Can You Save Money by DIY Septic Repairs?

Are you it a do-it-yourself homeowner? You mow your own lawn, you fix minor plumbing issues and repair many items around the house, saving a significant amount of money on home maintenance. However, when it comes to your septic system, you may want to leave repairs to the professionals. While you may be able to do some maintenance yourself, when you have a septic problem, it is worth the investment to hire a professional. Here are a few reasons why it is not cost-effective or safe to attempt DIY septic repairs.

Specialized Equipment

Septic tanks and drain fields need specialized equipment. You need may need to dig to remove pipes, or tools to access the tank. Often this equipment is not something a homeowner may own; it could need to be rented. The cost of renting equipment, plus the value of your time, can be more expensive than hiring a professional.

Safety Concerns

No one should open a septic tank without the proper gear and training. The gases in a septic tank are toxic and can be deadly. There is also concerns about injury when working near the septic tank; slips and falls can cause serious injuries.

Causing Harm to Your Septic

The biggest monetary risk with DIY septic repairs is doing more harm than good. A wrong move and you could do irreputable damage to your septic system. A failed septic can cost thousands of dollars to replace, which is why it is best to trust repairs to a professional.

Protect your investment in your home and leave septic repairs to trained professionals. In the long run, you can save money and protect your health by choosing to avoid DIY septic repairs.

Posted on behalf of:
Septic Service Pro, LLC
Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30334
(678) 292-8728

What to Expect When Your Septic Tank is Installed

When you are having a new septic tank installed, you need to be prepared for the process. It is not as simple as digging a whole and dropping in the tank. There is planning and permits that are needed, whether it is a new or replacement tank for your septic system. Most homeowners will only have one tank installed in their septic system over a few decades, so knowing what to expect can help the process go smoother.

Planning and Permits

Before the installation can be scheduled, you need to complete the planning process. First, you need to decide the size of tank needed. If you are replacing an existing tank, this is an opportunity to upgrade to a larger tank. Talk to your septic tank professionals to determine the best type and size of tank for your home.

Placement of your tank will also need to be planned. If it is a replacement, it will most likely be placed in the same location. However, for new tank installations, your installer can help choose a location that will meet the local regulations.

Once you decide on the tank, you can make sure you apply for your permits. Often your septic installer can help with getting the right permits from the city or county office in your region.

Day of Installation

When you have the permits and planning completed, your contractor will schedule the day of your installation. Expect a significant amount of soil removal for new installations, including trenches for pipes and a deep hole for the tank. Replacement should not need as much digging, but the old tank will need to be disconnected and removed before the new tank can be lowered and buried.

When the correct planning and preparation is completed, your septic tank installation can be done expediently when you hire experienced installers. Make sure to plan your tank installation carefully with your contractor to ensure it is done right and legally from beginning to end.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

Household Grease and the Septic System

When you have a septic system, you have a small water treatment plant in your backyard. The system can be fickle and if the wrong items are allowed into the septic tank, it can cause an issue with the breakdown system in the tank and filtering of effluent. Household cleaners, chemicals, paints and even prescription drugs can have an impact on your septic system. However, one common element that causes many septic problems is household grease, a simple yet harmful agent when too much is allowed into your system.

Why Is Household Grease Bad for Septic Systems?

First and foremost, grease is bad for any plumbing, whether you have a septic system or not. Grease and fats from cooking can be the culprits for clogs in the interior plumbing and the sewer lines. However, beyond clogging the pipes, grease also does not breakdown in the septic tank. Too much household grease can cause a layer that covers your drain field. A biomat can form that stops the effluent from the septic tank from filtering down through the soil. If a biomat forms, it can lead to septic failure and the need for a new drain field or septic system.

To prevent damage to your septic system, make the effort to keep all household grease out of your drains. Wipe out pans and plates, and dump grease in the garbage before you rinse or wash them, reducing the amount of fats that enter your septic system.

Talk to your local septic service about what can and cannot go down the drain to prevent septic problems. Also adhere to regular septic maintenance and septic tank pumping through your septic service company.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Is Your Toilet Trying to Tell You Something?

One of the first signs of septic problems may be right under your nose. Your toilet can be one of the first indicators that there is trouble brewing in your sewer lines, septic tank or even drain field. The pressured water that spins down the toilet can alert you when there are problems down the line.

