Maintenance is key in avoiding a sewer line backup...

If you are like many homeowners, then you likely remember to address the periodic duties of home maintenance, such as having you’re air conditioning system checked, getting the gutters cleaned and winterizing your heating system. But what about having your main sewer line cleaned?

This is one of the most overlooked maintenance tasks, yet it has the potential to cause nasty water damage with expensive cleanup costs. Don’t wait to find out the hard way that the sewer needs to be cleaned.

What causes a sewer line backup?

There are many reasons why residential main sewer lines backup. Common causes are attributed to tree root intrusion, grease accumulation or pipe scale buildup. Before we discuss how often your sewer line should be cleaned, it is important for you to have an idea of the type of sewer you have.

Clay sewer lines

If your home was built before the mid 1950s, you likely have a clay sewer line. This type of sewer line was first installed using multiple sections of pipe measuring approximately three feet long with a joint at each end. With the average sewer line running 50 feet, there are a lot of joints where trees roots can enter and ultimately feed off the water in the line.

If tree roots are left to grow, they will become thick, and solids (such as toilet paper) will cling together and eventually cause a blockage. I typically recommend that these lines be professionally snaked using root cutting equipment at least one time per year.

Depending on the amount of roots pulled out of the sewer, I may suggest a strong environmentally safe chemical treatment as a follow-up to kill remaining roots and inhibit re-growth.


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TO KEEP MOSQUITO'S AWAY....Get rid of standing water
This tip applies for your entire yard, but it’s especially important near your doors. If mosquitoes find standing water near your entryway, they’ll lay eggs and the population will congregate there, making it more likely for them to end up inside. Make sure to empty standing water that can accumulate in tires, recycling containers, garbage can lids, roof gutters, flower pots, pet dishes, lawn ornaments, children’s toys, bottles, barrels, or buckets. wE CAN HELP 407-282-0881

