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5 Signs You May Need a New Septic Tank

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

A quality, properly installed septic tank can help you save money and lessen your impact on the environment. It is a great solution for situations in which it does not make sense to connect to municipal sewer systems. However, a septic tank is a delicate system that must be pumped every three years. If your septic tank isn’t working properly, it can cause extensive damage to your home and property and even create health hazards.

If your septic tank isn’t regularly pumped, it will overfill and can break. A damaged, over full septic tank will cause waste to fill the septic lines, causing many different problems (similar to the signs of a clogged sewer line).

The quicker you respond to any problem with your septic system, the better. No matter which type of septic system you have, never ignore any of these five signs.

1. You Have Standing Water for No Apparent Reason

If you find pooling water on your property and there’s no other reason for it, such as irrigation or heavy rains, it could mean that you have a percolating septic tank. These pools or puddles indicate that water leaving the septic tank cannot be absorbed into the ground. The weight of this water could cause further damage to your tank, and the liquid coming to the surface may be contaminated with bacteria. This issue should be addressed right away in order to avoid further damage and protect your own health and safety.

2. Something Doesn’t Smell Right

We all know what sewage smells like. Not only is this rotten smell extremely unpleasant for you and your guests, but it is also a sign that there is a problem with your septic system. A foul odor around your home or property most likely indicates that your septic tank cannot hold any more waste.

3. Your Flow Has Slower

A slowing in your water flow could be caused by a damaged or over-full septic tank. If you have a septic tank, all household drains connect to it. Therefore, if you have a problem with this tank, all of your drains will be affected. Alternatively, if only one drain is slow, it is likely a separate problem. If all of your toilets are flushing slowly, it’s likely that your septic tank needs repair or replacement.

4. You Have Backup

Sewage backup into your toilets, sinks, showers or tubs is one of the of the most common signs that you have an over full septic tank and need to have your septic system looked at by a professional. You should call a plumber immediately if you notice a sewage backup, as the problem isn’t likely to get any better on its own. In fact, it will probably worsen.

5. Your Lawn Looks Like a Patchwork Quilt

If you have strange patches of grass that are a darker shade of green than the rest of your lawn, you should check your septic system. Areas where a septic tank or line has leaked may grow faster and look greener than other spots, since components in the sewage act as (very unsanitary) fertilizer for the grass.

These five signs could indicate that your septic tank needs to be replaced or pumped. There are steps you can take to reduce stress on your septic system and properly prepare for a septic tank cleaning. However, when you need pumping or repairs, you should always call an experienced professional.

For expert advice on septic system issues and answers to all of your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Tips to Lower Your Water Bill

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Below you will discover valuable tips that not only conserve one of our most valuable resources but can also save you some money by reducing your monthly water bill. Freshwater is one of the many natural resources sometimes taken for granted. You turn on the tap and a seemingly endless supply is at your fingertips. However, the cost of freshwater has risen due to the demands placed on its supply from pollution and an ever-expanding population. Here are some ways we can conserve water in our own homes.

Repair Faulty Plumbing

Don’t drag your feet when it comes to repairing dripping faucets, leaking pipes or running toilets. A single faucet that drips 60 times a minute will waste 5 gallons of freshwater per day or 2,082 gallons per year. A professional plumber will make quick work of these simple repairs and help you to conserve water, reduce your bill and avoid costly home repairs resulting from the potential water damage.

Reduce Bathing Times

Reducing the length of your shower — by just four minutes — can conserve up to 4,000 gallons of fresh water per year. This can reflect an annual savings of $100 dollars per year on your water bill. In addition, shorter showers lead to a reduction in hot water use, which can also lower other utility bills such as gas or electricity.

Go Low-Flow

Replace dated toilets, shower heads and faucets with efficient low-flow fixtures. Inefficient toilets can use as much as six gallons of freshwater per flush. When you compare that to the 1.6 gallons-per-flush of today’s models, you can easily comprehend the potential savings. Do not use your toilet as a garbage can. Aside from the harmful effects cigarette butts, chewing gum and feminine products have on septic tanks and sewer systems, placing them in the trash does not require precious freshwater.

Do not let it Run

Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving. Many gallons of freshwater are wasted each year from this one, bad habit. When shaving, simply fill the basin with hot water to rinse your razor and keep disposable cups in the bathroom for rinsing after brushing your teeth.

