Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

Answers To Common Questions About Septic Systems

Disposing of the wastewater that is produced by your home can be a major logistical problem if you are not connected to a municipal sewer system. While septic systems are a viable alternative for homes that face these situations, there are many homeowners that lack a basic working knowledge of these systems. Learning the answers to the following two commonly asked questions will help you be a more responsible homeowner, and this can help you reduce repair costs for your house. 

Why Should Large Trees Near The Septic Tank Need To Be Removed?

The trees around your yard can provide valuable shade and add beauty to the landscape, but some new homeowners may not realize that these trees can also pose a grave risk to their septic systems. These plants have large powerful roots that are likely to be attracted to the moisture exiting the septic system. When this happens, the roots may grow into the primary drainage pipes, and this can lead to a total blockage in the system. 

Sadly, the only effective way of eliminating this risk is through the removal of the trees. Some homeowners may attempt to install root guards to prevent the roots from entering the septic system, but these guards can eventually fail or the root may simply grow around it. 

Why Is It Bad To Pour Grease Down The Drain?

After working hard to prepare a meal, many people will want to simply pour any excess grease down the kitchen drain. However, this can present a couple of important problems for the septic system. 

Firstly, the grease can cause a population boom for the bacteria in the tank, and this can lead to a die off when the grease is gone. After the mass die off, organic matter will no longer effectively decompose in the septic tank, and this can lead to an increase in the number of clogs your system develops. In addition to this problem, the grease can make the insides of the pipes sticky which will also lead to clogs. 

To avoid these issues, you should always pour excess grease into a storage device. Each community can have varying laws on how to dispose of cooking grease, and you will need to consult with local ordinances to determine the best option for ridding yourself of used grease. 

Ensuring that your septic system avoids major problems requires you to have a basic understanding of the risks that these systems face. By understanding these questions and answers about two common hazards, you will be in a better position to keep your system from needing avoidable repairs (from companies like All County Operations). 

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Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

My wife and I recently had a new home built, and while we had few stressful decisions to make, we greatly enjoyed the process and love our new home. Due to budget concerns, we decided to leave our basement unfinished at first. We figured that since we have so much "stuff" that we need to store, like off-season clothing and seasonal decorations, we would just use it for storage. However, we soon regretted not having it finished and felt like we had "wasted space" in our new house that wasn't being put to good use. We turned it into a "mini apartment" with its own entrance that we now rent out to a friend for a little extra income. I love sharing what we learned during the home building process, so I am excited to share our experiences and tips on our new blog! Come back for more construction tips!

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