Avoid Costly Septic Issues in Your Business

When you run a business, you have a hundred different factors to keep track of during the average work week. One of the last things that may be on your mind is your septic system. However, this one area can cause major problems for your business if you don’t have a plan in place for maintenance.

Your septic system maintenance should be figured into the overhead for your business. Waiting to deal with issues as they arise can be a big mistake. A septic backup or failure can cause a disruption in your business and cost thousands of dollars in repairs and lost revenue. The best way to avoid septic issues is to set up a maintenance plan for your septic system. This should include:

  • Regular pumping. You don’t want to come in to an overflowing and backed up septic system at your business. Get on a regular pumping schedule to ensure your tank is always kept at an acceptable level. If you have a high-volume period, pumping may be needed more often.
  • Fix issues before they become expensive problems with regular inspections of your septic system. Your service company can alert you when components need to be replaced before they fail.
  • Preventive maintenance. Like any mechanical system, your septic needs preventive maintenance. Talk to your local commercial septic service about setting up a preventive maintenance schedule for your system.

Staying on top of your septic system maintenance is a good investment into your business. With regular pumping, tank cleanings and scheduled service, you can avoid most common septic issues that can cause backups and failures. Call your local commercial septic service to find out what kind of maintenance plans they offer.

Posted on behalf of:
A-Flo Free Septic
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(770) 927-7926

Avoid Costly Septic Problems at Your Business

One of the costliest aspects of running a business is needing to shut down for any reason. When you close your doors to fix an internal problem, you are spending money while not earning any revenue. For businesses that serve customers such as restaurants, salons and other service industries, maintaining your building is essential for making a profit. If you have a business with a septic system, you can avoid costly downtime for your company by adhering to stringent maintenance for your system.

Invest in Septic Maintenance

Many businesses with septic systems never need to close their doors due to plumbing or waste issues. How do they achieve this? Through a regimented maintenance schedule. Since commercial buildings produce more waste than most residential homes, they need more maintenance when it comes to their septic systems. Preventive service can ensure that they never need to shut their doors due to a septic backup, health regulation infraction or clogged drainage system. Here are a few tips to avoid septic issues at your business:

  • Grease trap maintenance. If you own a restaurant, you must have a grease trap and have it routinely maintained. In most areas, there are strict regulations on how often it must be cleaned.
  • Tank pumping. Businesses will need their tanks pumped more often to avoid backups. Consult with your local septic service to schedule routine pumping to avoid expensive overflows of your septic tank.
  • Routine inspections. Fix and repair your septic system before it causes a shutdown of your business with routine inspections of your system. Investing in repairs is much less expensive than a septic emergency that closes your business for hours, days or even a week.

Stay on top of your septic system maintenance to keep your business’ doors open and your profit levels high. Talk to your local septic service company about setting up a routine maintenance schedule for your septic system.

Posted on behalf of:
A-Flo Free Septic
Lawrenceville, GA
(770) 927-7926

Tips for Maintaining a Commercial Septic System

A commercial septic system requires more maintenance than a typical residential system. Higher use and less control of what enters your business’ septic system makes it more likely that the tank will fill quickly and have other issues. A septic backup or failure can have a large impact on your business, so maintaining a functioning system is crucial. Here are a few tips to keep your commercial septic system functioning at its best:

  • Educate your employees. Although you may not be able to stop customers from putting the wrong items down the toilet, you can educate your employees. Explain to your team that keeping chemicals, paint and solid waste out of your system is essential.
  • Outlet baffle filters. If you don’t have an outlet baffle filter, talk to your local commercial septic service company about having one installed. This can reduce solids from entering your pump tank or drainfield that can cause failure.
  • Repair leaks. If you have faucets or toilets that are leaking, this adds to the stress on your septic system. Make sure to have all plumbing issues repaired as soon as possible.
  • Easy access to your septic system. If you do have a septic problem, you want the professionals to be able to quickly resolve the issue. Make sure your tank cover is accessible, as well as your septic system. Many businesses use access risers to make it easy to repair and maintain their septic system.

Most importantly, make sure you schedule regular professional inspections and service for your commercial septic system. This can help identify any issues before they cause a backed up system or failure that can negatively affect your business.

