Boise, Idaho's cold and snow can add a lot of stress to your home septic system. When it comes to septic tank care and maintenance, it is important to follow these steps before the colder months come to avoid having to do a big septic tank repair in the dead of winter.
Schedule Septic System Repair Before Winter
Ideally, it's a good idea to schedule septic system maintenance and repair before it gets too cold. It is much more difficult, time considering and expensive to dig through frozen ground to do septic tank maintenance. However, it is also possible to install a riser, which essential creates an above ground access point to make septic tank care and maintenance that much easier.
Avoid New Septic System Pressure
With winter comes snowfall, more compact soil and therefore more pressure on your septic system. This can lead to a number of problems, like the septic tank freezing, not being able to drain, and bursting pipes. You can avoid these septic system maintenance issues by first keeping the septic drain field cleared from snow as often as possible. It's also necessary to avoid driving over the drain field area. Aerating your soil can also relieve some of the built up pressure caused by packed snow as well.
Avoid Bursting Septic Pipes
Snow and frost can do quite a bit of damage on a new or old septic system. Not only can the frost freeze, expand and eventually burst the pipes leading to the septic tank, but the cold can also slow down the healthy bacteria in your tank,making it harder for the septic system to break down materials. This could cause the septic system to overflow into your drain field or even your house. To avoid an emergency septic system repair like this, insulate your septic system with think like straw, dirt and even an old blanket during the colder months. Remember to run water and use your tank daily to keep the pipes from clogging or freezing over. If you are gone for the holidays, be sure to ask your house sitter to run the water for at least 5 minutes to make sure the line stays warm.
Let ASAP Septic Service help you with these preventative measures. Call us today at (208) 991-7184 to set an appointment for septic tank pumping, cleaning or maintenance before the winter hits.
With so many other maintenance tasks around the house, people tend to forget about septic tank maintenance. However, a lack of attention to your septic system can lead to serious problems, like flooding, well water contamination, and water pooling - all of which can damage your property and even cause serious illness to those in your home or business. Besides scheduling regular professional septic tank inspections, here are some signs you can look out for that can signal a need for septic system maintenance and repair services:
Slow draining sink or toilet: Slow drains can mean that your septic system is blocked or clogged. You’ll need to get this fixed right away to avoid bigger problems like septic overflow into a basement or raw sewage flooding onto your property.
Water pooling in backyard: Pooling water that is located near your drain field could be a sign that your septic drain field is leaking. It can also lead to contaminated water, which means this needs to be dealt with immediately.
Septic Odor: If you are noticing a bad smell on your property or even worse, in your water, call us at ASAP Septic Services immediately! Do NOT drink your water as it could cause serious sickness. Also keep an eye out for discolored water.
Grass or plants dying in your backyard: This can be another sign of a drain field leaking and should be handled immediately. Your plants may be the first victims of contamination from leaking wastewater.
Regular septic tank maintenance can help prevent and/or solve these problems before they turn into a much bigger (and messier) issue! We recommend scheduling a septic tank cleaning and pumping every 2-5 years to maintain a healthy septic system. However, sometimes those bigger and messier problems just happen, and often at the least convenient times. That is why here at ASAP Septic Service we offer 24 hour emergency septic services along with our septic cleaning, maintenance and repair. With over 30 years of experience, ASAP Septic Service can help you get back to a healthy septic so that you can get back to life!
With spring and summer comes the rainy season, which means that your septic system could stop working. When heavy rain comes, the excessive rainwater will saturate the ground, leaving your septic tank with no available space to drain because the drain field is already flooded. This can leave you with a lot of problems, including a clogged septic system, septic flooding in the basement of your home or business, and even raw sewage leakage onto your property. Some signs to look out for include:
Pooling water: This is a clear sign that the drain field of your septic tank is oversaturated.
Noises from drains: You could be hearing your septic tank bubbling after the heavy rain.
Slow drains: This could indicate that there is a clog in your septic system.
The first thing you need to do if you see any of these signs is to call a professional to do a septic system inspection. ASAP Septic Service offers 24 hour emergency septic services - so we can fix your problem quickly! Besides doing septic system repair, we will also check your septic system to make sure it is clear of any debris that was washed in with the rain to prevent future issues!
While summer is the season for you and your family to relax a little, it is also the season that your septic tank has to work double time. Frequent play and visitors means extra laundry and more water usage. It doesn’t help that it is also the rainy season! This means that your residential or commercial septic system is under a lot of stress. To prevent the need for a septic system repair, here are a few tips to avoid septic tank problems:
Conserve Water: A septic tank can only hold so much water at a time, so it is important to conserve water where you can. If too much water gets in, the septic tank could overflow in your house. Repairing or replacing leaky faucets and toilets can be a good start with water conservation. It’s also a good idea to avoid washing all of your laundry on the same day - this can give your septic system a chance to rest and drain.
