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Tips for New Septic Tank Owners

Have you recently moved into a home that relies on a septic system? While your plumbing may look the same on the outside, there are some key differences internally when you compare a septic system to a sewer system. First and foremost, you are now the sole responsible party in terms of maintaining and repairing your septic tank when needed. Therefore, it’s time to to understand the details of what a septic system needs to function best.

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When to Consider a Residential Grease Trap

Grease traps are most often associated with commercial plumbing. Restaurants and hotels use grease traps as a means to manage FOGS (fat, oils and grease) from the wastewater so that it does not clog the septic system. While it is not as common, grease traps can also be installed in your home to serve the same purposes as it does in a commercial entity. Both commercial and residential grease traps work by intercepting and separating the fats, oils and grease of your wastewater so that a costly and embarrassing backup doesn’t occur.

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Have a Septic Tank? Never Flush These 5 Items

When it comes to disposing wastes from your home, a septic system can offer the same level of efficiency and effectiveness as a sewer system. However, there are certain rules that apply to septic tank owners that don’t apply to those on a public sewer line. The most notable distinction is what you flush down your toilets and drains. There are items that can get clog your plumbing pipes and disrupt the overall health of your septic tank.

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Understanding Septic Tank Alarms

Whether it is a clock alarm or fire alarm, alarms are meant to alert us of something important that we may have otherwise missed. Septic tank alarms are no different. Many septic tanks are equipped with a special, built-in alarm system. These alarms are designed to go off when the water level in your septic tank is either too high or too low. Either situation could lead to a serious problem if left unattended.

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The Cost Advantages of a Septic System

When it comes to disposing wastewater in a home, it is either performed through a public sewer system or by a septic tank on the property. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options. However, if you are concerned about cost, a septic system is typically the preferred plumbing solution.

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How Often Should I Pump My Septic Tank?

Septic tank pumping is a critical task if you want to maintain your septic system. A septic tank pumping essentially cleans your system by removing the accumulated sludge and scum from your tank. Unfortunately, if your septic tank doesn’t get pumped when it needs it, it can lead to septic tank failure, premature drain field failure, sewage backups in your home, health hazards for your family and costly repairs. These are consequences every homeowner wants to avoid, and they can be easily avoided if septic tank pumping is scheduled on time. So what does “on time” pumping mean for your septic tank?

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