Blog 2021-04-01T12:52:26+00:00

Obtaining a Septic Permit

Changing your home's wastewater system is a big decision. You've weighed the pros and cons and have decided that a septic system is right for you. So, the next step is obtaining a septic permit. But how does one obtain a permit? This could be a different process for different areas. Here is a basic layout of what getting a septic permit may look like. You need to have the site evaluated first. A public health district official should evaluate the site. They will tell you if additional testing of the site is required. Also, a licensed contractor should be contacted. [...]

Baffled By Baffles

There are a lot of different aspects of a septic system. You should have a basic understanding of them if you own a home with a septic tank. Knowing how your system works will help you make sure it is functioning properly. A vital part of this system are the baffles. But what is a baffle? Don't let it baffle you. We will take a closer look. Inlet baffles play a key part of your septic system's process. Basically, they help to slow down the incoming sewage so it doesn't come into your tank with too much force. The baffles [...]

Is Septic or Sewer Better?

If you've purchased a home, it's likely that you know whether it is on a septic or sewer system. But, did you know you have a choice? While the previous homeowners may have preferred the system the home is on now, perhaps you'd like to weigh your options. Take a look at the differences between each kind of wastewater system. Then you can make an informed decision on which one is better for your household. Cost should be the first factor. Hooking up to a city sewer system will incur a bill. How often you are billed depends on the [...]

What is a Pump Station?

You may have heard of a pump station. Sometimes, they are called "lift stations". But what are they? There are a few different types. There are pump stations designed for canal systems and land drainage. Sewage systems also use pump stations. Let's take a look at each one's function. Canal Systems In areas with canal systems, pump stations are vital to ensure the system continues to function properly. Water is lost each time a vessel passes through a canal. The water goes from the upper part of the system to the lower because of how the canal locks work. To [...]

Grease Trap and Maintenace

Business owners must follow certain laws and guidelines. This is especially true for businesses that produce food. Boise alone maintains 600 miles of wastewater pipe and delivers over 20 million gallons of raw sewage per day to its wastewater treatment facilities. Imagine the number for the entire Treasure Valley! Improper handing of waste like grease and fats can affect this system greatly. This is why it is very important to comply with grease trap guidelines. Fats, oils, and grease (or FOG) can negatively impact a city's sewer system. This is not just a nuisance. In fact, it can be dangerous to the [...]

Managing Properties with a Septic System

Owning a home with a septic system gets you familiarized with the needs of the system. Most owners will tell you they are aware of the signs that their system needs attention. However, what if you are renting that home to someone else? Are your tenants aware of the signs? It is important that the chief resident of the home is familiar with septic systems. They are the ones that will notice issues first! When renting your your home, make your new tenants aware that they are on a septic system. Keep in mind that not everyone is familiar with [...]