Posts Tagged 'septic tanks'

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?

Dec
5
2011

Wow! You’re leaving your small apartment for a home in the suburbs. You are a new member of the community of 1/4 of all American homeowners who privately treat their wastewater. In other words, you not only own a home, you also own a septic tank and a septic system.

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.

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.