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Septic Tank Maintenance 101

Treating Your Septic Tank In Kansas City HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SEPTIC TANK Do you know how to maintain your septic system? With septic tank replacement running between $3,000 and $7,000, it’s important to keep your system in the best possible condition. Fortunately, it’s not hard to take care of it, if you follow a few simple tips. First, though, let’s quickly review the basics of a septic system. Two parts comprise a septic system: the tank and the drain field. The septic tank is an underground container responsible for holding solids and scum that comes from your household wastewater. With the proper maintenance, it should last thirty years or so. Once in the septic tank, heavy solids sink to the bottom, and bacteria reduces them to sludge and gasses. Grease and other lighter solids rise to the top to form a scum layer; solids that don’t decompose must be

Top Qualities of a Good Septic Company

If your home or business uses a septic system in Kansas City, chances are you will eventually need a professional to address any problems. A-1 Sewer & Septic Service professionals provide tank pumping, upkeep, and repairs. Major tasks require experience, so, if you’re in need of a septic repair Kansas City contractors offer, here are the top qualities to look for: Proven track record: The contractor should have plenty of experience. Look for one that has been in business for at least a decade. They should have a trail of satisfied customers, and a reputation backed by recommendations, testimonials, and reviews. Knowledge: An openness to sharing information is a quality to look for. This is true whether they’re installing a new system, fixing a problem, or conducting routine maintenance. Honesty: In business, honesty is important. It builds trust and contributes to a good reputation; the contractor should provide a written

Everything to Know about Sewer Tank Pumping

Sewer Tank Pumping in Kansas City Having your home’s septic tank pumped is certainly not a job you want to or should attempt on your own. It’s important to know when your sewer tank needs to be pumped because failing to do so can lead to wastewater backing up or even bigger problems. How often a septic tank needs to be pumped depends on the size of the septic tank, as well as, the number of occupants in the home. For most households, a septic tank should be pumped once every three to four years for households with four people. Septic tanks should be pumped on a schedule based on the factors previously mentioned, but chances are you won’t need them pumped more than once each year unless you are experiencing lateral issues. If you need your septic tank pumped in Kansas City, contact a professional plumber like A-1 Sewer

How to Save on Your Utilities and Water Bills

Whether you have city water or get your water from a well, there are costs for your water in Kansas City. With city water, you typically get a monthly bill that includes your water usage along with sewer fees. For homes with wells, it costs electricity to pump the water out of the ground into the home. You also have added costs of maintenance of the good system and your septic tank. In addition, both types of methods have costs for heating hot water in a hot water heater and operating a whole house water filtration system. There are several things you can do to reduce utilities and water bills while also helping to conserve water. Kitchen Replace faucets with low-flow faucets with aerators. These do not reduce water pressure, yet help reduce the amount of water coming out of the faucet. Get a high efficiency (HE) dishwasher to do

Locating Sewer Lines Outside Your Home

Just like a roof, the paint outside of a house, carpeting, and many other aspects of a home, plumbing must be maintained and it will eventually need to be replaced; it doesn’t last forever. As a homeowner, you’ll not only need to take care of your indoor plumbing, you’ll need to watch out for any major issues that may arise, such as a burst pipe, or a clogged main line. We suggest that all homeowners learn where the sewer lines are located outside their home as this knowledge is critical in the case of a plumbing emergency. The indoor drains are all inter-connected and they lead to one central drain pipe, which leads away from your home and towards a septic tank (for homes in rural areas) or into the municipal sewer system. If you don’t know where your drain lines exit your home, where do you begin? For starters,

Septic Tank Maintenance in Kansas

If you live in a rural area where the lot sizes are larger than in the city and the houses are spaced widely apart, it’s highly likely that your home is on a septic system, which treats wastewater just steps away from your home. Septic systems are fantastic, they’re extremely efficient and self-contained. Often, you’ll see septic systems in rural areas where the houses are widely spaced apart because they’re more economical than a centralized sewer system, the kind that we see in cities. Septic systems are really quite simple, and they’re affordable to install and maintain. Septic systems use natural processes to treat human waste and other wastewater from dishwashing, bathing, and handwashing. Septic systems are installed on the homeowner’s property, usually right in the homeowner’s backyard. Due to their convenient location, septic systems help the environment because they make it so we don’t have to install miles of

Main Causes of Sewer Problems

Modern-day plumbing is arguably one of the greatest inventions of mankind, next to the Internet and the smartphone. It’s also something that we don’t think much about until we see dirty water backing up in our kitchen or bathroom sink, or our bathtub. If you have water backing up in one of your drains, you want to get down to the bottom of the problem and you want it fixed right away. What could be causing the problem? It probably comes down to one of these three common problems. 1. A Blocked Drain Perhaps the most common cause of a sewer problem is a blockage located in the drain. If your toilet is backed up, or if your bathtub or sink isn’t draining properly, you probably have a clogged drain. If all of the other drains in the house are working fine and the problem is isolated to one individual

Your Handy Plumbing Checklist

Plumbing is one of those modern-day conveniences that we rarely think about until we have a problem. But, as we all know nothing says pain in the neck more than a plugged toilet or a broken garbage disposal. Or worse, a burst pipe. If you’re not the DIY type, you may not understand your home’s plumbing system all that well, but it’s really not that complicated. The trick is to gain a basic understanding of how everything works so you can maintain your system and prevent major problems before they start. Here’s a basic plumbing checklist. Look it over and ask yourself whether any aspects of your plumbing system may be in need of attention, inspection or repairs. 1. Do you know where the shutoff valves are located? You want to ensure that everyone in your household knows where the water shutoff valves are located and how to operate them.

Taking Care of Your Septic Tank

If a home is not served by the public sewer, it will rely on a septic system to dispose of the household’s wastewater. If you own a home with a septic system, it’ll be important for you to maintain it otherwise, the septic system can fail, leading to biological contamination and costly damage. What constitutes a septic system failure? The purpose of a septic system is to help remove liquid wastes from a household and prevent biological and other contaminants from seeping into nearby wells, lakes, and streams. If the wastewater from your home gets into one of these areas, the septic system failed in some way. What Causes Septic Systems to Fail? What causes a septic system to fail? The greatest culprit behind a septic system failure comes down to the homeowner failing to properly maintain it. If a septic system is not pumped regularly, “sludge” will build up inside

Maintaining Your Septic System

As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your septic system. By properly maintaining your septic system, you can protect your investment and your home. Were you aware that it’s important to periodically inspect your system, and to periodically pump out the septic tank? When a septic system is properly designed, built, installed, and maintained, it can effectively treat wastewater for a long time. If you fail to properly maintain your septic system, you may have to replace it prematurely, which could cost you thousands of dollars. If a septic system malfunctions, it can contaminate the groundwater, and if this is a source of drinking water, this poses a serious health hazard. Additionally, if you plan to sell your home, it’s essential that your septic system is in excellent working order. Components of a Septic System Septic systems are made up of four components: a pipe that comes from the

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