Keep The Hair Out Of The Drains: Plumbing Services At Your Salon
Are you tired of hiring a plumber to snake your drains on a regular basis? When you own a hair salon, you can spend a fortune keeping each sink working optimally. In order to stop the cycle of paying a plumber on a monthly basis, learn how to keep the hair out of your drains with plumbing service tips for your salon.
Forget using harsh chemicals in hair wash stations
When a sink is clogged, the first instinct that most people have is to use a harsh chemical to break up the source of the congestion. Sadly, this is also a great way to wear out the pipes. Over time, these corrosive agents can cost thousands of dollars of damage. Instead of closing your hair wash stations, prevent the issue before it happens with a sink trap. These can be installed by professionals and will dramatically improve the way that your sinks drain. As far as maintenance goes, this type of hair-trap drainage system is easy for staff to unscrew and empty.
Keeping hair out of salon floor drains
Even with the best-laid plans, sometimes commercial properties have a difficult time transitioning from one type of retail space to another. For example, the floor drains found throughout your salon may become clogged because they have not been outfitted with a trap. Commonly, features that are reserved for bathtubs are used with floor drains in hair salons. In particular, removable shower drain covers and overflow plates are installed to prevent clogs. These types of devices are easy to maintain and only need to be dumped on a daily basis.
Solutions for hair-clogged washing machine in salons
Salons that do their own laundry soon find that they have clogging drains associated with their washing machines. Industrial methods for preventing hair clogs in waste lines include a cast-iron hair interceptor. This device is installed by a professional in the main drainage system and greatly reduces the need for future plumbing solutions. This type of system is ideal for beauty salons, animal hospitals, surgery preparation rooms, pet grooming stations and barbershops.
When DIY salon plumbing solutions do not work
You tried all natural cleaners to unclog your salons’ drains and you also used a plunger. Worse, you notice that your drywall is getting wet and it is clear that your attempted plumbing techniques did not work. If this is the case, do not distress. A professional plumbing service is all you need to correct your current clogged drain issue, and work on preventative measures for the future.
Contact Earthcare to discuss drain cleaning for your local salon.
Commercial Septic Tank Tips For Condo And Apartment Management Teams
Commercial septic systems vary greatly in size, price, and upkeep and there are many factors that affect the type of commercial septic system needed for a condo or apartment complex. Often times it depends on the size of the facility, the number of residents, and the location. Since installing or replacing a commercial septic tank can be expensive it is important to keep in mind the following tips.
Tip 1: Ensure that the unit is installed by an experienced professional. This is crucial to the proper functioning of a commercial septic tank.
Tip 2: Regular septic inspections and routinely scheduled maintenancewill ensure that your system serves your commercial property well for years to come. All septic tank systems come with a recommended cleaning and pumping schedule depending on the size, type and frequency of use. Never try to clean or pump the tank by yourself. A professional should be contacted to ensure that anything that needs to be cleaned or serviced is treated properly.
Tip 3: When commercial septic systems are not draining properly (whether it is due to a clog, a leak or other issues), a professional should be called to correct the problem. If not corrected immediately, sewage is able to rapidly back up into the surrounding buildings and create giant puddles on the property. In addition to being an unpleasant mess, exposed sewage can pose a serious health risk to anyone who comes in contact with the bacteria.
As you know, managing apartment and condominium residences involves significant work and time, so following thesesimple tips above can help you save time and avoid messy, costly and potentially dangerous problems for you and your tenants.
3 Warning Signs You May Need Professional Septic Pumping Service
If your septic tank is experiencing troubles you need to call a professional for septic pumping service right away. Unfortunately many people don’t realize or see the signs of a bad septic tank until it’s much too late. This is a topic that is rarely talked about and if you are purchasing your first home it’s a good idea to learn now the value of septic pumping service as well as the danger signs of a tank in trouble.
Here are the 3 warning signs you may need professional septic pumping services:
- Bad odors. One of the biggest red flags that your septic tank isn’t performing the way it should be is bad odors coming from the drains or the ventilation system. The types of odors you should watch out for are the smells of rotten eggs or sewage; this is actually the smell of methane gas seeping through your septic system. This is a clear signal of blocked drainage and involves septic pumping service.
