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    Determining When It's Time to Pump Your Septic Tank

    Last updated 1 day 4 hours ago

    Routine pumping of a septic tank prevents solids from escaping to the drain field, which can cause wastewater to bubble to the surface or back up into the home. Most septic tanks need to be pumped every three to five years, but the exact frequency with which you should pump your septic tank depends on the volume of your wastewater, the solids content of your wastewater, and the size of your tank. Generally, the more people using the system and the smaller the tank is, the more frequently the septic tank needs to be flushed. If you use the garbage disposal frequently, you will probably have to pump the tank more often to prevent a wastewater backup or leak.

    For quality septic pumping services in Washington County, Montgomery County, Frederick County, and nearby areas, call Tri-County Pump Service. We are fully qualified to provide septic system repair and installation services as well. Call us at (888) 252-9734 or visit our website to learn more.

    Tips for Improving Your Home's Water Pressure

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you often use water at multiple fixtures at the same time, from your dishwasher to your sprinkler system, you have probably experienced low water pressure. Water pressure can also be affected by how far the water has to travel to its source, or whether you have enough water pressure coming from the main line. Read through the following tips to find out how to improve your water pressure.

    Pinpoint Water Pressure Problems

    To find the most significant source of water pressure problems, you must first install a water pressure gauge to measure the water pressure coming into your home from the main water line. If you notice a drop in water pressure after you flush the toilet, then there is likely insufficient water pressure coming into the house. Installing a booster pump or adjusting the pressure switch can usually fix this problem. But if you flush and there is no drop in pressure, the problem is with the house lines. Fixing rusted or improperly sized piping will usually fix problems with the house line.

    Adjust the Pressure Switch

    Some homes have adjustable water pressure tanks. To raise the pressure of the system, you have to adjust both the water and air pressure of the tank. To avoid damaging the tank or its valves, it’s best to call a plumber to adjust the pressure switch.

    Install a Booster Pump

    Booster pumps, or constant water pressure well pumps, offer an effective way to improve your home’s water pressure. Whether you live inside or outside of the city, a booster pump can be easily installed by a water specialist. Water pressure may still fluctuate, but the lowest pressure will be higher than before, and the highest pressure will be up to 20 pounds higher. In all, a booster system can increase your water pressure by 50 to 70 lbs.

    To increase the water pressure of your home, call Tri-County Pump Service. Serving Montgomery County, Washington County, Frederick County, and surrounding areas, we can install a constant water pressure well pump system that will enhance your water pressure. Call us at (888) 252-9734 or visit our website for more information.

    Understanding How Your Septic Tank Works

    Last updated 2 months ago

    There are many aspects of plumbing that the average person likely does not think about, but there is more to a toilet than pushing the handle to flush, and there is more to a sink than simply clogging and unclogging the drain. The septic tank is yet another part of the plumbing puzzle that is out of sight, and therefore out of mind. Here is a brief overview of how it works:

    Receiving Waste

    A septic tank is essentially a container for waste that has been removed from a house through its plumbing system. Whenever you flush your toilet, wash your hands in your sink, or take a shower, the water drains to the septic tank through a network of interconnected pipes. These pipes feature loops that force gases out of a vent stack instead of back into the home.

    Containing Waste

    Your septic tank may contain hundreds or even thousands of gallons of wastewater. Since it fills with all sorts of waste products, the wastewater settles into different sections. The bottom section of the septic tank holds the sludge layer. This consists of any semisolid waste that is heavier than the water that comprises the middle section. Also included in the middle section are chemicals, enzymes, and bacteria, which serve to digest the waste. The top layer, called the scum layer, is comprised of low-density waste that has floated to the top of the tank.

    Eliminating Waste

    The movement of waste through the septic tank is a passive system; the waste is moved from the house to the septic tank and into its drain field by gravity. When new wastewater enters the septic tank, existing waste is expelled into a drain field. The drain field is comprised of underground trenches that absorb and filter the waste.

    Call Tri-County Pump Service at (888) 252-9734 if you would like to know more about how your septic tank works. We are water treatment and septic pumping specialists who serve Montgomery, Washington, and Frederick Counties. Visit our website to find out why we have been among the best in the business for over 20 years.

     

    Examining Some Common Water Quality Issues

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Water is essential for human life, and in order to maintain optimal health, several glasses of clean drinking water should be consumed each day. Unfortunately, many people develop illnesses and complications by unknowingly ingesting contaminated or improperly treated water. If you are unsure of the quality of your drinking water, it is advisable to have it tested to ensure that you are keeping yourself and your family healthy.

    Health-Related Contaminants

    When it comes to water treatment issues, the first warning flag is the taste of your drinking water. There are several different types of contaminants that may affect your water, and many of them can be identified by the way they taste. If you notice that your water has a bitter, medicinal taste, it may contain high levels of copper. Unfortunately, ingestion of copper can cause intestinal irritation, cramps, and damage to your kidneys and liver over time. A salty, metallic, or sulfuric taste is also indicative of contaminants.

    Home- and Fixture-Related Contaminants

    There are some contaminants that may not necessarily be harmful for human ingestion but will damage your plumbing and household fixtures. Chlorides, which taste salty, will typically not harm humans; however, they may corrode your plumbing and appliances. Additionally, acidic water can result in more frequent plumbing repairs. Signs that you may have acidic or corrosive water include rusty stains in your sink and water that looks foggy and tastes of metal.

    Risk Groups                                  

    It is important to know who is abnormally susceptible to the effects of contaminants. Pregnant women and their developing babies, infants, and young children are at increased risk of experiencing health complications when they consume these contaminants. Members of these groups should be particularly careful of water containing nitrate or lead. 

    If your home is afflicted by any of these water treatment issues, call Tri-County Pump Service at (888) 252-9734. Since 1991, we have been providing water treatment and filtration services in Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington Counties. If you live in the area, visit our website or give us a call to find out how our qualified professionals can help you solve your water quality problems with a reverse osmosis system, iron handler, acid neutralizer, or other water treatment option.

    Answering Some Common Questions about the Services Offered By Tri-County Pump Service

    Last updated 2 months ago

    At Tri-County Pump Service, we handle your well pump systems, water treatment, and septic pumping. Specialized knowledge is needed to work in this field, so we want to make sure that you always understand why we do things the way we do them; here are the answers to a few common questions about our services:

    We recommend that you have your septic system pumped and inspected once every three to five years in order to make sure things are still running smoothly. Your water treatment system should also be inspected each year for maintenance. If you are experiencing low water pressure in a well water system, you can have a booster pump installed in your home. Finally, the reverse osmosis technique of water treatment is advantageous over bottled water in that it gives you the option of having chlorine removed.

    Do you have further questions about the services that Tri-County Pump Service has to offer? Call us at (888) 252-9734 and we would be happy to answer any additional questions that you may have. We have been providing high-quality plumbing and water treatment services in West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland since 1991. Visit our website to learn more.

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