Schedule Regular Septic Tank Care and Maintenance: Typically we recommend that you get a septic system cleaning and pumping done by a professional every 2-5 years. This will help eliminate build up and reduce the chance of wastewater or sewage leaking out onto your property.
Create a No-Flush List: Let your family members or house guests know that certain items cannot be flushed down the toilet, including but not limited to: grease, cat litter, facial tissue, feminine products, coffee grounds and plastic.
Watch Out for Trees: As part of your septic drain field maintenance, make sure all trees are at least 30 feet from your septic tank and drain field. Roots can easily ruin your drain field and even crack your septic tank! Need help finding where your septic tank is located? Call us here at ASAP Septic Services - we can help with that and your other septic system needs!
Following these tips can help you avoid a major septic system repair and keep your house or business running smoothly throughout the summer!
Business and restaurant owners all know that a clean grease trap equals a much cleaner facility! Grease traps catch solid foods and grease before they enter your septic tank and waste water. As a result, it keeps your pipes from stinking and helps them to work efficiently. It also keeps you from getting a clogged septic tank (which can help you avoid a whole other host of problems like raw sewage leaking onto your property, flooding, and more). To learn how to maintain a clean grease trap, check out these do’s and don’ts.
Don’t: Try to Clean A Grease Trap Yourself
Take our word for it - septic restaurant grease trap cleaning can get messy if you try to do it yourself. Hiring a professional who is skilled in grease trap pumping and servicing will save you a lot of time, hassle and mess. ASAP Septic Service offers affordable grease trap cleaning services. Our skilled technicians will pump out the thick grease using special vacuums attached to our grease holding tanks. Your grease trap will be ready to use again in a matter of minutes!
Do: Have Your Grease Trap Cleaned Regularly
The easiest way to avoid your commercial business’s drain clogging is to have it cleaned regularly. How regularly depends on your restaurant - grease trap cleaning may need to happen on a monthly basis if you are working with a lot of fried foods and producing lots of grease, while other restaurants are serviced every 2-4 months. Its also a good idea to have your septic tank cleaned every 2-5 years as well to avoid back ups. Call us at ASAP septic to talk about the right cleaning schedule for your business.
Don’t: Put Grease and Other Food Down the Drain
Drain clogging is just the tip of the iceberg of problems when you put grease and food down a regular drain. One of the bigger septic problems includes your septic tank getting damaged by all of the build up of grease, along with pipes bursting and pooling wastewater - definitely not the septic problems you want to have at your restaurant or business!
Do: Double Check That All of Your Sinks Are Connected to a Grease Trap
Whether they be food prep or dishwashing sinks, all sinks need to be connected to a grease trap, regardless of what type of food you are preparing. If you have questions about how to make sure your commercial kitchen grease trap installation is up to par, just call us here at ASAP Septic Service. Along with grease trap pumping and servicing, we can also septic system inspections.
With the weather warming up and summer vacations around the corner, now is a perfect time to check in on your septic system! Summertime means something different for everyone. School gets out, temperatures rise, and the fun begins! For some, Summer is the time when family comes into town and stays at your house. For others, Summertime is when you and your family load up and head out of town for a much-needed vacation! Whatever your summer plans may be, it is important to be mindful of your home’s septic tank!
Summer is a great time to host family and friends in your home! If you’re planning on having more people in your home, it may be wise to take some necessary precautions! Here are some tips for protecting your septic tank from guest overload:
Pump the tank first! Before your guests arrive, contact a septic system inspection company get your septic tank in good shape!
- Don’t flush anything that’s not toilet paper to avoid slow draining and clogged toilets.
- Throw food scraps in the trash instead of down the disposal to avoid clogs, slow draining sinks, and excessive water use.
- Set a schedule for laundry and showering so not everyone is using the water at the same time.
Taking these precautions before hosting more people this summer may save you a lot of time, money, and stress! It’s better safe than sorry when it comes to septic tanks. If you notice any water pooling on the lawn in your backyard, your septic drain field may be leaking. Pooling water and grass dying in the yard are signs of a septic problem and should be resolved immediately. Get a high-quality and affordable septic system evaluation from ASAP Septic so your summer can be stress-free!
At ASAP Septic, we offer professional residential and commercial septic tank inspections and check-ups as well as maintenance, repair, and replacement at an affordable cost to septic tank owners in Boise, Mountain Home, Payette, and surrounding areas. Call ASAP at (208) 991-7184 to learn more about our 24-hour septic system services and how we can help preserve your tank and protect your home.