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A septic system is your only option for waste and water disposal in the country. Avoid unnecessary damage to the environment -- and your pocketbook -- by maintaining and monitoring it properly.
Check the pipes to avoid problems
Radio interview source: Dave Gustafson, Lead Trainer, University of Minnesota On-Site Sewage Treatment Program Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below A backed-up septic system in...
When tree roots invade your pipes, patio, and foundation, that means trouble
Radio interview source: Scott Cullen, Registered Consulting Arborist, American Society of Consulting Arborists Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Tree roots look for any...
The color of your grass could be an indicator to septic trouble.
It's not always necessary to dig into the septic system to look for trouble. The color of the turf on top can tell you what's going on underneath. Brad Lee is an associate extension...
Avoid cloggers and killers!
A septic system that's working right shouldn't need a lot of maintenance – unless you're putting stuff into it that you shouldn't. There are three basic layers in a septic...
Septic system drain fields aren't supposed to look like a bubble bath.
Septic system drain fields aren't supposed to look like a bubble bath. If your drain field is bubbling, or the septic is backing up into the house, your laundry habits may be the culprit. Jim...
Find out which trees cause more trouble than others when it comes to disrupting drains and pipes on your property.
If your septic system hasn’t been working right, check out what’s growing nearby. Sometimes trees will uproot your septic. Urban Forestry Expert Susan Day says there are some...
When it comes to septic tanks, what goes in eventually has to come out.
The key to having a septic system that will serve you well over a long period of time is regular maintenance. Think of pumping your septic like changing the oil in the car: it’s preventive...
Does sewage back up into your house? Is there a wet, smelly spot in your yard that is difficult to mow? Is your septic tank piped to a road ditch, storm sewer, stream, or connected to farm...