Septic Tank & Grease Traps
We Can Help with Your Replacement, Service, Repair and Maintenance of Septic Tanks and Grease Traps
Septic tanks and Grease traps are part of a Septic system, which are small-scale sewage treatment systems in areas lacking connections to main sewage pipes provided by government or private corporations. Each system plays its own separate role in the system helping it to work successfully.
Septic Tanks are a key component in the Septic system where the waste water itself is collected. In these tanks, the solids are separated from the wastewater and the water is drained off into a special field. Grease Traps are a plumbing device that cuts off the greases and oils before they reach the septic tank. Large amounts of these oils can clog up septic tanks and water treatment facilities, releasing untreated sewage into the environment which is not good.
What Causes Septic Tank problems?
Septic tank systems are never going to be a joy there is always going to be a problem at one point or another during the life of the system. If it is well-designed and only dealt with the human waste then it may only have a few of these problems but that is very unlikely. Septic systems are more fragile than we think they are and we ask them to deal with a great deal more than they should. So what can cause some septic tank problems, here are a few common ones:
- Non-biodegradable products in the tank- these consume space and do not leave naturally, they must be pumped out. They raise the level of the liquid in the tank. More often than not floating solids are forced into the distribution system.
- Phosphates from detergents- These act as a fertilizer for algae growth blocking the perforations in the distribution pipes.
- Excess water- This means solids don’t break down before the water level rises high enough for the solids to pass out of the tank into the distribution tubes. These tubes are only built to handle liquids, meaning these solids block the tubes.
- Chemicals- Solvents and paint thinners these toxic products will be distributed to the soil polluting plant life.
How to Eliminate These Common Septic Tank Problems
Eliminating these common septic problems is fairly easy to do as some can cause major problems that will need either costly repairs or sometimes even a replacement that can cost thousands of dollars. Here 8 simple things that you can do to eliminate having to replace or repair your septic tank.
- Lower the amount of water that enters your septic system by washing clothes over a number of days instead of all at once.
- Use liquid gel soap instead of powders in dishwashers and washing machines as they don’t contain phosphates.
- Shorten shower times and use low flow shower head, and toilets.
- Do not flush non-biodegradable items.
- Don’t pour oil or kitchen wastes down the sink. Garbage disposals should not be connected to the system as food breaks down differently than human waste does.
- Do not use the septic system to get rid of toxic materials like paint thinner and solvents.
- Some commercial septic system cleaners are actually hazardous to its environment.
- Ensure your system is pumped out on a regular basis. Ever 2-4 years and also ensure it has the correct capacity for your home.
It is also a very good idea to ensure that you have annual maintenance conducted on your system, as well as pumping if you have had a large amount of people over for holidays or parties as this will also tax your system.
Repair or Replace Your Septic Tank?
Depending on what could be causing your smelly septic issue the decision facing you is to repair or replace the septic tank. First things first call the professionals! Sewage can be dangerous, and trained professionals should be the ones handling and repairing any problems. We have expert technicians that can access your situation and advise you on what the next step should be. Replacements can be expensive which is why contacting a professional to find out what the exact problem is should be your first step.
Some problems only need to be repaired and our technicians will ensure that if it only needs to be repaired that is what we will suggest. If it is nothing more than a broken pipe then it is a repair issue. A drain field issue has no way to replace part of and you will need to replace all or part of your system. Even if your drain field is gone the septic tank may be okay.
Grease Trap Issues
Grease traps have their own issues and it is usually because warm oils have been poured down the sink, as they cool they solidify causing a buildup which can clog the flow of sewage to the septic tank and system. There can be some severe ramifications from doing this:
- Raw sewage backup
- unpleasant and costly cleanup in the home
- sewage overflow in parks, streets, and yards
- Potential contact with harmful disease-causing organisms
- Increased cost for sewer bills.
- Calling a professional plumber
There are easy ways to prevent these problems:
- Don’t pour grease down the sink or toilet
- don’t put food in the garbage disposal
- use a strainer to catch food scraps and solids
- Scrape hot oils, sauces, and gravies into a plastic bag after they have cooled to a gel then put them in the garbage.
It is important to have your grease trap inspected and cleaned regularly to prevent these issues from happening as well. The inspections should always be done by a trained professional. We will ensure that your grease trap is cleaned and running the way it should and will repair any issues they come across.
Repair or Replace Your Grease Trap?
A grease trap is a simple mechanical device its only function is to filter out the fats, grease and oil from the wastewater your kitchen generates. If your grease trap fails the problem must be resolved quickly.
Calling a certified technician is the quickest way to find out what the issue is. Our technicians will be able to advise you to exactly what the issue is and if your next steps. Some minor issues will only need repairs others will need replacements. Our trained professionals can give you the answers you need at a price you can afford.