What Happens After the Flush?

If you have ever wondered what your septic system or treatment plant looks like and how it functions we have found a great brochure that shows and explains it well. So, check it out here:

http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/what_happens_after_the_flush.pdf

Water Conservation

Did you know the best way to keep your septic system from failing is to conserve water?   Conserving water has many benefits.  One of them is with the septic system.  Decreasing the amount of laundry you do, taking shorter showers, and using less water to wash dishes are some of the major ways you can conserve water in your house. Not only keeping your water bill down but also making your septic system last longer and allowing the system to work properly.

“Water conservation is probably the most effective way to prevent septic system failures. Reducing water use in the home reduces the flow through the system, allowing more time for solids to settle and digest in the septic. It also decreases the chances of overloading the soil absorption field. In addition, divert roof drains and surface water from driveways and hillsides away from the drainfield.” (Penn State College of Agricultural Science, Prevent your Septic System from Failing, April 2011)

 

Clogs are not good

Today we want to inform you of items that might cause a clog in your septic system. Make sure you put all compost or trash in their proper locations. A small example of things that should NOT be flushed

* Cigarette Butts
* Cotton Swabs
* Cat Box Litter
* Sanitary Napkins
* Tampons
* Applicators
* Disposable Diapers or Wipes
* Condoms
* Medicines or other similar products

Creating good habits and putting things in the right places will keep unexpected surprises from happening.

Septic System the Bad

Sometimes we don’t think about our septic system as something to maintain. If you have a septic tank and are not connected to a city system, you need to keep it well balanced and make sure the good bacteria stays. Here are some things NOT to put in your septic system:

** Prescriptions drugs
** Bath and body oils
** Cooking oils
** Non septic safe household cleaners
** Anti-bacterial soaps and sanitizers
** Any poisons like: Pesticides, Paints, Thinners, and the list goes on.

All of these items could harm the good bacteria or change the balance needed to control the sludge in your system. They can either kill existing bacteria or introduce bad bacteria to your system. Toilet Bowl cleaners and other household cleaners that are safe for septic systems will state it on the container. Those with bleach will kill the germs in your house but also the good enzymes in the septic tank.

Storm Shelters

We recently received an inquiry by a potential client for a below grade storm shelter. Indeed we can install the commercially available storm shelters at your home. These include precast reinforced storm shelters from $4,100, steel storm shelters from $5,200 or a fiberglass storm shelter from your supplier. For the more cost conscious home owner, we can also build a below grade storm shelter that is based off of FEMA’s recommendations and details as laid out in their publication 320 for $2,900.

Not all of these storm shelters will fit your needs as each option has its own strengths and trade offs. We would be happy to meet you at your home to discuss your plan.