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Sewer Pumping 101 | A Guide For First-Time Customers

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sewer Pumping 101 | A Guide For First-Time Customers

A slow flush, weird drainage issues, and telltale odors–all of these are signs that your home’s septic system is indeed reaching an overly full state. It’s time to call up a sewer pumping professional to have your tank properly pumped and cleaned. If this will be your first experience with sewer pumping services, you are bound to be a little bewildered by the process. Here are a few of the most common questions first-time residential customers tend to have about septic tank cleaning and pumping and the answers you are going to want to know. First off, how much is this going to cost? Having your septic tank pumped is one of the less-costly maintenance tasks you will likely face as a homeowner. Average costs are usually somewhere between $75 and $200. However, costs can be a little higher, falling closer to the $300 mark, in some areas and if your tank is a larger model or harder to reach.  How does the professional even find the tank? If you have no idea where your septic tank is, the sewer pumping agent can usually track it down without a hassle. Many times, the tank can be located by tracking down ventilation pipes. In some cases, the professional will use a geological scanner to track down the tank. Will this mean your yard will have to be dug up? In order to reach the septic tank, the professional will have to dig out a small space in most cases. However, many newer septic tanks are designed in a way that allows minimal effort to reach the tank opening so it can be pumped. Rest assured, whatever is disturbed during the pumping process, the professional will do their best to put it back as it was before they leave. Should there be someone home? There is usually no need for someone to be present during the sewer pumping process. However, it is a good idea to give directions to or somehow mark the septic tank location on your property to make things easier on the professional. How often will this have to happen? The length of time your septic tank can go before it needs to be pumped again will depend on the size of your tank in comparison to the size of your household. In general terms, you should expect to have to have the tank pumped about every three years. Visit to learn...

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Three Reasons To Use Spin Mops With Yarn Heads Over Spin Mops With Rag Heads

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons To Use Spin Mops With Yarn Heads Over Spin Mops With Rag Heads

There are several different kinds of mops you can buy and use for home and commercial sanitation. Each has its own benefits, but spin mops may have the most benefits of all. Additionally, spin mops with yarn heads are preferable to spin mops with rag heads. Here are just three of the benefits spin mops with yarn heads have over spin mops with rag heads. The Yarn Threads on the Mop Heads Scrub Better Most spin mops have three-hundred-sixty-degree mop heads comprised of thick yarn threads. A few may utilize rag threads, but the rag threads do not work as well as the yarn threads because the yarn is coarser and able to handle more rough scrubbing action. The rag threads are not as effective because they are too soft and do not have enough abrasive surface area to scrub without tearing. The yarn threads can also reach into corners where rag threads will only skim past. Yarn Spin Mops Can Withstand Numerous Bleachings and Washings Spin mops are designed so that you can remove their heads, throw them into your washing machine for cleaning and bleach the daylights out of them. (They are very economical and earth-friendly that way.) The yarn heads withstand many more bleachings and washings than the rag heads because the rag loops are large and frequently catch on the agitator in your machine and rip. The bleach causes the rag heads to deteriorate faster, and if you have ever used a rag head for your spin mop, you may have experienced this particular aspect firsthand. Yarn Heads Soak up More Fluids Custodians in schools will probably tell you that they use mops to soak up more urine and vomit than just about any other custodian anywhere. When you have large puddles of these bodily fluids to clean up, you want your mop head to soak up and clean up as much of it as possible and as quickly as you can to avoid anyone slipping through the mess. Yarn mop heads on spin mops can absorb more than the rag heads because the yarn threads are double-strand, twisted and worsted yard. This means that as the fluids are soaked up and into the yarn fibers, the threads continue to absorb more and more of the fluids by pulling them up and in towards the center of each thread bundle and up towards the plastic part of each mop head. Rag threads on these mops can only hold as much as they can pick up on the first pass with the mop. Because it is similar to throwing a towel down on the mess, the rag threads (or towel) fill quickly and then cannot hold another dram of fluid. Then it has to be wrung out or it will...