No Half Loads

You can save on both your water and electric bill by utilizing the maximum capacity of your dishwasher and washing machine. If you must rinse your dishes before loading the dishwasher, fill the sink or a container with water for rinsing; do not let the faucet run.

At the end of the day, by doing your part to conserve water, you can help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint as well as save a little money on your monthly water bill.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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Blocked Sewer Pipes? What’s at the Root of This Issue?

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Many homeowners can sit back, relax, and trust that their sewer systems will work without fail. Some of us, however, will have to deal with blocked sewer pipes at some point. One of the primary causes of blocked pipes is out of our control, but others you can control. Find out what causes blocked sewer pipes in order to prevent future problems.

Homeowner responsibility

Just like you take care to preserve paint on your walls, keep food out of drains, and avoid scuffing floors, you need to pay the same attention to your sewage system. You see, through homeowner misuse, sewer pipes can become blocked. Here’s why:

  • Homeowners often dispose of baby wipes or hygiene products down the drains. These products don’t biodegrade within the system and they often cause a blockage.
  • Disregard for sewer system care can lead residents to dispose of other non-compostable items that block up the pipes.
  • In many homes, sewage must travel through straight or slightly curved pipes to exit the home; however, at some point, waste reaches an elbow turn, or a 90 degree curve, in the pipes, which is often where products get stopped up. The force of gravity and flow of waste can’t force the bulky items around the corner, and a blockage occurs.

When there’s nothing you can do to prevent problems. …

In other cases, it’s possible for tree roots, over time, to penetrate through the sewage pipes buried under the ground. The force of the growing root pushes on the pipe, weakening the material and eventually penetrating through it. As roots penetrate through the pipe walls, they extend into the pipes themselves, causing waste running through it to slow down or products to catch on the roots.

Regardless of what is causing the blockage in your home, you’ll need to call an expert plumber for help. The first step in identifying the “root” of the problem involves using a camera inspection. A plumbing company will have a camera that extends into the drains via a cable or snake, which helps the professionals identify if tree roots or non-compostable products are causing the problem. Then, the expert can identify the best solution for dealing with the problem. Tree root problems require larger, costlier solutions because you’ll either need to replace the pipes or install a coating inside the pipes to seal their walls.

Don’t let blocked sewer pipes stop you up. Get expert help. For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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Need New Pipe Material for Your Sewer System? Know the Differences Between Each Material

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Choosing pipe material for your sewer system in your new home, or upgrading materials in your existing home, involves careful evaluation of the options. Manufacturers today construct durable, high performance piping that can withstand the demands of your sewer system. Learn the key differentiators for PVC, copper and ABS, and then talk to your plumber to determine the best option for your home.

PVC

PVC, or Polyvinyl Chloride, piping is used in sewer systems, and does well withstanding cold and water plumbing fixture discharge. It has a long life span, usually suggested at 100 years, or even more. As such, PVC pipe is generally expected to last longer than most of the buildings in which it’s installed. The material is lightweight, so it’s easy to install and assemble, as it becomes very soft when primer and solvents are applied to seal the joints. Additionally, when it’s installed and sealed properly, the pipe performs well.

Copper

Copper pipe material for your sewer system is highly durable, as it resists corrosion well. In water supply pipes, it’s an ideal material because of its performance; however, it is a more costly than plastic types of pipes. The first kind of copper pipe, rigid copper offers three ranges of thickness, with its thinnest pipe often used in home sewer systems, while the thicker types are used in outdoor applications or for drainage systems. The other type, flexible copper is most often used indoors, for supply water piping with ice makers, dishwashers and so forth.

ABS

Short for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, ABS pipes are an ideal underground option, as they are designed to withstand a heavy load underneath soil or slabs without damage, like denting or cracking, especially in climates where temperatures can be cold. Further, Abs performs well in extremely warm temperatures, too. It’s slow to absorb heat, so the high temperature of water discharged by a clothes washer or dishwasher doesn’t affect it. It’s also resistant to many chemicals, and won’t corrode by elements in the ground, like salt or mineral acids. It’s a low-cost pipe material for your sewer system, as it doesn’t require a lot of time to rough in and it cements in one step.

When it comes to choosing pipe material for your sewer systems, it’s best to talk to a professional to determine the best option. PVC, copper and ABS piping are just a few of the more common pipe materials used for sewer systems. For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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