is the comprehensive list: Bio-hazard waste–blood covered/soaked linens, bandages, gloves, operating gowns, etc. Broken medical equipment that came into contact with patient’s skin, blood, organs, etc. Machines that no longer work and cannot be repaired or reused Lab tests and testing supplies Bodily organs that have been surgically removed and will not be implanted in another person’s body Essentially, anything medically-related that presents a major health risk to other patients or will cause them harm is medical waste. Even band-aids that have been soaked in blood are considered medical waste and have to go in the same red bio-hazard bags with bandages, gloves, etc. Disposing of Medical Waste There are sanitation groups that deal specifically with the removal and destruction of medical waste (such as MWaste). The EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, regulates the disposal of all medical waste. Before a hospital or clinic can even schedule a pick-up of the waste, they have to bag it, label it, and tag it according to the regulations set by the EPA. Anything that can be burned is incinerated far from the public and everything else that can be stripped down, sterilized and melted down to create new parts is recycled. Who to Call Each state has its own medical waste services and management program. You can find your state’s program by visiting your state government home page, and then clicking on sanitation and special waste disposal links. Otherwise, you can contact your city government and ask how to dispose of medical waste, although you should probably have a very good reason for doing so. Having enough medical waste that requires you to need special sanitation services usually and only applies to group homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities that are all privately owned and operated and do not have any affiliations with any particular medical...

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3 Ways To Maintain Your Septic Tank

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Maintain Your Septic Tank

Maintaining a septic system isn’t as easy as it may sound. There are several things you need to think about to make sure that your septic system stays healthy and in working order. A septic tank that isn’t working well can mean that you end up with several thousand dollars in repair or replacement costs.  Pump the Tank Pumping your tank is an important part of septic tank maintenance. Over the years, sludge will build up in your tank. The sludge will block the outputs, so wastewater won’t be able to work its way through the system. That will cause problems like flooded leach fields and slow drains. How often you get your tank pumped depends on how many people are in your house as well as how big your tank is. It is a good idea to have a septic tank service company come out and check your tank every couple of years and pump it if necessary.  Don’t Use Bleach Bleach is used for many things besides laundry. However, it isn’t a good thing for your septic tank. That’s because there are anaerobic bacteria that live in your septic tank. Those bacteria help to digest the solids in your wastewater. If bleach gets into that system, it can kill all the bacteria. Dead bacteria means that nothing is being done about the solids in your tank and your tank could back up and flood.  Save Water Not only is saving water good for the environment, it’s also good for your septic tank. There is only room for so much water in your tank at once. So, make sure that you don’t have any leaks anywhere and don’t do things like use the large load setting on your washer when you are only washing one thing. You should also think about not saving up all your laundry and doing it in one day. Spread it out some, so that your septic tank has some time to process all the water that you are putting into it.  If you are having problems with your septic tank, you should never wait to see if anything you do fixes the problem. While it’s a good idea to start taking better care of your septic tank if it’s not working well, you need to get a professional out immediately to figure out what the problem is and fix it for you before it gets to bad. For more information, contact a local septic service company like Martin Septic Service...

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Recovering From A Flood

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Recovering From A Flood

“Texas Flood” is more than a Stevie Ray Vaughn song. Recent torrential rains in Texas have left the inhabitants with a horrible cleanup job to accomplish. Texas had enough rainfall in May 2015 for the entire state to be covered in eight inches of water. Texas is an extreme example of flood damage, but anyone forced out of their homes by flooding will face an intensive cleanup process. Power Once you have returned home after the flood, you will probably need generators to provide power. Be aware that they give off toxic exhaust and need to be located away from vents, windows, doors, and other openings to your home. Do not put the generators in garages or sheds, either. A carbon monoxide problem can develop quickly and prove deadly to you and your family.  Water The flood water is contaminated with debris and sewage, so you need to avoid it as much as possible. Contact with the water can cause intestinal issues, headaches, and other physical discomforts. Also, when contaminated water enters a skin opening, an infection can develop. If you cannot avoid coming in contact with flood water, be certain to wear boots, gloves, and other protective clothing.  If you have a well, do not turn on the pump because you may receive an electric shock. Even after the pump has been determined safe to use by the local power company, do not drink the well water until it has been tested and found safe. Septic Systems You will want to begin using your bathroom facilities as soon as possible, but you may need to use temporary toilets if your septic tank is flooded. If you suspect damage to your system, you need to call a professional service like Fyle’s Honey Wagon to inspect and clean your tank. The flood will likely have filled your system with silt and other debris that will require sewage pumps to clear. The service people also will be able to determine if the system incurred any other damage, including blocked outlets and drainage field damage. Having your home flood is a dangerous and traumatic experience that requires a complicated recovery process. You will have to address water, power, and sewage issues before you can even begin to repair much of the damage done to your home. Be careful and only attempt to repair what you are qualified to do. Most electrical, gas, and sewage issues need professional...

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