THE LEADING CAUSE
wastewater is composed of 99.8% water, with the remainder, 200 parts per
million, being solids.
septic systems and municipal systems in Hawaii are designed to
accommodate 200 gallons per day per person. The size of the leach field
of a septic system is determined by how many people will be using it,
and how well the soil "perks".
think about this: You have four people in your house and a septic
designed for 800 gallons per day. A toilet develops a leak and you don't
hear it. A one gallon per minute(g.p.m.) leak totals 1,440 gallons per
day(g.p.d.)! One half of a g.p.m., 770 g.p.d., would saturate the
pumped cesspools with our 3,200 gallon tanker and had clients call back
a week later to say their cesspools are full again, and want to know
why. That is why when we pump we always try to look and listen for
leaks. Sometimes you can't see or hear them though.
sink is leaking you can see it, but how can you tell if a toilet is
leaking? The easiest way is to put food coloring in the tank on the
back. Don't flush. If the coloring shows up in the bowl, there is a
of repairing an old 3 or 5 gallon toilet we recommend replacing it with a
1.6 gallon low flow model. There is a brand available here on Maui at
one of the plumbing supply stores that costs about $180.00. And, you
don't have to flush twice. If you call, we can tell you which brand.
way to extend the life of your septic or cesspool is to divert washing
machine water or "gray" water to a banana patch, or water the
lawn with it. Do not allow the water to flow off of your property.
water, save your sewer!
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