The Pipe Surgeon – How to Maintain a Private Septic System

The Pipe Surgeon knows that if you live in a rural area, you are likely to have a private septic system. Private septic systems are a must when a municipality does not have a sewage system. For example, many homes in Alaska are located off the grid and rely only on solar electricity and private septic systems.

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In short, a septic system is your own sewage management facility. A septic system is usually located in a basement or behind a home, out of sight, and doesn’t emit any odors when property maintained.

Modern septic systems are easy to maintain. A well-constructed septic tank should last a lifetime. This being said, the area where the septic system waste pipes are located will most likely need a treatment or replacement about fifteen years after installation.

To keep your septic system problem-free, you will need to follow several simple rules.

Be careful about what goes into the system. Your septic tank needs to sustain a delicate biological balance, which can be easily upset.

Make sure to not put too much water into the septic tank. A septic tank works because of a natural separation of lighter waste and solid debris. The solids settle on the bottom of the tank while lighter waste, such as oil, eventually moves to the top and forms a scum layer. The liquid between the two layers clarifies and flows out through an outlet pipe. Putting too much water into the tank may cause it to back up.

Also, avoid putting excessive amounts of any chemicals, coffee grounds, cooking oils, paper towels, cigarette butts, or other materials that will not decompose. If you start having issues with your septic tank, call the Pipe Surgeon for help.


The Pipe Surgeon Introduces You to Waterjet – Using Water to Free Water

Many of the tried and true methods of cleaning clogged drains have been in use for decades now. The Pipe Surgeon has had great success freeing up blockages with the use of a snake tool, chemicals, or even just good old fashioned hot water. Interesting enough, there is a method for drain cleaning and unclogging that is gaining a lot of popularity in the industry – the use of a waterjet.

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It makes sense really, use high pressured water to free up and clean out pipes. After all, your home’s plumbing is designed for water in the first place. A waterjet is much safer than using chemicals that may cause damage to pipes, fittings, and other plumbing components. Here is what waterjet use is specifically and some of my most common uses for the service:

1. What is it? – with pumps and hoses water is pressure fed through your home’s plumbing. Special nozzles and pressure adjustments can be used depending on the complexity of the job.

2. What does it Do? – water jets are used to penetrate grease, break up sludge, cut out hardened scale and even break apart tree roots. It also by proxy flushes out the system.

The Pipe Surgeon is one of few plumbing specialists using the water jet in the surrounding Saugus area. Please give me a call for more information about this amazing service.


Tips from the Pipe Surgeon on How to Clear a Blocked Kitchen Drain

Your kitchen drain has the roughest plumbing-related job anywhere in your home (although the toilet could have an argument.) Quite simply put, the things that go down your kitchen drain and attached garbage disposal are highly unpredictable. While we all intend to practice responsible drain operation, sometimes it’s just easier to dump food, bones, grease, and debris down the drain instead of walk 4 feet to the garbage can!

Kitchen drains put up a good fight, but they can still succumb to issues. Whether it’s an item that takes a long time to build up such as grease or something that creates an instant blockage like bones it’s important to clear the clog as soon as possible. It’s always recommended to call the Pipe Surgeon just to be safe, as here are my steps to clear a kitchen drain backup.

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1. Baking Soda / Vinegar Combination – first pour baking soda into your drain or mix up 1/3 of a cup. Now, either dump vinegar into the drains or add 1/3 of a cup to the mix and dump the mixture down the drains. The solution fizzes which works to break up the gunk that has blocked your pipes. After letting the mixture sit in the drains for a while, flush it out with boiling hot water.

2. Use a Wet Vac – there are two ways to clear clogs by either 1) pushing them out or 2) pulling them back. The suction of a wet vac may be enough to bring the clog back to you and it avoids the risk of a buildup further down the route.

3. Bent Coat Hanger – if the blockage is close enough you can create your own ‘snake tool’ with a bent clothes hanger. Try and hook the debris and bring it back to you.

If these methods fail to work The Pipe Surgeon is only a call away.