Thursday, October 19, 2017

Town Spotlight: Fall in Norwalk and Preparing for Winter

Fall in Norwalk is an unpredictable season, sunny and warm one day, chilly and crisp the next. The changing color of the leaves paints a beautiful tapestry against the sky. Fresh tomatoes, delicious corn, crisp apples, and sweet berries are everywhere. It’s also a time of closing the pool, covering the boat, the house needs readied for the cold days ahead and, of course, the ever falling leaves need raked. Fall is a season that is beautiful, tasty, and filled with preparation for winter

And no place is more attractive in autumn than Norwalk, Connecticut. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says that, depending on the weather, fall foliage color is at its peak between October 5 and November 13. The Norwalk region offers a lot of places to get outside, savor the colorful landscapes, and enjoy the fall beauty. While any fall day is perfect for leaf viewing, you will find less traffic, and more peace and solitude if you can sneak away for a few hours midweek.

As you enjoy the crisp fall weather and begin to prepare for this upcoming winter, remember to consider your septic system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that 20% of households, 60 million people, depend on septic systems to treat home and business wastewater. The topic is so notable that the EPA has created a program called Septic Smart, an initiative dedicated to instructing homeowners and neighborhoods on the proper care of septic systems.

The program provides homeowners, who depend on septic systems, the opportunity to learn how to maintain their system and avoid problems. The first recommendation they make, to ensure your septic system and the associated plumbing is ready for fall, is to inspect and pump frequently. Regardless of what part of the country you are in, sludge buildup is unavoidable, but regular inspections and pumping reduce repairs by identifying possible issues before they happen, and is inexpensive when compared to high repair bills.

Not regularly having your septic system pumped is the top cause of all septic system problems and can end up costing thousands in avoidable repairs. Many people neglect their system and go for years and even decades without septic pumping or inspection of their system. As you enjoy what many consider the most beautiful season of the year in Norwalk, Connecticut, and prepare for the bitter cold of winter, remember to have a professional inspect your system and avoid costly repairs in the future.

To learn more about preparing your septic system for fall in Norwalk or anything else contact us today.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Major Backup Caused by FOGs and Wipes in Baltimore

Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are not to be taken lightly. You may think that a little grease here or a wet wipe there won’t hurt your drains, right? Recently in Baltimore, Maryland what has been referred to as a “fatberg” caused 1 million gallons of sewerage to leak into Jones Falls at the end of September. While investigating the leak, Baltimore authorities noted that about 85% of the pipe is blocked.

The overflows have since been redirected to storm drains, but this could have been prevented. Home owners and business owners a like should be wary of not disposing of FOGs down their drains and even though some of those wet wipes boast “flushable” they should still be disposed of in the trash.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Does Your Business Need Hy Vac Services?

Hy vac is a system that uses high vacuum pump trucks to clear debris and blockage from exterior grease tanks and catch basins.

If your business has either, then you may be in need of hy vac services. Exterior grease traps are used by some food service establishments. These are large tanks designed to use gravity to separate FOG (fats, oils, and grease) and food waste from wastewater. They prevent sewer line blockages which can be caused by FOG, but they need to be cleaned every three months. In most cases, normal pumping is enough, but if grease has become hardened in the tank, then you will need hy vac cleaning.

Catch basins, on the other hand, collect excess water from landscaping and direct it down storm drains as part of a flood control system. Some catch basins are connected to the sewer system, which means they can easily cause a clog. As a result, they should be cleaned to remove sand, leaves, and other debris. Again, this can sometimes be most efficiently done using a hy vac truck.

In other words, if you have an exterior grease trap or a catch basin on your property and you are having issues with it filling up, clogging, or backing up, then you need a hy vac truck. You may be able to avoid the need by doing proper, regular cleaning and maintenance, but if you do have a problem they are fast, efficient, and will leave your drains and trap clean and ready for use. If you want to know more about this service, then please contact Kaiser-Battistone today.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Knowing What To Look For: Ejector Pumps

An ejector pump is an integral part of your pressurized septic system. Here’s how it works and what to keep in mind when it’s time for maintenance.

The System

Waste from your home is taken by gravity to the septic tank. There, the waste separates into one of three products. Sludge sinks to the bottom, scum floats to the top and effluent water remains center and flows through the system.

The ejector pit accepts effluent water from the septic tank and ejects it to the leach field using an ejector pump.

The ejector pump is located on the floor of the pit. There are three floats that control the pump. The on/off float, located mid-pit, and the redundant off float, located closer to the bottom of the pit and an alarm float.

The on/off float is triggered by new water entering the chamber. The redundant off float is triggered by water dropping to a low level. This float prevents the pump from overheating.The alarm float triggered by high water level.

If you hear this alarm you can shut it off on the control panel. Push to silence it and then call us here at Kiaser Battistone. We know what we’re doing. Do not attempt to fix this pump issue yourself.

Being Mindful

Here are three common reasons for needing to do maintenance or replacing your ejector pump altogether.

1. Grease

Grease is insidious which is why you should never dump bacon grease or any other type of oil down the drain. There are oils and greases already being rejected by your body and this process doesn’t need an expedition. What happens is these ejector pumps fill with grease. Grease is a nasty thing that can cause you a lot of problems that can cause your pump to stop working and lead to malfunction. No homeowner who had dealt with that would care to deal with it again.

2. The Pump Itself.

Every five to ten years you have to open up the pump and clean it out. Most times if you take them apart and put them back together the pump will start working again. The pumps themselves usually last for ten to fifteen years, then they need to be replaced.

3. The Float Switches.

If the float switch malfunctions then you may need to eventually replace the pump itself. Pay attention to the alarm that is attached and know what it sounds like.

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