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    When Should Septic Tanks Be Pumped?

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Did you know that one in every three Americans has a septic system? Septic systems are fairly simple and straightforward, but they need to be pumped approximately every three years to function properly. To avoid unnecessary septic system problems, read this article and find out when your septic tank should be pumped.

    Tank Size
    The larger the septic tank, the less frequently it needs to be pumped. It is best to pump a tank when the sludge layer has built up to about 25 to 33 percent of the liquid capacity of the tank. If your tank is inaccessible, you can call your local health department or septic pumping company, or consult an estimated septic tank inspection table.

    Volume of Wastewater
    The more people using the septic system, the more frequently the septic system needs to be pumped. If your septic tank is too small for your household, it may need to be pumped every one to two years.

    Content of Wastewater
    If you use your garbage disposal often, your septic tank will need to be pumped more often. This is because anything other than bodily waste—especially household chemicals, oils, paints, and food solids—can build up in your plumbing and your septic tank, and may cause clogs.

    Time Since Last Pump Inspection
    Experts on septic systems in Montgomery County say that it’s usually best to inspect your septic tank every three years and pump it every three to five years—assuming that it is properly sized to your household. During an inspection, the septic system technicians will check the sanitary tee or outlet baffle to make sure it has dropped into the tank, and will give you a more accurate estimate of how often your tank should be pumped.

    For top-notch septic pumping in Montgomery County and surrounding areas, contact Tri-County Pumps at (877) 849-8455. We have an A+ rating and more than 17 years of accreditation through the Better Business Bureau. Visit our website to see the other plumbing and septic system services we offer.

    Reasons Your Submersible Well Pump Might Be On All the Time

    Last updated 11 days ago

    A submersible well pump should turn on automatically when the water pressure drops to a certain level. It should then run until the water in the tank reaches the cutoff point. If your submersible well pump turns off and on constantly, read this article to find out what could be causing the problem.

    Pressure Tank
    The bladder and captured air pressure tanks compress a layer of air at the top of the tank to help maintain a consistent, smooth flow of water. Without enough reserve air pressure inside the tank, the submersible well pump’s pressure switch will turn on after water begins to flow from the tank. Your local plumber can cut the power to the well and drain the pressure tank to determine if the tank can maintain air pressure, and adjust it if necessary

    Pressure Switch
    The pressure switch manages the flow of electricity to the submersible well pump. An improperly adjusted or failing pressure switch can cause the pump to turn off and on quickly. Your well pump systems technician can test the pressure switch by opening your faucet and watching the pressure gauge. If it drops a few pounds before the pressure switch trips, then the switch needs to be adjusted or replaced.

    Plumbing Leaks
    A leak somewhere between the well pump’s discharge valve and pressure tank can bring air back into the well. This is difficult to diagnose and repair, so your well pump systems mechanic will need to check your exposed plumbing as well as the well’s drop pipes carefully for leaks.

    Check Valves
    Submersible pumps come with a check valve that keeps water from flowing from the pressure tank back into the well. Over time, the check valve can become clogged with sand or rocks. To repair the problem, a plumber must remove the pump from the well and repair or replace the check valve.

    Tri-County Pumps maintains, repairs, and installs well pump systems in Montgomery County and surrounding areas. To schedule residential or private well service, call us at (877) 849-8455. You can also check out our website to find out more today.

    How Do Water Softeners Work?

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Do you ever notice scum or mineral deposits on your water-using appliances or fixtures? Are your clothes stiff and is your skin flakey? These issues can all be the result of mineral deposits found naturally in your water. Water softeners can save you money on soaps, detergents, and plumbing fixture repairs. Your skin, hair, and clothes will also be softer and smoother with a water softener. But how do water softeners work? Using thousands of miniscule, negatively charged resin beads, water softeners filter out calcium and magnesium, which are positively charged. After the resin beads become coated with minerals, the water softener regenerates the pulling force of the beads by washing them with a strong saltwater solution.

    At Tri-County Pumps, we can install high-quality water softeners in Washington County and surrounding areas. Our water softeners come with a user-friendly electronic control valve, standard warranty, and standard bypass valve for easier installation and service. For more information, visit our website or call us at (301) 432-0330.

    "Will Certainly Recommend and Use Again" - Great Review of Tri-County Pumps

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Kevin and Jeremy were exactly on time both times to our house. Gave excellent advise as the route we should go to update are water system. They installed a new hot-water heater, water softener, new filter, and a new pressure tank. Wonderful service and value. Will certainly recommend and use again. (July 2014) More

    Differences between Hard and Soft Water in Everyday Life

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Soft water, such as rainwater, is low in mineral content. Hard water, such as water that has drained through the ground, contains high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Showering or washing clothes and dishes with soft water is easy and requires little soap. Doing this with hard water requires more soap, and can leave a film on your body, dishes, and clothes. Hard water can even leave a film on your bathtub, washing machine, dishwasher, and other water-using appliances. To learn more about the differences between hard and soft water in everyday life, watch this video.

    If your home suffers from hard water, call Tri-County Pumps at (301) 432-0330. We install and service water softeners in Washington County and nearby areas. You can learn more about our products and services by exploring our website.

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