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02Mar

The septic tank may be the most overlooked and undervalued utility in your home, perhaps because it is out of your sight. It’s buried beneath your backyard, and it’s out there—constantly working. When you’re at work, it is working. When you’re eating dinner, it continues working. And when you’re sleeping, it’s still out there in the dark—working.

We would like to share a few tips with you on how to take care of your septic tank:

What not to flush

What you put into your septic system greatly affects its ability to do its job. Remember, your septic system contains living organisms that digest and treat waste. As a general rule of thumb, do not dispose of anything in your septic system that can just as easily be put in the trash. Your system is not designed to be a garbage can and solids build up in the septic tank that will eventually need to be pumped. The more solids that go into the tank, the more frequently the tank will need to be pumped, and the higher the risk for problems to arise. In the kitchen, avoid washing food scraps, coffee grinds, and other food items down the drain. Grease and cooking oils contribute to the layer of scum in the tank and also should not be put down the drain.


Record keeping

It is very important to keep a detailed record of all inspections, pumpings, permits, repairs, and any other maintenance to your system along with a sketch of where your septic system is located. Having this information on hand for service visits can save you both time and money. Learn the location of your septic system, and keep a diagram or sketch of it with your maintenance records. Inspecting your septic system annually is a good way to monitor your system’s health. Inspections can reveal problems before they become serious, and by checking the levels of sludge and scum in your tank, you can get a more accurate idea of how often it should be pumped.


Use water wisely all around the house

Water conservation is very important for septic systems because continual saturation of the soil in the drain field can affect the quality of the soil and its ability to naturally remove toxics, bacteria, viruses, and other pollutants from the wastewater. The most effective way to conserve water around the house is to first take stock of how it is being wasted. Immediately repair any leaking faucets or running toilets, and use dishwashers only when full.


Why is maintenance of your septic system so important?

There are three main reasons why septic system maintenance is so important. The first reason is money. Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace, and improper maintenance by homeowners is a common cause of early system failure. The minimal amount of preventative maintenance that septic systems require costs very little in comparison to the cost of a new system.


The second and most important reason to properly maintain your system is the health of your family, your community, and the environment. When septic systems fail, inadequately treated household wastewater is released into the environment. Any contact with untreated human waste can pose a significant risk to public health. Untreated wastewater from failing septic systems can contaminate nearby wells, groundwater, and drinking water sources.


A third reason to maintain your septic system is to maintain the economic health of your community. Failing septic systems can cause property values to decline. Sometimes building permits cannot be issued for these properties. Also, failing septic systems may contribute to the pollution of local rivers, lakes, and shoreline that your community uses for commercial or recreational activities.


Proper operation and maintenance of your septic system can have a significant impact on how well it works and how long it lasts, with proper care and maintenance, your septic system can continue to work for you for at least 25 to 30 years.


Inspecting your septic system annually is a good way to monitor your system‘s health. Inspections can reveal problems before they become serious, and by checking the levels of sludge and scum in your tank, you can get a more accurate idea of how often it should be pumped. Contact the professionals at Triple P Sanitation for all your maintenance and septic tank cleaning in Williams Lake, BC.


To learn more about how our services can help you save time and money, call 250-392-4414 or fill out our contact us form.

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02Mar

Portable toilets can offer the perfect solution for job sites and for events where permanent washroom facilities are sparse or nonexistent. Portable toilet rentals in Williams Lake, BC from the sanitation experts at Triple P Sanitation are often used for get-togethers such as weddings, outdoor sporting events, business gatherings, music festivals, campsites, and much more.

If you are in need of portable toilets for your event, then you're likely wondering how many you should rent. Here are some basic guidelines than can help make the portable toilet rental process go smoothly.

A good rule of thumb

Not having enough portable toilet rentals for your Williams Lake, BC event can lead to long lines, over-used facilities, and unhappy event goers. Make sure you have a good idea of how many people are coming, and provide at least one restroom per every 30 people (so about three or four toilets for 100 people and over 30 for 1,000 people).

If your home or venue already has some washroom facilities, then you can definitely include those in your total. If they are far away from the festivities, however, then you want to make sure you at least provide enough nearby portable toilets as well.


Additional considerations

While the one toilet per 30 people guideline should suffice in most scenarios, you may need to consider renting more in certain circumstances. For example, if your event is going to last for several hours, then having a few extra portable toilets can help share the burden and keep them from becoming overused.

One or two more portable toilet rentals in Williams Lake, BC may also be needed for your event if over half of all event goers are going to be women. The needs of female guests are all too often overlooked when it comes to planning washroom facilities.

Another important consideration is if alcohol is going to be served at the event. Alcohol can cause people to visit the restroom much more frequently, so make sure you are ready to accommodate drinking guests by adding, at the minimum, 10% more portable toilets to your total.

Finally, it's not a bad idea to give yourself a little extra wiggle room in case of surprise guests or unfortunate accidents. Even if your event is only going to have 30 people, you may want to rent two portable toilets so that there is always a backup!


Portable toilet rentals in Williams Lake, BC

On top of getting the right number of portable toilets for your event, you want to make sure you get quality service along with them. At Triple P Sanitation our team ensures that all of our units are carefully cleaned and inspected before making their way to you, and that they are well-stocked with hand sanitizer.

If you're looking for portable toilet rentals in Williams Lake, BC, then simply contact Triple P Sanitation to let us know how many you need, and we'll take care of the rest for you.


To learn more about how our services can help you save time and money, call 250-392-4414 or fill out our contact us form.

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