Beware of Emulsified Grease in Mountlake Terrace This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is the time for preparing turkey, ham, rack of lamb and other seasonal delights. These delicious meals are accompanied by pans filled with oil. Under the right chemical conditions, all that oil turns into emulsified grease, which is hazardous for septic systems.

What Is Emulsified Grease?

Emulsion is the dispersion of droplets of one liquid into another. That is roughly the dictionary or Wikipedia definition. To explain it in layman’s terms, emulsion occurs in one of two ways:

Physical emulsion is what happens when you shake a bottle of Italian dressing. The oil blends with the water and vinegar spices. Once the shaking is over, the oil soon separates back out from the water, vinegar and spices.

Chemical emulsion is what happens when oil is mixed with water through a chemical process. It is, in other words, what happens when you put detergents into your sink with greasy water.

Why Emulsified Grease is Bad and How to Prevent it

Physically emulsified grease quickly separates from the water, allowing it to be captured by the grease trap. However, chemically emulsified grease is still bonded to the water so it is able to pass the trap and into the septic, which can cause a backup that will require pumping. To prevent this from happening, never pour oil or grease down the drain. Any pots, pans, racks or dishes being washed should be wiped before they’re put into the sink.

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Nitrogen-Reducing Septic Tanks a Future Possibility in Woodinville

nitrogen-reducing septic woodinvilleJust about all septic systems contain nitrogen, which derives from urine. This wreaks havoc when the tank releases the effluent, or liquid waste, into the drain field. Fortunately, new technology is now available that may yield nitrogen-reducing septic systems. This breakthrough may be the future of septic technology in Woodinville and all over the U.S.

Why Is Nitrogen Harmful?

To be more precise, nitrogen is bad for the environment, not the septic system. Nitrogen encourages the growth of algae, which leaches into the groundwater. The algae eventually makes its way into lawns, farms, and wastewater treatment plants. Algae may also make its way into harbors and deplete the water of oxygen. This kills aquatic plant life, which fish, scallops, and crabs rely on for food and habitat.

How Nitrogen-Reducing Septic Technology Works

Some areas have taken the initiative. The Cape Cod area in Massachusetts started the Buzzards Bay Coalition. In this group several residences installed a new septic installation with nitrogen-reducing capabilities.

The new system uses what is known as a blackwater tank. These tanks don’t actually remove nitrogen. Instead, the system contains the nitrogen in an impermeable tank until the owner removes it via a septic pump.

Another method consists of a septic structure that converts the nitrogen-rich ammonia into nitrate. The septic’s good bacteria remove the oxygen from the nitrate. This leaves behind nitrogen gas, which rises into the air instead of ending up in the water supply.

Unfortunately, neither method is cheap, costing upwards of $10,000 or more per installation. Nevertheless, our team at Woodinville Septic Service is excited at such a development and its environmental implications.

Septic Systems Are Evolving

We wanted to share this breakthrough to keep septic system owners up to date with what’s going on in the industry. Regardless of how septic tanks evolve, they will always require regular inspections. A nitrogen-reducing septic system may be the norm within the next decade or so. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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How to Hide Your Septic Tank in Bothell

Hiding Septic Tank bothellWhile your septic tank performs a vital function, it’s not exactly aesthetically appealing. Even if the only visible part is the riser that extends several inches above ground level, it can still be an eyesore. There are some simple ways, however, to hide your septic tank or, at least, minimize its appearance in the background.

How NOT to Hide Your Septic Tank

Some homeowners decide to remove the septic riser. While the riser isn’t an essential element, it does make it easier for a technician to locate the opening and perform a septic inspection. We recommend leaving the riser intact; there are other ways to conceal the protrusion.

Even if the tank doesn’t have a riser, the manhole cover at ground level may still be visible. Some homeowners cover it up by planting sod grass over it. We don’t recommend this, because the grass will just be unearthed during a routine septic pump.

Use Landscaping Features

Homeowners have tried to cover the septic by planting trees and heavy bushes around it. This is a big no-no. While this won’t pose an immediate problem, once the trees mature the roots will extend themselves deeper and make their way into the pipes, causing a backup or even rupturing the pipe altogether. Instead, employ the use of potted plants and other hardscaping features, such as flagstones and decorative rocks. You can also incorporate other conventional garden décor such as lawn gnomes, plastic flamingos, clay vases, stone fountains, and stone-carved amphibians to enhance curb appeal.

