Video Drain Inspection Services
As water begins to rise in the sink, the panic level rises. Quickly turn off the faucet and make sure the drain isn’t blocked. Sometimes, this isn’t enough. Buildup in a drain can prevent water from flowing. There are several common drainage problems every building faces, and professional drain cleaning technicians are ready to resolve every problem.
The most common drains to clog are in the bathroom and kitchen. Both rooms undergo heavy traffic and use. In the bathroom, the most common culprit of drainage issues is hair and dirt build up in the pipes over time. For both the toilet and sink drains, the causes boil down to misuse. Dropping inappropriate waste products down a drain make big issues. Paper towels and baby wipes don’t belong in the toilet, just as kitchen sinks are not designed to dispose of oil and grease. With drain clogs being a common occurrence, many do-it-yourself solutions have surfaced over the years. Here is some of advice from your plumber:
- Avoid using caustic chemicals to open up clogged drains. These chemicals often do more harm than good and are not safe to keep around the house.
- Only paper products designed for toilet use should be flushed down the drain. The toilet is not a garbage can.
- Leave it to the professionals. A professional technician is much faster and efficient than tackling the problem yourself.
Drain cleaning technicians have all the right tools for the job. The handiest is the video drain inspection camera. This tiny camera helps a technician know exactly what the problem is without wasting time. It can diagnose drain problems such as cracks, clogs, and even tree root issues. Drainage problems are best handled by the professionals with all the experience and gadgets to get the job done. Video drain inspections are the fastest and most accurate way to ascertain the cause of a drain problem. Contact us for more information about video drain inspections and cleaning.
Septic Maintenance Q&A: What happens if I don’t Pump my Septic?
Just because your septic system seems to be in working order, doesn’t mean you can ignore routine septic maintenance. Septic pumping plays an important part in keeping your tanks serviced. Doing checkups on your system is a way to keep costs down in the future when a major problem arises.
First, you need to know how your system works.
How Does Your Septic System Work?
Your system essentially works like this: When you run water or flush a toilet your plumbing transports that water, replete with biowaste, to the septic tank.
In the first chamber with the power gravity, refuse separates into one of three bi-products. The solids are called sludge which travels to the bottom. The effluence is the water that comprises most of the tank’s volume. The scum is the oily substance that floats to the top.
Issues That May Arise.
If you don’t pump your tank these products can venture further into the inner workings of your septic system. Sludge could become trapped in one of the many filters utilized by your system. This causes blockage, which causes effluent water to flood back into your home.
If the oily scum could contaminate your ejector pit. This could render your pump useless and cause you major problems immediately. Some newer pump systems have an alarm for that reason. You need to know your system intimately to prevent any mishaps.
Pumping your system regularly is a great way to ensure septic livelihood. Contact us here at Kline to discuss your system.
Septic Maintenance Will Save You Money
A functioning septic system is something you don’t even think about on a daily basis. You flush your toilet; the system takes over from there. But don’t let this fool you. Failure to keep up with septic maintenance can cause big problems and big bills.
Kline Services strongly recommends a three-step preventative maintenance program. With regular pumping, bacterial additives, and the installation of a filter, you can avoid a lot of problems. Experts say the number one reason for septic system failure is a lack of preventative maintenance. So what does this maintenance do?
Pumping the septic tank makes sure it doesn’t get too full and removes the top layer, which is made up of fats and oils that don’t break down. If the tank is overfull, showers and sinks will drain slowly, and it can even cause sewage to back up into the house. Without regular servicing, build-up will form in the tank that is difficult to remove. If this buildup gets bad enough, it can even mean you have to replace the tank.
Even worse, without regular septic maintenance, solids can flow into the pipes of the leach field, clogging them permanently. The overflow caused by this can bubble up to the surface, creating a swampy mess. It can also contaminate the water table, affecting wells and streams. The leach field pipes must be replaced in this case.
If you wait to take care of your septic system until there are problems, it is always going to cost more and be more of a hassle than preventing them in the first place. Some issues can force you to replace the entire system, at a cost of $20,000 or more.
Fortunately, the professionals at Kline’s Services are experts at septic maintenance. Contact us, and let us help you avoid expensive problems down the road.
Landisville, PA Septic Service
Saving the planet or saving your health?
About 71% of the earth is covered by water. About 60% of the human body is made of water. Thank goodness that we, in cooperation with the environment, can recycle water!
We jump onto the water cycle in our homes where we use it to drink and to clean our bodies and homes. We drain it from our sinks and tubs and flush it along with our wastes, and our properly maintained waste treatment systems handle it from there.