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Although we post a lot about septic tanks, the most important part of a septic system is actually the drain-field, where water leaving the tank is held until it percolates into the soil (where most treatment happens). When a septic system’s drain-field fails, it’s generally for one or more of the following four reasons.
System age
The average life of a drain-field is approximately 25 years, depending on its usage and maintenance.
Over-saturation
Dripping faucets, running commodes, and malfunctioning water softeners put extra water into the septic system, which can flood out your drain-field. Higher-than-normal usage on the system from occupants or visitors can overload the system as well.
Blocked pipes
Tree roots can infiltrate a septic system drain-field, preventing the effluent from percolating into the soil.
Also, sludge buildup from not routinely pumping the septic tank can clog the drain-field pipes.
Crushing damage
Heavy items such as vehicles, horses, and permanent structures can crush pipes and compact the soil, causing damage to the drain-field. Do not build structures over a septic system.
Can a drain-field be repaired?
In some cases, yes. But if your system has reached its life expectancy, investigating a cause could be throwing good money after bad.
In some situations septic system repairs may mean installing a totally new system.
Take care of your drain-field
No septic system drain-field will last forever, but there are many things you can do to keep your drain-field working well.
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YES, In times of heavy rainfall your septic tank can behave as if it were full and needs to be pumped out.
If a heavy rainfall, or any other source of water such as draining a swimming pool or when a sprinkler hose is left on for an extended period of time, the drain field area connected to a septic tank can saturate and the tank will not be able to drain properly.
You may experience slow drains or water might even back up into your drains causing you to believe you have a clog. If using a septic safe chemical drain opener or plumbing snake fails to solve the problem, you may assume the septic tank is full. However, this may or may not be the case.
Opening the tank cover and visually inspecting the tank will tell you if the tank needs pumping. If it is half full with solids pumping it out gives you extra space for processing. Pumping a septic tank that is simply flooded with water will not solve the problem if the source of the flood continues. It will simply fill back up again. In addition, pumping a flooded septic tank can cause serious damage to the tank because the water pressure on the outside of the tank becomes greater than inside the tank due to the flooded soil.
A septic tank drain field is much like a drip irrigation system. It’s a series of perforated pipes which allow the waste water to slowly drip out into the ground. The pipes are buried underground and surrounded with gravel. The old saying “the grass is always greener over the septic tank” is not entirely true, it’s actually greener over the drainfield.
The septic tank itself is an enclosure with a pipe leading in from the house and another leading out into the drain field. The main drain pipe branches off into several pipes like a giant fork. Wastewater seeps out of the perforated drain pipes into the surrounding dirt where soil microbes clean the wastewater. Solids are left in the septic tank which is why they eventually need to be pumped out.
Think of it this way: If you were to hold one end of a pipe underwater and then try to run a hose into the other end, the pipe would simply fill up. This is how a flooded drain field can cause a problem. The waste water has nowhere to go but back up through the pipes.
Your best course of action for a flooded septic tank is to drastically reduce your use of water in the house. Don’t flush the toilet unless absolutely necessary. If you can skip taking a shower, do so. Don’t run the dishwasher. Try to dirty as few dishes as possible. You may even want to take your laundry to the laundromat or delay it a few days. If you have a pump, turn it off. In severe situations you may need to set up a portable toilet such as what you find on construction sites and fairgrounds. You need to reduce or eliminate water going down the drains until the drainfield dries out.
The most important thing to remember is: If the water isn’t draining, don’t put more in! You may need to progress through a number of steps to determine that your septic tank is simply flooded. If a plumber cannot clear the drain and has determined that the tank is not full of solid waste, he may need to run a camera down into the pipes to find out if the pipe is damaged, overgrown with tree roots or has simply collapsed. Old cast iron pipes eventually corrode and collapse and parking on top of the septic tank can also cause it to collapse.
There is no easy way to diagnose a flooded septic tank except by process of elimination and possibly a visual inspection of the inside of the tank itself. A non-working septic system is a serious issue.
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How to Care for Your Septic System!
Inspect and Pump Frequently
The average household septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a septic service professional. Household septic tanks are typically pumped every three to five years. Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components should be inspected more often, generally once a year. A service contract is important since alternative systems have mechanized parts.
Four major factors influence the frequency of septic pumping:
Household size
Total wastewater generated
Volume of solids in wastewater
Septic tank size
Service provider coming? Here is what you need to know.
When you call a septic service provider, he or she will inspect for leaks and examine the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank.
Keep maintenance records on work performed on your septic system.
Use Water Efficiently
The average indoor water use in a typical single-family home is nearly 70 gallons per individual, per day. Just a single leaky or running toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day.
All of the water a household sends down its pipes winds up in its septic system. The more water a household conserves, the less water enters the septic system. Efficient water use improves the operation of a septic system and reduces the risk of failure.
High-efficiency toilets.
Toilet use accounts for 25 to 30 percent of household water use. Many older homes have toilets with 3.5- to 5-gallon reservoirs, while newer, high-efficiency toilets use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush. Replacing existing toilets with high-efficiency models is an easy way to reduce the amount of household water entering your septic system.
Faucet aerators and high-efficiency showerheads.
Faucet aerators, high-efficiency showerheads, and shower flow restrictors help reduce water use and the volume of water entering your septic system.
Washing machines.
Washing small loads of laundry on your washing machine’s large-load cycle wastes water and energy. By selecting the proper load size, you will reduce water waste. If you are unable to select a load size, run only full loads of laundry.
Try to spread washing machine use throughout the week. Doing all household laundry in one day might seem like a time-saver; but it can harm your septic system, not allow your septic tank enough time to treat waste, and could flood your drainfield.
Properly Dispose of Waste
Whether you flush it down the toilet, grind it in the garbage disposal, or pour it down the sink, shower, or bath, everything that goes down your drains ends up in your septic system. What goes down the drain affects how well your septic system works.
Toilets aren’t trash cans!
Your septic system is not a trash can. An easy rule of thumb: Do not flush anything besides human waste and toilet paper. Never flush:
Cooking grease or oil
Flushable wipes
Photographic solutions
Feminine hygiene products
Condoms
Dental floss
Diapers
Cigarette butts
Coffee grounds
Cat litter
Paper towels
Pharmaceuticals
Household chemicals like gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze, and paint or paint thinners
Think at the sink!
Your septic system contains a collection of living organisms that digest and treat household waste. Pouring toxins down your drain can kill these organisms and harm your septic system. Whether you are at the kitchen sink, bathtub, or utility sink:
Avoid chemical drain openers for a clogged drain. Instead, use boiling water or a drain snake.
Never pour cooking oil or grease down the drain.
Never pour oil-based paints, solvents, or large volumes of toxic cleaners down the drain. Even latex paint waste should be minimized.
Eliminate or limit the use of a garbage disposal. This will significantly reduce the amount of fats, grease, and solids that enter your septic tank and ultimately clog its drainfield.
Maintain Your Drainfield
Your drainfield—a component of your septic system that removes contaminants from the liquid that emerges from your septic tank—is an important part of your septic system. Here are a few things you should do to maintain it:
Parking: Never park or drive on your drainfield.
Planting: Plant trees the appropriate distance from your drainfield to keep roots from growing into your septic system. A septic service professional can advise you of the proper distance, depending on your septic tank and landscape.
Placing: Keep roof drains, sump pumps, and other rainwater drainage systems away from your drainfield area. Excess water slows down or stops the wastewater treatment process.
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As flooding conditions worsen and warnings become more frequent, you understandably worry about your home and property. Your garage, sitting several inches below the rest of your home, seems particularly vulnerable to water damage.

