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Engineered Septic System

Engineered Septic System

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

What is an engineered septic system? An engineered septic system is often used in cases where a conventional septic system cannot be installed. Septic systems are still possible on properties with soil that does not percolate, but these engineered septic systems often require additional earth-moving and/or pumping systems (percolate refers to...

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Effluent Filter

Effluent Filter

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

What is an effluent filter? Effluent filters go in the tank and take the place of the exit baffle. Any water leaving the tank must first go through this filter. Effluent filters are designed to prevent larger solids from leaving the tank and plugging up the drainfield. They will cost $50...

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Drip Septic System

Drip Septic System

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

A drip septic system releases small amounts or “drips” of wastewater at regular intervals, maximizing the treatment of sewage and minimizing the risk of untreated wastewater quickly flowing through the soil. Drip septic systems are often used on steep slopes, forested areas and other places where trenches are difficult to install....

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Do Laundry Disks Work?

Do Laundry Disks Work?

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

“THEY DON’T WORK!!” Q. What are Laundry Disks? A. According to advertising materials, laundry disks can eliminate the need for laundry detergent, offering the consumer substantial cost savings. They typically sell for $50-70, and according to advertising claims, can be used for hundreds, even thousands, of loads. These products claim...

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Cost of Pumping a Septic Tank

Cost of Pumping a Septic Tank

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

How often should I pump a septic tank, and how much will it cost? Under normal conditions, you would pump a septic system every 1-3 years…                         1-2 people in the house=every 3 years                         3-5 people in the house=every 2 years                         6+ people=every year                         You may want to talk to your...

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Cost of a New Septic System

Cost of a New Septic System

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

The cost of a new septic system will vary around the country according to local labor and material rates.There are three kinds of costs associated with a new septic system: the original installation costs, the maintenance and repair costs, and the replacement costs if things go wrong. Proper steps taken...

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Best Washing Machine

Best Washing Machine

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

The first thing to determine when looking for the best clothes washer is your laundry habits and needs. Do you have to wash a lot of laundry, or a little? Do you live in an apartment or other place where you aren’t allowed to install a conventional washing machine?There is...

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Best Laundry Detergent

Best Laundry Detergent

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

If you are looking for the best name-brand laundry detergent, Consumer Reports is the best source of information. However, there is an eco-friendly laundry detergent that has actually outperformed Tide in university tests, called Charlie’s Soap (in the tests it is called Wonder Wash laundry detergent, but it is really...

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Best Clothes Iron

Best Clothes Iron

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

When looking for the best clothes iron, the most important thing is to consider your ironing needs. This page contains a great deal of information on clothes iron features, which should help you determine what is available and what you need. Most clothes iron manufacturers use different terminology for the...

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Are Bacteria & Viruses Lurking in Your Washing Machine?

Are Bacteria & Viruses Lurking in Your Washing Machine?

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

More news from the guy who warned about dangerous germs lurking in your kitchen sponges and dishrags and the muck in your office coffee cup: Your washing machine may not be as safe as you think either.Environmental microbiologist Charles Gerba spends most of his time researching water quality. But he...

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Chlorine Tablets for Septic

Chlorine Tablets for Septic

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

Conventional septic systems typically discharge wastewater through an underground drainage field. However, many homeowners, particularly in areas with clay soils, have septic systems that discharge wastewater into surface water, such as a drainage ditch. For example, there are approximately 140,000 such systems in Illinois. In these types of systems, wastewater from the...

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Bleach Alternative

Bleach Alternative

By Corey Tournet September 03, 2018 |

When many people think of bleach, they automatically think of chlorine bleach. However, there are actually many different kinds of bleach. For laundry, the most common bleach alternative is called oxygen bleach. Chlorine bleach actually works quite well, in terms of stain removal and whitening fabrics. However, it can also...

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