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Summer Season Means Water Conservation Season

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When you hear summer you don’t think about conserving water, most likely you want to use more water. You are thinking about family vacations and getting together with friends.  There are many ways to conserve water during the hot scorching months.  None of us want the well to run dry or have a high water bill right?  In this blog, you will learn ways to conserve water inside the home.


When you walk into the kitchen your main concerns are getting supper ready for a hungry, hot, tired family and washing that sink full of dishes. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a dishwasher to save themselves from dish pan hands.  If you have to wash dishes by hand don’t let the water run.  Fill one side of your sink with soapy water and the other with rinse water.  Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while scraping off any leftover food.

When you get up to start your day grab a designated drinking glass; use that glass for the whole day.  You’re not only saving on the number of dirty glasses that need washed but also the amount of water you are filling the sink with to wash them.

While you’re cooking your fabulous favorite dinner there are a few ways you can conserve the amount of water being used.  Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the faucet.  Cook food in as little water as possible.  Not only are you saving on water but also retaining more nutrients.  Once you are finished cooking use any leftover water for a nutritional soup.  This will help in getting eight glasses of water a day!  Collect the water used to rinse vegetables and fruit; reuse on plants hanging around the house.   How many of us have dropped an ice cube on the floor?  The first place you think of throwing it is the sink right?  A little dirt won’t hurt a house plant or flower beds!

Laundry Room

Doing laundry is an everyday never ending battle for families.  We are going to discuss a few ways you will be able to conserve water while getting the laundry cleaned and smelling fresh.

We all sort our laundry right?  Washing your dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy.  Here’s the best part, your dark clothes will retain their bright brilliant colors!  In a hurry, and only need a few items washed?   The larger the load the better.  No matter how many articles of clothing you are washing, the amount of water is the same.  By washing full loads you could save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month.

Contact Tri-County Pump Service for a free water analysis!


The Bathroom is one of the biggest areas where we can all save on our water usage.  Whether it is the toilet flushing, the shower running or using the bathroom sink.  Following some simple tips can save you $100’s even $1,000’s a month.

Cutting shower times to under five minutes will save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month!  I know you’re probably thinking really?  Yes, REALLY!  When washing your hair turn the water off while you are lathering the shampoo.  Do you have small children or would you rather take a bath?  Plug your drain in the tub BEFORE running water.  You can always adjust the temperature while the tub is filling.

We all brush our teeth at least twice a day, turning off the water while you’re brushing can save one to four gallons of water a minute.  For the men in the household, you shave standing at the bathroom sink looking in the vanity mirror.  Instead of running the water, plug the sink and run some water for rinsing your razor after each stroke.  That alone will save you up to 300 gallons a month in water.

Toilet leaks are silent and a major waste in water!  A few tips in keeping the leaks under control are put some food coloring in your toilet tank, if it runs into the toilet bowl without flushing you may have a slow leak. After you flush does the flapper not close properly?

Contact Griffith Plumbing at and one of our experienced technicians will be more than happy to come out and fix any plumbing issues causing the leak and replacing the flapper.

Spring Septic Cleaning

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Spring Cleaning Has Begun!

Spring has arrived which is a great time to get your Septic Cleaned, Inspected or Repaired! We know what you’re thinking, is this really necessary? Personally, I’d rather be planting flowers, trees and gardens, but if it’s been over 3-5 years since your septic has been pumped, you may want to consider having it done.

Signs you may be having issues with your Septic Tank

One of the first things you’ll notice is a strong sewage odor around your tank or in your drain field. Next, you may notice a drain in the kitchen, bathroom or a toilet backing up. The first thing that comes to mind is to plunge the drain or toilet. Did this not work, or only work temporarily? Is your yard wet like it has rained for days, but it’s been unusually dry weather? These are good signs your septic tank is overfilled and needs to be pumped by a Septic Professional!

How can you help with the Maintenance between Septic Tank Pumps?

There are 3 main appliances in your home that we are sure you use on a daily basis. What are these you ask? A dishwasher, garbage disposal and washing machine! We all think, I’ll just run a half load of laundry or a small amount of dishes in the dishwasher and I’ll save on water. In reality you are actually using the same amount of water no matter how small the loads are. In order to put less strain on your septic tank, be sure you are doing full loads in both washer and dishwasher. Another way you can help maintain your septic tank will be with your garbage disposal. Fats, greases and larger solids should not be put down your disposal. These can contribute to an overflowing or malfunctioning tank. Use your disposal sparingly and only for small food particles.