So what can you do to protect against flooding?During Rain Season Install Adequate Drainage
Your street’s gutters and drains are your home’s first defense against floodwater. But during severe weather, these drains can easily overflow and allow water to pool into your property. And if your yard slopes toward your garage, the water may pool up faster than it can drain.

To address the issue, you may need to install a French drain (or trench drain) along your driveway or in front of your garage. These drains create a channel for the water to flow through and then empty a safe distance away from your building.

Keep in mind that your French drain should never direct runoff toward a neighbor’s yard, toward a public sidewalk, or toward a dirt slope with no protective vegetation.

Install Flood Vents
Though your garage puts up a good fight against some flooding, most doors don’t have the strength or durability to withstand the pressure of several inches (or feet) of rushing water. Though minor floods might not look like much, many of them have the ability to sweep cars off the streets and crush garage doors like empty soda cans.

While you might not like the idea initially, you may have to allow your garage to flood if you want to protect your home from damage. Flood vents allow water to flow through your garage unobstructed, so the water doesn’t exert pressure on your doors or foundation. As a result, flood waters might not rise high enough to reach your home’s living space.



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How to Drain Water Away from Your Home

If your home doesn’t have any gutters, consider investing in a gutter system – especially if you live in a rainy climate. Gutters collect the rain water that runs off the roof of your home and deposits it onto the ground. A good gutter system will direct rain water away from your home, which keeps it from leaking into the foundation and washing the foundation soil away.
In order for gutters to work properly, they must remain free of clogs, holes, and sags. The most common gutter problem is blockage. Leaves, needles and other debris get trapped in the system, causing rain water to spill off your home too close to the foundation. Inspect your gutters closely and remove any debris that you find.
If you find that your gutters are sagging, check the hangars. These can deteriorate over time, but can easily and cheaply be replaced.
Check for leaks and holes in the gutters, as well. If you find any, gutter sealant can be purchased at any hardware store. Gutters should be routinely cleaned of debris at least once per year. If your home is surrounded by a lot of trees, clean them out twice per year. Inspect your gutters after big rainstorms, as well, since these can cause a significant buildup of debris. Use a sturdy ladder to get up to the gutters. Wear rubber gloves and clear the muck out of the system by hand.
Downspouts are the parts of the gutter that run vertically from the roof gutter to the ground. They should direct water at least six feet away from the foundation of your house. If yours currently don’t do this, you can add extensions to make them more effective. These extensions are inexpensive and relatively painless to install.
This is done by attaching an elbow to the end of the downspout and then connecting the extension piece. The extension piece will be several feet of straight pipe. In most cases, these extensions are installed by simply screwing them on.

