Drain Cleaning Does Not Require Digging Anymore

Technology Benefits Everyone

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Thanks to new tools and readily available knowledge septic tank repair workers are now able to clean almost any type of drain or clogged pipe, without having to pump out septic tanks or dig up part of a large part of a yard.

The professionals at Lake Norman Septic use cable snakes and other tools to locate your septic issue and unclog any drains and pipes. Before these techniques existed a septic tank issue often meant intensive digging and weeks of messy yard waste. The new cable snakes use tiny cameras than can easily squeeze through your sewer and septic systems, This means that we no longer have to go digging huge holes around your yard or home to try and find those obstructions.

Not only do these tools save us the hassle of digging, and possibly destroying some parts of your yard, but they allow us to quickly determine what needs to be done so me can finish our job faster. At Lake Norman Septic, our clients’ satisfaction is our top priority. We are constantly looking for the latest septic system technology and tools to guarantee our customers the most professional and satisfying experience.

If you’re having septic issues, don’t wait. Give Lake Norman Septic a call and don’t forget to ask about our sewer/grinder pump services and other useful technology to keep your home and its plumbing running smoothly.

What Is The Best Time Of The Year, To Clean Your Septic System?

When Should You Be Cleaning Your Septic System?


In this article, I will tell you a little more about septic system maintenance and answer some of the most common questions, about cleaning your septic tanks. Most people are not certain when it is a good time to clean their septic system, but the truth is that there is no right time of the year to do this.

The right moment, will depend on the amount of use that you have given to your septic system and how concerned you are about its performance.

Because most septic tanks are located a few feet underground, they maintain almost the same temperature throughout the year and this is the main reason why, it is possible to clean them at almost any time that you want. However, there are a few exceptions and you should pay attention to them, if you want to have the best performing septic system in your home.

Time of the year, for cleaning your septic system, may matter, if you have a lawn that you care about. If this is so, we recommend that you either clean your septic tank, when it is cold and the lawn is frozen or when it is very hot and the lawn is quite dry. This can be during winter or late summer and it will help to prevent any damage to your lawn, as well as provide some nutrients, for it to grow back.

If you have a septic tank, which is not buried very deep, (about a foot under the surface), you should try to get it cleaned during the spring. The bio-thermal temperature in the tank, will also help prevent freezing, which is very important in septic maintenance.

Besides this, septic systems only need to get disposed or cleaned before they are filled, as this will prevent a lot of problems and even brings sanitary benefits.

So just remember that your septic tank need some regular checking and cleaning, and you will be fine!

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Studies Prove Compliant With Regulated Septic Tanks

No Complaints When It Comes To Inspected Septic Tanks

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Community councils have visited hundreds of homes, businesses and farms, which have registered septic tanks and asked about its functionality. The results have shown that more than half the interviewed people are happy with how septic systems and tanks are working in their properties or in a place nearby.

This helps prove that if you keep good care of things and follow the recommendations that experts share with us all of the time, you should not have any problem with your septic tanks.  Researchers have gone the extra mile and also handed out pamphlets and other sources of information in order to help people improve the conditions of their septic systems and make them function properly at all times.

Although some septic system owners were notified at least 10 days prior the researcher visit, it is obvious that they have been taking good care of their septic tanks for a very long time.

So if you own a septic system, remember that they can be very helpful and you only need to take good care of them, inspect them regularly and make sure that a septic tank expert helps you when needed.

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A Little History About Septic Systems

The Invention Of The Septic System

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It is believed that septic systems, first appeared in France and that a man by the name of, John Mouras, first thought of them.  The records show that septic tanks started appearing around 1860 and since then, they have made our communities a nicer place to live.

Mouras’ septic tank design was made out of concrete and clay.  It was built in Mouras’ home and the tank was in his yard.  When Mouras was dismantling the system, after using it for 10 years, he noticed that his waste was not there anymore and that only some liquid remained.  With the help of some scientists, Mouras found out that this was a great way to get rid of human waste and soon submitted the papers that he needed to get a patent.

By 1881, Mouras had a patent on his septic system design and two years later, the system was being used in the US.   The British would then take the system to Africa and from there it would reach other countries as well.  The importance of the septic system cannot be emphasized enough and if it wasn’t for people like Mouras, our communities would be entirely different.

While today, not many people consider installing a septic system in their home, there are millions who still benefit from them and that are thankful for this invention.

Septic Systems Have A Lifetime

Your Septic System Will Not Last Forever

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It is common to think that your household’s most expensive repairs and renovation projects will be your roof and furnace, but the reality is that if your home has a septic system installed, it will most likely not last  forever and you will need to repair  or replace it at one time of your life.  So having a budget saved for this sort of emergency, is a must, if you own a septic system, as you may depend on it and having problems, could really affect your life.

According to some studies, the life span of a septic system is usually around 15 to 30 years.   It is common for tanks to corrode after some time, due to the humidity, moisture and water that is constantly within your home’s septic system.

