Frequent Backups & Overflows at Your Business? You Need a Commercial Sewer Video Inspection!

How often/when should I get a drain line inspection for my business?

The frequency of drain line inspection depends on the age and condition of your pipes. An older drain line should be inspected and cleared more frequently—every 6 to 8 months should do the trick.   A new drain line or a drain line in good condition would benefit greatly from an annual inspection, or even every 18 months. However, even the newer and higher quality pipes are susceptible to accidents and damage. It is vital that you contact ASAP Septic immediately once you notice or suspect any possible blockage or clog to the drain line.   

Signs you need a drain line inspection:

  • Low water levels
  • Slow or improper flushing/draining
  • Gurgling noises coming from your toilet
  • Flooded yard due to septic tank overflow
  • Bad smells coming from your drains
  • Frequent backups and clogs

If you are experiencing any of these things, do not wait to call ASAP Septic! Fixing the problem now can save you from having to replace a completely damaged drain line, and therefore save you a lot of money. Any concern you have about your drain line can potentially be diagnosed with a sewer video inspection. Anything from backups and clogs to overflows and lost jewelry---our drain line inspection can solve a lot of plumbing problems. When in doubt: just call. It's better to be safe than sorry. 

Call ASAP Septic today at (208) 991-7184 to schedule your appointment

What is a lift station? - Waste Management System

Lift stations are essential to functional waste management systems. A lift station is a mechanism of pumps that allows water to be carried from a place of low elevation to a place of higher elevation. Ideally sewage lines work together with the land gradient in your area to allow gravity to do most of the work in carrying sewage, waste, and storm water from place to place. A lift station allows that same reliance on gravity when sewage lines and the gradient of the land cannot work together. 

Here is the step-by-step of how a lift station works:

1) Waste water is pumped from your home (ie. using a toilet, sink, shower, laundry machine. etc).
2) The waste travels downhill to a low point where it can no longer travel by gravity.
3) At that low point, a lift station is installed that is intended to assist the waste water in its navigation through the sewer system. 
4) The water enters into and begins filling up an underground basin or tank called a "wet well"; in this wet well lies a series of pumps and sensors. 
5) The sensors in the wet well measure the water level; when the water reaches a certain depth, the pumps are turned on and the water is pushed out through the pipes until it reaches a high point.
6) Once the water reaches that high point, it can begin using gravity again to make its way through the sewer system.

Lift stations are brilliant inventions designed to keep waste water flowing smoothly through our sewage systems, and it is important to keep them well maintained. Any sort of damaged or clogged lift station should be repaired or replaced immediately. Lift station failure will cause the entire sewer line to stop draining, resulting in dangerous sewage backups and overflows. 

Call ASAP today at (208) 991-7184 
for premium lift station servicing so you can continue living with confidence in your septic system. 

Garbage Disposal Backing Up = Possible Main Sewer Line Clog!

The last thing we want you to have to deal with this year is a clogged drain line. Clogs never come at a convenient time and can lead to very expensive problems. ASAP Septic can clear and repair clogged drain lines in your home or business and get your system back up and running in now time. With every clogged drain service we provide, we will determine the cause and location of the problem and resolve it as quickly as possible. In most situations, we can clear the clog efficiently with little problems. However, some clogs cause serious damage to the main sewer line that is beyond repair. No worries! We will replace your drain line pipe in no time. We won’t leave until a diagnosis is made and your drains are working properly.

Common signs of a main sewer line clog: 
        Kitchen or bathroom sinks slow to drain or backing up 
        Garbage disposal backing up 
        Toilet not draining or flushing properly 
        Foul smells in kitchen or bathroom drains  

 How to prevent clogged drains and toilet blockages:

       Flush only toilet paper (no paper towels, sanitary products, flushable wipes, etc)
Use drain baskets in sinks to keep debris from going down the drain
Do not dump oils or coffee grounds down the kitchen sink 

It is important to call ASAP Septic as soon as you notice any potential issues. If you’re noticing any of the above drain symptoms, or even if you just want an inspection to be safe, CALL ASAP immediately! The sooner the problem is addressed, the better. Neglected drain issues can be dangerous and expensive. 

 Don’t wait until it’s too late—Contact Us today!

Can Septic Tanks Freeze? --YES!

As we enter the winter season and weather gets colder in Idaho, we need to make sure your septic tank is ready to handle the cold! 

Here are some common problems homeowners have run into with their septic tanks in the winter:

1) Frozen Ground - When winter sets in, along comes snow and ice. When the ground freezes,  it is difficult to dig into the ground to treat your septic tank. So have your septic tank looked at before the cold of winter sets in!

