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Grease traps (also known as grease interceptors, and grease recovery devices) are plumbing devices designed to intercept most greases and solids before they enter a wastewater disposal system. Common wastewater contains small amounts of oils which enter into septic tanks and treatment facilities to form a floating scum layer. This scum layer is very slowly digested and broken down by microorganisms in the anaerobic digestion process. However, very large amounts of oil from food production in kitchens and restaurants can overwhelm the septic tank or treatment facility, causing a release of untreated sewage into the environment. Also, high viscosity fats and cooking greases such as lard solidify when cooled, and can combine with other disposed solids to form blockages in drain pipes.

Grease traps have been used since the Victorian era. They are used to reduce the amount of fats, oils and greases (FOG’s) that enter the main sewers. Effectively they are boxes within the drain run that flows between the sinks in a kitchen to the foul sewer system. They only have waste water flowing through them and are not served by any other drainage system such as toilets. They can be made from a number of different materials; e.g. Stainless Steel, Mild Steel, Plastics, Concrete, Cast Iron and can hold anywhere between 40 liters to 45000 liters and above. They can be located above ground, below ground, inside the kitchen or outside the building.

A septic tank, the key component of the septic system, is a small scale sewage treatment system common in areas with no connection to main sewage pipes provided by local governments or private corporations. (Other components, typically mandated and/or restricted by local governments, optionally include pumps, alarms, sand filters, and clarified liquid effluent disposal means such as a septic drain field, ponds, natural stone fibre filter plants or peat moss beds.) Septic systems are a type of On-Site Sewage Facility (OSSF). In North America approximately 25% of the population relies on septic tanks; this can include suburbs and small towns as well as rural areas (Indianapolis is an example of a large city where many of the city’s neighborhoods are still on separate septic systems). In Europe they are generally limited to rural areas only.

The term “septic” refers to the anaerobic bacterial environment that develops in the tank and which decomposes or mineralizes the waste discharged into the tank. Septic tanks can be coupled with other on-site wastewater treatment units such as biofilters or aerobic systems involving artificial forced aeration.[1]

Periodic preventive maintenance is required to remove the irreducible solids which settle and gradually fill the tank, reducing its efficiency. In most jurisdictions this maintenance is required by law, yet often not enforced. Those who ignore the requirement will eventually be faced with extremely costly repairs when solids escape the tank and destroy the clarified liquid effluent disposal means. A properly maintained system, on the other hand, can last for decades and possibly a lifetime.

Wastewater is any water that has been adversely affected in quality by anthropogenic influence. It comprises liquid waste discharged by domestic residences, commercial properties, industry, and/or agriculture and can encompass a wide range of potential contaminants and concentrations. In the most common usage, it refers to the municipal wastewater that contains a broad spectrum of contaminants resulting from the mixing of wastewaters from different sources.

Sewage is correctly the subset of wastewater that is contaminated with feces or urine, but is often used to mean any waste water. “Sewage” includes domestic, municipal, or industrial liquid waste products disposed of, usually via a pipe or sewer or similar structure, sometimes in a cesspool emptier.

The physical infrastructure, including pipes, pumps, screens, channels etc. used to convey sewage from its origin to the point of eventual treatment or disposal is termed sewerage.

Human waste is a waste type usually used to refer to byproducts of digestion, such as feces and urine. Human waste is most often transported as sewage in waste water through sewerage systems. Alternatively it is disposed of in nappies (diapers) in municipal solid waste.

Human waste can be a serious health hazard, as it is a good vector for both viral and bacterial diseases. A major accomplishment of human civilization has been the reduction of disease transmission via human waste through the practice of hygiene and sanitation, including the development of sewage systems and plumbing.

Human waste can be reduced or reused through use of waterless urinals and composting toilets and greywater. The most common method of waste treatment in rural areas where municipal sewage systems are unavailable is the use of septic tank systems. In remote rural places without sewage or septic systems, small populations allow for the continued use of honey buckets and sewage lagoons (see anaerobic lagoon) without the threat of disease presented by places with denser populations. Honey buckets are used by rural villages in Alaska where, due to permafrost, conventional waste treatment systems cannot be utilised.

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Broken pipes can quickly flood your basement, significantly damage your hard wood floors and create unhealthy mold behind your sheet rock walls. In the unfortunate event you experience a plumbing related emergency, you need to call someone you can trust. Emergency service can be extremely costly and provides opportunities for unscrupulous plumbers to price gouge.

• Septic Tank Inspection • Septic Tank Installation • Septic Tank Unload
• Sewage System Video Inspection • Sewage System Replacement & Repair
• Emergency Septic & Sewer System Services

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• Water Meters • Clogged Drains • Bath Tubs • Garden Tubs • Whirlpool Tubs

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→ Rheem Electric Water Heater (40, 50 or 60 Gallon Units)

→ Whirlpool Electric Water Heater (40, 50 or 60 Gallon Units)

→ U.S. Craftmaster Electric Water Heater (40, 50 or 60 Gallon Units)

→ GE Water Heater (40, 50 or 60 Gallon Units)

→ Navier

→ Rinnai Tankless Water Heater

→ Bosch Tankless Water Heater

→ Noritz Tankless Water Heater

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Going green is easier and less expensive than you might think. Consumers often fear having to pay a premium to have a more eco-friendly home. Believe it or not, it is possible to go green and save money at the same time. These tips will not only make a difference for the environment, but also add some green in your wallet.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense® program, an average of 100 gallons of water is consumed by Americans each day. To reduce your overall water use, install water saving fixtures such as bathroom faucets, bathroom toilets, bathroom shower heads, kitchen faucets, tankless water heaters and more. With our partnerships with Kohler, Moen and Mansfield, we can provide truly world class fixtures that are all designed with water conservation in mind. As an example: A new water conserving faucet can have a flow rate optimized to 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm). At that flow rate, you would enjoy great performance while reducing your overall water usage by up to 32%.

By switching from a bath to a shower, you not only save time, but also money. A typical ten minute bath requires 30 – 70 gallons of water, versus 25 gallons under a 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) showerhead.

Hire us to install new Kohler, Moen or Mansfield water conserving fixtures in your home. These major brands come with multi-setting showerheads, and highly specialized aerators and flow rate technologies which ensure performance, while saving significant gpm’s. People sometimes fear low-flow showerheads, feeling they can restrict water flow. We have done exhaustive research with our manufacturing partners to ensure that every “Green Plumbing” fixture we install is designed to enhance performance and not detract from it. For example, some Moen showerheads feature a flow-optimized spiral pattern, treating you to a full, enveloping spray. Plus, with a flow of 1.75 gpm (compared to the industry-standard 2.5 gpm), you’ll feel good knowing that you’re using 30 percent less water and also reducing energy costs. As less hot water is used your water heater needs less electricity and you save money in the form of lower electric, water and sewer bills.

Our team is committed to providing our community with world class “Green Plumbing,” or “Eco-Friendly,” as some like to refer to it. What makes your home “Green” or “Eco-Friendly” from a water and plumbing perspective? Quite frankly, you and we being better stewards of our aquatic resources by installing water conserving toilets, shower heads, faucets, aerators, on-demand or high efficiency water heaters and water conservation via our outdoor irrigation systems

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