Hide Your Septic Tank & We’ll Keep It in Good Health

Call Woodinville Septic Service to schedule your next inspection. Let us handle the septic installation, repairs and inspection. You just take care of hiding the septic to improve your landscape’s aesthetics. Contact us today for all your septic needs.

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The Septic Tank Riser: Do You Need One in Kirkland?

Septic Tank Riser KirklandA septic tank riser is an affordable investment and is relatively easy to install. A riser makes it easier for homeowners and inspectors alike to locate the septic tank opening. Find out about the different types of risers and whether it’s a wise investment for you in Kirkland.

What Is a Septic Tank Riser?

A riser basically acts as an extension of the septic pipe that extends the opening to above ground level. This makes the opening easier to locate. Without a riser, the opening may by several inches, or even several feet, below the ground, thus making it far more difficult to access. A riser can be acquired through a septic service or even at your local Home Depot.

Riser Types

Risers are usually made from one of the following three materials:

Polyethylene — this is very lightweight and easy to install. Polyethylene is also resistant to soil erosion. However, it is vulnerable to water and gas leaks.

Concrete — Concrete is normally the cheapest option. Due to its heavy weight, it normally requires professional septic installation.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) — PVC is the most expensive option, but also the lightest and most durable. It’s easy to install and mostly leak proof.

Do You Need One?

Risers are not absolutely essential, but they can come in handy when you need to perform a quick visual inspection. However, some homeowners find the sight of a protruding pipe and manhole cover in the middle of the lawn unflattering. Ultimately, the choice is up to you. We can say with confidence, though, that a riser makes septic inspections far easier for the homeowner and professional technician alike.

We’ll Install a Riser for You

Call Woodinville Septic Service if your current septic system lacks a riser. Basic services like pumping and repairs are so much more expedient when there is a septic tank riser for quickly accessing the pipes.

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Does Your Septic Tank in Kirkland Have a Soakaway Problem?

Soakaway Problem KirklandAll septic tanks have soakaways, which are the pipes that connect the tank to the leach field.  The leach field, also known as the drain field, is the underground area on your property where your leach field pipes filter the wastewater from the tank into the soil. This water is eventually absorbed by the soil. When solid waste builds up in the septic tank, however, you end up with a soakaway problem.

Signs of a Soakaway Problem

The biggest telltale sign you have a soakaway issue is the presence of effluent puddles on the surface of your leach field. Your home may also alert you with the following signs.

  • A slow flushing or overflowing toilet
  • Gurgling noises in the drain
  • Washing machine overflow
  • Effluent discharging into the sink or shower drain

What Causes Soakaway Failure?

Soakaway failure can be due to a variety of issues. The most common cause is not having the septic tank pumped at regular intervals. Failure can also be due to inadequate construction of the soakaway. Older septic systems may contain borehole, crate, or tunnel soakaway systems. These types of soakaway systems have been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency General Binding Rules. A septic installation service will need to upgrade the soakaway if your system uses an outdated construction.

Finally, soakaways may also fail if the system is constructed underneath anaerobic soil. This type of soil produces black sludge that can block the pipes and interfere with the porosity of the soil.

The Solution

Typically, when there’s a clog or backup, the problem can be traced to either the septic tank, soakaway, or both. In any case, the problem can be prevented altogether by having your tank pumped and the soakaway jetted at least once a year.

Contact Us To Prevent A Soakaway Problem in Kirkland

You want your septic tank and soakaway to function well. For this to occur, septic inspections are crucial. Contact Woodinville Septic Service to ensure every component of the septic is running efficiently. Once you encounter a soakaway problem, extensive repairs will likely be required.

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How to Measure Sludge Buildup in Your Septic Tank in Redmond

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Because of sludge build-up, all septic systems will eventually fail if not pumped regularly. This task needs to be performed by a professional service. However, you can perform a simple septic inspection yourself. There’s a simple DIY method for obtaining an accurate gauge of a tank or grease trap’s sludge buildup. Sludge accumulation is often the main culprit behind a clog or tank failure. By performing a quick checkup, you’ll know when it’s time to bring in an expert for routine septic tank pumping and cleaning.

