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Jeepers January

According to NPR.com, we eat more during winter months, which means we also make more food, inevitably sending a portion of it down the garbage disposal. (A garbage disposal is a drain in your sink that you can wash food down that then empties into your sewer.)


Sometimes when things rot, as we know, they then begin to smell. To fix a smelly garbage disposal is quite simple and uses household items. All you need is vinegar and baking soda.


  1. Lift the rubber flaps on your garbage disposal.
  2. Fill your drain to its maximum with baking soda (about ½ cup).
  3. Pour vinegar down the drain (about 1 cup).
  4. Let bubble and fizz for 5 – 10 minutes.
  5. Wash down with HOT water.


Junky July

Septic tanks can happen to find their way to be “out of sight, out of mind”, but we ask that you do not let your tank look like this:


This tank hasn’t been pumped as soon as it should have been and is filled to the brim in sewage. Please be aware and remember, an average tank should be pumped around every 3-5 years, but can vary depending on how much water you use and how many people live in the house.


Fun Fact of the Month – July’s birthstone is a ruby, in which the only stone that is harder than it is diamond.

Juice Box, Jewelry, and Jelly June

We are aware that movies and online videos portray actors or actresses flushing items down the toilet, but we are begging you to not do it. When you flush any item down the toilet except toilet paper a number of things could happen.

  • Your item will most likely be lost forever.
  • It can damage your pipes.
  • It can cause your toilet to backflow.
  • It can clog the toilet.
  • It can get stuck in the pipes of the toilet, in which you will have to get your line snaked.


Fun Fact of the Month – In any year, no month begins on the same day of the week as June.

Mark It May

Planning to put in a new fence or mailbox? New home improvements coming soon? Take a moment to do this before you start your work.


Knowing the location and area of your sewage line can be vital when digging. If you hit a pipeline or any underground utility, it could cost you a lot of money to get it fixed. By having your utilities marked before you excavate, you are insuring yourself a headache in the future.


Common utility color markings are:

  • Blue – Plumbing
  • Green – Sewage
  • Red – Electric
  • Yellow – Gas
  • Orange – Cable TV


Make sure to call 8-1-1 or 1-800-DIG-RITE (344-7483) before you dig!



  • Call 3 to 10 days before you begin digging
  • Wait the required amount of time
  • Respect the markings
  • Dig safe, dig smart, dig with care


Fun Fact of the Month – In the United States, a buried utility line is damaged by an excavating activity every 3 minutes.

All About It April

Inside of a properly maintained septic tank there is a relatively clear liquid in the center that is known as effluent. When wastewater is added to the tank the effluent level rises and flows through the outlet baffle to the lateral field. If your tank isn’t pumped often enough, the effluent retention time is greatly reduced. Meaning that the liquid area between the scum layer and the sludge becomes too small and the solids don’t have a chance to separate into scum and sludge. Resulting in solids getting pushed out into the lateral lines, causing them to clog.

Now we are aware that not everyone wants to know the details on septic tanks, but you should know how frequently your tank should be pumped. The average household pumps their septic tank every 3 to 5 years. To find a pumping schedule that is good for your system, there are 2 important factors:

  • number of occupants in the household
  • the gallon capacity of your septic tank

To help you out, we’ve provided a chart from the US EPA.

Pumping Schedule

**We would like to remind you that this is a recommended schedule based on the average daily flow of wastewater leaving your house. Some households use more water that generates more wastewater and solid waste that has to be removed from the tank, which will cause your tank to need more frequent maintenance.

FUN FACT OF THE MONTH – The 1886 proverb; March winds and April showers bring May flowers and June bugs; came from the United Kingdom where it is very rainy during April due to the jet streams, unlike most places in the U.S. where rain has come and gone before April or is still yet to come.

Tank of Gold

One of the most important things to know about a septic tank and system is what it is. A septic tank is a watertight container that is constructed of durable material that is resistant to corrosion and decay. The septic tank is underground and collects sewage to allow decomposition before draining to the lateral field or pond. Always remember that as a homeowner, you are responsible for the maintenance of your septic system. A well taken care of septic system protects your investment in your home and the health of your community.

In honor of this lucky day 🍀 , we would like to give you $17 off your pump all month long. When you call in, tell the person on the phone that you would like to use the code patty17.


FUN FACT OF THE MONTH – We like to think of St. Patrick as Irish, but in reality he isn’t Irish at all! St. Patrick was actually born in modern Europe, most specifically the Scotland and Wales area in 385 AD.