Septic Cleaning

Is Your Septic System Ready for a Downpour? A Homeowner’s Guide to Preventing Disaster

Posted on July 3, 2024

In the mid-1800s, after what must have been a particularly frigid winter, a French man grew tired of walking through the snow to use the bathroom. Using clay pipes and a concrete tank, he devised a system that would transport wastewater from his home into the holding tank he placed underground. His invention worked flawlessly.

3 Septic Tank Treatments You Need

Posted on November 20, 2020

Septic tank

Septic tanks use a combination of nature and technology to treat the wastewater produced inside a home. The waste produced by bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas flows from the home to an underground tank.

The life expectancy of a septic tank could be as much as 40 years, but only if cared for properly. A tank should be pumped every 1-2 years, depending on its size. To keep it running efficiently, treat the tank regularly. This stimulates the bacteria in the tank, aiding in waste degradation.

A monthly dose of septic tank treatment keeps your tank working well and prevents it from wearing out. We wholeheartedly believe quality matters. So, every Raider Rooter product is carefully selected to improve the performance of our clients’ septic system without negatively impacting the environment.

Along with offering the best septic products available, we continue to upgrade our equipment. Last year, we added new trucks to our fleet. Now, we can service more customers when they need us the most.  You trust us with the maintenance of your home and business, and we take that responsibility seriously. If you need to have your septic tank serviced or need treatment products, contact Raider Rooter. We have been helping South Florida resolve their plumbing problems since 1978. Let us put our expertise to work for you.

Caring for Your Septic Tank

Posted on March 26, 2019

Wiring septic tank in a private dwelling house

Septic systems are used all over the U.S., including a third
of the homes here in South Florida. Having a septic system in your home is like
having a personal sewage treatment plant. In it, solid waste settles at the
bottom, scum rises to the top, and the water, which stays in the middle, seeps
out to the drainfield. A tank could continue this efficient function
indefinitely, but only if properly maintained.

It’s important to be cognizant of the items you’re dumping down the drain. From toilet paper in the bathroom to grimy dish water in the kitchen, whatever goes down your drain ends up in your septic tank. Fortunately, taking care of your septic system is relatively easy and reasonably maintenance-free, when you follow a few simple guidelines.

  • Pump your tank regularly. A consistent septic service schedule is the only way to prevent the accumulation of solids in their system. Though the necessary pumping frequency strongly depends on the size of the tank, the volume of wastewater, and the amount of solids inside it, we recommend having a septic tank pumped every one to three years. Of course, foul odor, slow drains, and plumbing back up are all signs your tank needs to be pumped immediately.
  • Use additives. Live bacteria will break down the presence of unnatural substances and solids inside your septic tank. Common household items, like soap and detergents, kill off the naturally occurring bacteria that allow your system to function properly. Bacteria additives eliminate proteins, starches, cellulose, lipids, grease, detergents, and foul odors.
  • Install a filter. Installing a filter between the tank and the drainfield prevents solids from entering into your drainfield.
  • Schedule hydro-jetting. Regardless of how diligent you are with having your tank pumped, your tank will still accumulate solids and other debris in the drain pipes. These solids clog the pipes that connect the septic tank to the drainfield. To counteract the clogs, we recommend the hydro-jetting cleaning process, which eliminates and clears the debris.

Prevent costly repairs and maintain the delicate biological balance inside your tank with routine septic system maintenance. Keep your system working properly by following these recommendations, and our 6 Keys to Septic Tank Success. Contact us to service your tank, or allow us to help you with the many services we offer. Raider Rooter has been providing South Florida with reliable, affordable, and high-quality plumbing services for over 40 years.

6 Keys to Septic Tank Success

Posted on July 25, 2018

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When people think of septic tanks, they often think of them as systems used in rural areas where houses are spaced so far apart that a municipal sewer system would be too expensive to install. While that is certainly true, septic tanks are also still used in heavily populated areas, like ours. In fact, septic tanks serve 31% of homes in South Florida.

If you happen to be among that 31%, then you know your system requires a little extra care and maintenance. As plumbing specialist, we can tell you that abusing or ignoring your tank can turn into an expensive (and smelly) nightmare. We can also share a number of crucial do’s and don’ts to ensure that your septic system works the way it should. Here are a few:

Do have your septic tank pumped regularly.

The contents of the septic tank should be pumped every three to five years. If the tank is not cleaned periodically, it will lead to a buildup of solids. If the buildup gets high enough, the solids move to the drainfield, which could clog and strain the system and require replacement of the field.

Don’t use your toilets and sinks as trash cans.

There are certain things that should never go into your septic tank and drainfield. For example: coffee grounds, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, cigarette butts, kitchen fats, grease or oil, paints, thinners, antibiotics, dental floss, kitty litter, condoms, paper towels, varnishes, waste oils and pesticides.

Do stagger the use of water-generating appliances.

While doing all your laundry in one specific day can be most convenient, the extra water can really strain your septic system.

Don’t park or drive on your drainfield.

The weight can cause the pipes to break, and compact the soil. Compacted soils can’t absorb water from the drainfield.

