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.
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.
Are Your Grease Traps Compliant?
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires certain criteria from wastewater facilities like septic tanks and grease traps. 310 CMR Compliance, for example, was developed to provide for the protection of public health, safety, and the environment. Regulations vary from state to state, and sometimes town to town.
Most facilities are measured at a municipal level rather than following one state-wide regulation. For example, when it comes to the disposal of fats, oils, and grease, in Lancaster, PA, the DEP regulation states:
Grease traps shall be installed in accordance with Chapter 125, Sewer Construction. Each food service facility shall operate and maintain its grease traps in accordance with the following criteria:
(1) Examination, cleaning, and maintenance. Each food service facility shall be solely responsible for the cost of grease trap installation, examination, cleaning, and maintenance. Each food service facility shall contract with a grease hauler for cleaning services or it may develop a written protocol and perform its own grease trap cleaning and maintenance procedures. Cleaning and maintenance must be performed when the total volume of captured grease and solid material displaces more than 25% of the total volume of the grease trap. Each food service facility shall determine the frequency at which its grease trap shall be cleaned, but all grease traps shall be opened, examined, cleaned, and maintained at a minimum of once every 30 days.
This may be different from the requirements in another Pennsylvania town, so it’s important to be familiar with the regulations in your area. To learn more, contact the Department of Environmental Protection or the knowledgeable staff at Kline’s. We make it our business to keep our customers compliant with all local regulations, so you can rely on us to handle your wastewater facilities accordingly. Contact Us today.
What is Not Good to Pour Down the Drain?
The last thing you need is a septic emergency or a clogged drain caused by items that have no business in your wastewater system. We realize many of you are new to septic ownership and may not realize your daily habits can cause problems for your septic and plumbing. To help you out, we’ve compiled a quick list of items you should avoid washing down your drains.
- Trash – It is not meant for your septic system, so make sure you put things like paper towels, kitty litter, feminine products and food in the garbage.
- Toxic Cleaning Products – These are 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.
- Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) – Avoid pouring these down your drains because they harden and stick to your inner pipe walls causing clogs.
- Food – No food particles should go down your drain, so make sure to scrape plates into the trash or feed leftovers to a pet.
- Thick or Sugary Liquids – Substances like molasses are bad for your drains due to their tendency to stick to plumbing and cause obstructions.
Don’t Forget Preventative Maintenance
Along with taking responsibility for what goes down your drains, you also need to invest in preventative maintenance. This includes regular septic pumping every 2-5 years, and one of our professional technicians can evaluate your household use and tank’s capacity to give you the ideal servicing frequency. If you own a business, you may be required by law to have this done, so be familiar with local regulations and make sure your business is compliant. Other measures include drain cleaning, use of additives and periodic inspections. To get started on a customized maintenance plan, Contact Kline’s today.
How is Waste Management for Large Weather Events Handled?
When weather-related disasters strike, the community looks to us for help. After heavy storms, it’s not unusual for wastewater facilities to suffer from flooding and structural damage. Leach fields can lose their ability to absorb moisture due to all the excess water, and septic tanks can overflow. Storm waters also have a bad habit of carrying all kinds of trash and debris into catch basins, worsening a flood situation.
Kline’s to the Rescue!
Thanks to our state-of-the-art fleet, we can easily handle the mayhem left from destructive weather. Hy Vac trucks, pump trailers and support equipment combined with a team of quick and experienced professionals are the ultimate solutions for cleaning up after large weather events. By adding attachments to our vactor trucks, Kline’s technicians can quickly remove leaves and garbage from deep within catch basins. Our vehicles have even been used to assist with catastrophes such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, where hy vac trucks were instrumental in cleaning up flood waters and removing debris from dangerous areas.
After the Storm
Vactoring will get a big job done quickly and efficiently while reducing overall labor costs. Let us help you get your business and community back to normal after bad weather hits. We don’t just handle storm recovery, of course. We act as a reliable sole service provider for all your wastewater needs. Sanitary community sewage and septic facilities support a healthy environment and even help to decontaminate the air you breathe. If these April showers are causing trouble, contact the experts at Kline’s and we’ll get things cleaned up and running smoothly.
How Often Should Your Inside Grease Trap Be Serviced?
We get this question a lot, and there is actually a quick and easy legal answer. Unfortunately, the legal answer may not be the answer you need, so we are going to delve a little deeper. When it comes to your grease trap, you do not want to take its maintenance lightly. Irresponsibility in this area can result in expensive repairs or even cause health hazards that can shut down your business. Read on to find out our 3 ways of answering this common question.
Check Legal Regulations
Your local Board of Health generally mandates how often servicing should be done. Some towns require quarterly maintenance while others allow pumping service on an as-needed basis. You’ll need to check the regulations in your area and stay compliant to avoid any penalties. So there’s your quick and easy answer.
