Septic 101: Make Septic Maintenance Part of Spring Cleaning
Are you ready to start your spring cleaning? Spring is right around the corner, and for many, it won’t come soon enough. The warming weather means the snow will soon be gone and outside activities will become the norm again. Spring is a time of rebirth which leads to spring cleaning, yard beautification projects, barbecues, and playing in the grass. As the snow melts and you prepare for warm weather, remember that spring is the ideal time to check your septic system and perform septic maintenance.
Performing regular maintenance is essential to avoiding failure of your septic system, and when you compare the few hundred dollars you spend on routine upkeep, with the thousands of dollars that a malfunctioning system can cost, the value of maintenance is apparent. Preventative maintenance can save you plenty when it comes to your septic system and eliminates costly repairs. The EPA recommends several septic tips to ensure that your system is working as it should.
According to the EPA, systems need inspected and pumped on a regular basis by a trained, certified contractor. You should avoid disposing of fats, grease, or solids down the drain. Try to control water use and avoid overloading the system, don’t decide to wash laundry, operate the dishwasher, and shower at the same time. If you notice a plumbing leak, fix it immediately and consider installing an aerator on faucets. Make sure that you never drive or park over the leaching area or tank where the weight of your vehicle can cause damage to underground pipes and disrupt underground flow.
Ensuring that your septic system is in good repair will protect your property value and protect you from any potential legal liability that could arise from a disrupted septic system. Experts recommend implementing a customized program, including regular pumping, scheduled replacement of the septic filter, and the monitoring and adding of the correct regimen of bacterial additive products. Preventative maintenance performed by a reputable service provider will ensure the system runs smoothly and provide peace of mind this spring.
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Propane Smells and Plumbing Odors: Sniffing Them Out
Gas is something you expect to smell at the fuel station, but when it crops up in your home, it can be alarming. The threat of a fire or an explosion becomes suddenly tangible when you get a whiff of propane smells and plumbing odors; on the other hand, it’s almost impossible to pinpoint where that gas is escaping from. Luckily, that’s where we can help. Our professional sniffer test system will hone in on the exact source of a sneaky gas leak–before it has a chance to cause any major damage.
How do I know if I have a gas leak? Gas may be invisible, but it’s far from hidden. That’s because it makes its presence known by its distinctive smell. Different types of gas will produce different odors, but the two most common are propane (the familiar smell you encounter at the fuel station) and methane. Methane gas occurs together with hydrogen sulfide–the gas responsible for that nasty rotten egg smell–and is a sign that the leak is coming from a sewage pipe. (As we know, plenty of things can go wrong with your sewage system–read more on how to avoid unwanted plumbing odors in the future.) Both are considered hazardous and require immediate attention.
How does a sniffer test work? Sniffer tests are the best way to determine the source of a gas leak on exposed pipes. The sniffer device is equipped with an alarm and runs alongside the pipe under inspection. As soon as the device detects gas, the alarm will sound, allowing us to address the problem with speed and accuracy.
What if the leak is in a pipe that isn’t exposed? Not to worry: We can also identify leaks by conducting a smoke test, which is ideal for pipes that are rendered inaccessible by walls and flooring.
Because of its hazardous nature, a leaky pipe is more than an annoyance; it’s something that needs to be checked out immediately. All it takes is one call for us to stop propane smells and plumbing odors in their tracks.