The 3-Step Method for DIY Septic Inspections in Redmond

What You Need:

  • A long, sturdy pole, like the handle of a broomstick

  • A clean, light-colored towel

  • Duct or packaging tape

1. Use the tape to tightly secure the towel around one end of the pole. The towel should be wrapped so it encompasses at least three feet of the pole.

2. When you’re ready to begin, locate the tank’s outlet baffle and insert the pole into the chamber until it reaches the bottom. Click here to see what the outlet baffle looks like.

3. Keep the pole there for one to three minutes. Pull the pole out and measure the height of the sludge indicated on the towel. If the height of the sludge is 24 inches or more, the tank needs to be pumped.

Be sure to perform this septic inspection at least once a year.

In place of this method, you can also use an electronic septic tank monitor, which automatically measures sludge, scum, and grease levels. Some models also come with an alarm feature that immediately notifies you when a backup occurs.

What’s in the Sludge?

The sludge at the bottom of the tank is comprised of various forms of “settleable solids.” For the most part, the good bacteria inside the tank will eventually degrade these solids, though often not quickly enough to prevent a backup, which is why it’s necessary to have the system pumped.

Professional Sludge Build-Up Inspections in Redmond

Even with this nifty DIY method, it’s best to have an inspection done by a professional. At Woodinville Septic Service we offer septic system installation and pumping and repair. Contact us for all your septic servicing needs today.

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Septic Systems and Plants Can Be A Destructive Combination in Woodinville

Septic Systems and Plants WoodinvilleSeptic systems and plants can be dangerous together. Dense grass and lush vegetation in your yard certainly enhances curb appeal. However, plant growth also means a lot of root activity taking place underground. This isn’t always a good thing, at least not as it relates to your Woodinville septic system. As roots spread down through the soil, some of them can find their way into the pipes. Since roots gravitate towards a water source, they may find their way into your septic tank and pipes, causing extensive damage.

How Roots May Damage Your Septic System

Tree and bush roots may invade a pipe if there is a crack or exposed opening. Even if just a tiny root tip gets in, the root will continue to grow and cause a major blockage in the plumbing system. Over time, as the roots continue to grow and expand, they can eventually rupture the pipes completely, causing water and sewage to leak into your yard.

A blocked septic system can drastically slow your drainage.  In the worst cases it can bring your system to a halt altogether. Unfortunately, since the pipes are located beneath the dirt and foundation, an inspection isn’t exactly a DIY process. Septic system inspections should only be performed by a professional. An inspector can diagnose the problem and determine a solution before the problem gets irreparable.

Attempting a DIY Quick-Fix can Do More Harm than Good

If you suspect roots inside your pipes, don’t think the solution is as simple as pouring Drano into the drain. First of all, store-bought drain cleaners contain hazardous chemicals that can cause long-term damage to pipes. Pipes damaged beyond repair by abrasive chemicals may require a new septic system installation. Secondly, such cleaners are designed for minor blockages, such as those caused by a buildup of hair, grease and food particles. Drain cleaners are insufficient for repairing an entire root system.

Always leave septic pumping & repairs to the professionals. You should contact a technician if you begin noticing an unusually slow drainage. This is also not a repair you should postpone. Doing so will only cause the problem to get worse and possibly result in tremendous and costly damage.

Ensuring Septic Systems and Plants Aren’t At Odds

Once a technician is called in, the problem can normally be fixed using an auger to clear the roots. In the worst case scenario, several points of the sewage line may have to be replaced to ensure there are no cracks or access points in the joints. This will ensure that roots can’t make their way back in once removed. Whatever the case may be, contact the experts at Woodinville Septic Service septic systems and plants aren’t at odds.

