Things to Keep Away from Your Leach Field
August has arrived which means it’s time to get ready to plan your fall landscaping. Much thought and effort can be put into the plants and decor around your home, but have you thought about the landscaping around your septic tank? Your on-site sewage system doesn’t have to hinder your ability to have a beautiful yard. Just remember to steer clear of these things when planting around your septic system.
Trees, Bushes and Other Larger Plants
The only plant we recommend having near your septic tank and leach field is grass. Roots of trees, bushes, and gardens can grow right through your pipes causing considerable damage. Although we are masters at repairing root damage, I’m sure you’d rather spend your money on something other than pipe maintenance.
You don’t want to put anything heavy over your septic tank and leach field either. Structures like decks, sheds, patios and even cars need to be placed on areas away from your septic system. The weight can cause the ground to collapse eventually breaking the pipes or tank below it.
Consider a Riser
Since your septic tank is underground, it is easy to forget where it is. We recommend installing a riser to bring the cover of your tank to the surface of the ground. This way, it is always visible and easier to access. When planning for flowers and gardening, you’ll now be able to clearly see the area that is off limits.
Keep your septic system running efficiently for many years to come by applying regular preventative maintenance and putting advice like today’s into practice. For more information about landscaping or maintenance services, Contact Kline’s Today or Request Service Now.
Back to School! Learn About Septic Maintenance with Wind River University
It’s that time of year again when kids head back to school and get ready to learn. It’s a good time to brush up on our septic education as well. Here are some tips from our very own Wind River University.
- Get Regular Service
This is really not optional. Over time, sludge and other solid wastes build up in your septic tank and must be pumped out. Depending on your household and water consumption, the average is every 1-3 years.
- Use Bacterial Additives
Your septic system relies on bacteria to break down waste and keep effluent flowing efficiently through the tank and leach Various factors can kill this good bacteria, so it’s good to replenish it with an additive.
- Install and Clean Your Filter
A great way to prevent clogs is to install a septic filter, which catches solid waste before it can enter your leach field. When it’s time for your regular pump service, the technician should clean the filter during the same appointment.
- Flush Only Septic Safe Products
A lot of products claim to be septic safe, like feminine products and even some brands of toilet paper. However, the only thing that you should really be flushing is human waste and 1-ply toilet paper.
- Keep Plants Away From the Leach Field
The only thing you should plant near your leach field is grass. The roots of trees, bushes, vegetable and even weeds can penetrate your drain lines and damage your septic system.
- Don’t Use a Garbage Disposal
Leftovers belong in the trash and shouldn’t be washed down the drain. Food particles do not break down properly and tend to cause clogs.
- Spread Out Water Use
Using large amounts of water in short periods time can put a lot of stress on your septic system. Tasks such as laundry should be spread throughout the week. You should also wait until you have full loads to wash in your dishwasher and washing machine.
- Avoid Powder and Antibacterial Cleaners
Replace powder detergents with liquid brands. The liquid disintegrates much faster and is easier for the septic tank to handle. Toxic cleaning products are also harmful to the natural workings of your septic system because they kill the good bacteria required to break down wastes. Use organic cleaning products instead.
I know it can be sad to say goodbye to summer vacation, but as we get back into the school spirit, it’s a good time to also refresh your septic knowledge. In addition to these tips, we suggest finding a reliable service provider like Kline’s Services to maintain your septic system. We have decades of experience and use the latest technology to keep your wastewater facilities running smoothly while delivering fast and dependable service. To learn more, Contact Us or Request Service Now.
Grease Regulations in Your Zip Code
Access to clean water should be a fundamental concern for everybody. When sewer lines become contaminated with fats, oil and grease (FOG), waste becomes a big problem for the entire community. Even with residential septic tanks, failure to maintain FOG compliance will prove to be hazardous to the public because contaminants can enter groundwater. Everyone suffers when careless individuals do not take necessary precautions to protect drinking water. This is why states must set forth grease regulations and enforce wastewater maintenance.
If you own a grease-generating business, you need to have a grease trap installed. These are box-shaped contraptions that attach to drains. When wastewater enters the trap, the FOG is captured inside through a separation process aided by baffles and filters. Due to the complexity of a grease interceptor, you will need to hire a licensed company to install it. This ensures it will work properly, and a licensed plumber will be able to recommend the correct size for your establishment. Once installed, it is your responsibility to maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of your trap. Again, this requires the help of a professional waste management company who will routinely pump out the built up FOG. You should check laws in your zip code to see how often you need to have this service performed.