What a Slow Flushing Toilet Can Mean for Your Septic System

If you notice that your toilet is slow to flush, check your other toilets. If only one is flushing slow in the house, it may more likely be a clogged drain for just that toilet. However, if all or a few of the toilets in the home are slow to flush, it is most likely be a septic system issue. Some of the possible problems could be:

  • A clogged sewer line, causing slow drainage of the major drains in the house
  • Your septic tank is getting full and needs to be pumped
  • Your drain field is not working correctly, causing a sewage backup

A slow flushing toilet is one sign of septic issues, but it is not the only one. Other signs of septic issues include odors. Sewage odors coming from your drains or lingering outside can be a sign there is a septic problem. Bright green grass or pooling above your drain field is also are warning signs of septic issues, as is wet or eroding ground above your sewer lines.

If you notice any of these issues, call your septic repair company right away. You may be on the verge of a septic failure or have other serious problems in your septic system that need immediate repair.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing Inc
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

What is the Average Cost to Pump a Septic Tank?

One of the most common questions asked when it comes to septic tank pumping is how much it will cost. Unfortunately, there is not a simple answer. Not only do different septic companies charge varying amounts for this service, it is also dependent on the size of tank and the fees for disposal of waste in your area. Here are some guidelines on what determines the cost and how to know if you are getting a good rate.

  • Average national costs. According to Homeadvisor.com, the average costs for septic tank pumping can range from $300-$400. However, it is important to check the costs in your area; this is only an average, which means there are higher and lower costs nationwide.
  • Size of tank. A large septic tank for a four or five-bedroom home will cost more to pump than the smaller versions for one or two-bedroom homes.
  • Local fees. The cost of disposal is part of the fee that septic services cannot negotiate. They are charged this to dispose of the waste and must include it in their price to the consumer. They must also pay for gas, vehicles and labor, while still making a small profit for themselves.
  • Other repairs. Often, it is when pumping is performed that issues are identified that need repair or maintenance. A common issue is septic filter replacement, which can result in another $300 or more in costs if completed at time of pumping.

Make sure to ask what is included in your septic pumping fee when getting quotes for your service. Some companies advertise a low price, but there are other fees on top of the basic pumping fee.

Posted on behalf of:
Septic Service Pro, LLC
Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30334
(678) 292-8728

Why Hydro Jetting Is the Best Solution for Sewer Line Blockages

When there is a blockage or clog deep in a sewer line, hydro jetting is an excellent option for clearing the pipe. This professional service offered by sewer and septic service companies uses high-powered water to flush out the pipes and any blockages. Beyond being effective, hydro jetting has other benefits when used for clearing sewer lines. Here is why high pressure hydro jetting is the best solution for removing sewer line blockages.

No Chemicals

Unlike other types of clog removal, hydro jetting only uses water, with no added chemicals or other substances. This is a greener solution for the environment, plus it protects your plumbing and sewer lines from additional damage.

Better for Grease Clogs

The problem with grease clogs is that they are difficult to snake out of a deep pipe. They are soft yet can create a solid wall in your sewer lines. Hydro jetting flushes the grease out instead of pulling it out, making it much more effective in completely clearing grease blockages.

Quick and Less Mess

With hydro jetting, a digital video camera can find the clog and it can be flushed out with pressured water. There is no digging up pipes or pulling out debris from the pipes. The inside of the sewer line is completely cleaned and the “mess” goes through to the city sewer line or your septic system.

If you have a slow or clogged sewer line, call your local sewer/septic service that offers hydro jetting. In one day your sewer line can be inspected, and if it is only a clog, hydro jetting can be used to clear the pipes and get your plumbing working correctly again.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 736-8283

Buying a Home with a Septic: What You Need to Know

When you are shopping for a new home in smaller towns or rural areas, you are bound to come across homes with septic systems. If you are not familiar with septic systems, it is important to understand how they differ from city sewer service before you buy a home with a septic. Here is what you need to know if you are considering buying a home with a septic.

  • It is important to have a septic system inspection before you agree to buy a home. Insist on a thorough inspection of the pump, tank, drain field and sewer lines to ensure the system is in good shape.
  • Septic systems do not require monthly payments for service, but they do need maintenance. Ask for maintenance records for the septic system and contact a local septic service to discuss ongoing maintenance plans. Most septic systems will require service 1-2 times a year.
  • Protecting your septic. Septic systems are more sensitive then city sewer systems. It is vital to understand the limits of what can be put down the drain to prevent septic clogs and failure. Talk to your local septic service company to learn the basics on how to care for your system.