The soil and groundwater around your septic tank, will also affect its life span and this will be very different in every home.  The things that you flush down your toilet, will also affect how long your septic system will last and how often you will have to clean it.  If you flush things other than toilet paper and human waste down your toilet, your septic system will most likely last a lot less, than if you only flush these things.

Sometimes, it is very difficult to detect when a septic system is failing and this is why, checking it on a regular basis, could help you to save a ton of money and problems.  Installing a septic system, can cost more than $15000, which is why taking care of the one that you have right one, is a very smart idea.

Nothing lasts forever and since your septic system, is used almost on a daily basis, it will most likely last less, than those things that are not used on a regular basis. We can conclude that home owners who have a septic system, need to have some money saved up, in case their system fails and requires repairing. That septic systems need to be inspected on a regular basis and that it is not cheap to install or repair a septic system.

So be careful and check your septic system, as frequently as you can, so you don’t suffer from sudden failures and have to spend a lot of money, on emergency septic system repairs.

Caring For Your Septic System and Water

New Laws For Septic Systems And Water May Be Coming Our Way!


As the world becomes more aware of protecting our environment and eco-friendly things, authorities are also gaining knowledge about this and some are deciding to inspect septic systems and water on a more regular basis.

There are many homes, which have septic systems installed and do not inspect them frequently or do not even pump them out, every once in a while.  Many people will only worry about their septic systems and water when they see some disgusting stuff coming back from their septic tanks through their pipes and bathroom lines.   This can not only be a really bad experience for anyone, but it can also become a health hazard and get you penalized in some communities.

Some septic tank pumping company employees’ have claimed to have had to use a shovel in order to clean out septic tanks over the years and this is only proof of the negligence that some people have and how much filth can accumulate in a septic tank over time. So consider inspecting or pumping your septic tank, because it can save you tons of money in the future and it is also a healthy thing to do.

As said above, some authorities are becoming more concerned with the environment and they are coming up with laws to protect it.  Some of these laws are now including septic systems and what is happening in Tallahassee is a perfect example. Authorities in this part of the country are now trying to regulate how many times each home inspects and pumps their septic tank per year, which is certainly a smart idea and should help everyone to live a better life.

Just as other communities and states are now regulating these things in households, the state of North Carolina, may also come up with some laws for this, which is why you should be prepared to start inspecting and pumping your septic system today.

At Lake Norman Septic, we are always ready to help you out with this and you can give us a call at any time.  Feel free to browse through our past blog posts, to learn more about septic tanks and systems.  If you have any questions or doubts, just grab the phone and give us a call.  We have many satisfied customers and we will work hard to make you one too.

Spring Could Bring Problems To Septic Systems

Preventing Septic System Problems During Spring



Because many regions of the US have had a very tough winter this year, it is possible that spring may bring some problems to septic systems and their owners.  The speedy melting of snow and some spring rains, may cause runoff from septic systems, which could contaminate other water sources or areas.

While it may be very difficult for this to happen, as most rural areas and agricultural land now follow certain procedures and standards for not having any of their livestock waste runoff into other septic systems, it is possible for some areas to experience problems and people should do their best to stay away from surface water, as there will be some high risk of bacteria levels and other waterborne diseases.

There are still however, some areas which are poorly placed or that have some damaged fields and this means that some water sources could become contaminated very easily.  At the moment, authorities in several states are concerned about their rising streams and rivers, as these could be the water sources, which get contaminated first and take the bacteria to communities nearby.

Although their primary concerns are raising streams and rivers, authorities are also recommending people who live in rural areas or who have septic tanks to watch for flooding signs, as this may happen even if you do not live in a flood risk area.

The most critical warning sign to watch for is standing water on top of your septic system.   This is an obvious sign that your septic system or tank is not draining as it should be.  If you find some of your home’s drain to be working slower than usual or causing some gurgling, it might also mean that the septic system you have installed is experiencing some problems.

 If this happens to you, it would be a good idea to reduce the pressure on the system by using less water than you usually do.  If at all possible, you should stop using the septic system when you suspect that there might be a flooding problem or saturation problem, as this will prevent wastewater from being treated and it will only become a pollution source.

It is not a very good idea to pump your tank while the ground around it is saturated or even to use other equipment to try and reduce the water in the ground around the tank, as this could cause the situation to become even worse.

The best thing to do is to try and conserve as much water as possible and to wait for the system to restore itself and the water levels to drop down.

Septic Tanks And Running Water During Cold Temperatures

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Septic tanks and cold weather

Septic systems can easily freeze when there are cold temperatures and frost is running deep under the ground.  People, who live in rural areas and have a septic system installed in their properties, should be very careful about running water to keep their lines open.

If the temperatures are really cold and you keep adding water to your septic system, it could cause the entire system to freeze completely and lead to more problems in your home.  Residences, which have a septic system installed, should consider installing an alternative method for keeping their water pipes flowing with water properly, as this will prevent their septic systems from freezing.