Decided it’s time for a Septic Professional to Visit?

Call or contact Tri-County Pump Service!  We will happily schedule you with one of our Professionals, so we can complete a visual check-up of your system! Got a problem? Don’t feel pressured, we will notify you and help achieve a solution should you decide to address the issue.

Tips to Avoid Septic System Issues During the Holiday Season

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The holidays should be a time of celebration, enjoyment and relaxation with family and friends. Holiday parties hosted at your home and housing out of town relatives can create havoc on your septic system. Your septic system’s drain field may not be able to handle the increased usage. No one ever wants to hear the dreaded words, “the toilet is backing up”!

Here are a few tips to help you survive the holidays without incident:

Stagger the use of showers and baths

By staggering showers and baths, you reduce the amount of water entering your septic system. You can accomplish this by asking some guests to shower in the morning and others in the evening or requesting they take shorter showers.
Avoid washing consecutive loads of laundry
Try to avoid washing large amounts of laundry while you have guests or the day of a party. Plan to do your loads of laundry over a period of several days and try to only run full loads.

Be Careful what you flush down the Toilet

This subject may require a little finesse when broaching it with you guests. Make a request to your guests to avoid putting anything down the drains that should not be flushed such as feminine products or excessive toilet paper usage. This is a simple way to prevent unwanted items from entering your tank and will help prevent a pipe blockage or septic backup.

Schedule a pre-holiday septic pumping

If you are worried about the possibility of a septic incident, pumping your septic tank prior to your guests’ arrival can give the drain field a resting period while the tank refills. It is best to book the septic pumping appointment in advance if possible. Although this does not guarantee you will not experience a septic issue, it certainly reduces the chances.

Schedule Your Septic Pumping Today

The holidays are quickly approaching. Why not schedule a septic system pumping with Tri-County Pump Service and reduce your chances of a septic issue. Call us today at 301-432-0330 or complete our online contact form to book your appointment.

Understanding Septic Systems

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If your home relies on a septic system for wastewater disposal, it is important to understand how your system works. With proper maintenance and pumping, you can aid your septic system in functioning properly for many years. By setting up regular services and septic pumping’s you are engaging in preventative maintenance. It is important to keep waste water flowing in easily and draining easily.  Here is a quick overview of some of the main components of a septic system.

Septic Tank
One of the primary parts of the septic system is the septic tank. Each time you flush the toilet or run water down the drain your wastewater flows through the septic pipe dumping into your septic tank. Your septic tank holds waste both solid and liquid. There are many microorganisms living and thriving in your septic tank who are doing big favors for your septic system. They are decomposing the waste solids. An abundance of solids can inhibit the in/out flow from your septic tank, solids can get into drainfield blocking it, or displace liquids too quickly into your drainfield and all of which can cause big problems. 

Your drainfield is another crucial component of your septic system. The drainfield is designed to distribute liquid under the ground into the soil, which is overflowing from your septic tank. It is designed to do so without over saturating the ground causing a wet or flooded ground surface. As the wastewater seeps into the ground the soil acts like a filter.

Septic Pumping
It is important to have your septic pumped every 3-5 years. Although the microbes living in your tank do an amazing job they will need help keeping the level of solids down in the tank about every 3-5 years, so we help them out by pumping the tank. When you pump the tank inevitably you are also pumping out large colonies of the needed microbes. By pouring slightly spoiled milk down the drain you can help quickly restore the needed levels of microbes in your septic tank post pumping. 

When your septic tank is in need of service, do not hesitate to contact Tri-County Pumps. Our company provides Montgomery, Frederick, and Washington County with the best available water treatment and septic system services. In addition, we can also install water softeners and filtration systems in your home. Schedule a service today.

How to Locate Your Septic Tank

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In order to care for your septic system, it is important to know where your septic tank is. There are several tools that you can use to locate your septic tank. For example, you can use a metal detector or tile probe to locate your septic tank. To learn more about these two methods watch this video from Stewart Meade Photography. Tri-County Pumps has a third method using a flushable transmitting locator, if you want to learn more about this great technique contact Tri-County Pumps.

When your septic tank needs to be pumped, be sure to call Tri-County Pumps. Our company offers top quality septic maintenance and water treatment services throughout Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington County. Call us at (877) 849-8455 to set up an appointment for your septic system today.