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Septic Tank Care Do’s and Don’ts

septic tank care Redmond Kirkland BothellTop Things to AVOID in Septic Tank Care

  • Never dig without knowing the location of your septic tank care system.
  • Don’t drive over your septic tank unless it’s equipped with a special traffic lid.
  • Never dump your RV waste into your septic tank.
  • Avoid using special additives touted to enhance your septic system performance, as they can cause major damage to your drain field.
  • Never flush dangerous and damaging substances in to your wastewater.
  • Don’t connect rain gutters or storm drains to your septic system.
  • Under no circumstances, ever enter your septic tank. Any pumping and repair work should be done from the outside and only by a professional. Gases within the tank can deplete oxygen levels and be fatal.

Positive Practices You Can Follow to Keep Your Septic System Running Smoothly

  • Keep your tank access lid secure to the riser at all times.
  • Schedule regular septic system monitoring and maintenance by a professional.
  • Keep a file of your septic service provider’s sludge and scum monitoring report & pump-out schedule.
  • Keep an ‘As-Built’ septic system diagram in a safe place for reference.
  • Collect cooking grease in a container and dispose of in the trash, not in the sink.
  • Avoid excessive garbage disposal use, as food by-products accelerate the need for pumping and maintenance.
  • Conserve water and keep lint out of your wastewater system by cleaning your washer filter after each load.
  • Contact Woodinville Septic Service today!

Septic Tank Care If You’re Planting a Garden

  • Don’t plant a vegetable garden on or near the drain field or reserve area
  • Plants over the septic system may be disturbed or destroyed with service or septic system installation
  • Don’t put plastic sheets, bark, gravel or other fill over the drain field or reserve area
  • Don’t reshape or fill the ground surface over the drain field and reserve area (just adding topsoil is generally OK as long as it doesn’t exceed a couple of inches over the drain field area)
  • Grass or the existing native vegetation are the best covers for your drain field and reserve area
  • Direct all surface drainage areas away from the septic system
  • Use shallow-rooted plants
  • Avoid water-loving plants and trees
  • Don’t make ponds on or near the septic system and the reserve area

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When Do You Need a Septic Inspection for Your Woodinville Home?

Septic System Inspections for Woodinville Residences

Septic tankHomeowners hardly ever think about their septic system, if ever, but a lot of things can go wrong and often eventually do. Getting a septic system inspection doesn’t require digging up the yard or any other invasive procedure. It’s also more affordable than you likely believe. So when do you need a septic inspection? Let’s examine the scenarios that warrant a checkup.

Get An Inspection When Buying a New Home

It’s possible the previous homeowner has documented records of all septic system pumping and inspections. If not, then there’s really no way to know how long it’s been since your new home’s septic tank was last treated. The tank may be just weeks away from being full, making for a truly unpleasant upcoming housewarming. A septic inspection informs you of the current state of affairs underground. Continue Reading →

Why Do Homeowners Prefer a Septic System Over a Sewer Connection?

septic system, prefer septic systemSome homes require a septic system because they have no way to connect to a municipal sewer line. However, some homeowners opt for a septic system by choice. Why, exactly, do they prefer a septic system rather than a sewer connection?

A Septic System Is Cheaper (Usually)

A septic system installation may save you money over time. After the initial installation cost, there are no costs other than the regular septic tank pumping. The tank only needs to be emptied every one to three years, on average. With a sewer system, there are recurring monthly service fees.

Of course, a septic system can also end up costing you more if you maintain it poorly. If you toss items down the drain willy-nilly, expect more frequent backups and expensive septic system repairs.

Septic Systems Are More Eco-Friendly

Most cities are taking pro-active steps to ensure that local wastewater is properly treated. However, many municipal sewer systems still treat wastewater using chlorine before dumping it into local rivers. Some experts fear this may disrupt the ecosystem.

With a septic system, natural-occurring bacteria break down the waste. You don’t have to, nor should you, ever use any chemical additives in an attempt to clean the tank.

More Control

Some homeowners feel they have more control over their water supply by not relying on a city-run sewer line. Since the septic system belongs to you and rests on your property, you get to dictate how it’s managed. Furthermore, you decide when a septic system inspection is warranted and not a city employee.

We Maintain Your Septic System

Some homes are certainly better off connected to a sewer line. However, we know of homeowners who prefer a septic system because it’s cheaper, more eco-friendly, and evokes a sense of independence. If you personally prefer a septic system, then give Woodinville Septic Service a call.

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