Do use water-conserving devices whenever possible.

Low water usage toilets, showerheads, dishwashers, and washing machines conserve water and can reduce the amount entering the septic system by as much as 20,000 gallons a year.

Don’t dig, plant, or construct over your septic tank or drainfield.

Grass is the best cover for your tank and drainfield. Soil compaction and paving prevents oxygen from getting into the soil, which bacteria needs to break down and treat sewage.

The way you care for and maintain your septic tank greatly affects its ability to do its job. Following these recommendations, and others listed on our website, will help your system work properly for years to come. Among the many services we offer, Raider Rooter is also skilled at septic system care. Contact us to service your tank. We’ve been providing South Florida with reliable, affordable and high-quality plumbing services since 1978. Let us put our expertise to work for you.

Raider Rooter Merges with Kirk Septic

Posted on October 24, 2017

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Earlier this year, Raider Rooter and Kirk Septic met to discuss the benefits of a fusion of both companies. Today, I am excited to announce that Raider Rooter and Kirk Septic have merged.

Ted Kirk started Kirk Septic in 1972. Since then, the company has been providing all aspects of septic tank work, specializing in complicated projects requiring performance-based systems.  In addition, they’ve also been doing a lot of engineering of low pressure dosing systems, and soil and permit work. And you already know Raider Rooter has been providing drain cleaning; septic installation and pumping; portable toilet services; HOOT systems and pipe lining to homes and businesses in South Florida for almost 40 years.

This merger creates an unparalleled opportunity to better serve our customers. You will now have access to South Florida’s most qualified plumbing and septic professionals, and the same customer support to which you are accustomed. What you will also get is our investment guarantee. Our merger will generate significant savings from synergies, and we’re committed to investing these savings in our staff, new innovative technology, and a high quality customer experience.

Maintaining long-term relationships, and building new ones, is something we all believe in. The partnership of these two companies will benefit everyone, and help keep Florida as the LEADING state in onsite wastewater in the country. Visit us at raiderrooter.com for a list of our expanded services.

5 Drain Cleaning Tips to Help Your Drains Run Clog Free

Posted on January 5, 2017

These 5 drain cleaning tips will help you maintain a happy and healthy drain system within your home or business.

1. When to Schedule a Drain Cleaning?

Pouring a bottle of acidic chemicals down a clogged drain is not “Drain cleaning”. This is just a type of “drain unclogging”—and many times it won’t achieve that. Worse, those chemicals can end up doing damage to your drainpipe!

Actual drain cleaning is a professional service that licensed plumbers can perform for you using tools such as motorized drain snakes and powerful hydro-jetting equipment. But when should you arrange for drain cleaning? There are two specific times, which we’ll look at below.

Yearly

As part of general maintenance for the plumbing in your household or business, having a drain cleaning professional to clean you drain should be a service that you have done once a year. This is a great preventive measure against all sorts of drain and sewer troubles. Using hydro-jetters, plumbers can so thoroughly scour away the organic gunk and other build-up on the drainpipe walls. Regular drain cleaning also helps to stop problems with high-water pressure, limescale from hard water, and bad-smelling drains.

Emergency Clogs

When you run into a clog in your sink or other drain in your house or business that you can’t get rid of using a plunger or a hand-crank drain snake is the time to call on professionals to completely clean the drain. Simply punching a hole through a clog to allow water through usually means the blockage will start up again a short time later. The complete scouring of the drain that you’ll receive from professional drain cleaning will not only get rid of the clogging, it will stop it from coming bac

2. Preventive Drain Cleaning Prevents Major Plumbing Problems

A clogged drain can be prevented if steps are taken to maintain your pipe systems. Using a drain cleaning product from time to time when no backup is present can slow down the buildup of debris. Putting steel mesh covers over the drain hole will catch solid matter before it gets into the pipes and causes a backup. Also, as part of weekly household maintenance, cleaning kitchen and bathroom drains with baking soda will make future unclogging easier.

Drain cleaning in commercial facilities presents maintenance and engineering managers with many challenges.

By understanding the most pressing drain-cleaning challenges related to both equipment and processes, homeowners and front-line technicians can develop solutions to prevent and detect these problems.

Points of entry

Problems related to drain cleaning can be curtailed at the entry points for drain systems.

Using toilets as wastebaskets creates recurring problems. Children drop toys in them, and adults use them to dispose of all manner of solid objects that end up caught in traps, causing overflows.

Floor drains are also often abused. Rather than sweep up solid trash before washing down garage and kitchen floors, cleaners often just hose down the floors, letting solid debris enter the sewer system and clog lines, overload settling basins and cause backups.

Commercial kitchens in health care and education facilities are especially hard on drains because of waste water that contains fats, oil and grease, which includes petroleum-based products and lotions. Foul odors are a nasty problem that results when decomposing food accumulates on top of hardened grease in grease traps. Ineffective grease trap pumping does not remove grease buildup but instead leaves crusted grease on trap walls.