- Damp areas around your septic tank. If you’ve noticed plants growing around your septic tank area then you may have a problem. This shows that there is leakage from the tanks and it’s giving off too much moisture. It can mean that the leach filed lines are too full or that there are leaks or damage.
- Very slow drains. Do you have super slow draining toilets or drains? If so this can be a sign that your septic tank is in trouble. It can mean that they are filled to the brim and need to be drained or that there is damage in the pipes. If you hear a gurgling sound coming from the drains it often indicates that the waste and water isn’t flowing as freely as it should be.
4 Red Flags That Your Septic System Needs Service
If you own a business or home it’s important to pay close attention to your septic system. You should always be properly maintaining the septic system with regular septic pumping service and inspections as well as keeping it free of hazardous and dangerous chemicals. It’s also a good idea to reduce the amount of water consumption in the building or household.
But there are times, no matter our best efforts, when the septic system is breaking down and in need of repairs. It can be difficult for everyone to spot the trouble signs but there are red flags you can watch out for.
Here are 4 red flags that your septic system needs service. You should keep an eye out for these signs and if you see any call up your septic service company right away.
- If you haven’t had your septic tank pumped or inspected in over two years. Even if the septic system is working well, this in itself is a red flag. There can be all kinds of leaks, back-ups and problems within the tank that you don’t notice. It’s really important to the health of your septic system, land, and your family that you have the septic tank pumped and inspected every 1 to 2 years.
- Wet or soggy areas around the leach field. This often happens when the leach field is clogged from roots or biomat that has built up over time which causes a back up of sludge and other waste. This means the waste isn’t moving through the soil like it’s supposed to and can create an environmental and health hazard in the land. If you notice any soggy or standing water call a septic service company to have it checked out!
- Slow running or backed-up toilets. If your toilet isn’t flushing or keeps flooding your home or business with sewage you have a problem. This could be a sign of clogged drains, an overflowing septic tank or the leach field isn’t leaching properly.
- Bad odors inside and/or outside the home. This is always a sign that something within the septic system isn’t functioning properly. If you notice smells like rotten eggs or raw sewage you should call for an inspection right away.
3 Grease Trap Horror Stories
The new Ghostbusters movie comes out today. Are you going to see it? Unfortunately, the best Ghostbusters out there cannot save you from these grease trap horror stories. Beware! FOG (fats, oils, and grease) is everywhere!
The Walking Clog
In the late 1800s, Nathaniel Whiting invented the modern-day grease trap. It was a simple but brilliant idea: a device to reduce the amount of FOG that enters the main sewers. The grease trap was a progressive step in keeping things clean and safe. Unfortunately, it was new and disgusting, and the people didn’t like new and disgusting things. The trap had to be emptied. But who could touch such a gross contraption? People didn’t want to do it even though they knew their neglect would summon the clogs. The days passed, and the FOG grew. That’s when the clogs came to life, and wastewater came back to fill the sinks and cover the floors.
Fast Food Nightmare
Joe had a craving for greasy cheeseburgers and french fries, so he went to his favorite fast food joint down the street. When he pulled up, he saw a sign on the door indicating the restaurant was closed. He thought to himself, “It’s 6pm on a Saturday. How could it be closed during this prime time?” He peered through the window to get a closer look. Suddenly, he saw gray water gushing from the floor drains in the kitchen. He screamed and ran to his car, quite distraught over the ghastly sight. He quickly dialed his friends to warn them that the FOG had come.
Don’t Go In There!
We’ve all encountered that guy—the one who never asks for directions and doesn’t ask for help. It’s that guy who just pokes and prods until something breaks. No matter how many times you warn him and tell him not to go into the kitchen to try and fix the grease trap, he goes anyway. Before you know it, baffles, screws, and pipes are strewn across the floor along with FOG that was once contained in the grease trap. The stench is overwhelming…had something died? If only he had consulted a professional.
