How Does Pro Clean Defeat Sugar Snakes
If you’re picturing an oversized Gummi Worm, you’ve kinda got the right idea. Sugar snakes are named for the shape they take on from being formed inside curvy pipes. Composed of bacteria that feeds on sugar inside a drain line, sugar snakes are mostly found in places that use soda machines like a convenience store or fast food joint. You might think, “It’s just sugar. Just wash it away with some hot water.” It’s not so easy to get rid of this sticky bacteria, and typical drain products don’t work.
Call the Pros
To permanently control the growth of sugar snakes, you need a professional-grade product called Pro Clean. This liquid enzyme breaks down the bacterial buildup and keeps it away with an automatic dispensation system. Our EarthCare technicians can install a machine in your store that distributes the perfect amount of enzyme to keep bacteria away without causing damage to your drink dispensers and pipes. Give us a call to get started on this effective treatment for those pesky sugar snakes.
How Does a Filter Help Your Leach Field Lines?
If you have not yet invested in a septic filter, you’re increasing the chances of damaging your leach field. The filter attaches to the septic tank outlet which is the gateway to your leach field. This is the last chance for effluent to be strained of solid particles or other harmful materials, and failure to sift out clog-causing particles can do expensive damage to your system. Take our advice and make this simple addition.
EarthCare offers a range of filters so you can be sure we’ll have one that fits your system. Once you have the filter installed, it’s very easy to maintain. You should already have septic pumping scheduled on a regular basis, and the tech can simply clean the filter during the same appointment. With this routine service, your filter (and septic system for that matter) should last for years to come.
Prevention Is Key
The septic filter is one of many preventative measures we recommend for maintaining a trouble-free system. Inspections, pumping and drain cleaning may be services that will also benefit your home’s wastewater flow. EarthCare professionals can evaluate your water consumption and waste facilities to advise a schedule that suits your timetable and budget. You’ll appreciate a household with no plumbing emergencies and see how it saves you time and money. If you would like to have a septic filter installed or want to learn more about our preventative maintenance services, Contact Us today.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Learn About the Love Your Septic System Has for Service and Maintenance!
I don’t have any romantic advice for you on this holiday of love, but I do have some advice on how to show some love to your septic system. One of the most important lessons we can teach at EarthCare is that treating your septic system with routine preventative maintenance will result in a long and happy life when it comes to your wastewater.
3 Ways to Woo Your System
Instead of roses and chocolates, invest in our 3-step maintenance plan. Incorporating these items will keep your septic tank and lines clean so you can avoid clogs and backups.
- Regular Septic Pumping – We’ll completely remove the sludge and wastewater from your septic tank or cesspool.
- Bacterial Additives – Adding an additive like CCLS helps the good bacteria in your system to thrive and break down
- Septic Filters – Install a filter to the outlet of your septic tank to stop large particles and other potentially damaging materials from entering your leach field.
Don’t Kill the Mood
Nothing will kill a romantic evening like sewage backing up into your bedroom or the stench of methane gas over a candlelight dinner. Just as your relationship needs attention and care to thrive, so does your septic system. It works day and night processing the very thing you need to survive—water. It’s easy to neglect something that is out of sight and out of mind, so take the time on this Valentine’s Day to do something special for your hardworking septic system. Spoil it with a preventative maintenance schedule, and it will return the favor with a lifetime of trouble-free plumbing. To learn more about our 3-step maintenance plan or our other preventative maintenance services, Contact Us.
How Can Bacteria Help Your Septic System
I realize your mama taught you that bacteria is bad and should be killed to promote a healthy environment. Well, Mom is correct, except in the case of septic systems. It turns out, we actually need bacteria to do a dirty but important job. When it comes to the contents of your septic tank, certain microorganisms and bacteria are responsible for breaking down the solid waste in there. Therefore, we need to do all we can to help these little guys survive and do their job.
Doing the Dirty Work
Both anaerobic and aerobic bacteria are actively involved in the purifying process. Anaerobic bacteria don’t need oxygen, and these are found inside the septic tank since oxygen is not present in there. Here, the bacteria will break down the solid waste preparing the wastewater for its next destination which is the leach field. Once the wastewater exits the septic tank and gets to the leach field, aerobic bacteria in the soil take over.
