Can I use chemical drain cleaner if I have a septic tank?

Encountering unexpected clogs in your septic system, particularly those that might cause a backup in your sinks or toilets, are liable to spur immediate searching for chemical assistance. Is what you might most quickly find in supermarket or big-box aisles the right remedy? It's instructive here to remember how your septic system operates [...]

June 14, 2022|Main|

How often should you pump your septic tank?

Perhaps the most-often-recurring theme on this blog has been the importance of preventative maintenance of your septic system. The best way, after all, to fix your system is to not have to fix it, at least not any more than necessary. A big part of that philosophy is having a plan for how [...]

May 23, 2022|Main|

What those April showers mean for your septic system

The natural rhythms of Mother Nature during the spring make it an opportune time to maintain your septic system and otherwise keep an eye on it. The extra precipitation — the April showers that cause May flowers — may also affect the water table level, which can make an impact on a septic [...]

May 4, 2022|Main|

Will the rainy season affect my septic system?

The poet Alfred Tennyson famously wrote that a young man's fancy turns to love in spring. If that young man owns a septic system, some thought might need to be diverted to making sure it can handle the rains spring brings to the Tri-State area. Typically, heavy rains most dramatically affect the drainfield [...]

March 21, 2022|Main|

When and how you should use a plunger

Toilet clogs happen. The good news is they are often avoidable. We have covered the topic of what to and not to flush, but even if you follow those guidelines religiously, it happens to the best of us. Enter the plunger. No one thinks much about this simple household tool until they need [...]

March 8, 2022|Main|

Spot key trouble signs and avoid a septic emergency

It’s hard to think of a more unpleasant mental image than a "septic emergency." But knowing what to actually do in such a situation can help play a key role in the difference between needing your septic system repaired or needing a new one. A major hindrance to detection of a septic emergency [...]

January 18, 2022|Main|

What is a grease trap and who needs one?

In recent articles we've spent time reviewing what shouldn't go down your drain — the list is rather extensive — and why. When you enter the intersection of the business world and the land of sewers and septic tank systems, though, that can get a little sticky. And for those of you in the [...]

December 13, 2021|Main|

Your sink’s garbage disposal isn’t a garbage can!

A garbage disposal can be a great and useful tool for those who cook (or eat!) often at home. Let's face it, for most of us, sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomach, and even if that isn't always the case, there's almost always a little extra waste from producing meals. It [...]

November 15, 2021|Main|

Moving into a new home with a septic system?

If you are experiencing living in a house with a septic system for the first time, or the first time in a long time, there are some things you should know about how to treat it. Here are some tricks of the trade to caring for a septic system versus living in a [...]

October 13, 2021|Main|

How septic systems (are designed) to work

Properly maintained, your septic system treats your household wastewater (everything that goes down a drain or toilet) and keeps you from having to worry too much about what happens to it after it leaves the structure. Pipes carry sewage and wastewater from your home into a septic holding tank. There, gravity and biology [...]

October 13, 2021|Main|
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