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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regulations on Grease Trap Servicing
If you own a grease-generating business, such as a fast-food restaurant or a grocery store, you need to have a grease trap installed. This is a box-shaped contraption that attaches to drains and captures fats, oils, and grease (FOG) so they don’t infiltrate the public water system. Once installed, a grease trap must be cleaned periodically in order to work. Different states have different rules on how often this should be done. Due to the complexity of a grease trap and its components, it takes a licensed professional to properly pump out the FOG and wastewater and clean out all the parts.
States have an obligation to protect their citizens so they may send inspectors to your business to check grease trap 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 decades 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 for all your grease trap needs or ask about any of our other waste management services.
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 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.