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 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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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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How to Keep Your Septic System From Freezing in the Winter

January 18, 2022

Many homeowners take precautions to protect their pipes in the winter so that they don’t freeze. What they don’t realize is that their septic system may be susceptible to freezing as well. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to keep this from happening. Take a Hot Shower Every Day One of the easiest things you can do to keep your septic system from freezing is to take a hot shower every day. The hot water will be able to melt any ice that has built up inside of the system. Leave Snow on Top of It You...

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How Often Should a Septic Tank Be Pumped Out?

November 5, 2021

When to Clear Your Residential Septic Tank   If you live in a rural area without a municipal sewer line, you need to have a septic tank to store wastewater and sewage from your home. Since a septic tank is not connected to any outflow, it needs to be emptied every few years. This post will help clarify how often you need to have your septic tank emptied for the health of your household and property.   Timeline for Septic Tank Emptying   Though each home has a different amount of sewage output, a standard rule of thumb is to...

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What’s That “Rotten Egg” Smell?

June 18, 2021

A sewer gas odor can come from your household septic system or the sanitary sewer system. If you notice a foul smell that is causing a problem in your home, it may be sewer gas. WHAT IS SEWER GAS? Septic StenchSewer gas is a complex mixture of toxic and non-toxic gasses that can be present at varying levels depending upon the source. It is formed during the decay of household waste, typically the anaerobic decomposition of sewage and sludge. Sewer gas is mostly methane, which is odorless, but it’s almost always mixed with other gasses, the most common being hydrogen...

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Bacterial Breakdown in Septic Tanks

February 19, 2021

Life inside your septic tank is a carefully maintained of billions of naturally occurring microscopic critters living in a septic system, allowing it to work properly. For bacteria activity to occur, a septic tank should have a temperature above 40 degrees F. Bacteria, which are naturally present in all septic systems, digest the solids that have settled to the bottom of the tank and begin the decomposition process. A septic tank will usually have a pH between 6 and 7.5. How Bacteria Work The trillions of naturally occurring bacteria that thrive inside a septic system play a major part in...

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What Are Grease Traps?

February 5, 2021

As their name implies, grease traps are designed specifically to trap fats, oils, or grease (FOG) before they can go down the drain and enter the public sewer line. Left unchecked, FOG can solidify and stick to the insides of pipes, trapping small pieces of food debris and other items. Over time, this solid mass can continue to grow until it clogs the sewer lines and causes all kinds of destruction in the sewer system including sewage backup. The easiest way to solve this problem is to use a grease trap and prevent FOG from ever entering the sewer system....

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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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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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