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10. How to Evaluate an Onsite System for Remediation
Homeowners will want the cheapest fix. Product manufacturers will have their own suggestions. Remediation means different things to different people, but the critical first step for successful system remediation is always failure analysis.

9. Faced with a Flooded Septic System?
Floods can wreak havoc on septic systems, but they can often be rescued if the septic professional knows how to minimize the damage. Read up on steps to take before, during and after a flood.

Related: 5 Simple Tips to Teach Homeowners About Onsite Systems

8. Tank Access Inspection: What is Your Responsibility?
If you have been in this industry for some time you have certainly seen a lid on a cesspool, septic, aerobic or pump tank that was not on tightly, was deteriorating or maybe covered with plywood. These situations need to be seen as an opportunity for education and a repair that could prevent a tragedy.

7. Homeowner Education is Critical During a System Repair
Depending on why a system needs to be repaired, there are many areas where the property owner may need some extra education to help their repaired system perform properly. Many of these seven tips could help extend the life of their system.

6. Low-Tech Solutions to Extend System Life
Rejuvenating a struggling system will make you a hero in the eyes of the customer. Check out these relatively low-tech and low-cost solutions to help systems that may be struggling and to increase longevity for new systems.

Related: How To Respond to Common Homeowner Questions

5. Microbeads – Why the Ban?
Microbeads became a big issue a few years ago. Regulations phasing them out of beauty and cleaning products are great news for septic systems.

4. Solids: The Enemy of the Septic Tank
Solids are the enemy of a septic tank, but unfortunately many tanks are not regularly assessed for accumulation. What do you do if you are monitoring a system and something makes you scratch your head?

3. Septic Care: Explaining the Effects of Detergents
Explaining to customers why their ATU is foaming takes patience. Help homeowners who want to take better care of their onsite system with some recommendations for septic-safe detergents.

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2. 3 Ways to Insulate Septic Pipe
The best way to avoid freezing in septic lines is to properly slope and bed the piping. But in areas where temperatures routinely fall well below zero for extended periods, there are situations where additional insulation must be applied.

1. Septic Care: Warning Customers About Fabric Softeners
Fabric softeners coat our clothes with a subtle layer of slimy chemicals, which is what makes them feel a little softer. Most fabric softeners can have a negative effect on a septic system, but you can recommend alternatives to homeowners.

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