Mark Mathre, who is an environmental health specialist, stated “lots of communities are having trouble with freezing water lines, which is a fairly new issue for the larger systems.  The easy fix is to tell people it’s a good idea to let the water drip.  That is one of the worst ideas for a septic system, because it really increases the risk of freeze up.”

Here are some more tips, which will help any septic system owner, to prevent freezing and other problems:

  • Do not let water run, if you own and are using a septic system.
  • Dripping fixtures, like toilets and faucets, should be repaired immediately.  If at all possible, using a condensation discharge from a high-efficiency furnace can help to prevent your septic system from freezing up.
  • Immersion-type tank heaters and stock tank heaters are also a good way to prevent your system’s tank from freezing.
  • Insulating your septic tank is an excellent way to prevent it from freezing and this can be done by piling up snow or covering the top of your septic tank.

If you are having other types of problems with your septic tank you can always contact Lake Norman Septic and we will help you solve your problems.

Thankfully, the cold winter days are almost over now and you will not have to worry much longer about your septic system freezing up.

Do Septic Systems Affect Water Quality?

Studies on The Effects of Septic Systems in the Environment

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Around 25% of homes in the United States are not connected to the community sewage systems and have a separate septic system installed.  The Environmental Protection Agency has found that at least 48.5% of homes in the State of North Carolina also have a septic system installed.

According to data from a study in Atlanta, there were around 500,000 septic systems in the area during 2006 and it was predicted that the number would grow at least 12,000 more units per year.  Mussie Habteselassie, who is a researcher from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences said, “Home septic systems are still very common and not just in rural areas.  On-site septic systems drain into drain fields where the soil treats the waste water. The soils filter out the contaminants in the waste water before it reaches the ground water and the streams.”

The University of Georgia is currently leading a three-year study in order to find out if septic systems do affect water quality.  Water samples have been taken several times during a year in order to determine what septic systems can do to underwater canals and rivers.  The samples have been taken during both wet and dry seasons, which will give a much better explanation of what goes underground and how much contamination a septic system can produce, if any at all.

People are under the impression that septic systems take away water from their streams and rivers, but the recent study’s results are proving that septic systems could in fact help to increase the overall level of water in these kinds of settings.  The time of year and season seems to influence the amount of water that septic systems supply to streams and rivers, but further samples during 2014 will yield more information about this.

There is still a lot of uncertainty about the bacteria and residues that septic systems can send to rivers and streams, but the studies are proving that these systems do not affect the water in our environment and that septic water is naturally treated thanks to the soils composition and other climate factors.

At Lake Norman Septic, we worry about our environment and we are always looking to find new eco friendly methods for improving your home.  Feel free to contact us for any inquiries or to get an answer to some of your questions.   We are always ready to help you out and we want to make your home feel comfortable for you.

Watch Out For These Germy Household Items

Cleaning your home, should be one of the top priorities in your life.


Cleaning Your Home

In this blog post, we will tell you about the benefits of keeping your home clean and which parts of your home, you should focus your attention more on.  The following, is a list of household items that usually have lots of germs on them and you should try to either stop using them or clean them more regularly.

  • Kitchen Sponges – While these items, are commonly used to clean countertops, dishes and other household items, the truth is that they are usually filled with germs and this means that you are actually not cleaning as well as you might think you are. It is a very smart idea, to always clean your kitchen sponge after every use and you can do this, by rinsing it in hot water and letting it fully dry on a clean surface.
  • Kitchen Sinks – This part of your kitchen is known for harboring more than 500000 types of bacteria, which means you should really use your energy on cleaning it almost every day.  Using a scrub brush and a ¼ chlorine solution, with one quart of water, will get the job done.  If you cannot clean your sink every single day, try cleaning it at least once per week, as this will keep the bacteria levels down and protect your family from getting an infection.
  • Bath Towels – Mildew and bacteria can easily start to grow on towels, when they remain damp for more than 20 minutes.   This can easily increase the chances of getting rashes or other skin problems, which is why, you should try to let your towels dry well before every use and keep them as clean as possible at all times.  Airing out towels completely, will usually help you to prevent any mildew or bacteria growth.
  • Pet Beds – If you own a pet and it has its own bed, you should be really careful where you place it, as these items can gather tons of bacteria and affect your home in many ways.  You should really try cleaning your pet’s bed cover once a week, by putting it in the washing machine and rinsing it very well.  This will stop bacteria from growing there and causing you any harm.
  • Septic Systems – This is an obvious one! Septic systems are filled with filth and bacteria, which is why you need to clean them at least twice per year.  They can easily overflow or cause other problems in your plumbing system and this is why, you have to clean them out on time.

So if you are serious about keeping your home clean, make sure to focus more on these items and clean them as frequently as possible.  Keeping them clean will really reduce the chances of you getting sick and it will also make your home look a lot nicer too.