Let ‘Em Work; Let ‘Em Live
Since aerobic bacteria require oxygen to function, it’s important that your soil is healthy and aerated. If all goes well, the waste particles are filtrated naturally by aerobic bacteria before returning to the groundwater. The condition and pH of your soil are also important for the survival of helpful microbes which is why soil tests are done as a prerequisite to installing a septic system.
Also, bacteria exposed to many common household cleaning products will die. This is why we warn people to avoid anti-bacterial soaps, bleach, ammonia and other harsh chemicals. Pay attention to the ingredients on labels and stick with green, biodegradable brands. Natural cleaners like baking soda and vinegar work great too!
Then Why Do I Need Pump Service?
The bacteria can only do so much. Heavy solid sludge that doesn’t make it to the leach field will eventually build up, and this is why routine pumping is necessary. A professional environmental company must remove the solid waste and take it to a treatment plant or landfill where aerobic bacteria can finish breaking it down safely. This service is required every 1-2 years depending on the size of your tank and your water consumption. To learn more about bacteria or to find out how often your system should be serviced, Contact us or Request Septic Pumping Service now.
Learn About Video Camera Inspections
Septic and plumbing solutions continue to get better and cheaper. New technologies can now save technicians and customers a lot of valuable time and money. This includes video technology that is used to see underground and inside your drain lines without the hassle of digging. What was once impossible without excavation is now easy thanks to special cameras designed to maneuver through your pipes.
How Does It Work?
Your drain lines are buried underground, and it used to be a big pain to see what was going on down there. Well, that is no longer the case with the development of septic video cameras. Special cameras designed to travel through plumbing can quickly “see” the inside of your pipes and can go to great lengths to find trouble spots. Technicians simply set up the camera and feed it into your drain until they find the problem. They then analyze the video to pinpoint the location and identify the source of any obstructions.
Great For Inspections
The cameras not only spot things that are clogging your drains, they also find red flags that could lead to bigger problems. These include unexpected leaks, line breaks, water damage and rust spots that could cause future issues. This makes camera inspections a great preventative maintenance tool. They are also great for finding lost valuables like jewelry or other small objects that accidentally fall down the drain or get flushed down toilets.
No More Digging
Video cameras have truly been a game changer in the septic field. Their ability to see what’s going on underground helps us identify current problems as well as find unforeseen issues. This makes them a valuable instrument for our techs and customers. In addition, EarthCare offers trenchless pipelining technologies to repair damaged pipes. Now, there is no reason to excavate your drain field to repair breaks in your lines. Your yard and landscaping can stay intact, thus saving you those expenses. To learn more or to set up a camera inspection, Contact EarthCare Today or Request Service Now.
How Often Should Storm Drains Be Cleaned?
Catch basins or storm drains are those openings you see along roadways or parking lots, often along curbs or covered by a grate. You’ve probably seen a ton of them but may not know their purpose, which is to collect rainwater. During heavy rains, you’ll notice these storm drains are strategically located in places where gravity will pull rainwater right to them. From here, the water flows to streams, lakes or eventually rejoins the groundwater through sumps.
Since rainwater often drags dirt, leaves and other debris with it, these catch basins can become blocked. If you notice flooding in the street or yard near you, check the nearest catch basin to see if the opening is free of trash. In the winter, snow could even be built up at the opening causing a blockage. In these cases, you can call EarthCare. We have the tools to break up stubborn debris, and our hy vac trucks have the ability to reach great depths to pump out anything that has fallen into the catch basin itself.
Start An Annual Routine
We recommend cleaning out storm drains once a year. It’s usually best to do so before winter so that ice isn’t a problem. Unlike water that goes down the drains of your home or office, the water in catch basins does not undergo a filtration process before reaching local lakes and streams. Therefore, it’s really important to keep these clean and free from contamination. You can do your part by never tossing litter or hazardous materials into a storm drain. If you catch anyone doing so, you should call your local authorities. We’ve still got a couple months of cold weather, but don’t hesitate to Contact Us, if you’ve got a storm drain needing service.
What is a Frac Tank?
