Septic Tanks–when to get it pumped?

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While I talk about backflow testing often, I actually don’t have a backflow device. It doesn’t mean I don’t practice what I preach; I just recently moved to the “country,” and have adjusted to having well water, and I haven’t installed any real form of sprinkler system–I currently use soaker hoses. One very real change in living far enough from the city is the lack of sewer, which meant adjusting to having a Septic Tank. (We also are too far away ...

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Is the recent Houston Flood destined to be repeated?

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It’s been a little over a week since the major flooding Houston and surrounding suburbs experienced. With an inundation of 17 inches of rain over just 24 hours, hardly anyone can blame the area for not being prepared. A typical rainfall for the entire month of April is just under 3.5 inches. That’s a fifth of what fell in just one day. It’d be difficult to argue that any amount of preparation could have alleviated the Houston flood. 

However, some have ...

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When insurance doesn’t cut it: Backflow Devices as Insurance

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When flooding is preventative

Several years ago, my apartment was entirely flooded. Although it wasn’t a sewage flood,  I wish I had never had to deal with the events that followed, ranging from discussing things with insurance companies to replacing literally everything I owned. Alternating between staying at friend’s homes and motel rooms for several weeks while I waited for an apartment at my complex to open up was less than desirable.  I was able to rescue some of ...

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