How Long Do Sump Pumps Last?
If you’ve got a basement or crawl space, you may have an ejector or sump pump down there keeping the area dry. These pumps do an important job and prevent flood damage from ruining your home or business. You wouldn’t want one of these babies to die in the middle of a big storm, so make sure you maintain them just as you would your other wastewater equipment.
This next statement doesn’t narrow things down much, but here goes… The lifespan of your sump pump could be 3 years or 30 years. It really depends on the quality and brand, as well as what it is being used to pump. Some are used to pump grease or caustic liquids which tends to affect longevity. Regardless, you want to maximize the efficiency of your pumps by having them inspected on a regular basis. The guys at Kline’s are certified and have tons of experience with these pumps, and they recommend an annual inspection. It’s probably been awhile since you even thought about the pump down there in the dark basement, but don’t wait for the next storm to remind you. Contact Us, and schedule your ejector pump or sump pump inspection today!
What Kind of Portable Storage Tanks can Kline’s Provide?
We don’t often get requests for these from residential customers, but commercial and municipal customers greatly benefit from our frac and storage tanks. You often see these with the fracturing of oil and gas wells, but industries like chemical plants, refineries, and paper mills also use these tanks to store water, waste and other liquids. Farmers even use them for manure storage or for holding water for livestock.
Frac tanks differ from regular storage containers because their special floor design allows fluids to be emptied even when the tank is level. They also have valves that work with pumps and vacuums, and wheels to simplify transportation. Oh yea, and did we mention they are big? I mean like tens of thousands of gallons can fit in these bad boys.
Tanks a Lot!
Got thousands of gallons of stuff, and don’t know where to put it? Well, Contact Us! We have storage tanks and frac tanks ranging in size from 10,000 to 21,000 gallons. Not only that, we also offer waste disposal services like Bulk Hauling, Leachate Removal, and Hydro Excavating. Let us help with your storage needs and be your one-stop shop for waste and environmental services.
How Long Do Hot Water Heaters Last?
Have you thought about your hot water heater lately? Probably not since it works silently and unnoticed on a daily basis. We usually pay it no attention until our showers turn cold, right? Well, as we get into the summer months, perhaps it’s time to check on that water heater.
The first thing to consider is the age of your heater. On average, tank and electric heaters will last 8 to 10 years, while gas heaters last 6 to 8 years. If your water heater has reached this age point, start looking at replacing it. If you wait, leaks and water damage could result.
With proper maintenance, it’s possible to double the life of a water heater, but you just never know. Even a well-maintained unit may need to be replaced after just a few years. Some clues to look for include rust, corrosion, popping sounds, leaks, and lack of hot water. If you’re experiencing any of these, call a professional to determine whether you need a replacement or repairs. The experts at Kline’s can perform water heater repairs safely and perform inspections to see how much more life is left in them. They can also perform routine maintenance like flushing your heater to prevent damage and extend its lifespan. Don’t get left with cold water. Contact Kline’s to handle all your hot water heater needs.
What NOT to Flush Down the Toilet
Completely replacing a septic tank costs tens of thousands of dollars, and the time and labor is quite a hassle. Plus, if you’re running a business, it’s pretty tacky to have bathroom facilities with an out-of-order sign on the door. Customers like clean and operable facilities while shopping, and so do the employees working there. The best way to ensure fully-functioning toilets is by employing a healthy maintenance regimen. Part of this includes proper toilet habits and knowing what you can flush.
The Bad List
Here is a list of common items we find in septic tanks and wastewater that you should not be flushing down the commode.
- Chemicals – Products like disinfectants, photographic chemicals, gasoline, thinners, paints, pesticides, and varnishes will counteract the septic process and poison ground water.
2. Cigarettes – These contain toxins that can contaminate ground water.
3. Cleaning products (bleach, disinfectants) – When choosing cleaning products, you want to use environmentally-friendly brands that won’t kill the good bacteria in your septic tank. They should be liquid, biodegradable detergents with no phosphates.
4. Coffee grounds – These are not biodegradable.
5. Cotton swabs/balls – The fibers bunch together and cause clogs.
6. Feminine hygiene products – Packaging for some of these products often says they’re safe for flushing, but we have found otherwise when it comes to septic.
