Why Does Your Hot Water Run Out So Fast?
Unless you’re one of those crazy polar bear plunge participants, you probably aren’t a fan of cold showers. There are few things more uncomfortable than cold water covering your body, especially first thing in the morning after coming straight from your warm, snuggly bed. So why does this happen? If no other appliances have been running and no one else has used up all the hot water, the problem is likely the water heater.
What’s the Problem?
Before we consider malfunctions, let’s look at the size or quality of your water heater. Your family may have grown or you may have purchased a home from a smaller family, and the heater can no longer accommodate the hot water needs of the household. Also, a lower quality water heater with a low FHR (first hour rating) cannot supply a lot of hot water within a short time. However, if neither of these is the problem, it may be time to call a professional.
A trained technician may find build up in the tank. If you have hard water, there are minerals in it that collect in the tank and take up a lot of space over time. This sediment can also damage the tank, so it needs to be flushed out. Another problem could be a broken dip tube. This long component goes to the bottom of the water heater and releases the cold water to be heated by the heating element at the bottom. If it’s broken, the cold water doesn’t always reach the heating element before mixing in with the hot water.
Leave it to the Experts
Making repairs on a water heater is a dangerous job, so please leave it to the technicians at EarthCare. Our certified professionals have been specially trained to handle all types of water heaters and know what to do when trouble strikes. We also recommend having your water heater inspected on an annual basis to ensure uninterrupted hot water production for your business. Take advantage of our expertise, and Contact Us to inspect or service your water heater.
What’s Grosser Than Gross? Biggest Liquid Waste Disaster of the Month
The slope and landmarks on a property can really affect the way wastewater must be handled at a residence. This month’s liquid waste disaster showcases this point perfectly. One of our customers lives near a brook, and the water table is so high that their basement often floods. Naturally, their solution was to install a sump pump to prevent this.
All was well until the sump pump decided to stop working on the same night as a rain storm. The customer called us saying their basement was flooded with a few inches of standing water. We sent a team to make the repairs and had the sump pump operational in no time. Thanks to the knowledgeable experts at EarthCare, we saved these customers from paying thousands in serious water damage costs. No matter what your waste-related issue may be, Contact Us for quick and quality service.
What is a Sugar Snake?
It sounds both sweet and terrifying. We often find these in restaurants and convenience stores that use soft drink machines or other sugary products. The sugar builds up inside drain lines and feeds bacteria living in the drain. The bacteria then colonizes and grows, forming into the shape of the drain line concealing it, which resembles a snake—hence the name. Eventually, it gets so thick that liquid cannot pass through it causing a major clog that must be removed. Typical drain products do not work on sugar snakes, so you need professional help to defeat these monsters.
We’ll Save You!
Sugar snakes don’t stand a chance against the valiant techs at EarthCare. They are armed with Pro Clean, a liquid enzyme that breaks down the sugar build up. To further simplify your life, we can attach a dispenser that automatically releases the enzyme as the soda machine is used. This keeps the drain line clean and free of pesky sugar snakes. To learn more, or to have one of our guys install a customized dispenser at your facility, Contact Us.
Learn About the Different Services Our Septic Repair Crew Provides
You already know you can rely on EarthCare for your routine septic pumping service, but did you know we also handle other aspects of your system? When it comes to septic, here are a few other reasons customers are calling us for help.
Cover: The septic cover is a prime health hazard if damaged or poorly fitted. We repair and replace covers with ease and offer a variety of shapes and sizes suitable for any model.
Build Up: Some septic systems have covers that are buried fairly deep which makes it inconvenient when it’s time to service them. Build ups, also called risers, can be fitted to raise your cover bringing it closer to the surface. This makes access easier and saves on excavation costs. We carry an assortment of these as well for customer convenience.
Line Repair: The main line is what carries waste from your home to the septic tank, so it’s important to keep it functioning. Any breaks or cracks should be handled as soon as possible by an experienced EarthCare professional.
Inlet/Outlet Tees and Baffles: All tanks have an inlet where waste enters the tank and an outlet where it exits. At each of these openings is a T-shaped piping. Some older units use baffles instead of the tees. Over time, these will rust (if made of metal) or corrode. It is important to have a professional replace these because there are too many factors at play that can ruin the efficiency of your tank. Baffles that are improperly connected can promote corrosion, tees must be correctly sealed to keep the tank watertight, and even the angle of the pipes can make a huge difference. If replacing a wall baffle with a tee, there is even more room for error so don’t entrust this to amateurs.
Let Us Help
Regrettably, there are folks that try to tackle these jobs on their own or hire a less experienced team to save a few bucks. This is not a good decision for the long term. Not only will EarthCare technicians perform repairs and replacements correctly, they can foresee problems before they develop. To ask questions or schedule service with the experts, Contact Us. We look forward to serving you!
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.