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The Challenges of Homes with Septic Systems

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Homeowners with houses that use septic systems face distinctive challenges. If your house has a septic system, you might be only too familiar with the following scenario. You walk across your yard, approach the area near your septic field bed, and you notice a bad smell. Or perhaps there’s some discolored liquid on the ground even though it hasn’t rained in awhile. If you’ve ever had this experience, you know that it represents not only a health hazard that’s lurking in your very own yard, but it could also result in the health department visiting your property and possibly even issuing you an expensive citation. These symptoms are the effects of a septic tank that has been neglected, or a septic system that has failed to receive regular maintenance.

For homeowners with septic systems, a comprehensive clean-out of an overworked septic system can be devastating. The costs involved with the initial clean-up, much less any steps a company would have to take to remove or replace a septic tank, can wreck havoc on your well-being, your mental health, and your wallet. Even after the clean-up or replacement of an overused septic system has taken place, there can also exist the additional cost of repairing the damage done to your yard or property in a cosmetic sense. Sometimes homeowners in this situation need to re-grade their yards, re-seed the lost grass, and even install new landscaping or other related components.

All of these hassles can be avoided if a homeowner will simply schedule regular or annual maintenance visits by a respectable and honest septic system company. Once or twice a year, a septic tank needs to be pumped out and examined. In the same way that people need to take care of their health and schedule regular visits to dentists and doctors, a septic tank needs the same type of examination and maintenance.

The experts at APS can provide these types of services to you. Whether you’re a homeowner trapped in a nightmarish situation such as the one described above, or whether you simply wish to avoid such experiences, we have the knowledge and the skills to offer comprehensive service for your septic system. We specialize in septic system pumping and regular septic system maintenance. We guarantee that we will provide the absolute best services that you can find anywhere to cover all of your septic system needs!

APS Provides Professional Septic System Maintenance

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by admin No Comments

At APS, we have years of experience in providing professional septic system maintenance. We have cultivated our expertise in working with septic systems of all types, and we can ensure that we provide top-notch service. If your home has a septic tank, then you may already be aware of some of the challenges that can take place if your septic system becomes backed up or overloaded. We have the knowledge and the skills to help you deal with situations like this. We can also provide professional solutions for how to avoid similar problems in the future.

Septic systems are designed to be maintained on a regular basis. If you’re a homeowner, one of the best investments you can make is to have your septic system cleaned every year. Septic tank pumping can be a costly and stressful process for a septic tank that has become overloaded. If you make sure to maintenance your septic system annually, you can avoid the headache of this type of hassle.

Septic systems can cost homeowners thousands of dollars when problems like this occur. Sometimes the tanks have to be dug up, and entire fields have to be resituated. This type of situation only describes the problems which arise outside the home. Backed up septic systems can also cause plumbing problems inside the house. These circumstances can create challenges in your bathrooms, as well as cause rancid odors to rise from the area surrounding the field bed.

Sometimes homeowners who have septic systems are unaware that these kinds of problems can easily be avoided just with the assistance of a professional septic system company. APS can serve your septic system needs, and we can schedule an annual visit to maintenance your system so that you can avoid the hassle, headaches, and financial costs of an overloaded septic system.

With our professional septic tank pumping, you can rest assured that you will never have to face the challenge of an angry neighbor, or perhaps worse, a notice from the Department of Health. Even if you keep your system regulated with additives that you put into your plumbing, the refuse can still build up over time and cause unanticipated problems. You can rely on the professionals at APS to help you ensure that your tank and system are in good overall working order.

We can also help you ensure that back-ups to the system do not cause potential contamination to your drinking water or that of your neighbors. We help you protect your health and your family’s health by avoiding the potential problems which can arise with a blocked system. Let us help you ensure that you keep your family and home safe and protected with our annual maintenance programs.

Hassle-Free Septic System Maintenance

Posted on: May 11th, 2014 by admin No Comments

If you’re a homeowner with a septic system, then you’re well-aware of the challenges they can present.  Wherever your septic bed is located, any time you see any kind of standing water, you should be very careful to avoid this kind of liquid. Sometimes septic tanks can become overloaded or overworked. When this happens, the septic system itself can back up. Brown and dirty liquid can appear on the ground where you least expect it. If this liquid is located anywhere near your septic bed, you’ll need to call in a professional to help you deal with the mess.

However, there are many easy and effective ways to avoid experiencing this scenario. When septic systems are maintained properly and cleaned on a yearly basis, homeowners almost never have to worry about their septic tanks backing up. Quite frequently, you can avoid encountering any kind of hassle through the simple task of hiring a septic system maintenance company to attend to your septic system. Regular septic system maintenance clears out your system and ensures that there are no blockages. This type of attention to your septic system can also ensure that you become aware of any potential problems before any blockages or overloads even occur.

