Harrisburg, PA – an Excellent Historical Place to Live and Play!
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Dauphin County, west of Philadelphia. It’s a historically notable city, having played a role during the Westward migration, American civil war, and the industrial revolution, not to mention it was one of the most industrialized cities in the Northeast part of the U.S. in the 19th century thanks to the building of the Pennsylvania Canal and Pennsylvania Railroad. However, every great city must be supported by an under-recognized yet critical system: a working septic system. Kline’s Services help keep the septic system by offering septic pumping Harrisburg, PA services from septic pumping and septic cleaning to drain cleaning and plumbing. In Harrisburg and need some septic service? Contact us today!
Harrisburg gets approximately 42 inches of rain per year (the U.S. average is 39) as well as 27 inches of snowfall (the U.S. average is 26 inches). Of course, precipitation and repeated freezing and thawing can lead to flooding, clogged drains, and other plumbing and septic tank problems. But never fear, Kline’s Services has your back!
Knowing that Kline’s is ready and able to solve any septic, drain, or plumbing issues you may have in Harrisburg frees you up to enjoy other aspects of this historic 200+ year old city, including the Broad Street Market, one of the oldest continuously operating farmers’ markets in the U.S.; the National Civil War Museum, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian; and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. City Government Center, the only City Hall in the U.S. named after the Civil Rights leader.
In 2010, Harrisburg was named by Forbes magazine as the second best place in the U.S. to raise a family and was also named recession-proof by the Daily Beast website that same year. All told, Harrisburg, PA is an excellent place in which to live, work, play, and visit, including several unique and lovable features, from the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts to the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest free indoor agricultural exposition in the nation. Harrisburg is truly one of America’s most special towns.
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.
Septic Backup Stalling Laundry Day?
Your days are filled with errands and chores. You are cruising right along the road of productivity when a major home repair slams into your schedule. A septic backup is no joke, and when your laundry machine takes on the backup, you desperately look for answers as your hamper overflows with clothes.
Understanding your septic system’s needs:
A septic system will show signs as it needs maintenance. This article explains them in more detail, but here is a summary. Leaking will cause the lawn near your system to look more watered than the rest of your lawn. A slow drain may mean there is a clog or full septic system. Strong odors and water backing up into the lowest drains in your house mean a full septic system in need of immediate maintenance.
So your septic system is full and is starting to back up. Depending on the layout of your house, the water may head straight for your lower level washing machine. What is meant to be used as a cleaning machine is quickly tainted by the foul water from a septic backup.
Why is this septic backup happening?
During a septic backup, the system’s capacity is full and the water you are pouring into every drain from washing dishes to showering, and the heavy use of a washing machine have nowhere to go. Even overloading the amount of water into your system over a short period of time can cause problems.
The septic system is made to take in water and slowly it is leached into the surrounding ground. This is a brief summary of how it works, read this for more detail. However, if the system is bombarded by heavy water use, the water may pool in your yard or back up into your house.
What you need to do next:
Kline’s Services offers professional septic service. Their article explains the proper septic maintenance needed to help avoid serious problems.
- Regularly pump your system
- Use bacteria additives
- Add a septic filter
Keep your days running smoothly and your washing machine safe. Kline’s Services is here to answer any questions about your septic system or schedule your preventative maintenance, contact us today.
Jet-Vac Trucks and the Health of Your Catch Basins
When we are walking along our city streets, we take catch basins, more colloquially known as storm drains, for granted. For good reason: we typically never have to think about these drains and basins means they are in proper working order, as they should be. It is only when they begin to malfunction that we take notice of them. We start realizing what a necessity catch basin cleaning is and what an eyesore they prevent when working as they should.
What Happens to Drained Catch Basins
The catch basin is a beautiful meshing of form and function in its simplistic design. Hidden under the grate that the eye sees is what could best be described as a concrete box containing two pipes in its upper portion; one on either side. The highest pipe is for intake and the lower one is u-shaped and for output. Solids are then carried by the intake pipe and deposited into the bottom of the box, where they are to remain, as water flows on through, back to its source. Sometimes, the catch basin needs debris removal, and when this issue isn’t addressed quickly and comprehensively enough, chaos and disaster will ensue.
Catch Basin Cleaning
This is where our Jet-Vac Combo Trucks come into play. Our environmentally friendly trucks use only high-pressure water to flush out what debris can be flushed to stop any potentially dangerous and expensive flooding. Vacuuming ensures that the job is complete and the catch basin is safe for use again. With regular preventative maintenance by our friendly and knowledgeable professionals, catch basin clogging and flooding will never be a problem you have to endure. As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so call us today.
