Posts Tagged 'septic tank'

Sep
22
2011

When people encounter septic tank problems, a couple of potential causes usually come to mind. After looking at the facts, however, these can usually be dismissed as the source of the problems.

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?

Sep
8
2011

Using bacterial additives will not fix septic tank problems. A look at recent caller’s story and some surprising facts show how little impact these additives have on a septic system’s performance.

Sep
6
2011

Everyday I hear from people across the country that are seeking a solution to their septic tank problems. Many of these customers have been duped into believing that by simply flushing a magic potion down the toilet, their problems vanish.

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
9
2011

You can avoid septic tank problems by ensuring your tank is made from the right material. The majority of septic tanks are constructed out of concrete, fiberglass, polyethylene or coated steel. Typically, septic tanks with a capacity smaller than 6,000 gallons are pre-manufactured. Larger septic tanks are constructed in place or assembled on-site from pre-manufactured sections.

Aug
8
2011

One sure way to avoid septic tank problems is to make sure the septic tank is the right size for the system. In general, the tank is sized based on both expected and maximum usage and how to achieve an appropriate wastewater retention time.

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
3
2011

Typically, construction of a new septic tank system starts at the house by installing a building sewer, then installing a septic tank and, finally, installing whatever wastewater distribution component (i.e. drain field) is necessary for the local codes, site and soil conditions.

Aug
2
2011

If you have ever wondered why septic tank and drainfield replacement costs so much, look at the regulations most states and counties have enacted with regards to these activities. These regulations ensure that the costs will remain high for the foreseeable future.

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
30
2011

We talk a lot about aerobic bacteria on this website and how much better they are than anaerobic bacteria for resolving septic tank problems. The reason lies in the aerobic bacteria’s faster metabolism and respiration rates.

Jul
26
2011

Many people are stunned when they find out they have septic tank problems. They feel overwhelmed with realization that this underground asset that they do not really know that much about can not be taken for granted.

Jul
25
2011

Grease traps have long been used in restaurants and food processing plants to prevent fats, oils and grease (FOG) from entering the septic tank and, eventually, the drainfield or sewer system. Are they a candidate for residential septic systems?

Jul
20
2011

A septic system owner must take action and monitor their use of the system to ensure the septic tank performs its intended functions. One of the more subtle ways to do this is to eliminate the use of anti-bacterial soaps!

Jul
17
2011

If you are reading this blog, chances are you are dealing with a failing or failed septic system and are seeking solutions to your serious and expensive problem. Signs of failure range from gurgling pipes to sewage on the surface of the ground.

Jul
13
2011

There are many septic system best practices that homeowners should understand and implement to ensure their system performs at peak levels for as long as possible. In this blog, we look at two best practices that fall into this category: minimize the amount of organic material that is washed down the kitchen drain and avoid using garbage disposals.