Many homeowners have to go through the trouble of dealing with an overloaded septic system before they understand the critical importance of having yearly maintenance done. Sometimes our clients have even been contacted by the local Department of Health. Neighbors aren’t too happy when a septic system backs up, and the smell becomes noticeable. Before you receive some sort of warning or even have to face a potential fine or health code violation, contact us at APS to ensure a hassle-free septic system experience.

At APS, we have years of experience in helping our customers avoid any hassles related to their septic tanks. We are extremely knowledgeable about the challenges that a septic system can pose. With regular septic tank pumping, we can keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. We possess expert knowledge about how to care for your system, and how to avoid any trouble before it even happens. You can count on us to provide professional, high quality septic system maintenance for your home!

Why is septic system maintenance so important?

Posted on: April 27th, 2014 by admin No Comments

It is estimate that septic systems discharge well over 100 million gallons of wastewater every day to New Jersey’s groundwater supplies. While septic systems can provide a cost-effective, environmentally safe and sustainable way to treat and dispose of wastewater, many homeowners neglect their systems, putting off preventive maintenance until the systems threaten public health, property values, and the environment.

The improper disposal of wastewater threatens the health and well being of residents in areas served by septic systems. Large numbers of disease causing bacteria, viruses and other organisms are present in sewage. When untreated effluent from a malfunctioning septic system surfaces, insects, pets and people can bring disease-causing organisms into our homes. Drinking water wells can also be contaminated by malfunctioning septic systems. Regular pumping of septic tanks greatly reduces the risk of septic system backups.

A properly maintained septic system adds to a home’s value and alternatively, property values decline in areas where septic system problems are known to occur. A relatively small investment in regular septic tank pumping can avoid very expensive costs to repair a malfunctioning septic system.

While a properly functioning system is virtually invisible in a lawn, a malfunctioning septic system is unsightly and offensive. When you are the owner of a malfunctioning system, it can also be an embarrassment. It’s difficult to enjoy your home and surroundings when you are confronted with a septic system backup.

Call for a septic system maintenance quote today

The NJ Municipal Storm water Regulation Program

Posted on: April 13th, 2014 by admin No Comments

What is storm water runoff?
Storm water runoff is water from rain or melting snow that “runs off” across the land instead of seeping into the ground. This runoff usually flows into the nearest stream, creek, river, lake or ocean. The runoff is not treated in any way.

Why is Storm water Runoff Bad?
Polluted storm water runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in North Carolina. In most cases in North Carolina today, storm water either does not receive any treatment before it enters our waterways or is inadequately treated.
Polluted water creates numerous costs to the public and to wildlife. As the saying goes, “we all live downstream.” Communities that use surface water for their drinking supply must pay much more to clean up polluted water than clean water.
Polluted water hurts the wildlife in creeks, streams, rivers and lakes. Dirt from erosion, also called sediment, covers up fish habitats and fertilizers can cause too much algae to grow, which also hurts wildlife by using up the oxygen they need to survive. Soaps hurt fish gills and fish skin, and other chemicals damage plants and animals when they enter the water.

New Jersey Regulation Program
The Municipal Storm water Regulation Program was developed in response to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Phase II rules published in December 1999.  The Department issued final storm water rules on February 2, 2004 and four (4) NJPDES general permits authorizing storm water discharges from Tier A and Tier B municipalities, as well as public complexes, and highway agencies that discharge storm water from municipal separate storm sewers (MS4s).  Public complexes include certain large public colleges, prisons, hospital complexes and military bases.  Highway Agencies include county, state, interstate, or federal government agencies that operate highways and other thoroughfares.

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. 

Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Proper maintenance and operation will extend the life of your garbage disposal and prevent plumbing and drain mishaps.

 Good Practices Today Can Prevent Major Plumbing and Drain Problems Tomorrow!

If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, you know that it’s a great appliance that makes household duties less demanding. But if not operated or maintained properly, a garbage disposal can easily break down, block and clog the drains and cause a long list of expensive plumbing and drain nightmares.

Clogged drains are a major inconvenience and garbage disposal repair can be a costly proposition. Fortunately, most garbage disposal troubles are completely unnecessary, and garbage disposal care and maintenance is extremely easy. Treat your garbage disposal well, and it will treat you well, in return. Below, we describe the mistakes you should avoid and the actions you should take in order to keep your garbage disposal working smoothly for many years and minimize the likelihood that you’ll need to call for plumbing or drain cleaning services.

Garbage Disposal Do’s:

  • Do keep your garbage disposal clean. Pour a little dish soap inside and let the garbage disposal run for a minute or so with some cold water after washing dishes.
  • Do run your garbage disposal regularly. Frequent use prevents rust and corrosion, assures that all parts stay moving and prevents obstructions from accumulating.
  • Do grind food waste w/ a strong flow of cold water. Why cold water? It will cause any grease or oils that may get into the unit to solidify, so that they can be chopped up before reaching the trap.
  • Do grind certain hard materials such as small chicken and fish bones, egg shells, small fruit pits, etc. A scouring action is created by these particles inside the grind chamber that cleans the garbage disposal’s walls.
  • Do grind peelings from citrus fruits such as lemons or oranges to freshen up drain smells.
  • Do cut large items into smaller pieces. Put them into the garbage disposal one at a time instead of trying to shove a large amount in at once.

