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How the Weather Affects Your Septic Tank

Learn How The Kansas City Weather Affects Septic Tanks If you’re like many of us, you may find the septic system a bit of a mystery. You probably have a vague understanding of how it works, know that it involves a drain field and a tank, and understand that it should be cleaned out every few years. Other than that, you probably don’t think about the septic system very much- until there’s a problem. You can prevent many mishaps through regular maintenance, but what about when your problems are caused by the weather? Winter weather can be hard on your septic tank. Here’s why: the low temperatures make it difficult for your septic tank’s bacteria to survive. The septic tank doesn’t just fill up with waste and wait for someone to pump it out; it uses microscopic bacteria to physically digest the waste so that only water and carbon dioxide

How to Clean a Sump Pump

Homeowners know if you have a sump pump, it is there to ward off floods, pumping water away as it collects in the sump pit. In order for it to do its job, however, you will have to perform regular maintenance to ensure that gravel and sand do not clog up the pump. Without regular checkups, cleaning a sump pump, and checking other items like the discharge pipe/drain line or circuit breaker/ power source, a flooded basement could be the signal that a buildup of debris has caused a blockage or broke your sump pump system, a signal that of course, comes too late. Here then are some DIY things homeowners need to do regularly if there is a sump pump system in their home. Make Sure It Works First, you want to ensure that your sump pump is actually in working order. Fill the sump pump pit with enough

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

Three Reasons Why Your Home Needs a Sump Pump

Even the best-built basements in Kansas City can have moisture issues. Properly installed sump pumps are a must for many basement owners, as they can protect basements and crawlspaces from water damage associated with flooding or moisture accumulation. Sump pumps pump water out of basements or crawlspaces and into storm drains or dry wells. If you’re on the fence about buying a sump pump, consider these three reasons for buying one: The first and most obvious reason you should have a sump pump is to keep your basement or crawlspace dry. If your crawlspace or basement floods, it can cause structural damage to your home or create an environment where mold can flourish. Mold is expensive and difficult to clean up and can pose serious health hazards. Today’s modern sump pumps can alert homeowners when water levels are rising in their homes. Some of the newest models can even make

5 Tips to Winterize Your Plumbing

The last thing you need during the mad holiday rush is to have something go wrong with your plumbing, right? Unfortunately, if you don’t prepare your plumbing for the winter, you could end up paying a big price, and you don’t need any added expenses during a time that your budget is already stretched to the limit. There’s no such thing as a “good time” for a plumbing emergency. Emergencies often occur when our minds are on something else, like preparing for out-of-town guests over Thanksgiving and Christmas. While you’re stocking the fridge for your annual holiday dinner or the linen closet with new sheets and towels for your in-laws, don’t forget that the colder weather means more than holiday travel, it means temperature shifts that can cause your plumbing to fail at the worst of times – when you have a house full of guests! Here are some of

Why do Sump Pumps Fail?

With spring just days away, the last thing you want is your sump pump to fail during a big downpour. It happens to homeowners all the time, and fortunately, we’ve been able to help a lot of those people out. Whether your basement is used for storage, as a photo studio, a home gym, a man cave, or as your teen son’s bedroom, you want to do everything possible to avoid a basement flood. We operate on the principle that prevention is better than having to react to the problem. If you live in Kansas City and you have a basement, you know what sump pumps are all about. Unfortunately, though these devices have a tendency to fail when you need them most. While there’s no way to prevent 100% of all failures, there are steps you can take to help your unit run properly when you need it. When

What Causes Sump Pumps to Fail?

When it comes to disaster prevention, a sump pump is one of the most important devices that you’ll ever rely on. Unfortunately, when this simple, yet vital system fails at the wrong time, you get catastrophic results – leading to higher insurance premiums, thousands in damage, and daily disruptions as major repair work is being done. To avoid sump pump failures, many homeowners keep a replacement pump handy just in case their sump pump dies, but that doesn’t do any good if yours dies while you’re out of town during a power outage, or if your pump gives out while you’re sleeping through a stormy night. This is why you want a sump pump backup system, so no matter the time or reason for the sump pump failure, the backup system will be your knight in shining armor. Why Sump Pumps Fail Why do sump pumps fail? The #1 reason

Sump Pump Maintenance

Your sump pump needs to be in good working order at a moment’s notice, even after months of lying in disuse. So to make sure that your sump pump is ready for heavy storms, a burst pipe, or any cause of sudden flooding in your basement, you’ll need to perform maintenance on this important appliance at least every 3 to 4 months. This includes: Cleaning the screen for the pump inlet Ensuring the power cord is connected and in good condition Checking that the pump will turn on when you pour enough water in the sump to lift the float; you may need to adjust the float Those are pretty basic steps that can go a long way toward ensuring you’re ready for emergencies. But on top of this, there are more time-consuming steps that you should probably take once every year on top of the above checklist: Look at

Spring Plumbing Tips

No matter how hesitantly it has come, spring is officially here, and it will soon be time to start spring cleaning. This can include a much-needed cleaning and maintenance of your plumbing. You may need to perform repairs as well, as appliances may have had to work extra hard this winter, or pipes that froze earlier may have now cracked. When it’s time to deal with your plumbing, here are some tips so you can enjoy a disaster-free, energy efficient spring. Your Kitchen & Bathroom You can start by ensuring that your faucets and drains are in good working condition. First examine faucets to see if any of them are dripping or leaking, and perform any necessary repair work now to save on the next water bill. Then you can double check that every drain has a screen on it to keep out soap scum, hair, and other materials that

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