Overusing you garbage disposal is damaging your septic tank. Regularly running your garbage disposal with some soap and cold water will prevent rust and corrosion, but using your garbage disposal for the wrong things is doing more harm than good! If you dump all of your old leftovers down the sink, you could be disrupting the bacteria in your septic tank that allows it to function properly. Without the proper bacteria, your septic tank is unable to break down the waste that is pumped through it every day.
Garbage disposals and septic tank systems work together to help your sinks run more smoothly. Some items that you're putting down your kitchen sink may be causing potential damage to your system. Here are some things you should avoid putting down your drain if you have a garbage disposal with a septic system.
- Potato peels
- Egg shells
- Fruit pits
- Coffee Grounds
- & More
Refraining from putting some things in the garbage disposal will help your septic tank maintain its productivity and increase its lifespan! Next time you're cleaning out your fridge, think twice before you dump those leftovers down the sink. If you have questions regarding what you should and should not put down your kitchen sink garbage disposal, do some research and dispose of foods accordingly. If you think you may have put something down your drain that you shouldn't have, call ASAP Septic to receive professional help and protect your home from further damage.
Placing MOST of your food products in the trash rather than the disposal, will prove extremely beneficial to prolonging the life and promoting the health of your garbage disposal and septic tank. Call ASAP Septic in Boise today at (208) 991-7184 to have someone come look at your disposal and septic systems.
Maintenance is Key!
With Spring right around the corner, septic tank owners are looking for professionals that will give them the affordable, high-quality septic tank care and maintenance they're looking for! An entire septic system replacement will cost you a pretty penny, while regular careful maintenance from ASAP will help you and your septic tank feel ready to take on Spring with confidence!
In the Boise area, Spring brings beautiful weather of both sunshine and rain! While the rain allows for our flower to bloom and buds to blossom, it can also put some stress on your septic tank! Boise residents are lucky enough to experience all four seasons. But having melting Winter snow on the ground at the start of our Spring showers can cause a water overload in our yard!
No matter where you live, the septic tank that is best equipped to face the weather patterns of a new season is one that has been properly maintained and properly used.
- Identify where your septic tank is in your yard so as to better identify any problems (i.e. yard flooding) in the future. If you're left wondering, "Where is my septic tank?", here is a rule of thumb that can be helpful in finding your septic tank: usually, the snow melts directly above your septic system before anywhere else in the yard! Look for the “bald spot” on the ground, and that will be your septic tank! Call ASAP at (208) 991-7184 for professional help on how to find your septic tank.
- Limit water use whenever it’s possible. An overused system is problematic in any season. But mix a wastewater overload with melting snow and new rainfall and you have a flood! Be as conservative with you water as much as possible.
- Avoid unnecessary pressure on your septic tank. Don’t drive vehicles over the soil above the septic tank, and don’t plant any deep-rooted trees next to your system. This will keep the pipes from being moved or crushed and will keep them in better shape to face the new season.
Giving your septic tank plenty of room to operate is essential to having a long-lasting and well-maintained septic system. Some of the most beautiful backyards can have faulty septic tanks because of overgrown bushes and trees whose roots have overtaken their systems' space. When thinking about it from a natural standpoint, tree roots are meant to follow and grow towards water sources. So naturally, if trees are planted too close to your septic system, those roots might identify your tank as an excellent and reliable source of water---and grow right into it!
Plants and tree roots are GREAT at finding water, even if it means working their way into the pipes of your septic system. The roots will grow and expand within the pipes of your septic tank; this will cause a blockage and may potentially cause more serious damage. Some tree roots have punctured the wall of septic tanks and cause them to burst and spill. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of a damaged septic tank, and it is vital to have it professionally inspected and repaired as soon as possible to avoid paying the cost of a new septic system!
If you're experiencing any of the following, contact ASAP for immediate help:
- slow drains
- flooding in your yard
- clogged drains
- bad smells in your home
- bad smells in your yard
- darker patch of grass above your septic tank
Clearing your drain field before installing a septic tank is the smartest way to prolong the life of your septic tank. Breaches to your septic tank by roots can result in drain clogs, flooding, septic tank bursts, and dangerous bacteria being release into your system and yard.
If you suspect that your septic tank has been compromised and would benefit in inspection and root removal, call ASAP Septic at (208) 991-7184 to set up your appointment and avoid paying the cost to replace a septic tank system and drain field.
Clogged drains is an unfortunate headache that everyone will face in their lifetime. When it comes to clearing those clogged drains, there are many different recommended ways of how to clean a sink drain. First and foremost, the most important thing to note before addressing all the possible ways of how to keep drains clear, is how NOT to keep drains clear.
This may come as a surprise to you, but the "most popular" way to clear drain clogs is NOT what is best for your system! This is our biggest piece of advice:
Do Not Use Drano!
There are plenty of less harmful and more effective ways to clear clogged drains! However, many people are misinformed about common blocked drain solutions. Let's discuss some popular homemade Drano alternatives and rate their efficacy:
- Salt: Pouring salt and water down the drain may prove effective in cleaning to keep drains clear, but isn't quite powerful enough to CLEAR an existing clog. Unclogging a drain with salt is not efficient or effective.
- Baking Soda and Vinegar: The bubbles and fizz of baking soda and vinegar in a clogged drain my cause you to think it's working. However, beneath the fizz, nothing is really happening! When dealing with clogs of fat, oil, and grease (FOG clogs), unclogging a drain with baking soda and vinegar is ineffective.
- Hot Water and Dish Soap: Using hot water and dish soap is a helpful alternative to clearing FOG clogs! Ditch the baking soda and vinegar and try some very hot water mixed with dish soap. If that doesn't clear it up, call ASAP to clear the clog in no time.
When it comes to home drain line and sewage inspections, maintenance is key! It is much safer, much easier, and much more cost-efficient to prevent potential septic tank damage than to have to repair your main sewer line. Drain lines should be inspected and cleared yearly. Older drain lines may need to be inspected more often. Depending on the age and condition of your drainage systems and pipes, you should get your residential and commercial drain lines inspected regularly to prevent any damage to your home and business. If you don't know the age and condition of your system, our high quality video inspections can accurately tell you how much life you have left in the tank!
Video recordings of a neglected drain line can show evidence of cracks, holes, root intrusion, gaps, blockages, clogs, and so much more. ASAP will provide you thorough, consistent, frequent inspections of your drain line so you can have confidence in the health of your septic system. After we have identified the problem, we will quickly and expertly treat, repair, or replace your drain line. Ideally, we can catch the problem before any serious damage occurs, but if a compromised system is left untreated for too long it can lead to lasting and dangerous effects on your home's septic system.
Unfortunately, most people ignore the common signs of a a drain line clog or blockage and end up doing serious damage their septic systems and homes. Don't wait until your home or yard is flooding to get your drain line inspected. Call ASAP at (208) 991-7184 immediately upon noticing any signs of blockage in your plumbing.
Contact ASAP today to schedule an appointment for an affordable video sewer inspection of your drain line and potentially save your septic system (and a lot of money).
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