Although it may not be a lot of fun, understanding your septic system and when it needs maintenance is vital to preserving your home and lawn. Allow us to help you understand your system better by providing you with answers to some of the most frequently asked septic questions.
• Conserve water. Fix leaks, drips and running toilets.
• Do not use a garbage disposal or dump coffee grounds in the sink.
• Do not pour fats and oils down the drain.
• Put paper towels, tissue, cigarette butts, wipes, sanitary napkins, and tampons in a trash can, not the toilet.
• Do not drive or park vehicles over the septic area and don't build a shed or driveway in this area.
• Tanks need to be pumped every two years, depending on the house. If the tank gets too full, particles of scum or sludge will clog the drain tiles and cause the septic system to fail.
• The tank should be pumped out through the manhole, not the smaller inspection ports. The tank should be cleaned completely, leaving nothing in the tank.
Cleaning your grease trap regularly is important to the success of your business. Not only do regular cleanings guard against clogged drainage systems, but it can also prevent the possibility of grease fires. The professionals at A & C Septic Services LLC have over 20 years of experience expertly cleaning large and small grease traps.
A grease trap is used in commercial establishments to remove excessive grease that interferes with the proper drainage of waste water. It is usually located outside of the building and buried below the ground. There are many different sizes and shapes available. Researching city plumbing codes will help you determine the size that your commercial business will need.
A grease trap catches liquid, greasy waste, and other garbage material and retains it. This allows the material to cool down and it promotes the separation of grease from water.
The trap contains several compartments where the grease coagulates and floats to the surface. The garbage floats to the top or sinks to the bottom. The cleaner water stays underneath the floating oils and grease. When the water exits the trap through the well, it should be free of TSS (total suspended solids) and FOG (fats oils and grease).
Maintenance is important. The trap should be cleaned, or pumped out, regularly to prevent the escape of grease. Many cities require mandatory cleanings and will impose fines for non-compliance.
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