3 Reasons To Be Concerned About Grease Trap Service
In order to help save the environment and keep toxic substances out of sewer systems, all restaurants have a grease trap. Grease traps are under restaurants and work to filter out grease and oil from water that gets disposed inside a restaurant. Grease traps, like anything else, require proper maintenance for a number of reasons.
1. Many Places Have Laws That Require Grease Trap Maintenance
These days, many cities and states have laws that regulate grease trap service. Keeping up on regular grease trap service will prevent you from getting fined by the government. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, many places like Madison, WI have come up with ways to make sewage costs cheaper for restaurants that regularly maintain their grease traps.
2. Regular Grease Trap Service Will Prevent Sewage Back-Ups
If you don’t clean out your grease traps on a regular basis, grease can build up inside the trap. Sometimes, grease can build up to the point where the drain gets clogged and water will not flow through it. Recently, according to the Palm Beach Post, Lake Worth, Florida had a grease trap overflow and flood a large area of the city’s streets.
3. Pumping Out Grease Traps Regularly Will Make Them Last Longer
If grease accumulates inside a grease trap, it will eventually clog but it also wears down the metal inside the trap. If a grease trap is not pumped out periodically, the grease trap will wear out and need replacement much more quickly.
Hiring a company to pump out your grease trap will save your business a bunch of money in the long run. Go to the Kline Services website to get more information about grease trap services. To get estimates on grease trap pumping services contact us to speak with one of our experts.
Baltimore Sewer Lines Blocked by FOG Cause Sewerage Leak
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are not to be taken lightly. You may think that a little grease here or a wet wipe there won’t hurt your drains, right? Recently in Baltimore, Maryland what has been referred to as a “fatberg” caused 1 million gallons of sewerage to leak into Jones Falls at the end of September. While investigating the leak, Baltimore authorities noted that about 85% of the pipe is blocked.
The overflows have since been redirected to storm drains, but this could have been prevented. Home owners and business owners a like should be wary of not disposing of FOGs down their drains and even though some of those wet wipes boast “flushable” they should still be disposed of in the trash.
Do You Have A Septic Line Structural Issue?
Even with scheduled preventative maintenance, it’s possible to experience a septic line issue that cannot be quickly resolved. If you observe a backup that repeatedly occurs with the same drain, it’s likely your septic line has a structural problem. Before you have the backyard torn up, give a professional a call and request a video camera inspection. A video camera inspection is an effective way to figure out exactly where a structural issue has developed in a septic line.
Reasons A Septic Line Structure Issue Can Occur
The Balance explains that sludge and slime build up will naturally happen, but it can also develop from items flushed down the toilet or drain like grease or other food items. Janet Wickell of The Balance explains “Grease can clog the septic drain field, making it impossible for soil to absorb liquids. If you pour too much grease down the drain, you’ll need a new drain field, which can be costly.” She goes on to point out tree roots can also disrupt a septic line. Willow trees, in particular, extend far and interrupt to septic lines.
Septic tanks require good bacteria or “living organisms,” to eat away the waste in the reservoir. The EPA explains that certain toxins like cleaning supplies can cause the good bacteria to die off. This will cause a build up of waste. The EPA website also points out that using a toilet like a trash can will rapidly fill a septic tank. The build can cause pressure in the septic line. This is not a scenario that will end well.
Why Have A Video Inspection
A technician inserts a small camera attached to a hose like-line into a drain that has an issue snaking couldn’t resolve. This procedure is not invasive and even works in septic lines that have unique angles. The video inspection will pinpoint exactly where the problem has developed. It will also reveal what is causing the septic line back up. With a clear picture, the technician will be able to create a less invasive repair plan of action.
This is especially important with contained septic line clogs that stay within the line. Using the video camera can confirm that the septic line does not have any cracks. In these instances, it is usually not necessary to tear up the tile, cement, or landscaping around the blockage. A confirmed contained clog could save you additional labor and repair expenses and could also speed up the repair process time.
Do you still have questions about using having a technician use a video camera? We’ve created a video to show you how the process works. Read more about our septic line inspection process and watch how we use a video camera on our website. Contact us today to schedule your septic tank repair. Kline’s extensive service map includes PA, MA, DE, and NJ.
What is the Difference Between Hard and Soft Drain Blockages?
A blocked drain can be more than an inconvenience – it can cause damage and if black water (sewage) is involved even health problems. Sometimes you can deal with drain blockages by using a drain cleaner, sometimes nothing seems to shift it and all you can do is call a plumber.