If you are unsure about owning a home with a septic system, but are enamored by a house on the market with a septic, consider conversion. Many areas may have sewer lines available that can be connected to the home you desire. While it may be a sizable initial investment, converting to a sewer system connection can be easier for maintenance and add value to you home.

Posted on behalf of:
Septic Service Pro, LLC
Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30334
(678) 292-8728

5 Items that can Clog Your Sewage Pump

If you have a sewage pump in your septic system, you want to prevent clogs from occurring. Items that will not necessarily cause issues in your septic tank can be disastrous to your sewage pump. These items can create a clog or damage the pump, resulting in costly repairs. Here are five items to avoid putting down your drains to prevent sewage pump clogs.

  1. Cat litter. Even “flushable” cat litter should not be flushed down into a septic tank with a sewage pump. It can clog up the mechanisms in your grinder or sewage pump.
  2. Condoms and female hygiene items. Cotton, plastics and rubber all should be kept out of your septic system, including prophylactics and female hygiene products.
  3. Do not empty your fireplace ashes into the toilet or put them down the drain. They can gum up the pump and clog the system.
  4. Disposable wipes. Baby wipes and other “flushable” wipes can get caught in your sewage pump and cause a clog. Dryer sheets also do not breakdown in the septic tank and may create pump clogs.
  5. Cigarette butts. The filters on cigarettes are not bio-degradable and should not be flushed or put down drains when you own a septic system with a sewage pump.

If your sewage pump becomes clogged, your septic system can become backed up. You may notice drains in your home begin to slow down or sewage comes up the pipes. If you notice a problem with your drains in your home, call your local septic service company to inspect your septic system. You may have a sewage pump clog or other problem with your system.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

What Is Blocking Your Sewer Line?

Are multiple drains in your home slow or beginning to back up? One drain with an issue is likely a clog in the pipe, but if multiple drains are backing up or draining slowly, you may have a blockage in your sewer line. Some other signs of a sewer line clog include:

  • Bad odor coming from the drains
  • Drains near the main sewer line outlet are the slowest or first to back up
  • Wet areas in the ground above the sewer line
  • Sewage odors outside

If you are concerned you have a sewer line blockage, it is important to know where and what is causing the clog. Often sludge buildup creates a partial or full blockage, collecting debris that comes down the drains. Other possible causes of a blockage include tree roots, broken sewer lines and non-biodegradable items that are accidentally flushed down the drain.

To find out what is blocking your sewer line and where the blockage is located, contact your local sewer or septic service company. Most quality sewer services have digital cameras that can be lowered through the sewer line to find out what is blocking the pipe and where the clog or broken line is located. Once it is identified, a plan can put in place to remove the clog or repair the sewer line to clear your sewer pipes.

At the first signs of a sewer line blockage, call a plumbing or sewer service professional to inspect your sewer line. You will want to find and remove the blockage before you have a sewage back up into your home that can cause damage and put your family at risk.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

4 Benefits of Hydro Jetting Your Sewer Line

Do you know what is inside your sewer lines? Although sewage may pass through your pipes to head to your septic system or to the city sewer, there may be sludge, debris and tree roots that continue to stay inside your pipes. A camera inspection performed by your local sewer or septic service can show you what is hiding in your sewer lines and identify if you need a hydro jetting service. Here are four of the benefits of hydro jetting to clear out your sewer pipes.

  1. Remove tree roots. One of the most common causes of clogs and sewer pipe damage is tree roots. Hydro jetting can clear out roots that have infiltrated your sewer line to keep your pipes open.
  2. Push out sludge. A thick sludge from fats, oils and other waste can build up inside the sewer line. This can trap debris and lead to clogs. Hydro jetting can push out the sludge and leave your pipes clean.
  3. Reduce corrosion. Hydro jetting can clean out corrosive elements and chemicals that can destroy your pipes or cause damage.
  4. Prevent sewage backups. Don’t wait until a sewer line clog causes a sewage backup into your home, damaging floors and contaminating the environment. Hydro jetting can be performed as a preventive measure to remove tree roots and sludge as needed to stop clogs from forming.

Hydro jetting can used to remove clogs, or better yet, stop clogs from forming in your sewer line. Contact your local sewer or septic service company to have a digital camera inspection of your sewer lines and see if it is time to have a hydro jetting service performed.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing Inc
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441