Everyone knows that we need rain for plants, flower, grass and gardens but it also helps with keeping wells supplied with water and inspecting sewer lines. Yes that’s right “inspecting sewer lines”. When we are having a good rain storm take a few seconds to look at the basement floor drains as they will give you a good idea of how well your drain line is working. Here are a few things to consider:
The middle of winter is the worst time to have your septic system fail. Most of the time a system has not actually failed, the septic tank is just full and needs to be pumped out. The tank should be pumped out every 3 to 5 years depending on the number of people in the household and the size of the tank. If you need to have the tank pumped in the middle of winter the price could easily double or triple in price.
It is that time of year again when the lucky ones get to head South for warmer weather while the rest of us get to stare straight into the eyes of…..Winter!!! For those of you who are fortunate enough to head South don’t forget to have your house winterized. Winterizing a home is a much cheaper option than heating the house for the Winter, it is also much safer. Many people leave the heat on to their homes through the Winter while they are away but this is NOT a safe practice because (as often happens in Maine) if the power goes out the heating system will not work. It only takes a few hours for pipes to freeze and split. Once the power comes back on the boiler will start to run and if any heat pipes have broken the boiler will just keep pumping water into the house.
Sometimes it’s worth doing it yourself, other times you are just better off hiring a professional. A big part of what makes professionals so proficient (aside from trade knowledge and experience) are the tools they carry. Take the extra time to find the right tools for the job you want to take on. Each job has a particular tool specifically designed to help make the job easier. You can often find generic tools at the big box stores and don’t be afraid to ask the sales staff for a quick lesson on how the tool works. They often will know little tricks to help you but if you do not ask they will not feel the need to tell you them.