Slow Drain Repair & Prevention
Do you have a septic system and are experiencing slow water drain from your shower, bathtub, sink or other areas? You may need ourseptic pumping services!
Probable Causes of A Slow Drain
- Overuse of the system. Too many people or too much water use for the Septic tank capacity.
- Too long between inspection, maintenance or pumping.
If you experience slow fixture drains or gurgling noises in your drains, do not ignore them. These are normally the first signs of problems.
If you notice that the sink, bathtub or shower is slow to drain, it may be something that can be fixed easily or the start of a serious problem.
If you experience slow drainage, your first thought may be to use a drain cleaning product, don’t. Many drain cleaning products can be harmful to your drain field and surrounding ground water, even though they may say “safe for septic tanks” on the label.
Ace Acme Solution
Call Ace Acme Septic Service and have us evaluate your septic system.
You will benefit by having us find the real solution to your problem rather than spending money and time experimenting and guessing.
Your septic tank needs to be pumped when it reaches 1/3 of its capacity. The capacity is measured by the thickness of the solids in your septic tank which includes both in sludge on the bottom and the scum layer floating on top.
When your septic tank becomes too full, it will result in the filter in the outlet baffle starting to plug. This plugging action will cause the water level inside the tank to rise, resulting in restricting the flow of effluent.
Basically, the rising water level will slow the flow coming into the tank from your home.
It may be that this is a clogged problem in one area only and that professional snaking can easily fix the problem. Or it may be a more serious problem developing. Call us before it creates a big mess for you so that we can diagnose it and fix it.
At Ace Acme Septic Tank Service, Inc. we have the knowledge, equipment, training, and staff in place to ensure your sewer lines and septic system are in working properly.
What to Avoid Putting Down Your Drain
Some of the best cuisine requires a little bit of greasy cooking. Some people may not call bacon cuisine, per se, but it’s delicious nonetheless. Unfortunately, the leftovers can cause major septic issues inside pipes and within your septic tank. Grease clings to every possible pipe wall and crevice, eventually building up into potential blockages. By simply throwing grease, oils, and fats into the trash, the overall health of any septic system is greatly improved and preserved.
Grease is often a byproduct of food preparation. As can be expected, the food itself can also cause septic hassles, some even more disastrous than clogging oils. Certain vegetables, for example, can wrap themselves around various mechanics such as the disposal blade, obstructing the drain. Some examples are rhubarb, artichokes, lettuce, celery, and other fibrous, stringy vegetables.
Expanding foods such as pasta and rice can often morph into a blocking headache. Tossing your leftover spaghetti into the trash would probably be a better decision. Likewise, items like egg shells and coffee grounds have been known to tangle with the blade and get lodged in the trap.
The food segment of this article could very well end here. Regrettably, some homeowners lack the common sense to avoid the worst: fruit pits, seeds, and bones. You may chuckle at the notion, but many home garbage disposals have been damaged by extremely hard food leftovers. Apricot, peach, and cherry pits are the worst offenders, not to mention leftover bones. We’d like to think these damages are by accident, but it’s always best to mention the worst – just in case.
▿ Harmful Liquids
The kitchen sink isn’t the only gateway to septic misery. Additional sinks, toilets, and drains can all accept potentially hurtful substances. For instance, a mudroom sink may look gritty and tough, but the pipes meet up in the same place as the kitchen. The lack of such knowledge has led to homeowners emptying unwanted motor oils, anti-freeze, paints, solvents, and other dangerous chemicals into the sink. Even bleach and anti-bacterial soaps can be seen as possible toxins.
Granted, chemicals and toxics aren’t quite chicken bones, but homeowners are strongly advised against pouring them down the sink. Why? Well, septic systems are constructed to deal with organic waste. One way they complete that task is through bacteria. This bacteria breaks down organic waste, lengthening the time between pumping sessions. Due to accidental chemical additives, some homeowners opt to replenish their septic system with good bacteria.
▿ Other Harmful Items
Sanitary wipes, diapers, and cat litter are just a few solids that should never enter your drain. The unfortunate part about common sense is that it’s not all that common. As a result, solids and garbage are tossed down the drain, harming far too many septic systems.
Ace Acme recommends taking these precautionary measures to ensure the betterment of your septic system. Their professional insight and experience is first and foremost dedicated to the consumer, resulting in exceptional service and articles such as this. Contact us today for more information or to begin regular septic pumping!