A Guide to Plumbing Inspections After Wind and Rainstorms

August 20, 2022

Every year, the Pacific Northwest experiences strong wind and rainstorms. Some of these storms include ferocious winds that cause significant damage that’s obvious to an untrained individual. However, even a moderately windy storm can cause damage that requires an inspection. Here’s what you need to know about plumbing inspections after a wind and rainstorm, including when to schedule one, how to document the findings, and what to expect during the process. Effects of Wind and Rainstorms on Plumbing When it comes to wind and rainstorms, it’s important to be prepared for anything. When a storm strikes your home, it can...

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Does Bleach Cause Damage in a Septic System?

August 10, 2022

Is Bleach Safe for a Septic System? The answer to this question is yes and no. A small amount of bleach won’t harm a septic system. However, a large amount of bleach can be very harmful. Adding three-quarters of a cup (or less) of bleach to a load of laundry is not going to damage your septic system. The bleach becomes less potent as it does the job of removing stains and dirt from a load of soiled clothing. So, most of the bleach has dissipated by the time the water drains out of the washing machine and into the...

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How Working From Home Can Affect Your Septic System

July 20, 2022

A septic system’s recycled water may help replenish groundwater resources, but if it’s not operating correctly, it might pollute adjacent water bodies. Today, more people than ever before work from home for more extended periods. So, of course, spending an extra eight hours a day at home will result in more water being used. As a result, your septic tank will have to handle the increased demand, including everything from cooking and cleaning up after meals to taking showers. Each individual in your home may theoretically need an extra 80–100 gallons of water each day. Sewage Back-up An old septic...

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Can You Remove Impurities From Tap Water by Boiling It?

July 15, 2022

In survival situations, boiling water is an easy and relatively effective way to turn non-potable water into water that’s safe for drinking. If you ever have to pull water from a moving stream or creek, boiling it for a sufficient period of time at sufficiently high heat will kill off many harmful bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. However, if you’re thinking about boiling the water from the tap in your Puyallup, Washington home to increase its purity, you should think again. There are far too many impurities that boiling water cannot get rid of to make this a reliable, long-term solution....

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Can You Hook Up Your RV to a Septic Tank?

April 19, 2022

If you own an RV and also have a home with a septic system, you may have wondered if it’s possible to hook up your RV to your septic tank. And the answer to that question is simple. Yes, you can. But it’s not always a job you’ll be able to do yourself. Here’s how the process of connecting your RV to your septic tank works. Use Your Septic System Cleanout Pipe Since the pipes running to septic systems need periodic cleanings, most come equipped with a cleanout pipe. If you have one, it’ll be located somewhere near your home...

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How Do I Get Rid of Fruit Flies in My Drain?

April 10, 2022

Fruit flies are pesky insects that are attracted to rotting food found inside drains. While they’re tiny, fruit flies are hardy and tough to permanently get rid of. Try these tips to free yourself from their presence. Remove Produce From Your Kitchen Fruit flies are attracted to decaying fruits and vegetables. You should remove all produce from the countertops and pantry in your kitchen. If you store produce in your kitchen, put them in sealed containers or in the refrigerator. Pour Boiling Water Into the Drain Hot tap water isn’t enough to kill fruit flies. Instead, boil water on the...

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How to Choose Between Plastic and Concrete Septic Tanks

March 17, 2022

When you are shopping for a septic tank, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is the type of tank you’ll purchase. Most modern septic tanks are made of either concrete or plastic. Both of these materials have their own unique advantages, so the right style will really just depend on your home and your preferences. Here are some things you need to think about while looking for a septic tank. Budget A large concern for many homeowners is the cost of a septic tank. If you want something affordable, plastic is often a good choice. Plastic...

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High-Pressure Drain Cleaning and Its Benefits

March 7, 2022

Dealing with stinky drains, clogged drains, and sinks that seem to take an eternity for the water to drain can be irritating and stressful. The smell emanating from your drains might make you reluctant to have friends or family over. If you have a blockage, foul-smelling drain, or seem to deal with drainage issues on a regular basis, then you should schedule high-pressure drain cleaning. Keep reading to learn more about what high-pressure drain cleaning is and its benefits. What Is High Pressure Drain Cleaning High-pressure draining cleaning, also commonly referred to as hydro-jetting, is precisely as it sounds. A...

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Tips on Caring for Your Septic Tank During Cold Weather

February 16, 2022

Cold winter weather can bring with it all sorts of challenges and potential issues. If your home has a septic system, one such potential problem could be it freezing due to the cold. For this reason, it is essential that you take a few precautions to protect your septic tank from the cold. Make Sure Your Septic Tank Is Well Insulated If your septic tank was designed correctly, is working right and gets used at least occasionally, it really shouldn’t ever freeze. However, it is vital that your septic tank is covered with a good layer of dirt as this...

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Planning for Winter Plumbing Emergencies

February 4, 2022

Dealing with a lack of hot water or frozen pipes can be stressful in the winter. You don’t want to risk causing serious damage to your plumbing when the temperature dips below freezing. Keep these helpful tips in mind to protect your home and family from plumbing emergencies. Monitor Potential Problems Take simple precautions to keep your pipes unclogged and clean. Regularly remove hair and debris from the shower drain. Use hot water or a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to routinely clean your drains and prevent big clogs. Prevent Frozen Pipes Protecting your pipes from freezing is essential...

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