If you’re not on a municipal or other public or neighborhood waste treatment system, chances are you have a septic system.
What’s a septic system?
A septic system is an onsite wastewater treatment system that takes both “black” water and “gray” water out of your home or commercial space and into a tank where it’s treated and the water returns to the earth. As long as it’s working properly, a septic system is easily forgotten.
What if my septic needs repair?
Wastewater management is tricky business. Clogged drains, leaky toilets, and backed up septic systems are not everybody’s cup of soup! When that system that you usually take for granted assaults your senses with sights and smells not meant for human experience, it’s time to call experienced professionals who can quickly diagnose and remedy the issue.
The well-trained pros at Kline’s https://klinesservices.com/cities/landisville-2/ are ready to solve your residential or commercial septic ailments any time. They have the right training and equipment to get in and get the job done so that you can go back to whatever you do best.
Once the problem is remedied, don’t slip back into forgetting about your septic system. Contact us today to set up a regular maintenance plan to keep your system properly functioning for your worry-free flushing and draining future.
Simple Septic Tips for Easy Maintenance
You have plenty of details to think about each day. One thing you’d probably rather not worry about is your septic system. Fortunately, if you follow a few simple tips to keep your septic system working efficiently, you shouldn’t have to worry about it at all.
Be careful what you put in it
Your septic system depends on bacteria to digest solids. But if the bacteria are overwhelmed by too many solids, they can’t do their work, so try not to use your garbage disposal too much. Certain things, like coffee grounds, cigarette butts, and facial tissues are very difficult to break down, so keep them out of your system. Familiarize yourself with the things that shouldn’t be added to your system. Once you get used to the habits that baby your bacteria, you won’t have to give it a thought.
Opt for septic safe products, like toilet paper and detergent. They’re formulated to break down well and don’t contain additives that can cause clogs. Choose cleaning products carefully, too. Bleach is usually safe in the laundry, but in general, you want to avoid too many antibacterial products.
Be careful what you put on it
It’s important not to compact the soil on top of your leach field. Don’t drive or park on top of it. Keep drainage directed away, too. If that soil becomes too compacted or waterlogged, the system won’t function properly. Planting grass over it will help keep erosion under control. However, trees can clog pipes with their roots, so plant them about 100 feet away.
If you’re building on your property, keep in mind that adding a structure like a pool over your system is not safe, and will make it difficult or impossible to access it for maintenance. Give it some breathing room, and it will return the favor!
Remember our three key septic tips
- Service your system regularly. Don’t wait until you have a problem. Regular maintenance will prevent big problems and can find small problems before they grow.
- Install a filter to keep your leach field free of debris. This will ward off clogs and damage that can be expensive to repair.
- Use a bacterial additive. Regularly topping off the hard-working bacteria in your system will keep things running smoothly.
We’re here at Kline’s Services to answer any questions. Give us a call and let us know how we can help.
Treating the Overflowing Lagoon
An optimally flowing lagoon should never require too much attention, but time changes all things. It is very common that a lagoon was once handling the work capacity it was designed for is bogging down with additional strains on it as the population grows around it. According to the EPA, “Organic overload is normally caused by increased influent organic shock loads without corresponding increase in treatment plant capacity.” Or in layman’s terms, we keep putting more strain and work into the lagoon without giving it the proper extra care and space that it needs. We have to think about the risk of overflowing lagoons, and lagoon cleaning. Before a disaster occurs with the lagoon, there are signs; side effects indicating that the lagoon is no longer in good working order.
What Happens to a Flooded Lagoon
Lagoons should be a proper color: only crystal blue, green, or brown will do. Any other color points directly to there being a sub-optimal level of digested oxygen, or DO, from an influx of algae and bacteria in the water. The algae will also lead to an increase in the odor surrounding the lagoon. As they feed by anaerobic digestion, the gases they release will escape the lagoon at once, releasing them with a powerful, noxious, sulfurous odor. There will also be an increase in sludge build-up as the lagoon cannot properly handle the strains it is placed under. Preventative maintenance by professional observation is key to keeping this from developing into a disaster.
What To Do
At Kline’s Services, we follow EPA guidelines in aerating an overly-strained and too-full lagoon. Thus we are saving clients future expenses and headaches by addressing the problem head-on. Following EPA guidelines, we ensure the lagoon will be fully up-to-code, and with proper treatment, we can prevent this from happening again anytime in the near future.
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.