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

Catch Basin Cleaning And Maintenance

Do you have a catch basin at your home or business? If you do not know the answer to that question, it may be time you found out. A catch basin is used to maintain the flow of surface or storm water on your property, draining off excess standing water while catching debris before it goes into the sewer system. These basins protect buildings, driveways and parking lots from damage due to excess surface water, and need to be regularly cleaned and maintained.

Performing Catch Basin Maintenance

Catch basins must regularly be emptied  to keep them performing. This is not generally something that a property owner will do themselves. Many sewer and septic service companies offer catch basin cleaning and maintenance services. To clean the catch basins, the basins either need to manually emptied or  professional vacuum pumps can be used to pull out debris. Some basic recommendations on catch basin cleaning and maintenance include:

  • Empty catch basins when they are half full. Basins that become overloaded can release debris into sewer pipes, causing clogs and damage.
  • Schedule yearly maintenance. Most catch basins should be emptied once a year, sometimes more often.
  • Spring and late fall are good times to empty your basin. After the last leaves fall is a good time to have your catch basin cleaned. Another option is in the spring, to remove debris from the winter storms which may have accumulated.

When catch basins are emptied, they can also be inspected for performance. A catch basin which is not working properly can cause extensive damage to physical property, sewer lines and the surrounding soil, so it is important to keep these devices empty and in good repair.

 Posted on behalf of Metro Septic and Sewer

Two Different Types of Grease Interceptors (GGI and HGI)

It’s no secret that fats, oils and greases can have an adverse effect on sewer and septic systems. That’s where grease interceptors come in handy, reducing the level of grease and oils in wastewater. The first grease trap was patented in the late 1880’s, but these systems have come a long way since those days.

Hydromechanical grease interceptors collect fats, oils and grease discharged from high-volume kitchens by controlling the flow of water and allowing hot water to cool. Fats, oils and grease settle out of the water and are then caught by a baffle to keep it from flowing out of the grease interceptor. These models are typically installed beneath sinks, and must be cleaned manually to ensure peak performance. They’re sized by gallons per minute flow and poundage, and use simple principles to keep harmful grease out of a sewer system.

Gravity grease interceptors are comprised of two or more compartments. The larger amount of water slows down the water inside the interceptor, allowing grease to separate. Buoyancy plays a major role in the way gravity traps work, and they’re much larger than hydromechanical grease interceptors. They’re also more efficient, collecting up to ninety percent of fats, oils and grease as they travel through the system.

If you’re planning to build a restaurant or other high-volume kitchen, local ordinances probably require you to have some sort of grease interceptor installed for the health of the municipal sewer system. Working closely with a licensed sewer and septic professional will ensure that you not only stay within the bounds of local law, but also that you find the most effective and efficient system for your needs.

Posted on behalf of Shawn Bynum, Bynum Plumbing


Regular Grease Trap Cleaning Will Save You Time and Money

The grease trap at your restaurant, commercial kitchen, or other commercial or industrial food production facility needs regular pumping and cleaning to stay in good working order.  Regular cleaning and pumping of your grease trap can also help avoid costly fines and plumbing repairs.

A grease trap is designed to catch the grease and oils that are present in the wastewater of commercial food service operations.  Wastewater from residences contains small quantities of oil and grease, but septic systems and municipal water treatment systems are designed to handle these modest amounts of grease and oil.

However, septic systems and even municipal water treatment systems would be quickly overwhelmed by the grease and oil in the wastewater of most commercial food preparation and production facilities.  For facilities on septic systems, that means the system will quickly become clogged, shutting down your business until you have some very expensive repairs done to the drain field and septic tank.

A facility hooked up to the municipal water treatment system would soon have a clogged sewer line and would also be facing hefty fines for discharging grease and oil into the municipal water treatment system.

Grease traps avoid these expensive problems, but they need to be cleaned regularly.  Otherwise, they will fill up with grease and solid food material and stop working leading to clogged sewer lines, expensive plumbing repairs, and fines.

Grease trap cleaning and pumping is a messy job, but a reputable sewer-septic contractor who handles commercial and industrial pumping can get the job done quickly and efficiently.  Set up a regular pumping and cleaning schedule to keep your grease trap in good working order and that’s one less thing for you to have to remember.