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    How to Tell When It's Time to Have Your Septic Tank Pumped

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Not pumping your septic tank regularly can lead to serious property damage, health hazards, and even legal problems. If you know what to look for, it’s easy to determine when it’s time to have your septic tank pumped. In this article, we will show you some of the telltale signs that your septic tank needs pumping.

    Septic Alert System
    Some septic systems have a built-in alert system that flashes a light or sounds a siren when it is time to pump the septic tank. Most alert systems are designed to produce a high-pitched buzzing when the septic tank requires pumping. Your home may even have a red light on the side of it that flashes when the tank is full.

    Smell
    Ordinarily a sewage smell coming from the area near your septic system indicates it’s time to pump the tank. But in some cases, the foul smell is coming from a break in the drainfield line. Have your septic system inspected before pumping it to be sure it is functioning properly.

    Drainfield Overflow
    Do you see smelly water around your septic tank or above the tank lid? This usually indicates a drainfield overflow. If you are experiencing drainfield overflow but the tank isn’t full, there’s probably a break in the septic system’s lines.

    Toilet Backup
    If your toilets are stubbornly backing up and do not respond to a plunger or a plumber’s snake, it’s probably time to pump the septic tank. When the septic tank is full, you may also notice discolored wastewater backing up into the bathtubs and showers.

    Time Since Last Pump
    Septic tanks need to be pumped at the most every five years; otherwise, they will back up and overflow. Have your septic tank pumped more often if you have a small septic tank or if you use the septic system frequently.

    If you need septic pumping, call the experts at Drain-Pro at (253) 926-5586. Each of our service experts is Washington On-Site Sewage Association (WOSSA) certified. Visit our website to learn more about the septic system maintenance, repair, and installation services we offer the Tacoma area.

    Understanding Your Drain Cleaning Service Options

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Did you know that some of the floods causing property damage in the Puget Sound region could have been prevented by proper drain cleaning? Drain-Pro offers a wide range of drain cleaning services for commercial and municipal clients in Tacoma and surrounding areas. We use cutting-edge drain cleaning equipment to dislodge debris from virtually any drain, including catch basins, parking lot drains, and street drains. To ensure that emergency vehicles and other traffic can navigate your commercial property or municipality during severe weather, Drain-Pro offers emergency drain cleaning 24 hours a day. To keep your critical drain and pipe systems functional and prepared for heavy weather, we also offer regular drain cleaning and maintenance services.

    Take a closer look at the drain cleaning service options you have from Drain-Pro by visiting our website today. If you have any questions for our drain cleaning specialists, call us today at (253) 926-5586. We strive to provide our customers with the best value and customer service.

    Reasons to Leave Your Septic Tank Installation to the Professionals

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Even die-hard do-it-yourselfers put down their tools when it comes to installing a septic tank. Attempting to install a septic tank is not only time-consuming and expensive, but it can even be harmful to your family and neighbors. If you are considering installing your own septic tank, read this article to find out why you should leave it up to the professionals instead.

    It’s Time-Consuming and Expensive
    Septic systems are extremely complex, so there are a vast number of ways that the system can be designed or constructed improperly. The septic system must be properly separated between other parts of the system and between things such as the property lines, other buildings, and water wells. The septic system must be placed away from surface water, rock outcroppings, and heavy tree growth. To function properly, a septic system must be installed in the right type of soil, and there must be a proper slope from the home to the septic system. The piping needs to be the right size to serve your home, or the entire system will not function properly.

    It Could Lead to Environmental Pollution
    Improper septic system installation doesn’t yield pollution that merely looks bad—it also yields pollution that can yield to serious illnesses for your family, neighbors, and pets. Sewage contains pathogenic organisms that can pollute water and make it unsafe to drink.

    You Could Be Fined or Face Legal Problems
    If you install a septic tank for your home and it were to contaminate your neighbor’s yard or water supply, they would have excellent grounds for suing you. If it were to pollute a national park or a state-owned lake, you could even face a steep fine or a criminal charge.

    For a professional septic installation service in the Tacoma area, call Drain-Pro at (253) 926-5586. All of our service experts are Washington On-Site Sewage Association (WOSSA) certified to ensure top-notch quality. Visit our website to learn more about the septic maintenance and drain services we offer.

    Tips for Hiring a Septic Contractor

    Last updated 8 months ago

    If your septic system is showing signs of failure such as backing up, whether outside or inside, you will need to call a septic contractor. As you look for a septic contractor, rule out any companies that are not licensed and insured. Once you have a list of two or three septic contractors, ask them to come to your house and give you a written estimate. During each visit you will get a sense of the professionalism of each contractor. Watch this video for more tips on how to hire a septic contractor.

    At Drain-Pro, we are committed to providing excellent work and unmatched customer service. To schedule a visit or get a quote for our services, call us at (253) 926-5586. Head to our website to find out more about the septic pumping, maintenance, installation, and repair services we offer.

    Be Sure to Avoid These Common Septic Mistakes

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Under ideal conditions, a septic system can last 20 years or even longer. But many people make septic mistakes, such as neglecting routine septic pumping, which reduces the life of the septic system. If you want to find out how you can extend the life of your septic system, read this article for a list of common septic mistakes.

    Forgetting to Pump
    Routine septic service is essential both for the reliability and longevity of the septic system. Even if your septic tank is running and draining properly, schedule a septic pumping service every 1 to 2 years. Doing this can add years to the overall lifespan of your system. A pumping service also allows septic professionals to take a good look at your system and determine if there are any problems that could become an environmental or safety issue.

    Neglecting Signs of Serious Problems
    Slow moving drains, backed up toilets and drains, foul smells in the bathroom or kitchen, stubborn clogs, and the bubbling up of sewage over the septic drainfield are all telltale signs that you should schedule a septic inspection. Failing to do so could lead to more serious problems, requiring a complete replacement of the system and even a professional cleaning of your home.

    Using Chemical Cleaners
    Everyday chemical cleaners may seem harmless, but if you have a septic tank they should be avoided. When poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet, bleach and other harsh chemicals will kill the helpful bacteria in your septic tank. This bacteria breaks down the waste in the tank before it is moved to the drainfield. Without it, you could experience clogging and a variety of other problems. Prevent this problem by switching to all-natural cleaning products, or using less harmful products such as baking soda, vinegar, tea tree oil, and castile soap.

    For more tips that will ensure the proper functioning of your septic system, call Drain-Pro at (253) 926-5586. Serving the Tacoma area, we offer a number of other septic maintenance services. 

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