2) Holiday Overload - The winter months bring joyful holidays full of family, friends, and plenty of guests. When hosting people for the holidays, water usage increases with ever shower taken, dish washed, load of laundry cleaned, and toilet flushed. Some septic tanks may not be equipped to handle the sudden holiday overload, which is why it's important to spread out the water festivities this year! Schedule people certain days and times so not everyone is showering while Dad's doing a load of laundry. It may sound tedious, but having a staggered holiday water schedule could save your septic tank. 

3) Frozen Pipes - When a septic tank freezes over, the toilet is the first thing to go! And who wants a un-flushable toilet for the holidays? You might start noticing clogged drains. These drains are clogged with ice! The most common place for a freeze to occur is the pipe that connects the house to the septic tank, which could potentially cause damage to your home as well.

4) Vacation Vacancy - If you're going out of town for the winter holidays, make sure to have your septic tank pumped before you go, or have a friend or neighbor visit your home every once in while while you're away to run some water through the pipes. Regularly used septic systems generate heat which prevents your pipes from freezing. With dormant pipes, the residual water may
freeze the pipes over and potentially cause damage to your home and septic system. 

The best way to prevent all of these problems is to have ASAP Septic come treat your septic tank before it gets too cold! 

Call ASAP Septic today at 208) 991-7184 to have your septic tank treated before winter hits!

Video-Recorded Pipe Inspection

Current and potential homeowners in Meridian, Boise, Cascade, Riggins, and throughout southwest Idaho: let's check the condition of your drain lines!

Dropped your wedding ring down the drain? Flushed an important item down the toilet? We can find them! Our cameras can reach up to 200 feet, allowing us to treat any system no matter the size. 

If you have backed up sewer drain pipes or you've been having any plumbing problems that you're curious about, our drain line inspection services are for you! Our newest pipe camera technology will provide you a way to see into your sewer line through a crystal clear, color video. 

Choosing to inspect your drain lines with a high-quality video camera has several of benefits. 
  • Our inspections will do no damage to your plumbing or to your yard. 
  • The camera we use produces a clear picture that makes it easier for us to identify problems such as rust, roots, corrosion, and lost items.
  • Inspection and cleaning/potential repair costs are much less than a system replacement.
  • Saves a lot of time! Very efficient and trouble-free!
  • A video pipe inspection can help us identify exactly where the problem is and how to fix it. 
Our drain line inspections are a fool-proof and cost-effective way to save your system from serious pipe damage or failure. Call ASAP today to schedule an appointment!

Should I do a Real Estate Home Septic Inspection in Boise?


First time owning a home with a septic tank? Don't stress! At ASAP Septic we provide hassle-free, affordable septic system inspection in the Boise, Nampa area and maintenance that will guarantee your system is in the best condition. 

Having a septic tank on your property may seem like a big responsibility. And it can be! Septic systems that are not properly and professionally maintained can cause many serious, and potentially dangerous, problems for you, your family, and even surrounding homes. But don't worry. Helping you avoid those problems is what we're here for! 

Here are some FAQs and tips for new septic tank home owners:

    1) How Often Should I Pump my Septic Tank?

It is recommended that your septic tank be inspected and pumped every 2-5 years. Regular septic maintenance will increase the lifespan of your system and can save you thousands of dollars that would be spent on repairs and entire system replacements if it fails. 

    2) How Do I Recognize if my Septic Tank is Not Functioning Properly?

If you start noticing bad smells, your grass is dying, you see pooling water in your yard, you have a slow-draining kitchen or bathroom sink, your toilet flushes slow or won't flush at all, or anything else that seems out-of-the-ordinary, call ASAP immediately. We offer 24-hour emergency septic pumping services; and having problems fixed quickly will save you from paying for expensive repairs and replacements. Remember: repair costs are a fraction of the average cost to replace a septic system. When in doubt, call ASAP. 

    3) How Can I Prevent Septic System Failure?

Maintenance! Septic system replacement comes at a high cost. Our recommendation is not to wait until an emergency to have ASAP come look at your septic tank. It would be in your best interest to schedule frequent inspections with our professional septic maintenance team and have your septic system pumped regularly. A septic tank that is kept in good-condition should last for 25-50 years without replacement. But we get it--emergencies happen. Call us at anytime, and we will do all we can to help get your septic system back in shape. 

It's easy to overlook some important maintenance steps in the excitement of finding, purchasing, and moving into a new home. Trust us: inspecting and maintaining your septic tank is not one to be forgotten!

Having a septic tank for your home is a wonderful thing. 

Having professionals in the septic field to help maintain your system is even better! 

If you have any more questions about your septic tank or our services, give us a call at (208) 991-7184 .