Septic Leach Field Problems - Tree Roots!

Giving your septic tank plenty of room to operate is essential to having a long-lasting and well-maintained septic system. Some of the most beautiful backyards can have faulty septic tanks because of overgrown bushes and trees whose roots have overtaken their systems' space. When thinking about it from a natural standpoint, tree roots are meant to follow and grow towards water sources. So naturally, if trees are planted too close to your septic system, those roots might identify your tank as an excellent and reliable source of water---and grow right into it!

Plants and tree roots are GREAT at finding water, even if it means working their way into the pipes of your septic system. The roots will grow and expand within the pipes of your septic tank; this will cause a blockage and may potentially cause more serious damage. Some tree roots have punctured the wall of septic tanks and cause them to burst and spill. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of a damaged septic tank, and it is vital to have it professionally inspected and repaired as soon as possible to avoid paying the cost of a new septic system!

If you're experiencing any of the following, contact ASAP for immediate help:

  • slow drains
  • flooding in your yard
  • clogged drains
  • bad smells in your home
  • bad smells in your yard
  • darker patch of grass above your septic tank

Clearing your drain field before installing a septic tank is the smartest way to prolong the life of your septic tank. Breaches to your septic tank by roots can result in drain clogs, flooding, septic tank bursts, and dangerous bacteria being release into your system and yard. 

If you suspect that your septic tank has been compromised and would benefit in inspection and root removal, call ASAP Septic at (208) 991-7184 to set up your appointment and avoid paying the cost to replace a septic tank system and drain field. 

Is Drano Safe for Septic Systems?

Clogged drains is an unfortunate headache that everyone will face in their lifetime. When it comes to clearing those clogged drains, there are many different recommended ways of how to clean a sink drain. First and foremost, the most important thing to note before addressing all the possible ways of how to keep drains clear, is how NOT to keep drains clear. 

This may come as a surprise to you, but the "most popular" way to clear drain clogs is NOT what is best for your system! This is our biggest piece of advice:

Do Not Use Drano!

Is Drano safe? NO! Drano is an extremely abrasive drainage cleaner that should not be used in your sinks, toilets, showers, or anywhere! Drano is powerful enough to break down whatever is blocking your sink, and strong enough corrode the very material that lines your drains and pipes. While Drano is a seemingly effective temporary fix to the your clogged drain headache, it will only cause you more stress in the future. Continuously using Drano without professionally addressing the root of the problem can cause cracks, damage, and eventual failure to your pipes. 

There are plenty of less harmful and more effective ways to clear clogged drains! However, many people are misinformed about common blocked drain solutions. Let's discuss some popular homemade Drano alternatives and rate their efficacy:

  • Salt: Pouring salt and water down the drain may prove effective in cleaning to keep drains clear, but isn't quite powerful enough to CLEAR an existing clog. Unclogging a drain with salt is not efficient or effective. 
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: The bubbles and fizz of baking soda and vinegar in a clogged drain my cause you to think it's working. However, beneath the fizz, nothing is really happening! When dealing with clogs of fat, oil, and grease (FOG clogs), unclogging a drain with baking soda and vinegar is ineffective. 
  • Hot Water and Dish Soap: Using hot water and dish soap is a helpful alternative to clearing FOG clogs! Ditch the baking soda and vinegar and try some very hot water mixed with dish soap. If that doesn't clear it up, call ASAP to clear the clog in no time. 

In conclusion, the best way to prevent and treat clogged drains is regular and professional help and maintenance. There are a lot of blocked drain solutions that will do nothing but waste your products and your money. Although unclogging a bathroom sink may seem like a little thing, seeking professional help will be the best benefit to your drains, pipes, and septic system. 

If you have slow bathroom, kitchen, or RV drains and you're wondering how to keep drains clear, call ASAP Septic today at (208) 991-7184 to learn about our Hydro Jet Services!

Clogs, holes, gaps, and more! Residential Septic System Inspections

When it comes to home drain line and sewage inspections, maintenance is key! It is much safer, much easier, and much more cost-efficient to prevent potential septic tank damage than to have to repair your main sewer line. Drain lines should be inspected and cleared yearly. Older drain lines may need to be inspected more often. Depending on the age and condition of your drainage systems and pipes, you should get your residential and commercial drain lines inspected regularly to prevent any damage to your home and business. If you don't know the age and condition of your system, our high quality video inspections can accurately tell you how much life you have left in the tank! 

Video recordings of a neglected drain line can show evidence of cracks, holes, root intrusion, gaps, blockages, clogs, and so much more. ASAP will provide you thorough, consistent, frequent inspections of your drain line so you can have confidence in the health of your septic system. After we have identified the problem, we will quickly and expertly treat, repair, or replace your drain line. Ideally, we can catch the problem before any serious damage occurs, but if a compromised system is left untreated for too long it can lead to lasting and dangerous effects on your home's septic system. 