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Getting Ready for a Major Home Decluttering Effort

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting Ready for a Major Home Decluttering Effort

If you’re ready to do some major house decluttering, it’s time to use the three-pile approach to get rid of everything you don’t want or need. You’ll need to be ruthless in your decisions to keep or get rid of something, which can be difficult. But when you’re done, you’ll have more room in your home and you’ll feel good about your organizational efforts. Defining Your Three Piles   By using these three piles, you identify everything that you no longer need and distinguish how to dispose of it all: Items that you’ll donate to a thrift store, food bank, or other charity. You can feel good about giving these things away because other people will make good use of them. Items that you’ll take to a recycling center. You’ll get satisfaction that you’re keeping these items out of the landfill and that they will be repurposed into something useful again. Items that you’ll throw away. You’ll regain the space taken up by these items that no longer have any value to you or anyone else. Your goal is to place as many items as you can into the donation pile. Next you want to recycle as many items as you can. This leaves the minimum amount to send to the landfill. Establish a distinct physical space for each pile away from the others. This helps to keep the project from feeling overwhelming as each pile increases in size. For example, set aside part of a room for the donation pile. Make space in your garage for the recyclables. Make arrangements with a trash collection service to haul away the landfill items to save you trips to the city dump. If you have old appliances to get rid of, such as a washer and dryer, you’ll appreciate the convenience of a service that comes to your door and takes those items away.     Create a Decluttering Mantra   For every item you touch, you need to ask the following questions: Am I using this item right now? Will I use this item in the next few months? If not, how do I justify the space it’s taking up in my home? Can someone else make use of this? Can this be recycled into something useful? Are there any reasons this shouldn’t go to the landfill right now? This helps you to decide in which pile to place the item.   Decluttering Room by Room   Pick at least one room every day to go through until you’ve been through the whole house. Doing more than that may feel overwhelming. If you don’t think you have much clutter, here are some examples that you may actually have in each room.   Kitchen Cans of food that haven’t been used in months Extra dinnerware such as plates, glasses, and flatware Small appliances you no longer use Bedroom Old bed linen that is no longer used Spare blankets Clothing, especially outgrown kids’ clothing, and shoes Outerwear such as winter coats and sweaters Living Room Extra pieces of furniture TVs, stereos, game consoles Books and magazines Bathroom Hair dryers and curling irons Makeup mirrors Bath towels and wash cloths Basement and Attic Artificial Christmas trees and wreaths Wrapping paper and supplies Cardboard boxes You’ll be surprised at how many things you’re able...

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Managing Business Waste: How Your Company Can Go Green

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Managing Business Waste: How Your Company Can Go Green

More and more companies are making an effort to go green. A recent survey shows that 56 percent of respondents stated they would be willing to pay more to do business with an environmentally friendly company. One way you can tap into this market is by handling the waste your company produces in an environmentally conscious way. Here are just a few ideas to help your business go green. Commercial Dumpsters For Recycling Gone are the days when all your company’s refuse ends up in large dumpsters. Today, you can use commercial dumpsters that are designed for recycling, which help you to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills. There are many options available to you, including: Paper-only dumpsters, which are ideal for printing businesses Cardboard-only dumpsters, which can be beneficial for shipping/receiving operations Four-way sorting dumpsters, which can be used for retail store and restaurant recycling Talk to your dumpster rental professionals about which options work best for your business needs and the available space you have for dumpster storage. Contact a company like ESP Dumpsters & Waste Services for more information. In-Office Recycling Initiatives Foster a sense of environmental responsibility with your staff by implementing recycling initiatives in the office. Use refillable toner cartridges instead of disposable ones, and encourage your employees to use reusable bottles instead of purchasing plastic water bottles. Place small bins under each desk for waste paper to be discarded, and empty the bins into your recycling dumpsters at the end of each day. You may even want to hand out an award each month to the employee who shows the biggest commitment to sustainability and recycling. Get Your Customers Involved You can get help from your customers to continue your commitment to environmentally responsible practices. If you run a retail or grocery store, encourage your shoppers to use recyclable bags instead of paper or plastic by offering a small discount. If you run an office, provide paper recycling bins for newspapers and other documents. Businesses of all kinds can create recycling areas for disposing of plastic bottles, paper goods and glass. Your customers and clients will see your green business practices in action and may be more likely to support you as a result. Reducing landfill waste is one of the best ways to positively impact the world around you. Use these ideas as inspiration for your business, or come up with your own recycling and waste reduction plans to improve your company’s reputation and to commit to environmental...

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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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