Find Out Why Your Toilet is Flushing Slowly
We’ve all experienced the slow toilet and watched nervously after the flush, wondering if it would overflow this time. We don’t want you to deal with this type of stress, so let’s look at reasons your toilet could be flushing slowly and provide solutions.
You Need Septic Pumping
If it has been at least 1 year since you last had a pump service, it could be that time again. We’ll evaluate your household and water consumption to determine how frequently you should schedule this.
A Foreign Object
Do you have kids in your home who might think it’s great fun to watch their toy swim down the toilet? You’d be amazed at the things our guys retrieve from people’s toilet lines.
Toilet Paper and Other Items
Are you using a brand of toilet paper that is septic safe? This can make a difference, and we recommend using a 1-ply variety. You also want to throw things like feminine products, paper towels, food waste, and pet litter in the trash.
Not Using Bacterial Additives
Sometimes, harsh ingredients in household cleaning products are washed down the drains and kill that good bacteria that breaks down waste. Adding a product like CCLS helps to keep your lines clear and smelling fresh.
What’s the Fix?
For continual slow toilets, call the professionals because they have special tools to find the problem and get rid of it. Innovative companies like EarthCare even have advanced video equipment that can quickly troubleshoot and remove inaccurate guesswork from the diagnostic process. For the worst clogs, your drains could call for water jetting, where water pressure of up to 4000 pounds per square inch is used to flush out anything and everything in your pipes. However, our ideal scenario involves preventative maintenance where none of this is necessary. Contact us, and we can tailor a personalized program to keep slow drains and toilets away.
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 EarthCare 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.
Learn About EarthCare’s Environmental Fleet
Did you know EarthCare has the largest fleet of pump trucks in the Northeast? Our vacuum trucks have vactor units which are incredible machines capable of flushing or extracting water and waste from septic systems, catch basins, exterior grease traps and other messy spots.
We’re Here When You Need Us
However, our trucks can do more than pump out sanitary systems. You may recall the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 when towns were destroyed by severe winds and flooding. EarthCare was there with our trucks to assist families and workers during that traumatic period after the hurricane. Our vactor services were essential for pumping out flood water and debris from homes and streets. We proudly made an intimidating job easier to manage.
Our trucks can provide cleaning services for
- Entire wastewater and sanitary systems
- Large or small catch basins
- Sanitary and storm mains
- Lift stations and mains
- Exterior grease traps
- Jet flushing storm and sanitary lines
- Power-washing roadways, driveways and parking lots
We’ve Got You Covered
Our coverage area is extensive, but we are more than able to meet the demand. We have the largest fleet of quality vehicles in this business and are able to provide emergency or maintenance services quickly. Additionally, all of our trained professionals are graduates of our own EarthCare University. They have the special skills to help you with all your sanitary needs. To learn more, contact EarthCare today or request service now.
It’s Cinco de Mayo! Your Septic System Will Have a Fiesta After Being Serviced!
Give your septic system a reason to celebrate by scheduling helpful services performed by the professional experts at Wind River. With a routine maintenance plan, your wastewater facilities will perform beautifully, and you won’t have to worry about inconvenient emergencies.
Services That Say, “Te Amo”
After perusing a menu of tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, consider our menu of services designed to keep your septic tank and lines clean so you can avoid clogs and backups. Here are some popular ones to consider:
- Septic Pumping – We’ll completely remove the sludge and wastewater from your septic tank or cesspool. This should be done every 1-2 years depending on your water consumption and tank size.
- Inspections – Periodic inspections help to detect and stop potential problems. Whether it’s a slow drain or damage to any component of your septic system, we’ll find the cause and fix it before it becomes a disastrous event.
- Drain Cleaning – To keep stubborn clogs from developing into a major problem, drain cleaning is the ideal solution. Snaking and jetting are some of our most popular services for both repairing and preventing septic issues.
Your System Will Say Gracias
While munching on chips and salsa and perhaps drinking a little Cerveza, take some time to remember your hardworking septic system. It works day and night so you can do cool stuff like take showers and flush your toilet. Pay it back with a thorough pump service, a comprehensive inspection, or a good drain cleaning. For more information on these or any of our other wastewater services, Contact Us.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
What are the Benefits of Constant Flow?
Do you own a business related to food, where you have to abide by certain regulations related to your waste? Daydream with me for a moment… Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone else keep up with those deadlines and deal with the mess of your grease, plumbing and septic issues? (sigh) What would you do with that glorious extra time? Maybe fly somewhere tropical and escape this cold weather? Visit your relative that you never see? Well, guess what. This can be a reality!
We’re Here to Make Your Daydreams Come True
Constant Flow is our dream solution for restaurants, supermarkets, and other commercial food establishments, where preventative maintenance is put on autopilot. Regular service appointments will automatically be scheduled to keep you compliant with laws and to ensure all your equipment works efficiently. As part of your personalized Constant Flow program, you may choose all or any combination of these 5 categories.
- Interior grease traps
- Exterior grease storage
- Septic pumping
- Drain cleaning
- Plumbing maintenance
If emergencies or the need for repairs arise, don’t worry. Our 24/7 fast response emergency service is included as part of your Constant Flow package.