Who You Gonna Call?
FOGbusters! Contact the Wind River Environmental professionals who can prevent horror stories like these. Or else…
(insert ominous music)
You could be next!
How Often Should Your Business’s Septic System be Pumped?
A cardinal rule of septic ownership is that you must pump out the tank on a regular basis. It is an essential part of the maintenance required to keep water flowing efficiently through your business, and failure to do so leads to costly repairs and a big mess. Let’s take a look at what occurs in your septic tank and see why pumping is so important.
Here’s What Happens
Wastewater from your business flows into the septic tank and divides into scum, effluent, and sludge. Scum consists of less dense waste that floats on top of the water, and sludge is solid waste that sinks to the bottom. The effluent is the liquid in between that leaves the tank and travels to the leach field. The sludge will build up over time and must be removed by a professional with a pump truck.
What Happens if I Don’t?
If the septic tank becomes too full, the wastewater has nowhere to go and flows back into your kitchen or bathrooms. Additionally, when the sludge is not removed, the effluent layer becomes too small to facilitate the separation process. Scum and solids then go with the effluent to the leach field instead of remaining in the tank. This is bad news because you will develop clogs in the leach field which are difficult to remedy. In severe cases, you may have to excavate and replace the pipes.
Don’t suffer the consequences of clogs and disastrous backups by neglecting pump service. The professionals at Wind River can evaluate your company and determine the right frequency for having your tank pumped. The average for a business with high water consumption is every 1-2 years, and there are often regulations mandating how often a business must have its septic tank pumped. Regardless, it is more than worth it to keep your business running smoothly. To learn more about septic pumping and other maintenance services, Contact Us or Request Service Now.
The Tragedy of Septic: To Flush or Not to Flush
To flush or not to flush, that is the question. Although bad decisions here won’t have the tragic results Hamlet’s did, flushing the wrong items can have devastating effects on your septic system. I don’t have an eloquent Shakespearean soliloquy to prove my point, but here’s a handy list of items that we advise you keep out of your toilets.
Chemicals – Products like disinfectants, photographic chemicals, gasoline, thinners, paints, pesticides and varnishes will counteract the septic process and poison groundwater.
Cigarettes – These contain toxins that can contaminate ground water.
Cleaning products (bleach, disinfectants) – When choosing cleaning products, you want to use environmentally-friendly brands that won’t kill the good bacteria in your septic tank. They should be liquid, biodegradable detergents with no phosphates.
Coffee grounds – These are not biodegradable.
Cotton swabs/balls – The fibers bunch together and cause clogs.
Dental floss – Floss is not biodegradable and tangles with other wastes causing clogs.
Diapers – Although a diaper is designed to hold waste, the diaper itself is not designed to be flushed.
Dirt – Never empty gardening or flower pots into the toilet.
Feminine hygiene products – Packaging for some of these products often says they’re safe for flushing, but we have found otherwise when it comes to septic.
Food – It’s better to feed your scraps to an animal or throw in the trash. Garbage disposals are discouraged when you have a septic tank.
Garbage – Garbage is for the garbage, not your wastewater system.
Grease – Grease, fats, and oils will harden and stick to your pipes causing clogs.
Gum – This will stick to your pipes.
Kitty Litter – Even though it may claim to be flushable, it will not break down.
Medication – Many drugs are harmful to the environment, so consult your pharmacist on proper disposal.
Avoid Septic Tragedy
Keep your plumbing free and clear of obstructions by referring to this list if you’re unsure about whether something is safe to flush. Really, the only items that your toilet should have to handle are human waste and 1-ply toilet paper. We realize the above items may accidentally make their way into your septic tank, so to avoid problems, you need to schedule routine maintenance service. This includes having your tank pumped out every 1-2 years to remove solid waste that builds up over time. Other optional services could be annual inspections or drain cleaning. Contact Wind River Environmental to have a professional evaluate your home and determine what preventative maintenance services will benefit you most.