Unfortunately, most people ignore the common signs of a a drain line clog or blockage and end up doing serious damage their septic systems and homes. Don't wait until your home or yard is flooding to get your drain line inspected.  Call ASAP at (208) 991-7184 immediately upon noticing any signs of blockage in your plumbing. 

Contact ASAP today to schedule an appointment for an affordable video sewer inspection of your drain line and potentially save your septic system (and a lot of money).

Frequent Backups & Overflows at Your Business? You Need a Commercial Sewer Video Inspection!

How often/when should I get a drain line inspection for my business?

The frequency of drain line inspection depends on the age and condition of your pipes. An older drain line should be inspected and cleared more frequently—every 6 to 8 months should do the trick.   A new drain line or a drain line in good condition would benefit greatly from an annual inspection, or even every 18 months. However, even the newer and higher quality pipes are susceptible to accidents and damage. It is vital that you contact ASAP Septic immediately once you notice or suspect any possible blockage or clog to the drain line.   

Signs you need a drain line inspection:

  • Low water levels
  • Slow or improper flushing/draining
  • Gurgling noises coming from your toilet
  • Flooded yard due to septic tank overflow
  • Bad smells coming from your drains
  • Frequent backups and clogs

If you are experiencing any of these things, do not wait to call ASAP Septic! Fixing the problem now can save you from having to replace a completely damaged drain line, and therefore save you a lot of money. Any concern you have about your drain line can potentially be diagnosed with a sewer video inspection. Anything from backups and clogs to overflows and lost jewelry---our drain line inspection can solve a lot of plumbing problems. When in doubt: just call. It's better to be safe than sorry. 

Call ASAP Septic today at (208) 991-7184 to schedule your appointment

What is a lift station? - Waste Management System

Lift stations are essential to functional waste management systems. A lift station is a mechanism of pumps that allows water to be carried from a place of low elevation to a place of higher elevation. Ideally sewage lines work together with the land gradient in your area to allow gravity to do most of the work in carrying sewage, waste, and storm water from place to place. A lift station allows that same reliance on gravity when sewage lines and the gradient of the land cannot work together. 

Here is the step-by-step of how a lift station works:

1) Waste water is pumped from your home (ie. using a toilet, sink, shower, laundry machine. etc).
2) The waste travels downhill to a low point where it can no longer travel by gravity.
3) At that low point, a lift station is installed that is intended to assist the waste water in its navigation through the sewer system. 
4) The water enters into and begins filling up an underground basin or tank called a "wet well"; in this wet well lies a series of pumps and sensors. 
5) The sensors in the wet well measure the water level; when the water reaches a certain depth, the pumps are turned on and the water is pushed out through the pipes until it reaches a high point.
6) Once the water reaches that high point, it can begin using gravity again to make its way through the sewer system.

Lift stations are brilliant inventions designed to keep waste water flowing smoothly through our sewage systems, and it is important to keep them well maintained. Any sort of damaged or clogged lift station should be repaired or replaced immediately. Lift station failure will cause the entire sewer line to stop draining, resulting in dangerous sewage backups and overflows. 

Call ASAP today at (208) 991-7184 
for premium lift station servicing so you can continue living with confidence in your septic system. 

Garbage Disposal Backing Up = Possible Main Sewer Line Clog!

The last thing we want you to have to deal with this year is a clogged drain line. Clogs never come at a convenient time and can lead to very expensive problems. ASAP Septic can clear and repair clogged drain lines in your home or business and get your system back up and running in now time. With every clogged drain service we provide, we will determine the cause and location of the problem and resolve it as quickly as possible. In most situations, we can clear the clog efficiently with little problems. However, some clogs cause serious damage to the main sewer line that is beyond repair. No worries! We will replace your drain line pipe in no time. We won’t leave until a diagnosis is made and your drains are working properly.

Common signs of a main sewer line clog: 
        Kitchen or bathroom sinks slow to drain or backing up 
        Garbage disposal backing up 
        Toilet not draining or flushing properly 
        Foul smells in kitchen or bathroom drains  

 How to prevent clogged drains and toilet blockages:

       Flush only toilet paper (no paper towels, sanitary products, flushable wipes, etc)
Use drain baskets in sinks to keep debris from going down the drain
Do not dump oils or coffee grounds down the kitchen sink 

It is important to call ASAP Septic as soon as you notice any potential issues. If you’re noticing any of the above drain symptoms, or even if you just want an inspection to be safe, CALL ASAP immediately! The sooner the problem is addressed, the better. Neglected drain issues can be dangerous and expensive. 

 Don’t wait until it’s too late—Contact Us today!