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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Does Your Home Have Plumbing Issues?

August 22, 2020

Indoor plumbing is one of the best inventions that humans have created. You might not spend much time thinking about your Puyallup, WA, home’s plumbing system. However, an issue with your plumbing system could result in a disruption to your daily life, a loss of comfort, and major damage to your house. Be aware of these three common types of plumbing issues that could affect your residence. 1. Leaky Pipes Leaky pipes are a common problem, especially in houses that are 40 to 50 years old. A typical plumbing system lasts for about this long. Near the end of its...

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Is It Time to Fix My Water Heater?

August 8, 2020

There’s nothing quite like returning to your Puyallup, WA, home at the end of a long day and taking a hot shower. You also rely on hot water for washing clothes, cleaning your hands, and keeping your house clean. Water heaters have a lifespan of about 10 years, and around this time, they might start to experience some problems. Read on in order to learn three signs that it’s time to fix your water heater. 1. No Hot Water If there’s no hot water coming from your house’s fixtures, then a malfunctioning water heater is the likely cause. The unit...

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Drain Cleaning – Why You Should Hire an Expert

July 25, 2020

When you have a problem with a drain in your home, it’s best to turn to a drain cleaning expert to fix it. Even a simple blockage can result in big problems. is located in Puyallup, WA. We have been drain cleaning experts since 1968. Here are some of the biggest reasons to hire a plumber the next time one of your drains becomes clogged. Have a Better Draining System Many people have recurring drain blockages in their homes. A drain cleaning expert can solve the problem using specialized tools and equipment. A plumber can assess the situation and figure...

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How To Locate Your Septic Tanks

July 11, 2020

Knowing where your septic tank is located on your property is an important part of regular maintenance. Eventually, all septic tanks will require regular inspections and pumping to stay in good working order. Improper maintenance of an onsite septic system can reduce the lifespan of the system and could create a health hazard. But septic tanks may be hard to find, and could best be left for the experts to deal with. Don’t worry – the professionals at FloHawks can help you locate each of the components of your septic system. A Word Of Caution There are several hazards associated...

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How to Check for Hidden Leaking Pipes in Your Home

June 25, 2020

If you have a plumbing leak in your home, it’s critical to find the affected pipe as soon as possible. It can quickly cause major damage, costing you a lot of money and time. Here are some of the telltale signs you have a leaking pipe. FloHawks Plumbing + Septic is a locally owned and operated firm based in Puyallup, WA, that helps people with their plumbing leaks. We’re available 24/7 for when emergencies occur. Check Your Water Meter Turn off all the water in your home and then look at the water meter. If the dial is spinning, there’s...

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Common Causes for a Sewer Backup

June 18, 2020

A backed-up sewer can cause a disaster in your home. It can result in raw sewage pooling in drains, bathtubs, toilets and the basement. Here are the most common reasons a sewer backup occurs: Tree Roots Tree roots are the most common reason for sewer backups. Tree roots can penetrate and grow around a sewer line, crushing it. This blockage results in sewage backing up into your home. Warning signs that this is happening include slow-flowing drains and gurgling noises coming from your toilets. A tree doesn’t need to be over your sewage line for this to occur. Some trees...

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The Causes of a Flooded Drain Field

May 26, 2020

Walking outside to see a pool of standing water around your home’s septic drain field is an unpleasant surprise. A flooded drain field can happen for many reasons, and it’s a sign that you need a prompt septic system inspection and repair. Here are some of the most common reasons for flooded drain fields in the Pacific Northwest. Heavy Rain The Seattle area is no stranger to heavy rain. The outlying areas can also have a lot of snow melt. Some of this extra precipitation may be absorbed by the soil. However, clay soil and fully saturated soil may not...

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How to Fix a Clogged Drain

May 14, 2020

We at in Puyallup, WA, understand the frustration of a clogged drain. In some instances, you will need to contact a professional plumber. Sometimes, though, you may have a simple clog that you can easily take care of yourself. There are many different methods for unclogging bathroom and kitchen sinks that will save you the expense of calling a professional. We have outlined the best methods below. If none of these methods is successful, you will at least know that you tried. At that point in time, we recommend calling for assistance. Unclogging Your Drains Using Boiling Water The least...

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