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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!


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5 Easy Ways To Prolong The Life Of Your Septic Tank And System

The septic tank and system of your home may not get a lot of attention, but there is no doubt that it serves a crucial purpose. Plus, with costs as high as between $4000 and $12,000, there is no way that you will want to replace the septic system of your home any sooner than you have to. Whether you have a brand new septic system or one that is fairly dated, you should do everything that you can to prolong the life of the system. There are five easy ways you can ensure that the septic system you have lasts as long as possible.  

1. Avoid planting trees or deep-rooted plants around your tank. - Keep trees several yards away from the location of your septic tank. The root systems of some trees can reach far into the ground and wrap themselves around your septic tank or even puncture right through it which will definitely mean a replacement will be necessary. 

2. Never build a structure or allow parking above your septic tank. - Because the main part of the septic system is housed beneath the ground, you may think it is safe and can support the weight of structures or vehicles. However, heavy vehicles or buildings parked directly above some tanks, such as those with steel encasements or fiberglass shells, can cause problems. 

3. Have your septic tank pumped and cleaned regularly. - Even though much of the liquid and solid waste that lands in your septic tank will take care of itself through a natural breakdown and drainage process, the sludge that accumulates on the bottom must be removed. Having your tank pumped and cleaned out regularly will help to ensure this sludge does not cause future issues. 

4. Skip using harsh chemical cleaners in your toilet or drains. - Before you clean your toilet with a gallon of bleach or pour a container of drain cleaner down the drain, remember where these chemicals travel to as they disappear. Chemicals can be very hard on your septic system, deteriorating lines and even disrupting the natural breakdown of waste in your tank. 

5. Follow appropriate flushing guidelines. - There are some things that should not be flushed into a septic system because they could easily cause a lot of problems, compromising the livelihood of your septic tank and system. Kitty litter, latex gloves, and even heavy paper products are a few good examples. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from