Archive for March, 2014

What to Know if You Are Buying or Selling a Home with a Septic System.

Posted on: March 30th, 2014 by admin No Comments

When buying a property that is served by a septic system the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recommends that all interested purchasers secure a septic system inspection to ward off any costly repairs or liabilities following a real estate transaction.

New Jersey has established an inspection protocol, so it is encouraged to review the protocol before inspecting. This guidance titled, “Technical Guidance for Inspections of Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems” is a key document in the Onsite Wastewater Management Program.

What have a septic system inspected?

Inspections are important because they determine if a system is currently functioning properly and can help to determine if the system will suit long term needs, such as future additions, plans for decks, swimming areas and other construction projects.

If you are planning to renovate a home with a septic system and are unsure of it’s location and condition, you should consider securing an inspection before proceeding. Heavy machinery and certain construction materials such as paint and solvents can inadvertently damage a septic system or alter its performance. Finally, all homeowners thinking about buying a septic system should know that proper care begins setting with establishing a maintenance schedule and understanding what can and cannot be discharged into a septic system.

What is Hydro Jetting?

Posted on: March 16th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Hydro jetting means that you are cleaning your drains with extreme water pressure. Hydro jetting is usually needed for commercial properties like restaurants or hospitals, but it can work for residences as well. Hydro jetting plumbing process involves inserting a high pressure stream of water flowing at 15-18 gallons per minute into the pipelines to clear waste build up.  Unlike snaking, hydro jetting will remove scum attached to the pipeline walls that a typical rooter cannot do.

How often this will need to be done depends on what’s going down your drain, the more oil and grease that goes down your drain the more likely it is that you’ll need to have your lines jetted.  Hydro jetting pipelines cleans the interior walls and eliminates waste build up that has accumulated over time. A typical rooting service can only poke through the blockage and within a few weeks the problem arises over again.

Pumping and Cleaning Your Grease Trap

Posted on: March 2nd, 2014 by admin No Comments

An inappropriately serviced grease trap/interceptor from restaurants or other food services is a significant problem for wastewater collection or sewer systems. Many towns in NJ have ordinances that require the regular cleaning and maintenance of your grease trap.

Did you know that some towns require that if a grinder/disposal is used it must be connected to the grease trap. Towns often discourage the use of disposals since it decreases the operational capacity of the grease trap and will require an increased pumping frequency to ensure continuous and effective operation.

FOGS (Fats, oils, grease, and solids) can solidify and congest the main pipeline that leads to the sewage.  Failing to properly manage grease traps/interceptors can lead to violations as well as cause your lines to clog, overflow and even release unpleasant odors.