Posts Tagged 'septic systems'

Jul
19
2012

While offering some level of operational efficiency, the performance of anaerobic septic systems pales in comparison to septic systems that have been converted to an aerobic bacterial environment.

Apr
27
2012

Recently, the state of Florida passed legislation SB550 requiring owners of septic systems to pay for an inspection of their septic systems. If the 2.7 million Florida homeowners with septic systems are not prepared when SB550 becomes effective, they may be liable for quite a bit of money if their septic system does not pass the inspection.

Apr
15
2012

In the last blog, a case was made for owners of septic systems to become involved with monitoring the health of their system. One of the ways this can be done is to monitor the sludge and scum layer thicknesses in the septic tank. There are a couple of tools owners of septic systems can use to perform this task.

Apr
10
2012

We have been telling septic tank owners for months on this blog that one of the most important preventative maintenance tasks they can perform is to have their septic tank pumped at the appropriate time. So, get involved and monitor the depths of the scum and sludge layer. The knowledge you will gain will help you make better decisions down the road.

Mar
21
2012

In general, septic tank systems are efficient, economical and safe when properly utilized and maintained. For most homeowners, periodic inspections and pumping of the septic tank is all that is required to keep the system safely operating at peak performance.

Jan
28
2012

Government mandated fees and taxes on septic tanks and septic systems have been a fact of life in some parts of the country for years. These fees and taxes are increasing, however, and many more local governments are contemplating levying them on their constituents that use septic tanks and septic systems. Are they really necessary?

Jan
15
2012

How do people figure out how big or small their septic tank should be? What logic is applied to sizing a septic tank? One of the most important factors in determining how big of a septic tank should be installed in a septic system is water usage.

Jan
7
2012

Home improvement projects, especially in older homes, can generate a lot of liquid waste – some of it hazardous to human health. In most homes, lead paint chips, certain chemicals, latex paint and other substances can be washed or flushed into the sewer system where advanced waste treatment systems process it and remove the harmful substances. However, what do homeowners with septic systems do with liquid waste?

Dec
11
2011

Many property owners in the United States must use on-site waste water treatment systems, or septic systems, to treat organic waste water created on their property. Estimates are that somewhere between one-quarter to one-third of all waste water is treated by property owners with septic systems.

Dec
1
2011

Septic tanks are a necessity in rural areas where sewers are not widely available. However, as many home owners know, septic tank back ups and failures can be expensive messes to clean up. As a result, the septic tank additives industry does good business with septic tank owners seeking a cheaper way to keep their underground septic systems working properly.

Oct
4
2011

Of all the homes in the United States, 25 percent have a septic system. There is not a single scientific study that shows that the use of chemical or bacterial additives for septic systems provide any useful purpose.

Sep
14
2011

No one will debate the fact that septic tank problems are irritating, stressful, costly and time consuming. But the worst part about them is who to turn to for honest, impartial advice?

Aug
16
2011

In April of 2011, there was a news story posted on the Johnson County Sun News website about aging septic tanks and septic systems in a suburb of Kansas City that are failing. The solution being recommended by the local regulators is to have the home owners link up to the municipal wastewater treatment system – an expensive option.

Aug
5
2011

It is not surprising to discover that regulations governing septic systems exist almost everywhere in North America. What is surprising is to find out to what degree the level of regulation varies depending on location.

Aug
4
2011

In the previous blog, I discussed the building sewer, which is essentially the piping that carries waste from a building to a waste treatment system. Picking up where the building sewer terminates, we will discuss in more detail the next component: the septic tank.

Aug
1
2011

For many years, it silently grows underground undetected by the homeowner. Its ability to seal a drainfield and cause septic system problems is legendary. Of course, I am talking about the BIOMAT.

Jul
28
2011

If you ask 100 people that own a septic system if they believe their septic system is permanent, 99 of 100 will say “Well, yes, of course”. The reason for this answer is that most homeowners lack a basic knowledge and understanding about this very important and expensive asset.