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Signs Of A Faulty Septic System

I thought I had a septic problem when my toilet and sink wasn't draining properly. This suspicion was confirmed when sewer water started backing up in my bathtub. I figured that this was a job for a professional, so I called a local sewer service company. Sure enough, my septic tank was full and this was causing the problem. After having my tank pumped out, my drains run freely and my toilet flushes better than it has in a long time. My name is Wesley Hammond and the experience that I had with my septic system is the reason that I'm writing this blog. Since sewage backup in the house is very unhealthy, everyone should be aware of the signs of a faulty septic system. As you read these articles, you'll learn about the different types of septic system problems and how you can keep them from happening.

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It's Spring Cleaning Time --Pretty Up Your Old Farm Fast By Hiring An Excavating Company

by Jacob Reed

As spring approaches and the snow begins to melt, take a good look at your farm. If what you see is bare patches of dirt, hoses strewn all about, gravel spilling from your driveway, and ditches filled with leaves and branches, then it's time to do some spring cleanup work. How will you ever find the time to clean up your farm, though, with all of your ordinary farm chores to do? Surely transforming your drab old farm into a fabulous property will take months, right?

Wrong. Hire excavating contractors and hand them this list of chores, then watch as your tired old farm quickly blossoms into a tidy, aesthetically appealing parcel of land.

1.  Install Sprinkler System

If you're feeding your plants water via above-ground hoses, it's time to consider having a sprinkler system installed. Not only will your farm look a lot better without ugly rubber hoses lying around, but you'll also save water by gaining tighter control over when and how much you use. Furthermore, the water you provide your plants with will be more evenly dispersed by a sprinkler system than it is by regular old hoses, so you'll need less of it to ensure that every plant gets enough.

Sprinkler systems are created in zones, so if you can't afford a complete irrigation system right now, ask your excavator contractor to install just the main sprinkler system and a single zone. You can later add different property zones onto the system as you are able to afford them.  

2.  Build Retaining Wall

If you've got any embankments on your property, dirt and gravel can spill from their elevated slopes and cause a mess in the surrounding areas. You can fix this problem by having your contractor install a retaining wall.

Your retaining wall can be made from wood, stone, concrete, or brick, depending on your design preferences and the amount of pressure the wall will need to tolerate. Since water will no longer be able to run freely from the area after the retaining wall is in place, your contractor will install a drainage system in the wall to prevent bulging and cracking in the future.  

Depending on the material used, a retaining wall will cost anywhere between $15 and $40 per square foot, including materials and labor.

3.  Clean Out Ditches

Ditches work to carry water away from your property, and they don't function properly when they're filled with plants and weeds. A common remedy for an overgrown ditch is to simply burn off the plants. Unfortunately, this method is only semi-effective as it's very time-consuming and the charred ashes remain in the ditch and can build up over time.

A far more effective, longer-lasting method of ditch-cleaning is to simply have your contractor dig your ditches out with an excavator.  A thorough dig-out will completely remove every bit of plant matter and debris in your ditch, restoring it to full-efficiency and giving it the tidiest of appearances.

4.  Prep Bare Spots For Grass

If you've got an ugly patch of land where grass just won't grow, stick this on your contractor's to-do list, too. He or she will level out the area with their loader bucket, removing rocky soil and replacing it with a medium more favorable for growing, if necessary. They'll then use a landscape rake attachment to create perfectly-groomed soil.

All that's left for you to do after this is to scatter some grass seeds and wait. Where this level of work would take the average person days to complete, your contractor can whip it off the list quickly with their specialized tools.

As spring approaches, now's a great time to clean up your old farm. Forget about trying to rent all of the necessary equipment and investing the precious work time you'll need to do it yourself. Pretty up your farm fast by calling an excavating company and handing them the above list of tasks to complete.

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