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How to Find a Snow Removal Service

- Friday, October 27, 2023
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Keeping your driveway, sidewalks, and walking paths free of snow is important for safety reasons, so you’ll want to find a service that is both reliable and reputable. To make sure you’re partnering with a service that fits that bill, you can talk to your neighbors, post on a local message board, and even search online for a snow removal service near you.

Before Hiring a Snow Removal Service

Decide exactly what spaces you want cleared and if there are any special steps you’ll want them to take. For example, if you have a four-legged friend who will be trekking through your freshly cleared areas then you’ll want to make sure any deicing agents they use (like salt) are safe for Fido. In some areas, residents are responsible for keeping their sidewalks clear, and in others that may extend to the street.

Plan Your Snow Removal Route for Accurate Quotes

Check any requirements from your municipality to ensure you know where you’re obligated to keep clear. Also, decide which areas you’ll want tackled. Some common spots are:

  • Driveways
  • Walkways
  • Sidewalks

You should try to get at least three quotes and make sure each quote covers all of the areas you want cleared. You don’t want to wait until there’s 16 inches of snow standing between you and your freshly plowed driveway to discover your snow removal service didn’t include your walkway.

Contact Morse Engineering and Construction for more information.


Warning Signs that Septic Tank Is Full

- Monday, October 23, 2023
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An overloaded septic tank can lead to health issues and costly repairs.

Typically, septic tanks need to be pumped every 2-5 years, depending on the system and how much use it gets. Ignoring the signs that your tank is full can lead to messy and costly repairs and potential safety issues. Here are the top seven warning signs your septic tank is full—and what to do if you notice them.

What are the signs that your septic tank is full? Well, an important thing to know is that a septic tank has a normal “full” level. This is the standard operating level amount, which is normally 8 to 12 inches from the top of the tank. However, you should leave inspecting the levels of your septic tank to a professional because of exposure to hazardous gases and bacteria.

Although you should not check the tank yourself, you will know the septic tank is full by the following signs:

1. Drains Are Backing Up

One of the worst and most hazardous signs that your septic tank is full is if your drains are backing up. A major sign is if you flush the toilet and have water backing up in other drains, such as the bathtub. Sometimes, it can also mean a clog, but either situation needs to be addressed immediately.

If you notice sewage backing up in any of your drains, you need to avoid using water and call a professional septic tank cleaner as soon as possible.

2. Pipes Make Gurgling Sounds

If you hear gurgling sounds coming from your pipes, it is one of the telltale signs your septic tank is full.

This can be an indicator that your tank is overly filled with solid waste, and this does not allow the wastewater to be disbursed. Of course, bubbling and gurgling pipes can also stem from blocked pipes, drains, and drain vents. That’s why it’s vital to call in a professional if your pipes are making odd noises.

3. Water Drains Slowly

Do your drains seem to be taking their sweet time to empty? If the drains in your entire home are slow to drain, it could be a clog in the main line, or your septic tank is full. When the tank is too full, it can’t operate correctly, which will cause the water to not drain properly.

However, if the issue occurs in one room and not the entire home, it may be an isolated drain clog or plumbing issue.

4. Bad Odors in Your Home or Yard

If you notice foul odors that smell like rotten eggs in your home or yard, that’s a huge warning sign that your septic tank is having issues. There are a few things that could be causing your septic tank to stink, such as clogged drains, blocked vents, or a broken pump. But it can also be a sign that your septic tank is full.

Septic tanks contain hazardous gases, so this smell is not something you should ignore. The primary gases that are present in septic tanks are hydrogen sulfide and methane. Long-term exposure can cause an array of health problems and can even be fatal.

So, follow your nose, and if you smell anything resembling the odor of sulfur, call a professional plumber or septic tank cleaner immediately.

5. Pooling Water in Your Yard

Do you have pools of water in your yard near your septic tank or drain field? Chances are your tank is overflowing, and that’s why you have standing water near the tank. The wastewater has nowhere to go but out.

This water can contain bacteria and is very likely hazardous. Don’t allow pets or children near it, and have your septic tank inspected as soon as possible.

6. Drain Flies

If you have tiny flies buzzing around, it can be a sign that the septic tank is full or there is a problem with the pipes. Drain flies, also known as sewer gnats, feed and lay eggs on decaying organic matter.

So, an overfull septic tank provides a breeding ground for these little pests. They are only about ⅛ of an inch big, but you will notice them hovering around bathtubs, sinks, and showers.

7. Grass Looks Lush

If you notice an area in your yard with lush grass or an area that is consistently soggy, it could mean your septic tank is having problems. This can be from a clogged leach line that runs to your distribution field, or it could be that the tank is malfunctioning or is full.

The wastewater provides “fertilizer” and extra water, which causes the grass to become healthier. Unfortunately, this is not a good thing, and you need to have your septic system inspected to figure out what is causing the issue.

Contact Morse Engineering and Construction for more information on septic systems.


When to Replace Your Septic Tank

- Monday, October 09, 2023
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A well-maintained septic tank could last 20 to 30 years before it needs a replacement—but rest assured, that day will come. If your septic system is failing, there are usually a few signs. You might need to replace your tank if:

  • You notice sewage backing up into toilets, sinks, showers, and bathtubs.
  • Your sinks, bathtubs, and showers drain very slowly.
  • You see standing water or notice damp spots around your septic tank.
  • You smell sewage around your septic tank.
  • The grass around your septic tank is noticeably darker or more vibrant than the rest of your lawn and feels spongy (sewage can actually act as fertilizer).

Proper maintenance is the best way to increase the lifespan of your septic system's lifespan. Inspect your system every one to three years and pump your tank every three to five years. If you notice any issues, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.