Garbage Disposal Don’ts:

The most important rule of thumb: Don’t put anything in the garbage disposal that is not biodegradable foodA garbage disposal is not a trash can; it’s for food scraps only. Non-food items can damage both blades and the motor. When in doubt, throw it out!

  • Don’t grind glass, plastic, metal or even paper.
  • Don’t grind anything combustible.
  • Don’t grind cigarette butts
  • Don’t pour grease, oil or fat into your garbage disposal or drain. Grease will slowly accumulate and impede your garbage disposal’s grinding ability as well as clog drains.
  • Don’t use hot water when grinding food waste. Hot water will cause grease to liquefy and accumulate, causing drains to clog.
  • Don’t grind extremely fibrous material like corn husks, celery stalks, onion skins, and artichokes.  Fibers from these can tangle and jam the garbage disposal motor and block drains.
  • Don’t turn off the motor or water until grinding is completed. When grinding is complete, turn off the garbage disposal first. Let water continue to run for at least 15 seconds, flushing out any remaining particles. Then turn off water.
  • Don’t put too many potato peels down the garbage disposal. The starches in the potatoes will turn into a thick paste and may cause blades to stick.
  • Don’t put large amounts of food down the garbage disposal. Feed food into the garbage disposal a little at a time with the cold water running; this will help the food scraps flow down freely through the drain pipes and plumbing.
  • Don’t put expandable foods into your garbage disposal. Foods like pasta and rice expand when you add water in a pot; they do the same thing once inside your pipes or garbage disposal and are the cause of many jams and clogs.
  • Don’t grind large animal bones (beef, pork etc.).
  • Avoid putting coffee grounds down the garbage disposal. They won’t harm the garbage disposal and they’ll actually help eliminate odors. However, they can accumulate in drains and pipes, causing clogs. Best to avoid.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners. They can damage blades and pipes. Borax is a natural sink cleaner and sanitizer that effectively works on odor-causing mold and mildew that accumulates in garbage disposals. (See more below).

Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Running Problem-Free

Ice is an extremely effective and inexpensive method for cleaning your garbage disposal, sharpening the blades and breaking up any grease build-up which has accumulated. Just toss a few ice cubes into the garbage disposal and run it. As the garbage disposal chops into the ice cubes, the ice chips will effectively scour all the hard to reach areas of the unit, and melt down the drain. Try this once or twice a month to keep your garbage disposal in fine working order.

To Remove or Prevent Nasty Garbage Disposal Smells

Here are some natural methods to clean your garbage disposal that are good for the environment and very inexpensive.

  • Periodically, take a lemon or orange and toss it into the disposal. The oils and juice from the fruits and peels naturally clean the walls inside the garbage disposal and create a fresh, long-lasting scent.
  • Freeze vinegar in ice cube trays and run those down the disposal. This will keep your blades sharp while safely killing odor-causing bacteria.
  • For stubborn odors pour baking soda into the drain and let it set for several hours before running the water and garbage disposal.
  • For really stubborn odors, use a safe cleaning product like Borax. Just pour 3-4 tablespoons of Borax down the drain and let it sit for an hour. Then turn on the hot water and flush the borax away.

 Tips for Removing Fallen Objects

NEVER insert your unprotected hand into the garbage disposal…unless, of course, you want to lose it! If you must use your hand to remove objects and debris from the garbage disposal, unplug the unit or turn off the appropriate circuit breaker. Always wear safety gloves to protect your hand from the garbage disposal’s sharp blades.

There are safer steps in retrieving the fallen objects. First, grab a flashlight and try to find the exact location of the object. Use a pair of extra-long needle nose pliers or an automotive finger gripper (available at most hardware stores) to extract the object from the garbage disposal. In some case, you may be able to use a bent coat-hanger to reach down into the garbage disposal and dislodge and hook the object. Even a pair of chopsticks or crochet needles can work to grab the object.

What to do if Your Garbage Disposal is Not Grinding:

  • 90% of garbage disposals that appear not to be working just need to be reset. There is usually a red or black reset button on the garbage disposal motor underneath your sink. Just push to reset. If the garbage disposal is plugged into a wall outlet, ensure the outlet has power.
  • Check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
  • Give it a push-start. Most garbage disposals have a hole underneath that allows you to hand-crank it free once it’s been jammed. To crank it, use either an Alan wrench or a garbage disposal tool that you can pick up at most hardware stores. This should free up most non-serious jams.

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