Harmful Things to Grease Traps and Septic Systems
- Kitty litter
- Disposable diapers
- Coffee grounds
- Hair and nail clippings
- Paper towels
- Grease and fats
- Sanitary napkins
Call Plumbers 911 for the Maintainance of Your Whole Septic System
What a lot of people don’t know about septic tanks is that they’re just one part of a complete septic system. They also don’t know that it’s not just a storage tank that holds all of a household’s waste until it gets pumped out every month or so.
Instead, it is part of a complex system designed to treat and release waste water back into the aquifer. If properly maintained, it can actually be better for the environment than laying miles of sewer pipe.
A septic tank is the middle step in a three-step process. The first step occurs when the waste water from the sink runs through the grease trap. It catches the grease and oil that would otherwise float on top of the water in the septic tank. Some will still make it through, but the reduced amount will be easier to handle, with most of it being broken down by naturally-occurring bacteria in the water.
The septic tank itself is a large sealed container in which the water rests, allowing the solid waste to separate out and sink to the bottom of the tank. Most of that is also broken down by bacteria, but whatever is left has to be pumped out of the tank periodically. After the solids settle out of the water, it flows through a perforated pipe or drain tiles out to a drain field, sometimes called a leach field or soil absorption system.
A drain field is a large underground field or system of trenches that is filled with soil and gravel. As the water flows into it, the soil and gravel naturally filter the rest of the waste from the water, which returns to the water table, ready for reuse by the ecosystem. It’s actually a pretty elegant way to deal with household waste.
Despite the elegance of the concept, it requires a certain amount of care and maintenance to perform properly. First of all, care needs to be taken with what gets flushed into the system.
On top of those precautions, the drain field also needs to be treated with care. Because it’s only buried about three feet beneath the ground, there are some things that could cause damage to the perforated pipe or drain tiles:
Heavy equipment and trucks: Driving a truck across a drain field can definitely crush a perforated pipe.
Concrete pads or driveways: Grass is a much preferable cover, because it naturally removes excess water and can prevent erosion.
Trees or bushes: These are a bad idea because their roots can clog the perforated pipe, potentially causing the entire system to back up into the house.
You often don’t have a choice of whether or not to install a septic system on your property. Usually simple geography decides that for you. However, you do have a choice in who you choose to help you maintain the system. We strongly recommend that you call us, Plumbers 911 to service your septic tank and grease trap.
We are a referral service with nationwide reach but local roots. We were founded and are still based in Miami. We know the importance of being connected to the community. That’s why we work only with independent plumbing businesses. We’re not a franchise operation or a big chain. We simply connect you with one of our nearby partners who we know is going to do a great job for you.
We know that because of two things. First, since our affiliates are independently owned and operated, they will be careful to maintain their reputations by performing quality work at reasonable prices. Secondly, we only hire fully licensed and insured union plumbers. Each has completed over a hundred thousand hours to earn that license, and are always attending classes to keep their skills up to date on the latest equipment and best practices in the trade.
Because of all that training, our professional Miami plumbing contractors are capable of performing a wide range of services beyond septic tank and grease trap maintenance. Here are a few of them:
Water Conservation: Some experts believe that up to 14% of all household water use is lost to dripping faucets and leaking pipes. Imagine lowering your utility bill by 14% every month and you’ll see that having us come out to find and repair your leaks will actually save you money in the long run. In addition, you can save even more water and money by replacing your old toilets, fixtures, and appliances with new, more water-efficient models.
Round the Clock Emergency Repair: Let’s say your septic system does back up into your home. You’re looking at some serious cleanup and the potential for structural damage and ruined possessions. If that happens, you need the problem fixed right away. That’s the advantage of using our local technicians for your emergency plumbing repairs in Miami. We’ll get there right away, day or night, and get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.
Remodeling and New Construction: Whether you’re building your new dream home or just sprucing up your outdated kitchen, we can help. We are equipped to install every part of the plumbing system in a new building, from the water main to the kitchen and bathroom fixtures and appliances to the main sewer line. Likewise, we can install all the appliances and fixtures in a remodeling job and update the plumbing behind the walls and cabinets.
So don’t wait for a septic system emergency to call us to help with your plumbing needs. We have the tools, the knowledge, and the great people to not only repair immediate plumbing problems, but prevent them from even happening in the future. Call Plumbers 911 today for the best Miami plumbers. You won’t regret it.