States have an obligation to protect their citizens so they may send inspectors to your business to check compliance. The inspector will measure the amount of FOG escaping into water outlets, and if it exceeds regulations, you will pay expensive penalties. You can also face substantial fines if your trap is the wrong size, was installed incorrectly, has not been pumped or is not operating correctly. Worst-case scenario, your business could be shut down. However, an even more tragic scenario would be contamination to the public water supply. Think about that the next time you ponder skipping your scheduled maintenance.
Stay Compliant with Kline’s
With over 50 years of experience in waste management, Kline’s has installed, cleaned and maintained every type of grease interceptor for every kind of business. Our goal is to keep up with all liquid waste issues so you can avoid penalties and focus on running your business. Contact Us if you have questions about grease regulations in your area or to schedule any of our grease trap services.
How Do Garbage Disposals Affect Your Septic System?
The garbage disposal is such a convenient tool when it’s time to clean up after dinner. Leftovers are simply washed down the drain and magically disappear. What a concept! Unfortunately, this convenience can be very costly if you own a septic system. New septic owners are often unaware of their garbage disposal’s effect on their wastewater system. After all, the garbage disposal grinds up everything making it safe, right? Not exactly.
Here’s What Happens
The garbage disposal does indeed chop up food into smaller pieces, but these particles will not break down in the septic tank. Unlike human waste, food scraps just build up in your tank and eventually flow out into your leach field. Once this happens, you start to develop clogs in your leach field, and this is a more difficult problem to solve.
What You Can Do
Instead of treating your garbage disposal like a trash compactor, throw your food scraps and other solid items in the trash. Consider feeding food scraps to your pet, and remember this rule: Items your pets cannot eat like grease, paper towels, cigarettes, coffee grounds, and paints do not belong in the garbage disposal either.
You might also ask a septic professional about installing a filter. This can be placed on the outlet line of your septic tank to block larger solids like food and garbage. That way, if someone accidentally puts a hazardous item down the drain, it will be caught before flowing into the leach field.
Can’t Live Without Your Garbage Disposal?
There are folks out there who do manage to use their garbage disposals in conjunction with their septic systems, but they have to have their tank pumped more often. Since you are allowing more solid waste into your septic tank, the sludge will build up faster. Allow one of our educated technicians to evaluate your system and household habits to determine the right maintenance plan for you. To learn more or to set up a service appointment, Contact Us today.
How Our Team is Trained to Deal with Confined Spaces
The safety of our employees is a huge priority at Kline’s, and the subject of confined space entry (CSE) is taken very seriously. Our technicians are placed in potentially life-threatening scenarios, so it’s important that they be well-trained and prepared for working in these small environments.
In case you’re unfamiliar with CSE, OSHA defines confined space as an area that has one or more of the following characteristics:
- Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere
- Contains material that has the potential to engulf an entrant
- Has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant
- Contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress
To qualify as the entrant in a CSE job, a technician must:
- Be knowledgeable of space hazards, including information on the means of exposure such as inhalation or dermal absorption, signs of symptoms and consequences of the exposure
- Use personal protective equipment properly
- Maintain communication with team members as necessary to enable them to monitor his status
- Exit from the confined space as soon as possible when:
- Ordered by the authorized person
- He or she recognizes the warning signs or symptoms of exposure
- A prohibited condition exists
- An automatic alarm is activated
- Alert team members when a prohibited condition exists or when warning signs or symptoms of exposure exist.
Working in Tight Conditions
We encounter confined spaces when working in tanks, pump chambers, manholes, or indirect waste pits. To ensure the safety of all involved, we only allow technicians with CSE licenses to work on these types of jobs. Furthermore, we require more than one licensed technician skilled in CSE be present to work collaboratively in these risky situations. So that Kline’s can accommodate the needs of our large customer base, we staff our crew with plenty of technicians carrying CSE licenses. With our well-equipped workforce, we carry the experience and manpower needed to safely get any job done. To have us evaluate your CSE project, Contact Us.
The Strangest Things We’ve Found in Grease Traps
We see some crazy things in the septic business, and some of the strangest appear in grease traps. Your grease trap has the important job of preventing fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from clogging up your drain lines and septic system. However, it’s amazing that items other than FOG end up in there. I’m talking about hairnets, rubber gloves, Brillo pads, you name it! We have even pulled a knife out of a grease trap before!
When these things end up in your trap, it malfunctions and results in messy backups and foul odors. Therefore, it’s important to keep up with the maintenance of your trap to avoid these issues and to stay compliant with health regulations. A simple and effective way to keep foreign objects out of your grease trap is by putting strainers in your sink. Strainers are inexpensive, and they are great at stopping food or other solid materials from flowing down the drain and into your trap.
