When to Have Your Septic System Pumped

Thinking about your home’s septic system isn’t exactly what homeowners want to do, but it’s just another part of maintenance. A little on the gross side, but hey, it counts for home maintenance. Anyways, one thing that is important for homeowners to know is how often they should have their septic tank cleaned.

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If you don’t want to experience the type of septic backup that you hear them talking about in the Roto-Rooter (or whatever) commercials on TV. The last thing you want is to look out your window and see your yard flooding with waste from your system. Talk about a crappy day. Don’t be one of the many people that fail to have their septic system pumped out and end up in this type of situation.

In order to prevent this from ever happening to you, you should consider having your tank cleaned out every three to five years. The size of your tank is what will determine how often you will need a cleaning, so that will be an important factor to know when the time comes. Unless you feel qualified to find out the size for yourself, you may want to consider hiring a professional to perform a septic tank inspection to find out for you. Even if you don’t feel like you need to have your system cleaned, just know that it’s better to spend a little bit of money for prevention sooner rather than have to spend potential thousands later on. Trust me, you will never be sorry that you didn’t allow your system to overflow on you, causing a crapload of other problems.

How to Ensure That Your Septic Tank Stays Safe

If you want to make sure that you don’t have to replace your septic tank anytime soon, you may want to make it a habit to have your septic tank pumped on schedule. This isn’t so that contractors can make more money off of you, it’s for your own benefit in the long run. The cost of having your septic tank cleaned every three to five years in minuscule in comparison to the cost of a replacement. Take my word for it, friend.

One last thing. Did you know that components of your garbage disposal also go into your septic tank?

That means that over time, these solids in addition to those from your plumbing system combine and compile, which is why it’s important that you have your tank pumped every few years.

If you’re someone that is still a little uneasy about getting your septic tank pumped right away, you may be best off trying an inspection first. The only reason I mention this again is because it’s a better alternative to doing nothing, and will still save you money in the end. Just be sure to know where your septic tank is located so that you can show the professional when they show up. This certainly makes things easy for both parties.


4 Obvious Signs Your Dishwasher Needs to Be Replaced

Dishwashers can help make our lives easier in many ways and when something goes wrong with them, the first thing on most people’s minds isn’t to go out and buy a new one. Just because a part of your dishwasher isn’t working though, doesn’t mean there isn’t an easy way to get it fixed.

There are several components that make up a dishwasher and the key is finding which one isn’t doing it’s job. If your dishwasher is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it could actually be that time for that new replacement.

Of course before making a final decision, it’s usually best to have a professional come and look at your unit and make a final assessment.

Symptom #1: Not Wanting to Drain

Have you ever left your dishwasher to run a load, but come back bit later to find that a lake of water has drenched your floor?

If your washer is leaking water onto the floor or has standing water inside of it, there could be a crack inside somewhere causing the problem.

Symptom #2: Water Won’t Get Hot

Dishwashers use hot water from a heating coil or water heater. and when you open the door to your dishwasher and don’t feel the usual heat coming out it could be because the heating mechanism isn’t working.

This is certainly something you want a professional to look at, because sometimes it can be cheaper to get a new dishwasher all together. And who doesn’t get more excited about a new dishwasher before they get excited about a water heater or heating coil.

Symptom #3: Door Latch Doesn’t Work

As you probably know, you can’t run a load of dishes if the unit doesn’t securely close. With time and frequent use can come wearing and tearing of certain components, but the good news is they can usually be fixed if the problem isn’t too big.

Symptom #4: Rust on the Bottom

A sign of rust means that your dishwasher has been dealing with standing water for some time, and can’t really be replaced at this point. You really just need to get a better idea of the damage.

But instead of moving the entire unit out of place to check underneath, use a broom to sweep under it to check for flakes of rust.

Remember, it’s best to call a trusted professional before making the final decision about your broken dishwasher. Even if you need another opinion on top of that, it’s best to contact someone experienced to save you time and money that you may have never needed to spend.

Keep your dishwasher running smoother by following these maintenance tips.


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