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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.

You Can Still Win a Fit Bit!

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May isn’t over yet and neither is your chance to enter our contest! “Like” us on Facebook and share your baseball night out experience with us and the Frederick Keys, by posting on our wall with #TCPContest. This makes you eligible to win any month after and you are entered for the big prize at the end of the season!

What are you waiting for!

**Contest details found here**

Facebook Contest

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We are giving away prizes every month of the Keys Season! Details are on our website and at the end of the season you could win an IPad! Tell your friends and remember to post your Keys experience with ‪ #‎TCPcontest‬ on our Facebook.

Learn more on the contest page of our website!

Help Wanted – Plumber Needed!

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GOOD PAYING JOB WITHOUT THE LONG COMMUTE? We are in need of an experienced plumber/gas-fitter for residential work. You must be a service/renovation plumber with a Journeyman’s License. You must be able to work unsupervised, have a good attitude, with an excellent knowledge of the trade. We want you to take pride in your work, show up on time, and be willing to work overtime. Benefits include health insurance, retirement plan, paid vacation, paid holidays, AFLAC.


How Does UV Light Kill Microorganisms?

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If you are seeking a great way to make sure your tap water is safe to drink from microorganisms you may want to consider installing a UV light water treatment system. UV Light Systems are able to sterilize tap water, without the use of harsh chemicals, such as chlorine. After you install a UV Light System, you can rest assured that your family is drinking water safe from harmful Microorganisms. Let’s take a look at how UV Light sterilize water from microorganisms.


DNA Damage
UV light water treatment systems kill microorganisms by damaging their DNA. When UV light shines on a microbe, such as a bacterium, the wavelengths disable a specific sequence in the microbes DNA that codes for the microbes ability to reproduce. The microbe will then no longer be able to reproduce, rendering it harmless and unable to infect. 

Light Exposure
DNA of a microbe contains a specific sequence coding for reproduction and gives the microbe the ability to reproduce. This specific sequence can be instantly disabled by light, but only by light with a specific wavelength of 254 nm. Light with a wavelength of 254 nm is familiarly recognized as UV Light or UltraViolet Light.  When a microbe quickly passes through the system it is sterilized upon exposure to the UV Light. A microbe that cannot reproduce cannot infect other biological organisms.

Do you have a bacteriological contaminated water supply or concerned about a bacteriological contaminated water supply, then a UV Light System is a certain solution. UV light Systems are the chosen treatment for bacteria contaminated water. 

To learn more about the advantages of UV light water treatment systems, be sure to contact Tri-County Pumps. We are pleased to provide our customers in Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington County with septic pumping and water filtration services. For more information about the great services that we have to offer you, contact us.