Overflowing gutters and inefficient downspouts can erode the ground around the foundation of your home. This erosion will create a trench in the soil that traps the water there. If you see any gaps like this around your home, fill them in with soil. Firmly pack the soil in place for best results.
Instead of just filling the gaps in with soil, add a slight excess of it. This will create a gentle slope that leads away from the foundation of the house, preventing water from collecting around the foundation. This gentle slope should extend, at minimum, about two or three feet from the house.

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DECK/PATIO DRAINAGE FOR INGROUND SWIMMING POOLS:

How Much Slope Should an Inground Pool Patio Have?

Pool patios, or pool decks as they’re also called, should slope at a rate of approximately one-quarter of an inch per foot. So a section of patio eight feet wide for example, should have around two inches of fall.

Which Direction Should the Patio Slope?

The pool deck needs to slope away from the pool. Otherwise, water will wash debris into the pool on a regular basis….and that’s no fun. If the patio is surrounded by landscaping, it’s perfectly fine to allow the water to run directly of the patio into the softscape as long as that water has somewhere to go. If the water becomes trapped in the area outside the patio for some reason, a french drain (12”x12” gravel filled trench) will usually remedy the problem.

If the pool patio does abut a house or other structure there are several options:

Have the patio fall away from the house as well as the pool forming a valley in the middle of the patio field. In this case the patio could either be “swaled” causing the water to naturally flow away from the center and off the sides
Or a drain could be installed in the valley to carry water away from the patio.
You could also have the patio fall all the way to the house where you would place a strip drain to collect and divert the water.
How Do Deck Drainage Systems Work and What Types are Available?

Deck drains are designed to collect water from the patio and divert it to another desired location. There are basically two types of deck drains used in most pool projects: Strip drains and Spot drains. Strip Drains (also referred to as trench drains) are basically long narrow grates which water trickles into then flows through the underground trough away from the patio. Strip drains are perfect to place against a house or other structure and are also commonly used in the valleys we discussed earlier.

Spot drains are typically smaller single drains that are tied together underground by pvc pipe that carries the water away from the patio. Spot drains are perfect in areas where long straight trench drains won’t work. This makes them ideal for free form patio applications.

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• Floods - Damage to public and private property, including
infrastructure
• Eroded Streambanks - Sediment-cloged waterways, filled
lakes, reservoirs
• Widened Stream Channels - Loss of valuable property
• Damaged Aesthetics - Dirty water, increased trash and
debris, foul odors
• Damaged Fish and Aquatic Life - Impairment/destruction
• Impaired Recreational Uses - Decreased opportunites for
swimming, fishing, boating, and other water sports
• Threatened Public Health - Contamination of drinking
water, fish/shellfish, increased exposure to harmful pollutants.
• Threatened Public Safety - Increased exposure to
drownings in flood waters
• Economic Impacts - Fisheries, shellfish, tourism, recreation
related businesses
• Increased Cost of Water and Wastewater Treatment -
increased raw water treatment costs and reduced assimilative
capacity of waterbodies.
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Steps to a Healthier Sanitary Sewer System

Execute cleaning and jetting of the sewer mains. Establish a routine maintenance program that includes cleaning of the sanitary sewers. This process will remove debris buildup and attached deposits to ensure your system is flowing properly and capacity is not being compromised.

Perform closed circuit television (CCTV). After cleaning and jetting, conduct CCTV of the sewer mains to identify leaks or pipe defects in the system.

Conduct sump pump inspections. These residential inspections will determine connections to the sanitary sewer system. Most municipalities have an ordinance prohibiting illicit sump pump connections.

Perform smoke testing. This is a quick and efficient method for detecting storm sewer connections, roof drain connections, or defective sewer laterals, which are contributors of inflow and infiltration.

Conduct wet-weather inspections. These inspections can provide valuable information on how precipitation and groundwater conditions affect the sewer flow. Although some manholes may appear in good condition during dry weather, those same manholes may exhibit leaking joints, missing mortar, and open pick holes in low-lying areas during wet-weather inspections.

Prepare an O&M Manual for your sanitary sewer system. An O&M manual will contain information on your maintenance schedules, how to report sanitary sewer overflows, an emergency contact list, and inspection procedures, which can be helpful when training your new department of public works’ staff.

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