Drain snake augers

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The drain snake or auger was developed in the 1920s by Samuel Oscar Blanc.  He made it using a steel cable, some wheels from a roller skate, and a motor from a washing machine.  Until his invention, plumbers had to dig up pipes to get rid of stubborn clogs.  With the plumbing snake, plumbers can clear blockages from sewer lines without needing to dig.

What is a Grease Trap?

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Quite simply, a grease trap is a container that kitchen wastewater flows through before entering the sewer lines. This container is designed to trap grease. Grease, made up of animal fats and vegetable oils, is 10 to 15% less dense, or lighter than and is immiscible with water, which means it doesn’t dissolve in water and floats on top. When kitchen wastewater flows through a grease trap, the grease and oils rise to the surface and are trapped inside the container using a system of baffles. The captured grease and oils fill the trap from the top down, displacing clean water out of the bottom of the trap and into the sewer line. Eventually enough grease will accumulate in the trap and must be cleaned out.

Concrete Septic Tanks

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The Advantages:
  • Concrete septic tanks have higher effluent levels than plastic septic tanks.
  • Because concrete septic tanks are heavy, there is no chance of floating, unlike plastic septic tanks.
  • Concrete septic tanks are long lasting and extremely durable.
  • These septic tanks are approved in all states.

The Disadvantages:
  • Concrete septic tanks are very expensive.
  • These septic tanks can crack under extreme circumstances.
  • Because concrete is heavy, it is very difficult to install.
  • Though concrete septic tanks are very durable, they can crack and are more susceptible to leaks.

When is a concrete septic tank appropriate? When concrete is mandated by zoning codes, concrete septic tanks are appropriate. Additionally, septic professionals choose concrete when value is a more important consideration than cost.