Are the chemical additives really helping?

January 22, 2021

Numerous septic tank chemical additives products are readily available in the marketplace today. Manufacturers claim that these additives are designed to “rejuvenate” bacterial populations living in a septic system, which can easily be destroyed by household chemicals. Other enzyme type-additives are intended to reduce fats, oils, and grease in a septic tank and supposedly minimize the need for pumping. However, this marketing can be very misleading. In fact, additives are not needed to enhance the normal function of a septic system. Don’t be fooled! They have no proven benefit, can contain questionable ingredients, and can be costly. Drain Cleaners Can...

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How Do Storms Impact Your Septic System?

January 8, 2021

After heavy rain, septic problems can be common. Significant rainfall can quickly flood the ground around the soil absorption area (drainfield) leaving it saturated and making it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system. With nowhere to go, the water eventually travels backward through the plumbing system and back into drains and toilets and into your home. A flooded drainfield can also lead to untreated sewage flowing into the groundwater and local streams, putting them at risk for significant environmental contamination. What can you do to minimize your risk? FloHawks has a few simple tips to share...

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Issues with Your Garbage Disposal and How to Fix It

December 17, 2020

If your garbage disposal isn’t turning on, is jammed, or is otherwise not working, there are a few things you can do before calling a plumber. in Puyallup, WA, has compiled this list of some common problems that don’t take a lot of know-how to fix. 1. It Won’t Turn On If you flip the switch and nothing happens, press the reset button located on the unit itself and make sure the cord is plugged in. You can also check the circuit breaker to make sure it hasn’t been tripped. The breaker is usually the same as the one used...

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How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing

December 11, 2020

Without the right measures in place, pipes can freeze and burst in subzero temperatures. Don’t let this happen to you. Here are five tips to follow before temperatures drop below freezing and create an expensive mess in your home. 1. Insulate Interior Pipes Insulate pipes located in the attic, basement, crawl spaces, and other areas near the exterior of your structure. Your local home store has a variety of products you can use, including foam pipe insulation and heat tape. 2. Drain and Insulate Outside Pipes Remove hoses attached to outdoor faucets. Drain and store the hoses. Locate inside valves...

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5 Tips to Avoid Plumbing Disasters This Holiday Season

November 20, 2020

Nobody wants to deal with a plumbing issue during the holidays, as it’s time to decorate and spend time with family and friends. If you’re entertaining, you want your guest to remember your party as a pleasant event. The last thing you need is a plumbing disaster such as clogged drains or toilet backups. Here are five tips you to help you avoid holiday plumbing mishaps. 1. Guard Your Toilet Against Non-Flushable Items Place a waste bin in the bathroom for any items that should not be flushed. This will encourage your guests to throw any items into the waste...

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4 Things to Do When Your Septic System Floods

November 6, 2020

Earlier this year, we talked about some of the reasons why your drain field might flood. As we get into the rainy season, it is important to know what to do if your drain field does flood. Here are four things you should do if your septic system floods this winter. 1. Stop Running Water Through Your Pipes Until the water in the drain field has absorbed back into the ground, do not use your septic system. Running more water through your pipes will only increase the water level and add to the flooding. 2. Have Your Septic Tank Inspected...

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10 Worst Trees for Septic Systems

October 26, 2020

Trees add beauty, shade and value to your Tacoma, WA, property. However, their roots often cause problems for a home’s plumbing system. If you’re thinking about planting a new tree on your property, these are the 10 worst ones for your home’s septic system. 1. Willows Willow trees are tall and wide. As such, they need a large root system. Their roots are known to spread far and wide in search of moisture. 2. Beech Beeches are known for their longevity and height. They’re also known for shallow roots that grow vigorously. If you cut down a beech, its roots...

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The Benefits of Hydro Jetting

October 15, 2020

Hydro jetting is a cleaning process for the plumbing in your home. It uses pressurized water to clean everything out of the pipes by forcing water throughout the system. There are five main benefits. 1. Removes All Residue Hydro jetting will clear out everything in your home’s pipes. This can include soap scum, food, balls of hair, grease, dirt, and sand. These materials can build up over time and cause clogs. 2. Removes Harmful Bacteria Bacteria builds up in your plumbing system over time. This results in terrible smells in your kitchen and bathrooms. You also don’t want to be...

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Everything to Know About Septic Tank Risers

September 21, 2020

If you have a septic system, it’s necessary to keep up with regular inspections and maintenance to avoid a septic failure and damage to your home and property. Septic tank risers are a key part of easy maintenance. They can be installed when you get a new or replacement septic tank, or one can be built onto your septic system at any time. Here’s what you need to know about septic tank risers. 1. What a Septic Tank Riser Does A septic tank riser is like a periscope for your septic tank. It’s essentially a vertical portal that goes from...

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Top Signs That Your Grease Trap Needs To Be Cleaned

September 13, 2020

If you have a grease trap in your restaurant, you should know that this plumbing device needs regular cleaning and maintenance. A grease trap that is poorly maintained can lead to clogged drains, fire risks, foul odors, and health problems for both customers and employees. It is best to maintain a regular schedule for cleaning and maintaining your grease trap. However, you should look to have your grease trap cleaned sooner rather than later if you notice any of the following signs. 1. Clogged or Slow-Moving Drains Professional plumbers will tell you that dirty grease traps often lead to clogged...

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