Wastewater Terms Defined
When a professional in any industry talks about his or her work, it might sound like Greek if it’s not within your realm of expertise. It’s not unusual to mistrust people who confuse you with hopes you’ll just buy whatever they’re saying. If you’re shopping for wastewater services, don’t get confused by a fast-talking salesperson. Here are some words you might expect to hear when talking to service providers.
Baffle – A flat board or plate in a grease trap or septic tank used to direct flowing water.
Effluent – Wastewater that has been filtered of sludge and scum that flows out of a septic tank.
Grease Trap – Also called a grease interceptor, this plumbing device traps grease and solids before they enter a wastewater disposal system.
Grey Water – The relatively clean waste water from baths, sinks, washing machines and other kitchen appliances.
Jetting: A method of using water pressure to clear drain lines and clean out other wastewater receptacles such as catch basins.
Leach – The process by which wastewater is purified by the action of percolating liquid. In a leach field, effluent percolates through the soil before flowing into groundwater.
Pipe Joint Seal – Tightness or lack of leakage at a pipe joint.
Scum – Waste that is less dense than water and floats in a septic tank.
Sludge – Solid waste that is denser than water and sinks to the bottom of a septic tank.
We Speak Septic
We know the language of wastewater technicians and plumbers, but we try to communicate in a way that makes sense to our customers. We want you to understand the work we do, so you can feel secure about the services you’re paying for. Before starting any job, we ensure you are comfortable with our proposals and welcome your questions. To learn more about our services and why we’re number 1 in the industry, Contact Wind River Environmental today.
19 Epic Plumbing Fails
It’s the Friday before Independence Day! Today we’re going to get this 4th of July weekend started with some fun and laughs related to one of our favorite topics. Yes, plumbing. From pipe explosions to flooded reception areas, you’ve never seen plumbing disasters like these. We’ve also included some design catastrophes that were clearly the work of inexperienced engineers and technicians. We’re confident you’ll be smart about wastewater maintenance and who you choose to install your equipment, and never find yourself in a compilation like this.
The Moral of The Slide Show
These hilarious mishaps provided us with a lot of entertainment, and we hope you enjoyed them too. More importantly, we hope it showed you the disastrous consequences of disregarding preventative maintenance and choosing unreliable service providers. You can rest assure, the professionals at Wind River are highly qualified to handle your plumbing and prevent epic fails like these. Our engineers and installers are certified and will safely engineer and set up your wastewater facilities. To learn more about our products and services, Contact Us.
We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend. God bless America!
Here are 3 Tips for Preventative Maintenance
One of the most important messages we can communicate to business owners is that you need preventative maintenance. I know, I know… you have heard it all before and so many expenses are competing for your hard-earned dollars. You may feel that invisible plumbing issues and future emergencies that MIGHT happen are not really a priority. But trust us when we tell you to change your way of thinking before it’s too late. To help you out, here are 3 easy ways to incorporate preventative maintenance into your business plan.
Routine Pump Service
Solid waste builds up over time, and must be removed or your system will clog or even suffer damage. We get a lot of emergency calls from folks who didn’t see the value in this basic requirement, and end up wasting a lot of time and money trying to remedy the situation.
Use Bacterial Additives
Your septic system uses bacteria to break down waste and ensure effluent is filtered properly. However, certain chemicals (especially in cleaning products) often enter your septic tank and kill this beneficial bacteria. To replenish the lost bacterial, we recommend an additive like CCLS to keep your system functioning as it should.
Install and Clean a Filter
A septic filter attaches to the outlet of your septic tank and stops solid particles from entering the leach field. This is a great way to stop clogs and damage to your leach field. Wind River carries a variety of filters, and it’s simple for a technician to fit one to your septic system. During your regular pump service, our technician will clean the filter as well.
Enjoy Trouble-Free Septic Facilities
When you realize preventative maintenance is much simpler and cost efficient than a septic emergency, wastewater management becomes pretty simple. Take measures to integrate these 3 things into your business, and you’ll notice a dramatic difference in the performance of your septic system. For more tips on septic care, Contact Wind River Environmental or Request Service now.