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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.


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Septic Tank Problems That Indicate An Inspection Is Needed

by Scott Gordon

Your septic system can work well for years with minimal maintenance and cleaning. You should have your septic tank cleaned out every couple of years, and have your septic tank inspected anytime you notice problems with the function of your septic system. Problems with slow-moving drains, wastewater coming back into your home, or bright green grass in your yard can all indicate that it's time to have your septic tank inspected. When you understand what to look for when it comes to your septic system, you will be able to catch problems early before they cause a complete system failure.

Bright Green Grass Over the Leach Field   

If you suddenly have bright green grass over your leach field, this usually means that the wastewater coming out of your septic system is not dispersing well enough. When you have bright green grass, the nitrogen from the wastewater is nourishing the grass. This indicates the leach field is not able to get rid of wastewater fast enough, and you may need to have your leach field moved.

When You Have Unexplained Puddles  

When it hasn't rained, but you find puddles in your yard, this is a sign that your septic tank is not working properly. If you also have an odor throughout your yard, this is likely wastewater standing in your yard. Stay away from unidentified puddles, and call for a septic tank inspection if you find puddles without having rain.

Drain Problems Throughout Your Home

Another indication that your septic tank needs to be inspected is when you have drainage problems with all of the drains in your home. While a localized clog will cause issues with the drain it's near, a systemic problem with your septic system will cause all of your drains to move slowly. Pay attention to your drains, and check for odors that are coming from your drains. As wastewater remains closer to the surface of your drains, you will notice an odor.

Your septic tank should be cleaned out about every three years, or more often when your system sees substantial use. Look for issues with how the wastewater drains from your home, and get your system inspected if you notice issues. Problems with bright green grass, odors in the yard, or standing water can all mean you need to have your septic tank inspected or repaired. Contact septic tank maintenance services today to learn more.