A frac tank is a large container that can be used for temporary and portable storage. When I say large, I mean like large enough to hold an elephant. They are generally not used for animals, however. Instead, you would normally store fluids or chemicals in these containers that come in many shapes and sizes. One of the more common scenarios where you would find these would be in the fracturing of oil and gas wells, but we have lots of great uses for them in the waste industry as well.
How Do We Use Frac Tanks?
EarthCare customers use frac tanks to store a variety of things. Farmers, for example, use them for manure storage and even store water in them for watering their animals out in the field. Maybe a large factory is experiencing some sort of septic problem and needs a place to put the waste. Frac tanks can also serve as a holding chamber while waste is being treated. Add chemicals to wastewater in the frac tank and afterward, you can pump out the treated water since the tanks include pumps at the bottom.
We’ve Got Tanks
If you need a frac tank, we have rentals ranging in size from 10,000 to 21,000 gallons. From residential to commercial and municipal septic needs, EarthCare has you covered! We also offer waste disposal services including Bulk Hauling, Leachate Removal and Hydro Excavating. To learn more or to rent one of our high-quality frac tanks, Contact Us.
Will Jetting Inside Your Store Leave a Big Mess?
As a business owner, you have enough to clean up whether it’s store aisles or employees’ attitudes. The last thing you need is a big wastewater mess resulting from a service call. Today, we’re looking at one of our most popular services, and how it affects the appearance of your store afterward.
What is Jetting?
High-pressure water jetting, also called “hydrojetting” and “jetting,” is a process that forces water through flexible hoses and into plumbing lines. The pressure can be used to break through clogs, to thoroughly clean the interior pipe walls, or as a preventative maintenance technique. As an added plus, it’s environmentally safe and inexpensive.
When is it Necessary?
Jetting is best for soft clogs, like grease, paper, or food in commercial drain lines. For businesses like restaurants that deal with such materials on a regular basis, it is recommended you have your lines jetted regularly and often. Our Earthcare technicians can set up a schedule that works best for your business needs.
With water being forced through a small area, water and debris may indeed splash out. However, we make sure to schedule jetting services after normal business hours. EarthCare technicians also have the best tools for cleaning up, and our technicians make sure the area is spotless before the start of business the next day.
It’s Like We Were Never There
At Earthcare, we strive to provide the best customer service possible. The last thing we want to do is disappoint you by leaving your business in disarray, so count on us to leave things better than we found them. For more information about water jetting and to schedule a water-jetting appointment, Contact Us.
What’s Grosser Than Gross? Biggest Liquid Waste Disaster of the Month
We got a call from residents in a rural area of town who were experiencing a backup in the basement. Sewage was gushing onto the floors, so they needed emergency service right away. We learned that the couple had lived in the home for 25 years and had never had a septic pumping. They had no idea that their septic tank needed to be serviced periodically to prevent such disasters, and they had no idea where their septic facilities even were. Thanks to our experienced technicians, we were able to locate the tank using probes and successfully pumped out the sludge to relieve the backup.
These unfortunate customers could have easily prevented this emergency had they been educated on simple septic maintenance. We recommend routine pump service every 1-2 years depending on your water consumption and tank size. Obviously, they were way overdue! Fortunately, we came prepared with the best equipment and skilled technicians to easily tackle this septic backup. Congratulations to our guys for another job well done! To learn more ways to avoid scenarios like this or to set up preventative maintenance, Contact Us.
What is a Snifter?
Clean wastewater facilities are part of a sanitary work environment, and something like foul odors can really hurt the success of your business. When bad smells enter your kitchen, call a professional right away because you may need a new gasket or some drain cleaning work.
First Things First
In order to stop the odor, we must first find where it is coming from. EarthCare technicians have a handy tool called a snifter which finds the exact location of the smell. The source could be your pipes, grease trap, septic tank, or maybe just a small part of any of those. Once we have the cause, we can work on the solution.
Sniff Out the Problem
Don’t let foul odors hurt your productivity. Allow us to bring the latest and greatest gadgets to your rescue to find and diagnose your septic or plumbing problems. It’s our business to offer the best wastewater services and solutions available. If you’d like to learn more about septic care or get preventative maintenance tips, Contact EarthCare. We look forward to serving you!