Check the FOG
If you want a technical answer, we have determined it is best to clean your grease trap before FOG (Fat, Oil, and Grease) makes up a quarter of the trap’s contents. If you wait for FOG to accumulate more than this, you risk clogging and backups. You’ll need a professional to properly remove the cover and measure this if you’re unsure.
Check with the Experts
Legal requirements are generally designed for the average scenario. Your business may or may not fall into that category, and your trap may need more or less attention. Our best recommendation is to have a reliable professional evaluate the size of your grease trap, determine your water use, and measure the accumulated FOG. These clues will help him determine an ideal maintenance schedule. Be selective when choosing a service provider by asking good questions. Do they fully pump the trap, scrape the trap walls, remove the baffles, and get rid of the old water? Failure to do all these things will leave grease stuck to the trap walls eroding the grease trap itself. Kline’s follows a 14-step inspection process for grease trap services making sure the job is done correctly and completely. If you would like to have your equipment properly serviced or evaluated for a regular maintenance plan, Contact Us or Request Service Now.
What are OSHA’s Entry Regulations in Confined Spaces?
The safety of our employees is a huge priority at Kline’s, and we take OSHA regulations very seriously. In our industry, jobs involving confined space entry (CSE) are pretty common. Our technicians are placed in potentially life-threatening scenarios, so it’s important that they be well-trained and prepared.
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.
Fat Guy in a Little Coat
Tommy Boy knew a thing or two about tight conditions. Instead of coats, we encounter confined spaces when working in spaces like 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 Wind River 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 Kline’s.
What are the Benefits of Having a CSE Trained Technician Handle Your Lift Station?
There are dangers involved in confined spaces so it’s important that a technician working in these conditions be trained for handling such an environment. We prioritize safety which is why we only assign guys with Confined Space Entry (CSE) licensing to handle the tight surroundings of many lift station jobs. Failure to correctly respond to various hazards such as toxic gasses or entrapment could be life threatening, so we make sure someone is present who knows how to act if anything should go wrong.
Specializing in Tight Spaces
If your facility has confined spaces, our entire crew is trained to work in these scenarios. As an added precaution, we require 3 licensed technicians skilled in CSE to work collaboratively on these technical and dangerous projects. When you Contact Kline’s, rest assured you’re hiring the best in the business for CSE and all your other wastewater needs.
Check Out All the Different Trucks Used for Septic Jobs!
It takes more than a team of great employees to construct the top environmental service provider in the Mid-Atlantic. There is another team that is essential to the success of our company – our team of trucks. Our fleet adds an additional level of power and capabilities allowing us to offer advanced technologies and faster service to customers. As the leading waste management company responsible for providing service to several states, it’s important that we’re equipped with adequate manpower and vehicles to handle routine service calls as well as unexpected emergency requests. So what are the different types of trucks needed to make up the largest waste management fleet in the Mid-Atlantic?
Mobile Equipment, Medium and Heavy
We can break them down into 3 categories. As you can imagine, it takes a variety of trucks to handle the work we require. Pump trucks make up a good share of our vehicles, but other medium duty and equipment trucks contribute so much to our daily tasks. Without this reliable fleet, our workload would be achievable, and the time it would take to complete a job would quadruple. Imagine removing 1000 gallons of wastewater from a septic tank and moving it to another location without the help of a truck. Yikes!
For those who are interested, here is the actual breakdown of our fleet.
Hy Vac Trucks
Grease Box Trucks
Drain Cleaning Utility Trucks
Plumbing Service Vans
Mobile Equipment & Trailers:
Can’t Beat Our Fleet
We are proud of our fleet of trucks. It is a significant component of our company and enables our technicians to do their jobs quickly and efficiently. As a result, you can rely on us to deliver quick and efficient service. To learn more about our individual trucks or to have one come out to your business to perform a service, Contact Us or Request Service Now.
February’s Messiest Drain Award
We got a call from a customer in York, Pennsylvania who noticed strange smells and sounds coming from his drains. There were no outward signs of trouble, so the technicians utilized video camera technology to investigate the activity down inside the drains and pipes. Unfortunately, they did not find good news.
The pipes were weathered from old age. The only solution at this point was to replace them because they were so badly damaged. The pipes were beneath a paved lot, so heavy machinery had to be brought in to blast through the concrete and dig up the old pipes. Although breaking up the pavement seemed like a troublesome step, this business owner was actually very lucky that the damaged pipes were outside. We have seen many pipes burst on upper levels of buildings causing severe water damage to flow down to lower floors. The cost of water damage to furnishings and building foundations often exceeds the cost of the pipe repair itself, and some items like paper files and electronics are irreplaceable.
The lesson to take from this scenario is to have your drains regularly inspected. This is especially important for older facilities. Homeowners often have clues to pipe leaks because they can see patches of green grass over the trouble spots, but pavement does not produce such convenient clues. Only a trained professional would have noticed the impending damage occurring underground. If you would like to have an expert evaluate the condition of your wastewater system, Contact Us or Request Service Now.