This Site All Started With a PoolThis Site All Started With a Pool

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This Site All Started With a Pool

I'm Jake Johnson and installing a pool in my home was not easy. First, I had to make the decision. I live alone since my wife died a few years ago, and it seemed rather frivolous to spend money on a pool. I'm not old, but age was a bit of a factor. It seemed almost irresponsible and childish to want a pool at my age. After I committed, I had to find the right contractor. With so many variables (price, time, personality, etc.), it was a lot harder than I thought. Next, I had to work with the contractor to find the proper space and size and look. After months of construction, I had my pool, but then I had to learn a lot about the proper care and upkeep. Overall, though, my little foray into construction (even if I didn't do any of the really hard work) was informative and worthwhile!

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Avoiding Common Misuses Of Your Septic Tank

Moving into a home with a septic tank carries with it the need for some precautions that may not be readily apparent to anyone accustomed to using public sewer service. Misuse of your septic tank can end up far worse than a simple clogged drain and can require far more than a quick repair call to a local plumber to fix. Avoiding these problems means understanding what constitutes improper use and what you can do to keep everything flowing smoothly.

Septic Tank Defense

Your septic system performs its basic function by employing several types of bacteria to process and break down both solid and liquid waste. The process takes time, so adding materials which break down more slowly or which can build-up quickly can cause your septic tank to fill up faster than these microbes can break more waste down.  Avoid using your drains to dispose of any paper products, food waste or anything else that should normally go in the trash.

In addition to waste, certain chemicals can have a detrimental impact on your septic system's performance. Anything with an anti-bacterial component can destroy the microorganisms essential to processing waste, hindering the system's performance and resulting in over-loading. Avoid pouring bleach or rubbing alcohol down your drains, and use caution when choosing hand soaps that might have high concentrations of antibacterial agents.

Protecting Your Drainage Field

A secondary component of your septic system is the area of your property where liquid waste is returned to the soil. The ideal drainage area is a space in your yard which has been only lightly compressed, and that is free of heavy brush coverage, trees or tree roots. This ensures that the outflow of waste water remains unimpeded by dense soil or obstructions from plant growth.

When considering the addition of new structures, such as above ground pools or sheds, make sure you're mindful of your drainage field's location. Likewise, avoid parking cars on or near the drainage area, as the weight of a vehicle can compact the soil under it and may result in future blockages. Finally, avoid using any cleaning products which contain phosphorous, as this chemical has been linked to exponential algae growth, and may end up clogging the drain lines.

Adapting to life with a septic system can take time, but knowing where the most common pitfalls are will make them easier to avoid. If you do find that your septic system's performance is altered or diminished make sure that you contact a septic contractor in your area to have your system inspected and your tank drained. To learn more, speak with a business like Moon Septic