Keep the Strange Stuff Out
Even with strainers, you still need a professional to completely clean out your grease trap on a regular basis. Kline’s employs a thorough 14-point inspection process that includes completely removing and cleaning baffles and draining out the dirty water. Watch out for companies that merely skim the grease off the top and do nothing to ensure the rest of the trap is equipped to perform well. Contact Us if you’d like for our guys to evaluate your wastewater use and design a customized grease trap maintenance plan to maximize the productivity of your kitchen.
Don’t Put Those BBQ Scraps Down the Disposal!
No one wants to deal with plumbing and wastewater emergencies, especially when they are trying to enjoy their summer vacation. Hopefully you didn’t experience any problems on the 4th, but now that the festivities are over, what are you going to do with all that leftover barbecue? Cleaning up the kitchen and refrigerator can do a number on your plumbing, so remember these things when it’s time to dispose of the holiday remnants.
Don’t Use the Garbage Disposal – Leftover food goes in the trash, not down your drain. The garbage disposal may seem like a quick and easy way to make leftover burgers and hotdogs disappear, but they will reappear into a plumbing disaster. The truth is, the garbage disposal does not break down food particles, and they end up clogging your drains.
Don’t Wash FOG Down Drains – Just like food, FOG (fats, oils and grease) should be collected and tossed in the trash. As FOG cools, it hardens and sticks to your drain lines like glue. Eventually, water flow is blocked and you’re stuck with a big mess.
Use a Strainer – This is a simple one. As you’re cleaning dishes, place a strainer over the drain to prevent food and trash from going down the drain. The more solids you can stop from entering your drain lines, the better your septic system will perform.
Don’t Use Chemicals – Perhaps you have tried Drano, Liquid Plumr or a similar product to clear your drains. Unfortunately, these can make things worse by eating away at your pipes. Also, if you apply these incorrectly, they can harden and clog your drains even worse. Try a natural solution like baking soda and vinegar to break up stubborn clogs.
Practice Preventative Maintenance – In addition to the above, make sure you are actively engaged in a preventative maintenance program that includes pumping your septic tank. Depending on your household habits and water use, you should pump your tank every 1-2 years. Other preventative measures like installing a septic filter, applying bacterial additives, and utilizing professional drain cleaning services can also ensure a trouble-free holiday season…well, at least when it comes to your wastewater facilities. We can’t do much about Uncle Joe’s mid-life crisis, but at least your family can use the kitchen and bathrooms without issues.
To learn more about drain and septic care, Contact Kline’s.
Why Regular Cleaning is the Only Way to Avoid Replacing Your Grease Trap
Businesses in the food service industry are required to install and maintain grease traps. Unfortunately, business owners are not always diligent about the maintenance part. We understand it is an expense and other priorities get in the way, but you may not realize it is actually a larger expense to neglect having it serviced. Here are some reasons why regular cleaning should be a priority.
This is one that will affect your bottom line, so you’ll want to pay attention to this one. When you fail to clean your grease trap, the common results are backups and foul odors. A busy kitchen cannot function without unobstructed water flow, and think of the customers you’d lose when they smell sewage odors coming from the kitchen. You’ll quickly learn that the cost of repairs is higher than the cost of preventative maintenance. Depending on the severity, you could also suffer serious downtime if you’re required to close your doors while repairs are made.
Prolong the Life of the Trap
Consistent maintenance extends the life of your equipment. When a machine is properly cared for, it doesn’t have to work as hard to perform efficiently. This means you won’t have to purchase a new one as often. Trust us when we tell you preventative maintenance is always more affordable than replacements.
The Environment Matters
The Board of Health has the right to shut your business down if you pose a hazard to the environment, the general public or your employees. A corrupted grease trap has the potential to be very dangerous to all of these. FOG (fats, oils, and grease) contaminates wastewater which enters groundwater or public drinking water, making it unsafe to drink. State and local regulations can also charge hefty fines when you violate laws regarding grease trap maintenance. Take responsibility for your business so no one has to suffer for your negligence.
Keep It Clean
By applying routine maintenance to your grease trap, you can avoid wastewater issues and help your trap live a long, healthy life. Kline’s employs 14-point inspection criteria when cleaning your grease trap so you can be sure the job is done thoroughly. We can also keep track of when your equipment is due for its next service, so you can focus on other aspects of your business. We know you’ll be less stressed knowing your septic system and grease trap are in good hands and not at risk of clogging or health violations. Contact Kline’s or Request Grease Trap Cleaning Service today.
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.