Go With the Flow…
…the Constant Flow that is. Your CFO will thank you when reviewing the annual budget, and find no unexpected wastewater costs all year. This customized, reliable service at a predictable cost gives you peace of mind regarding your wastewater system and gives you more time to focus on planning vacations or fulfilling other daydreams. For more information on the Constant Flow Program or other plumbing services for your company, Contact Us.
What is CSE Training?
The safety of our employees is a huge priority at EarthCare, 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 EarthCare 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 Importance of a Septic Filter
Today we’re discussing the septic filter, a gadget that attaches to your septic tank outlet. This spot is the gateway to your leach field and the last chance for effluent to be strained of harmful materials before flowing to the final stages of purification. Failure to sift out clog-causing particles can do expensive damage to your system, so it’s definitely worthwhile to invest in this inexpensive filter. Repairing a leach field can involve the inconvenience of excavating your yard along with not having plumbing use while the work is being done. Septic repairs are also not cheap.
Let Us Help
EarthCare offers a variety of septic filters so you can be sure we’ll have one perfect for your system. We can install it for you, and the maintenance is a breeze! During your regular septic pumping service, we simply clean the filter during the same appointment. With this routine service, your filter (and your septic system for that matter) should last for years to come. EarthCare can also perform inspections and drain cleaning services that will benefit your home’s wastewater flow. Allow our professionals to hook you up with a dependable septic filter as well as evaluate your water consumption and waste facilities to advise a suitable preventative maintenance plan. Contact Us to learn more!
What Does an Indirect Waste Pit Service Consist of?
Indirect waste pits are usually found in food establishments where there are things like refrigerators, freezers, drink dispensers, ice machines or coffee brewers. These appliances produce condensation which does not flow to your normal drainage system. Instead, it goes to an alternate receptor or pit called the indirect waste pit.
Since these pits collect large amounts of water, they must be serviced. They can become backed up like a septic tank and require regular cleaning services like pumping and power washing. Preventative maintenance is also important for making sure all of your freezers and drink machines stay in good working condition. EarthCare wants to make sure you never suffer through a busy lunch hour with a broken soda machine, so count on our experts to repair and maintain your indirect waste pits.
Rely on the Best
Since indirect waste pits aren’t so common, it’s easy to neglect them. Hopefully, you’re using a provider like EarthCare who has the experience and ability to include your indirect waste pits and lines into your normal maintenance plan. These could require confined space entry since the facilities are often in small rooms with one-way entry and little ventilation. If you have an indirect waste pit in your business, Contact Us for high-quality service and maintenance of these components.
Could TerraLift Help You?
In order to remain the top environmental company in the northeast, we stay on the cutting edge when it comes to having the latest and greatest tools and machinery. Large jobs that take other companies a long time to complete can be handled quickly with good equipment. This is why EarthCare has employed TerraLift in its arsenal of waste management solutions. It has proved to be an innovative breakthrough in ground restoration by helping customers save time and money on a number of soil problems.
Why Use TerraLift?
The number one cause of septic failure is a clogged leach field. Insufficient water flow under the ground causes the soil to compact. You might experience sewage backups, see pools of water, dying vegetation, or areas of greener grass as signs of the underlying problem. The costs of excavation and repair are daunting, and many put off taking action even when problems escalate to this level. Luckily, the price of rejuvenation using TerraLift is fast and inexpensive. In a few hours, you could add life to your leach field without even disturbing the ground surface.
How Does it Work?
The TerraLift machine drives a long narrow probe 3 to 6 feet into the ground. Air is then forced through it to penetrate the soil creating tiny pathways back up to the surface. This fracturing of the soil creates an aerobic environment that was previously too compact to exist. To maintain this new circulatory system, polystyrene pellets are also injected to help keep passages clear for the long term. With proper ventilation, the soil is revived allowing the leach field to work properly again.
The benefits of TerraLift are not limited to leach fields. We get requests for this extraordinary machine for things like golf courses, athletic fields, construction sites, and lawn or landscaping improvement. If you have a situation and would like to see if TerraLift could help, call EarthCare for a free consultation and estimate. We also offer a one-year guarantee on your revitalized leach field. If the soil reverts back to its saturated state within 12 months, EarthCare will come back to the site and rejuvenate your area with TerraLift again at no cost. To learn more, Contact Us or Request Service now.
What Causes Low Pressure on Your Faucet?
If it is isolated to one faucet, a common cause is clogs or debris in the aerator screen. Other possibilities include a leaky pipe, or the faucet could just be old. If all of the faucets are affected, it could be a sign of too many added fixtures competing for water flow, or you may just have overall poor water pressure.
We Can Fix It
A licensed technician will need to be consulted if the entire property is experiencing low water pressure. A booster pump or a larger main line can be added, but you don’t want to attempt this yourself. Let a professional do the installation, as well as fix leaky pipes and replace worn faucet units. An experienced plumber will be able to tell whether you just need to replace a part like an internal valve or go ahead and replace the whole fixture.
However, a simple clog in your faucet is usually ok to handle on your own. The aerator screen is commonly located in the faucet spout and can be removed by unscrewing the end of your faucet. Just rinse it off or clean it with warm water and vinegar. If the screen looks fine, check to see if the cartridge in the faucet head is clogged, broken, or stuck. Feel free to Contact Us if you have questions or are ready to schedule service.