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How a lift station pump can save the day

Monday, March 24th, 2014

If you have a septic lift station on your property, builders have already recognized that a typical septic system that utilizes gravity will not work. Lift stations use pumps that send sewage uphill to a septic system or city sewer. Though these pumps operate automatically, you will find your property in bad shape if the system stops working and a wet well overflows. Here’s how emergency lift station pump service can bail you out of a huge mess.

The lift station alternative

When designing the grounds around a commercial property, a lift station will be necessary due to the area’s layout or as a cost-effective alternative to a dry well. These sewage pumping stations send the waste to places where it cannot go by natural means.

A treatment well — also called a wet well — receives the waste from buildings. Once a certain level is reached, the pumping action begins to send the waste to city sewers or the property’s septic system. Until there is a breakdown of the pumps, this system works efficiently.

Signs of trouble

When a lift station pump system breaks down, an alarm should go off to alert you of the problem. A wet well should not be full immediately when the alarm goes off. If you respond to the lift station problem quickly, there should be no trouble. An experienced septic system technician can fix or replace the broken pump and get your lift station back to work.

Putting off the call to fix the pump could lead to a more costly and unpleasant alternative. An overflowing wet well could turn your commercial or residential property into a very smelly place to be.

Immediate service for lift station pumps

Lift stations fulfill their purpose for commercial or residential sites if you observe proper maintenance. Every station has an alarm that signals operators that there is a problem with the pumping mechanism.

Once you have received the alarm, it’s crucial to contact a septic system specialist to fix the pumps and keep your wet well from overflowing. Lift stations are designed with wet wells that can handle more than the typical volume, but there is a limit you don’t want to cross.

Regular septic maintenance can keep your property’s systems running smoothly. RooterPLUS! can handle a quick fix or fast replacement of lift station equipment when you need emergency service.

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Drain jetting makes molehills out of mountainous blockages

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Do you experience frequent plumbing problems and stopped drains in your Gainesville home? Drain jetting resolves problems essentially by pressure-washing the pipes and removing buildup. Pipe blockages can lead to dirty water backing up into sinks or tubs. When this occurs, your dishwasher or washing machine could be damaged, and you’ll have to replace the system. Such a situation can be hazardous if the backed-up water contains sewage waste and harmful bacteria.

Any number of scenarios, such as root infiltration or grease, hair and soap residue buildup, can lead to plumbing blockages. A safe way to address blockages involves hiring a plumber to hydro jet the pipes.

How it works

Using up to 4,000 pounds of pressure per minute, a snakelike tool moves through your home’s pipes, applying unstoppable force and clearing out all plumbing issues in its path. With forward-moving and backward-moving streams, the fast-spinning jets clear out all blockages they encounter while scouring the pipe walls of any attached debris.

When do you need hydro jetting?

There are many situations in which professional plumbers generally recommend drain jetting for both homeowners and commercial-building owners:

  • When there is a problem with sewers. Educational facilities, apartment complexes and office buildings can experience problems with sewer lines due to root infiltration, grease and soap buildup, or pipe failure. Instead of excavating to replace pipes where blockages occur, hydro jetting can safely navigate pipe connections and bends to rid the pipes of buildup. Building owners (and homeowners) benefit most when hydro jetting pipes is part of an annual building-maintenance plan.
  • When lateral pipes are involved. Lateral pipes connect a home or building to the city’s main sewer lines. These are generally the responsibility of the homeowner or building owner. A plumber can hydro jet this portion of the line, too.
  • When drains are problematic. Most home-plumbing systems drain into a central location under the home, connecting to the city’s main waste water system. When grease, food or soap residue builds up, drainage slows down. Hydro jetting tools effectively access this area and remove blockages efficiently.
  • When storm drains stop up. Your home or building also has a drain dedicated to dealing with rainwater and water runoff. These drains are susceptible to blockages that hydro jetting can remove.

Get in touch with the pros at RooterPLUS! for professional drain jetting. We’re happy to help our Gainesville and surrounding-area neighbors with expert plumbing services.

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