7. FOG – Fats, oils, and grease will harden and stick to your pipes causing clogs.
8. Food – It’s better to feed your scraps to an animal or throw in the trash. Garbage disposals are also discouraged when you have a septic tank.
9. Garbage – Garbage is for the garbage, not your wastewater system.
10. Kitty Litter – Even though it may claim to be flushable, it will not break down.Not only is the septic system unable to break down these products but the chemical make-up of certain soaps, pills, and pesticides will actually kill the bacteria found in the septic tank. Without the bacteria to break down organic waste, the septic tank is useless.
An easy rule to remember is that human waste and 1-ply toilet paper are really the only flushable items.
Don’t Get Flush-terated
If you own a business, it’s a bit harder to monitor and control what gets flushed, so you might consider posting signs in the bathrooms. You’ll also want to engage in regular preventative maintenance that involves pump service and inspections. Since you can’t oversee all the activity that happens in the bathroom stalls, at least do what you can to prevent clogs and backups. We’re here to help, so Contact Us!
Learn How Our Technicians Get Rid of Excessive Odor in Proximity to Basin Grates
We are here to serve the city and keep it clean for all residents. The appearance of common areas make a big impression can determine whether a town is considered nice or not. While things like landscaping and architectural design play a large role, both can be negatively overshadowed by the odor of sewage or an overflowing catch basin. Let’s look at how we handle these problems.
Catch Basin Cleaning
When storm waters carry sticks, leaves and other debris into catch basins, the junk needs to be removed. Our catch basin cleaning services do just that using modern jet-vac trucks. Using high-pressure water jetting and industrial strength vacuums, our trucks remove all trash and wash out the basins leaving them clean and working properly. It’s important to keep this maintenance up on a regular basis to ensure proper drainage and stop larger sediment from entering the main sewer system.
Keep Your City Looking Great
We realize it takes more than some fancy buildings and manicured shrubs to create pride in a hometown. The wastewater infrastructure and overall cleanliness can make or break a town’s reputation. We invite government officials to take wastewater maintenance seriously and consider all of our municipal services, including anything from plumbing and non-hazardous liquid waste removal, to septic to sewer conversion and installations. For more information, Contact Kline’s or Request Service Now.
Learn About Kline’s Methane Digester
We specialize in waste maintenance, but we also do our best to conduct business without being wasteful. Through innovative machines like methane digesters and sequence batch reactors, we can now recycle waste. This is good news for food-based industries who might produce a bad batch of product or maybe an excess. These items don’t necessarily have to go to waste just because they may be expired or inedible.
Let Me Introduce Our Methane Digester
As part of our Renewable Energy System Project, Kline’s installed a methane digester to produce electricity. That’s right! This amazing contraption can take organic waste from food manufacturing facilities and turn it into biogas. This methane-rich byproduct can then fuel generators which produce 600kW of electricity on an annual basis. This is way more energy than Kline’s needs for its yearly operations, so the extra is distributed through a substation.
If you’re in the food manufacturing business, join us in this energy-producing initiative. Contact Kline’s to see how we can help you minimize your waste while helping the environment and creating clean fuel.
May’s Messiest Drain Award
Imagine the surprise when an alarm was going off in a local grocery store, and no one could figure out where it was coming from. It wasn’t the security system or the smoke alarm, so the staff called us for help when they finally gave up trying to find the source. We sent one of our technicians right away to investigate.
He discovered the alarm was connected to their indirect waste pit which was almost full, so he called a crew to come and pump out the pit. While working, the guys noticed the outlet line was also clogged with heavy debris and needed to be cleaned out. This required the services of our confined space entry team who was able to safely enter the pit and use the jetter to clear the outlet pipe.
Thankfully, the Kline’s team is capable of performing a variety of services, so these three tasks could be handled quickly by a single company. The manager of the store was grateful for our expertise and ability to prevent a potential disaster. We’d love to do the same for you. To learn more about our wastewater services or to schedule an appointment, Contact Us.
