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Making the Switch from Septic to Sewer

When it comes to disposing wastewater, a home either uses a septic tank or a sewer line. Not all homeowners have the option of choosing which one to use. However, there are cases in which a septic to sewer conversion can be performed. This can become a choice if your city has recently expanded and you’ve gained a new public sewer line that you can connect to. Is the switch from septic to sewer right for you? Here’s a closer look at the pros and cons.

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Are Your Laundry Habits Harming Your Septic Tank?

How do you determine which laundry detergent to buy? You may choose your laundry product based on the scent, what’s on sale or how well it cleans your clothes. If your home relies on a septic tank, however, you’ll need to make your selection based on what is best for your plumbing system. Not all laundry detergents will satisfy both your personal needs and those of your septic system.

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Understanding Restaurant Grease Traps

Whether you own a Mexican, Italian or Fast Food restaurant, your kitchen will have FOG that needs to be disposed of properly. FOG refers to fats, oils and greases that are inevitably left behind after large amounts of food are prepared for your customers. The issue with FOG is that it can’t be sent down your drains like other liquids and wastes. If it is, it can cause major clogs and backups in your restaurant plumbing system. If you are on a septic system, FOGs can wreak havoc on your tank and lead to costly repairs.

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Avoiding Septic System Failure

Your septic tank is one of the largest and most important systems in your home. Unfortunately, no septic system is invincible. Things break – including septic tanks. The key is recognizing when your septic tank is malfunctioning so that you can call for septic repairs or septic tank replacement before it causes damage to your home and property.

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Know the Rules for Garbage Disposals and Septic Tanks

Can you own a garbage disposal if you have a septic tank? Absolutely – but you’ll need to use it carefully and sparingly. For public sewer users, garbage disposals are a no-brainer solution to conveniently getting rid of kitchen waste. With the push of a button or flip of a switch, you can watch cooking waste and leftovers disappear in seconds.

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What’s That Smell?

Modern plumbing is designed to send stinky waste odors away from your home, so when you notice a lingering stench coming from your indoor drains, it can be cause for alarm. If it smells like rotten eggs, septic gases are likely to blame. It is important that you diagnose the reason why foul-smelling gasses are escaping from your tank and entering your home. Beyond the embarrassment and disruption, it can signal that something needs to be repaired or serviced within your septic system.

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