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Flushing a toilet is simple right? Understanding how your sewer and septic system works is a bit more complicated. However, Raska Sewer Service is here to help you understand what happens after you flush.

City Sewers

A house with a toilet connected to city water and sewer can expect toilet water to drain into a four inch pipe after leaving your house. This pipe could be orange berg, cast iron, or pvc, depending on how long it’s been since the pipe was installed. The pipe is connected to a larger city sewer pipe usually adjacent to a road. Here, it connects to the city water and sewer pipe and runs down hill by gravity or is pumped into a waste treatment plant or a large holding tank to be treated or hauled off to a waste treatment facility.

Septic System with Drain Field

A house with a toilet not connected to a city sewer can seem complicated. Flushing a toilet that has a septic system is easy to understand. Waste water drains from your house through pipes and dumps into a septic tank. This pipe could be orange berg, cast iron, or pvc, depending on how long it’s been since the pipe was installed. This pipe dumps waste water in the tank until the water level reaches the height of the outgoing pipe at the opposite side of the septic tank. Water runs down the pipe into a drain field (Drain Field, Septic Field, Leach Field are all the same thing). Raska Sewer understands many different types of septic systems. If you have questions, call and ask about your septic. Advice is free.

Newer Septic systems contain a filter to prevent large particles from clogging your drain field; this filter is located at the outgoing side of a septic tank below your septic cover. Raska Sewer recommends filter cleanings. Spray your filter with water from a garden hose to remove debris and buildup each fall before putting garden hoses away for the winter, this ensures a properly working septic system throughout the winter months. If water is over flowing from your septic cover it means you have a plugged pipe or a plugged filter from the outgoing side of the tank. Raska Sewer will clean filters for a small sum.

Wet or soggy ground around a drain field means the drain field is not working properly. We can help and can usually fix the problem without a new installation or repairs! It’s easy, fast, and much cheaper than a drain field replacement!

Septic System with Mound System

A house with a toilet not connected to a city sewer can seem complicated. Flushing a toilet that has a septic system is easy to understand. Waste water drains from your house through pipes and dumps into a septic tank. Next, the waste water rises until the water level reaches the height of the outgoing pipe at the opposite side of the septic tank. Water runs down the pipe into an additional tank containing a lift pump station. A lift pump station is a fancy term for a pump that propels water uphill to a mound system so that water can percolate or seep into the ground. Raska Sewer understands many different types of septic systems. If you have questions, call and ask about your septic. Advice is free.

Pump the tank containing your septic pump and lift station every three years to keep solids from harming your pump.

You should have a weep hole in your pipe (in your lift station/pump pipe) allowing excess water to drain out of your pipe. If you do not have a weep hole in winter, your pipes will freeze between your lift station (pump chamber tank) and the mound system.

Drain Cleaning and Drain Snake

How do I know if I need my drains cleaned or roto-rooted? If your toilet is flushing slower than usual a problem could be one flush away from an overflowing toilet. A good plunger is a plumber and Raska Sewer’s first weapon of choice. If that doesn’t work check the toilets drain vent on the roof of your house to make sure your roof vent/toilet vent is getting air to allow gravity to dump the waste water. Bird nests, leaves, acorns, and winter snow and ice in a pvc air vent on your roof will cause slow flushes and lead to drain clogs.

If you think you need a roto rooter, make sure we can access your cleanout. Sometimes the problem is from a toilet drain meaning we might have to take a toilet off to get our roto-rooter drain snake into the pipe. If you think the problem is between the sewer or septic system and your house, the cleanout is usually a four inch drain located in the basement or bottom level of your house.

Roto Rooter

(Roto rooter, pipe snaking, or drain cleaning); is needed for one of two reasons, roots or house hold items are clogging the drain. Raska Sewer Service will remove the roots and other items from pipes.

Root Problems

If you know you have roots in your system we can help. Raska Sewer will remove roots with our roto rooter. Roots will return and clog a pipe every year or two. We suggest having pipes treated by us with our select root killer after roto rooting. Cut roots are easier to kill with our root penetrating formula than uncut roots. A combination of Raska Sewers root remover and roto rooting will keep roots from returning much longer than a typical roto rooting session.

Drain Cleaning and Frozen Septic Pipes

Raska Sewer Service can fix rusted or frozen drain pipes. This process is called jetting. A jetter is a high pressure ice and debris remover that pulls itself through pipes and cleans at the same time. This process removes; rust build up in cast iron pipes from years of pipe oxidation, removes ice from pipes, and removes all other debris from a pipe.

Septic Tank Cleaning and Cleaning Septic

What to expect when a pumper comes to your house for a septic cleaning? Raska Sewer Service asks that you have your septic cover or lid dug up if underground or unlocked if above ground. Also, we ask that you have a garden hose available so that we can service and clean your septic system filter. Depending on the size of your tank the job will take about a half hour to pump and remove solids from inside the tank. Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources oversees counties to ensure your septic system is in code and is serviced, pumped, and or inspected every three years. This means you should have your county septic card available so that the pumper can document by signing and dating that he’s been there; you can then send the card back to the county. If you do not have a card Raska Sewer Service has copies or copies are available at counties website’s via printing from your computer.

Septic Pump and Lift Station

How do I know if my septic pump or lift station is working properly? If wastewater is backing up in your house or overflowing from the septic tank covers, you know you have a problem. If a pump or lift station is not working properly you should contact a professional immediately, contact a knowledgeable pumper or septic pump installer. I do not advise any person to try and diagnose the situation by oneself as it can be dangerous and a lack of inexperience can harm persons and the septic pump/lift station. The pump could be bad, or you could have a plugged sewer line. A rundown of your lift station would start with making sure the circuit breaker was not tripped or shut off. If the circuit breaker is on and you have water in the septic tank the pump should be working. If you have electricity to the pump and the pump is not running; you know it’s time to call Raska Sewer Service or a pump installation expert to get a diagnosis for your lift station.

Porta Potti and Portable Restroom Toilets

Raska Sewer Service offers weekend, weekly, or monthly toilet rentals. Rentals are scheduled to be pumped as often as you’d like: weekly, every two weeks, or once a month. We deliver to most of Polk County, and Northern St. Croix County. We have wheel chair ADA handicap toilets that are “actually” wheelchair accessible. We also provide a variety of hand wash sinks. We provide construction grade portable toilet rentals. Raska Sewer Service & Portable Toilet Rentals provides: quality restrooms for weddings, graduations, and other gatherings. We provide restrooms for large gatherings such as county fairs, car shows, Air shows, football games, and tractor pulls. A leading portable toilet rental and restroom contractor in Polk County, Wisconsin. We can handle any job big or small.

“Serving the St. Croix Valley and surrounding area for over fifteen years”