Hard or Soft Drain
Part of the issue depends on whether you are dealing with a hard or soft blockage. A hard blockage is when some kind of debris – rock, a child’s or dog’s toy, etc – finds its way into the drain line. A soft blockage has built up over time and is often made up of hair, grease, soap scum, lime or similar. Needless to say, drain cleaner will not help with a hard blockage.
How to Prevent a Blocked Drain
Preventing blockages is better than dealing with them. For example, you should never pour grease down the drain – instead, save it in an old coffee can. Avoid throwing coffee grounds down the drain too – they make a good addition to mulch or can be sprinkled around your vegetables to deter slugs. A filter on shower drains can reduce hair build up. And, of course, never flush paper towels, diapers or sanitary products.
Cleaning Drain Blockages
Hard drain blockages are most often found in landscape drains, storm drains, garage drains, or swimming pool drainage systems, but can also show up in drains from walk-in showers where debris can be walked in or dropped into the drain. If you have a landscape or storm drain inlet on your property, then you should regularly remove the grill and clean out any debris that has gathered. Note that drain cleaners will not work with debris or dirt accumulation. Sweep fallen leaves away from the drain as quickly as possible.
If you have a drain blockage that is not responding to drain cleaners or other such home remedies, then call a professional drain cleaning service such as Kline Services – they can fix the problem quickly with their equipment and expertise.
What Grease Thickness Means for Your Grease Tank
Grease is bad for your plumbing. Food service establishments should have a grease trap, especially if they have a septic tank. Oil and grease in wastewater can cause major pipe clogs and, yes, can cause septic systems to fail, with major implications for human and animal health. A septic tank failure can close your establishment for an extended period of time.
What To Do
The ideal solution, of course, is a grease trap that collects the kitchen grease and prevents it from entering the septic system. However, grease traps must be emptied regularly or they will stop doing their job. Grease thickness is the best sign that a trap needs cleaning and should be checked at least once a month, depending on how active your kitchen is and what cooking methods you use. You can, of course, save money by educating your staff on grease reduction procedures such as dry wiping pots and pans before dishwashing and recycling waste cooking oil.
If you allow grease thickness to build up too much then it will become harder and harder to remove, so it is better to have your trap cleaned more often than less. Ultimately, the grease will harden and you will not be able to scoop it out of the trap as you are used to doing, the sinks will back up and an unpleasant odor will ensue, possibly scaring off your patrons. At this point, your grease trap must be vacuum cleaned by a professional.
Do you have hardened grease? If so, then contact Kline’s Services – we can bring out our vacuum gear and get your grease trap back to its normal functioning. Then talk to us about a maintenance contract to prevent it from happening again.
Septic Backup Stalling Laundry Day?
Your days are filled with errands and chores. You are cruising right along the road of productivity when a major home repair slams into your schedule. A septic backup is no joke, and when your laundry machine takes on the backup, you desperately look for answers as your hamper overflows with clothes.
Understanding your septic system’s needs:
A septic system will show signs as it needs maintenance. This article explains them in more detail, but here is a summary. Leaking will cause the lawn near your system to look more watered than the rest of your lawn. A slow drain may mean there is a clog or full septic system. Strong odors and water backing up into the lowest drains in your house mean a full septic system in need of immediate maintenance.
So your septic system is full and is starting to back up. Depending on the layout of your house, the water may head straight for your lower level washing machine. What is meant to be used as a cleaning machine is quickly tainted by the foul water from a septic backup.
Why is this septic backup happening?
During a septic backup, the system’s capacity is full and the water you are pouring into every drain from washing dishes to showering, and the heavy use of a washing machine have nowhere to go. Even overloading the amount of water into your system over a short period of time can cause problems.
The septic system is made to take in water and slowly it is leached into the surrounding ground. This is a brief summary of how it works, read this for more detail. However, if the system is bombarded by heavy water use, the water may pool in your yard or back up into your house.
What you need to do next:
Kline’s Services offers professional septic service. Their article explains the proper septic maintenance needed to help avoid serious problems.
- Regularly pump your system
- Use bacteria additives
- Add a septic filter
Keep your days running smoothly and your washing machine safe. Kline’s Services is here to answer any questions about your septic system or schedule your preventative maintenance, contact us today.
Poorly Structured Lines Ruined Washing Machine and Flooding Basement
That expensive washing machine sitting in your basement is likely to be the first piece of equipment to feel the pains a structural issue in your septic line will create. As water is unable to escape the basement due to the improper structuring of the line leading to clogs or flow problems, it flows back into your house, possibly causing serious electrical damage to your machine. A fried washing machine isn’t cheap to replace, and the electrical and fire hazards it poses is dangerous to you and your family’s safety.