What Drain Line Maintenance Services Does Kline’s Provide?
If you are experiencing plumbing problems, you can’t automatically assume it’s your septic system because it could simply be a drain issue. Consult the skilled professionals at Kline’s who can accurately detect the problem and solve it quickly and inexpensively. Today, we are discussing what you can expect from our professional pipeline maintenance services.
To figure out what is causing the problem, the technician will utilize video camera equipment to pinpoint the exact problem area that can’t be seen externally. For example, a break or clog in your pipes is easily seen by video technology allowing the technician to go directly to the spot needing treatment. This saves a tremendous amount of time and money if you consider what you’d pay a plumber by the hour who does not have this tool.
For soft blockages, we use snaking to clear your drains. This is where a flexible auger forces its way through your pipes using its helical blade head to cut through waste and debris much like a screwdriver. You can manually force the snake, but this can be very difficult and time consuming. At Kline’s, we have professional snakes which are motorized and come in long lengths to reach distant clogs.
For tougher blockages, we might use jetting. This is a more powerful type of drain cleaning that uses water pressure to power through drains. Concentrated water is forced out at 2000 to 4000 pounds per square inch which is strong enough to remove anything that may be in your pipes. This includes caked on debris, grease and even tree roots. Water jetting also serves as an effective means of preventative maintenance.
Professional drain cleaning is the most effective way to clear your drains, but the best way to avoid drainage problems altogether is to schedule consistent preventative maintenance. With a regular maintenance plan, technicians are routinely inspecting your plumbing and septic system to stop clogs before they can form. A Kline’s technician can also offer items like filters and additives to aid your preventative routine. To learn more about drain cleaning services or to Request Service, Contact Kline’s Today.
How Long Do Ejector Pumps Last?
If your bathrooms are below your main sewer pipe, you may have sewage ejector pumps in your home or basement. These pumps move solid waste from your toilets and sinks to a point in your plumbing system where gravity can take over. This is achieved using powerful water jets that break up the waste and then force it up and into your septic tank or sewage system. A good sewage ejector pump should last at least 7-10 years. However, with proper installation and routine care, your pump can last 30 years or more.
A common reason people need to replace their sewage ejector pumps is due to faulty installation where plumbers cut corners or used the wrong sized pumps. However, the licensed technicians at Kline’s will determine the correct sewage ejector pump you’ll need and will install it right the first time. As far as maintenance goes, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind. First, make sure you throw trash in the trash. Things like feminine products should not be flushed down the toilet because these items harm your pump. Secondly, you need to conduct yearly professional maintenance where one of our guys comes and cleans out the junk you cannot reach deep down in your system. Don’t wait for emergency situations to arise, allow Kline’s to handle all things related to your ejector pumps. Contact Us or Request Service Now.
It’s Cinco de Mayo! Your Septic System Will Have a Fiesta After Being Serviced!
Give your septic system a reason to celebrate by scheduling helpful services performed by the professional experts at Kline’s. With a routine maintenance plan, your wastewater facilities will perform beautifully, and you won’t have to worry about inconvenient emergencies.
Services That Say, “Te Amo”
After perusing a menu of tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, consider our menu of services designed to keep your septic tank and lines clean so you can avoid clogs and backups. Here are some popular ones to consider:
- Septic Pumping – We’ll completely remove the sludge and wastewater from your septic tank or cesspool. This should be done every 1-2 years depending on your water consumption and tank size.
- Inspections – Periodic inspections help to detect and stop potential problems. Whether it’s a slow drain or damage to any component of your septic system, we’ll find the cause and fix it before it becomes a disastrous event.
- Drain Cleaning – To keep stubborn clogs from developing into a major problem, drain cleaning is the ideal solution. Snaking and jetting are some of our most popular services for both repairing and preventing septic issues.
Your System Will Say Gracias
While munching on chips and salsa and perhaps drinking a little Cerveza, take some time to remember your hardworking septic system. It works day and night so you can do cool stuff like take showers and flush your toilet. Pay it back with a thorough pump service, a comprehensive inspection, or a good drain cleaning. For more information on these or any of our other wastewater services, Contact Us.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!