3. Video Pipe Inspections: What They Are and Why We Do Them

Video pipe inspection equipment is one of the technologies the plumbing industry has moved into. When it comes to many basic jobs, the tools haven’t changed in decades. But video inspections have made it much easier for plumbers to diagnose and fix problems using the standard tools of the past.

About Video Pipe Inspections

Not that long ago, a plumber could not examine the inside of pipes. Trying to figure out where leaks were occurring, or finding out what was wrong with a pipe that was hidden under construction material or a concrete slab involved mostly educated guesswork—and a few mistakes.

Today, we live in a world with miniaturized cameras, and that gives plumbers the power to closely examine the interior of pipes. Video pipe inspection equipment consists of a digital camera and LED light mounted on the end of a long fiber-optic cable. A plumber sends the cable down into a drain or other access point, and then can watch the images sent back from the camera on a hi-def monitor. The plumber can get up close with the interior of the plumbing system.

Video pipe inspections are invaluable when it comes to locating pipe leaks. There’s no need to guess where the leaking pipe is located: the camera can find the exact spot the plumbers need to go. This eliminates needless damage to construction material when reaching the pipe. Video inspections are also useful for dealing with tough clogs. The plumber will find out what type of material is clogging up the pipe and discover the fastest way to deal with it. Video inspections saves time and make sure the plumbers get the job done right.

 

4. Portable Pipe Jetting is the Solution for Clogged Drain lines

Tough clogs are no match for a high-pressure pipe jetter. Plumbing professionals can now use high-pressure water to clear drain lines clogged with grease, sand, and sludge. This new tool helps the professional safely clean your pipes.

A High-pressure water drain cleaning devices works well for small-diameter lines. A lightweight jetter is easily portable and has a host of features such as a four-piece nozzle set and a faucet adapter. A flexible hose can easily slide around tight bends in small lines and down long runs.

 

5. Hire a Professional

Hiring a professional drain and sewer cleaning service may end up being a little more expensive than doing it yourself, but often, hiring a drain cleaning professional can save hundreds of dollars in the long run.

Drain cleaning professionals  have the plumbing tools and drain cleaning equipment, such as snakes and jetters, which most people don’t have around the home or office. A snake is a coil of wire that threads down pipes to break up blockage and clear clogged drains more quickly and easily. Sometimes, plumbers will have to completely open clogged drains to pump out water and debris.

Caring for and maintaining kitchen and bathroom drains saves money and time down the road. If the problem is something that can’t easily be fixed, it’s never hard to find certified professionals who are willing to help out.

Call 866-672-4337 To arrange for drain cleaning, either as regular service or in an emergency, call Radier Rooter We serve the Palm Beach and Broward County areas.

 

End of the Year To-Do List

Posted on December 18, 2016

You schedule yearly physicals to maintain optimal health. You schedule regular car maintenance to keep your car running smoothly. Like your body and your car, your home is made up of multiple parts working together for your optimal experience. And it’s only when something is amiss that we understand the importance of each part.

Your home’s plumbing system has one of the biggest responsibilities of the home. And any person who’s ever had plumbing problems on the eve of an important event can attest to that. But most people aren’t very proactive about this worker-bee system. The truth of the matter is, just like everything else we use on a regular basis, your plumbing system suffers wear and tear over time. Pipes and drains are designed for durability. However, everyday shortcuts and conveniences like liquid drain cleaners and fresheners for garbage disposals and toilets can cause more harm than good. Luckily, a lot of plumbing issues are preventable. All you need is routine maintenance and a little due diligence.

While the upkeep to a septic tank system might be a little more detailed than a sewer plumbing system, it’s still easy to keep in good shape with regular maintenance. Pumping your septic tank every 3-5 years is probably the most important thing you can do to protect your system. Otherwise, the buildup of solids in the tank could rise too high and clog the drainfield. That could strain and damage the system and require you to replace the drainfield, a messy, smelly, and most importantly, costly project.

And don’t forget about your A/C. It’s a right of passage as a Floridian to come to terms with the heat. It’s severe and long lasting, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it! Pre-season maintenance of your A/C unit can help you avoid a system failure during severe weather conditions, and keep your energy bill from getting out of control.

If you would like more detailed information on any of our services and maintenance packages, visit us at raiderrooter.com. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Raider Rooter Sewer and Drain Cleaning, Boynton Beach, Florida

Posted on May 21, 2016

Raider Rooter Sewer and Drain Cleaners is a Better Business Bureau accredited business and has been family owned and operated since 1978. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provide Emergency Service. We service all of Palm Beach and Broward County and offer a variety of services for both residential and commercial properties including drain cleaning and septic cleaning, septic inspections, camera line inspections, and high pressure water jetting. We are certified to install and maintain Hoot Aerobic Systems and we have teamed up with Perma-Liner to offer pipe lining solutions for those hard to reach deteriorating sewer lines. For more details and a complete list of services we offer please check our Services page. We also provide natural bacterial solutions for your drains and septic systems which promote long life of your system while helping to protect our environment. These products and their descriptions can be found in our Products page. For any questions or service requests please contact our office at 561-737-8818

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