Is Your Soap Damaging Your Septic System?

July 11, 2018

Although you may not realize it, your septic system works hard for you every day treating all the wastewater coming from your home. Every flush of the toilet, or water flowing down the drain after a shower, or load of laundry is treated by the hard-working microbes in your septic system. Septic tanks require a delicate balance of bacteria and enzymes to break down waste. In return, the bacterial action in the septic tank needs some regular care and maintenance to keep it healthy and in working order. However, you may be disrupting that delicate process by using harsh dishwashing...

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Why is There Dirty Water Coming Up in My Bathtub?

June 27, 2018

As a homeowner, dirty water coming up through your shower drain and into your bathtub is never a good sign – especially if it reeks of raw sewage. Most commonly, when something like this happens, it’s a sign of a larger issue such as a drain clog. A sewer drain clog is a serious issue as it could cause sewage backup to come out of your drain. What Is “Dirty Water”? Dirty water refers to any water that has been previously used and not treated. There are different types of dirty water, including blackwater, brownwater and greywater. Your toilet, sink...

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What is the Impact of a Leaking Toilet on a Septic System?

June 13, 2018

That frustrating “drip-drip-drip” from a leaky faucet or running toilet does more than annoy your family. Every drip is wasting water, which is not only bad for the environment but can also seriously affect your septic system. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that household leaks can cause more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water each year. Homeowners with septic systems, however, should take extra precaution against leaking fixtures. Excessive water use from leaky faucets and fixtures in your septic system can cause disastrous results. The steady flow of water from a leaky toilet or faucet day and...

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Do Not Flush Cat Poop Down Your Toilet

May 25, 2018

Pets are loving creatures. And the animal lovers among us gladly open our homes to them. However, while you may be willing to share most things with your pets, your septic system should not be one of them. Why You Should Never Flush Cat Poop Or Litter Even though it may seem like a good idea, you should not be flushing your cat’s litter or feces down the toilet. It can cause havoc on your plumbing, clog pipes, and damage your septic system. Your septic system operates on a delicate balance of microbes and is designed to process human waste...

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Lake Tapps Septic Care Incentive Program

May 22, 2018

Are you a Lake Tapps Resident and looking for a TAPPSWISE Certified Septic Care Provider? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is now offering an incentive program for homeowners. You can save up to $450 on your next septic inspection, riser installation or pumping. We are teaming up with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to keep your septic system in good working order. At FloHawks, we are experienced in working with the county Health Department and we can help you file the proper paperwork to receive your incentive. Follow These Steps To Participate In The Septic Care Incentive Program: Choose a certified...

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4 Easy Ways to Find Your Septic Tank

April 29, 2018

You may think it’s easy to keep track of something on your property as large as a septic tank but if your septic tank lid is buried underground, as they often are, it may be more difficult to locate than you think. In some cases, particularly if you are not the home’s original owner, you may not have any idea as to where the lids are located. If your property is particularly large, that further complicates matters. Below are some simple tips that may help you locate your septic tank lids. Let Sewer Pipes Lead The Way Your septic tank...

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Selling a Home? Get Your Septic Tank Inspected, Pumped, and Certified

September 20, 2017

There is a lot to consider when selling your home, including making sure your septic tank is inspected, pumped, and certified with the Health Department before the sale can go through. If you are looking to sell your home in King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, or Thurston Counties, FloHawks can help. We are familiar with the process needed by realtors and homeowners in each county. The process varies by location, depending what county your home is located in. As experienced professionals with all things septic related, FloHawks offers the following advice: King County Seattle and King County require all sellers of...

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Waste Water Treatment Plant Cleaning: Digester Maintenance in Salem, OR

August 20, 2017

In June and July of 2017, FloHawks was contracted by the City of Salem, OR to clean out two city digesters. In all, it took five guys, three pump trucks, and four weeks to pump and screen almost one-million gallons of material. The city then land applied the pumped material on properties around the area to help the soil and environment. We love this kind of work and we are very good at it. Businesses and local governments of all sizes rely on our expertise. Our list of satisfied industrial pumping customers is large. We come prepared and armed with...

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Keep Tree Roots Out of Your Septic System: Advice from FloHawks

August 3, 2017

Trees provide many aesthetic and economic benefits. They improve air quality, reduce storm water runoff, and provide homes for wildlife. Planting trees in and around your home is great for reducing energy costs and providing much needed shade. However, trees should never be planted near your septic system as the tree’s roots can become especially problematic. The areas in and around your septic tank and drain field have extra water, nutrients, and oxygen – all the essential life elements that trees and plants need to grow. Tree roots are especially good at seeking out what they need to thrive, and...

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Plumbing Terms Glossary for Homeowners

July 18, 2017

At FloHawks we take pride in helping homeowners maintain their plumbing systems. Below are some common industry terms you may find helpful as you encounter plumbing issues of your own. ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) pipe: A flexible, thermoplastic pipe, black in color, used for gravity and pressure sanitary sewers. ABS composite pipe: A sewer pipe with similar characteristics of ABS Pipe with the exception that filler material, like cement, is used. It is used for gravity sewers only. ACP (Asbestos Cement Pipe) pipe: A Rigid Pipe manufactured from asbestos fiber and cement used for both gravity and pressure sanitary sewers. Aerobic: Requiring...

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