What To Look For
Catching a structural issue or clogged septic line doesn’t have to be this dramatic or expensive, though. Take notice of small pools of water on your basement floor, or puddles in your front lawn, and recognize that they are symptoms of a structural issue or clogged drain line. Otherwise, something like our above-listed scenario might happen. Save yourself potentially thousand of dollars and tons of stress.
What To Do
When you see these things, don’t hesitate to call us at Kline’s Services. We offer a simple diagnostic solution, where our professionals will run a camera through the line, seeing any presenting issues in real-time. From there, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will consult with you about how best to handle the problem affordably before you ever have to deal with the catastrophe awaiting an opportune time to strike. As with most any septic or sewer issue, preventative maintenance is a painless and proactive way to assure that no nasty flooding or back-ups become part of your day. If you’re seeing any of these issues, get in touch with us and we’ll ease the worry from your mind.
Jet-Vac Trucks and the Health of Your Catch Basins
When we are walking along our city streets, we take catch basins, more colloquially known as storm drains, for granted. For good reason: we typically never have to think about these drains and basins means they are in proper working order, as they should be. It is only when they begin to malfunction that we take notice of them. We start realizing what a necessity catch basin cleaning is and what an eyesore they prevent when working as they should.
What Happens to Drained Catch Basins
The catch basin is a beautiful meshing of form and function in its simplistic design. Hidden under the grate that the eye sees is what could best be described as a concrete box containing two pipes in its upper portion; one on either side. The highest pipe is for intake and the lower one is u-shaped and for output. Solids are then carried by the intake pipe and deposited into the bottom of the box, where they are to remain, as water flows on through, back to its source. Sometimes, the catch basin needs debris removal, and when this issue isn’t addressed quickly and comprehensively enough, chaos and disaster will ensue.
Catch Basin Cleaning
This is where our Jet-Vac Combo Trucks come into play. Our environmentally friendly trucks use only high-pressure water to flush out what debris can be flushed to stop any potentially dangerous and expensive flooding. Vacuuming ensures that the job is complete and the catch basin is safe for use again. With regular preventative maintenance by our friendly and knowledgeable professionals, catch basin clogging and flooding will never be a problem you have to endure. As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so call us today.
Before the Dripping Pipe Leads to Deluge
Our unfortunate and imaginary client in this scenario has just learned a tragic and expensive lesson in watching for signs of clogging pipes and the importance of routine preventative maintenance. While the average person’s mind would not necessarily deign to wander of serious sewer clogs from a small leak, our trained professionals would have known to consider that the dripping from the pipe could be indicative of pressure building up inside due to the pipe being closed by something internally invasive. Our professional drain cleaners can clear the lines while maintaining the structural integrity of the system. We will also run cameras through your drains to ensure that the line has not been compromised by any invasive foreign bodies.
So don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today, and save yourself the time and headaches that could be coming your way. Our friendly, professional staff will be there to assist you along the way with all you need and nothing you don’t.
Preventative Maintenance Stops Sludge Build-up On Floats and Transducers
Sludge build-up occurs naturally on any sort of wastewater or oil tank when it is being properly used with any sort of regularity. There’s nothing that anyone can do about that. It becomes a serious problem when it is periodically ignored, which many people are prone to do, considering they have much more to think about than the scum building up in their septic systems. However, while we are off living our lives, the sludge will continually build and grow, eventually leading to a possibly very expensive overflow or damage to transducers and floats. Proper maintenance is key to keeping this all-too-important system healthy and working well.
At Kline’s Services, we have our professionals continually monitoring the sludge build-up in many of our clients’ systems and the proper know-how to keep your system fully functioning just how you like it: efficiently and cleanly. With our monitoring, we successfully and significantly reduce the chance of expensive, damaging overflow to your tank, all the while keeping our eyes on other valuable parts of your system, such as your floats and transducers.
We clean your floats and transducers with our regular preventative maintenance by using a high-velocity, high-pressure water jet. This safely removes all of the scum and sludge build-up without the risk of damage to any of the expensive components of your vital sewer system. As the age-old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Our preventative maintenance saves our customers money in the long run since they don’t have to pay for expensive, one-time maintenance. It also provides our customers peace of mind, knowing they’re in the hands of qualified professionals who know how to handle what can quickly become a sticky situation.