Preventative Maintenance Stops Sludge Build-up On Floats and Transducers
Sludge build-up occurs naturally on any sort of wastewater or oil tank when it is being properly used with any sort of regularity. There’s nothing that anyone can do about that. It becomes a serious problem when it is periodically ignored, which many people are prone to do, considering they have much more to think about than the scum building up in their septic systems. However, while we are off living our lives, the sludge will continually build and grow, eventually leading to a possibly very expensive overflow or damage to transducers and floats. Proper maintenance is key to keeping this all-too-important system healthy and working well.
At Kline’s Services, we have our professionals continually monitoring the sludge build-up in many of our clients’ systems and the proper know-how to keep your system fully functioning just how you like it: efficiently and cleanly. With our monitoring, we successfully and significantly reduce the chance of expensive, damaging overflow to your tank, all the while keeping our eyes on other valuable parts of your system, such as your floats and transducers.
We clean your floats and transducers with our regular preventative maintenance by using a high-velocity, high-pressure water jet. This safely removes all of the scum and sludge build-up without the risk of damage to any of the expensive components of your vital sewer system. As the age-old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Our preventative maintenance saves our customers money in the long run since they don’t have to pay for expensive, one-time maintenance. It also provides our customers peace of mind, knowing they’re in the hands of qualified professionals who know how to handle what can quickly become a sticky situation.
Liquid versus Cake Sludge – Refinement and Removal
Sludge: it’s something no one ever really wants to think about. For the most part, we’d all rather pretend that it doesn’t exist. That’s not practical though; sludge is a quality sign that a healthy sewer system is operating as it should. However, sludge does build up over time and it has to be dealt with. Otherwise, the sewer system is likely looking at an overload, leading to spillage from back-up in the pipes. That’s not something that the average person wants to or knows how to deal with.
Luckily, here at Kline’s Services, we know how to handle your sludge treatment and removal processes professionally and efficiently. We’re here to educate you a little on the different types of sludge so you know what you’re dealing with.
Liquid sludge is sludge in its most natural state. It is basically a viscous mixture of solid and liquid components that come from the natural rendering of human waste in a sewer or many other industrial refinement processes. Liquid sludge may or may not be of a uniform consistency, and likely has solid masses disbursed throughout a liquid suspension.
At Kline’s, we want to convert your liquid sludge into a cake sludge, reducing cost, and making disposal easier and less hazardous. We do this by adding a thickening or clarifying agent as well as a stirring mechanism. This reduces the moisture content to anywhere between 60 and 85 percent, depending on the method used. Once we have converted it to a cake sludge, the removal is efficient and carries minimal environmental impact. Kline’s Services treats waste water on site!
So contact us today and let our studious professionals remove your sludge from your plant and mind!
How Often Should Your Septic Be Inspected?
The answer to this question varies with the size of your household. The size and age of your septic tank also play into the equation as well as your water consumption. Neglecting your system can be very costly in the long run, so make septic inspections a priority. Here are some tips to help you determine whether it’s time to schedule one.
A good start is to find out when the last inspection took place. If it has been more than 5 years, it’s definitely time to get one scheduled. If you recently purchased your home, the date of the last inspection may not be readily available. Try your best to locate this information from the previous owners or the realtor because it is necessary to ensure your septic system is in good condition. If you cannot find the last date of service, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Go ahead and make an appointment in this case.
A business is likely to use more water than a home and may need to have more frequent pump service, but this would apply to inspections as well. High water consumption increases the odds of septic issues, so it makes sense to have things checked out more regularly if you use a lot of water.
Septic owners should always be on the lookout for signs of trouble. Allowing small things like slow drains to continue only lead to larger problems. As soon as you see, hear or smell any red flags, go ahead and have a professional come and take a look. Other warning signs include leaks, foul odors, slow toilets, gurgling sounds, clogs and damp areas above your septic tank and leach field.
Kline’s Has You Covered
As a general rule, we recommend homeowners have an inspection every 3 to 5 years. Business owners may want to play it safe and have one every year since they risk losing a lot more if there are problems. Regardless, this is an important part of septic maintenance and should be taken as seriously as pump service. When it comes to septic inspections, Kline’s has the skilled technicians and decades of experience to keep your system running smoothly for years to come. Contact Us or Request Service Now.
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.
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.