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Shearing the Flock

Shearing the Flock

August 04, 2020

When it comes time to shear sheep, there are a couple of options.  You can hire a professional, or you can do it yourself.  Being the kind of person who goes gung-ho on all his hobbies, I opted for the latter.  How hard can it be? I wondered.  I buzz my own hair. Surely I can do this.  So, I watched some Youtube videos and bought some Oster Showmaster shears.  Professionals can shear a sheep in under 1 minute.  I knew I wouldn’t be that fast, but I was confident in my abilities and my Youtube education. 

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Unexpected Pigeon Toady

Unexpected Pigeon Toady

July 29, 2020

The sun bled upwards into the sky—yellow, pink, and whitish purple—the day that they arrived. Needless to say, even though I’ve raised birds for a few years, I wasn’t expecting baby pigeons.

I remember watching that sunrise with a sense of awe, observing how the light bent double over the tops of the rolling foothills above Golden, Colorado before spilling downwards into the valley and up to the window where I sat. I thought, even before knowing that new life had actually arrived, that life is always a cycle of renewal—no matter how dark the night becomes.

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What Does 'Rural' Mean To You?

What Does 'Rural' Mean To You?

July 22, 2020

What does the term “rural” mean to you?  Here in the Unique Drain & Septic office, it is instantly associated with septic systems. That’s what we do here: make septic treatments, so of course when working, I associate those two. However, when I make my commute home, “rural” no longer means onsite wastewater. It means a dirt driveway and feeding my sheep. It means cutting trees on the weekend and digging our own ditches. “Rural” is so much more than a particular distance from the grocery store or how far away your neighbors are.

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Outhouses and Drain & Septic Products?

Outhouses and Drain & Septic Products?

July 17, 2020

Outhouses seem antiquated and irrelevant.  Yet, we still occasionally have folks reach out to us regarding our products and their outhouse.  Outhouse care is important.  After all they can easily smell bad, breed flies, and fill quickly (requiring a pump out or a move).  Using Septic System Digester can help reduce all of that.

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To Greywater System Or To Not Greywater System

June 27, 2020

Grey Water System, Greywater System, Gray Water System, Graywater System.  Regardless of the naming convention you subscribe to, a greywater system is a wonderful option where it is legal and easy.  Here we discuss the uses, installation and maintenance of greywater systems.  These systems allow you to capture and utilize greywater.

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Caring For An Older Septic System

Caring For An Older Septic System

June 12, 2020

Whether it's your current home, or perhaps a dream home with an older septic, special care must be taken to get the most out of your aging septic.  Here we discuss some things to pay attention to when looking at a home with an older septic as well as general care guidelines for older septic tanks and aging leach fields.  No septic lasts forever, but with a little loving care, your septic could give many more years of service.

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Conscious Water Usage in Septic Systems

Conscious Water Usage in Septic Systems

May 29, 2020

Conscious water usage is always important, but is even more so when on a septic system.  Overuse of water on a septic can cause waste to push into your laterals or it can cause a whole host of other issues.  Here are some ideas that will make a drastic change in your water use.  Your septic will thank you!

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The Coyote and the Effluent (Percolation and Your Septic)

The Coyote and the Effluent (Percolation and Your Septic)

May 05, 2020

Septic field issues often come down to percolation problems.  Standing water in a septic field means the field isn’t percolating as it should.  Other symptoms could include slow or stopped drains throughout your home.  These percolation issues can be caused by a few different issues.  

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Septic Safe Products - what products are safe to use in my septic system

Septic Safe Products

January 22, 2020

One of the biggest issues that can threaten the health of your home’s septic system is allowing the wrong items to enter your tank. When it comes to the cleaning products you regularly use around the house (e.g., toilet bowl cleaners, laundry detergents, and drain cleaners), you face the same risk! It’s crucial that you use septic-safe products, otherwise you might be doing your septic system a huge disservice! 

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How To Inspect Your Septic System from Unique Drain and Septic

How to Inspect Your Septic System

January 15, 2020

Did you know that your septic system should be inspected regularly? In fact, you should have your system inspected at least once a year! Unfortunately, many people neglect this crucial maintenance step, and it can have disastrous consequences. So, in this article, we’ll explore how to inspect your septic system!

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How much does a septic system cost? - Unique Drain + Septic

How Much Does A Septic System Cost?

January 03, 2020

If you live in a rural area, or a neighborhood where public sewer access is not available, you are most likely on a septic system. New and seasoned home owners may worry about the cost of such a system and need to know upfront what expenses they can expect. Well, we’re here to break down the cost of the various components, the installation, and the maintenance of a septic system.  

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What types of septic systems are there - understanding the different types of septic systems for your home - unique drain and septic

What Types of Septic Systems Are There?

January 03, 2020

As with most things, there are many options to choose from in terms of septic systems. Whether you are looking to install a new septic system for your home, replace an old one, learn which type is already installed for your home, or just become more informed about the different types of septic systems, this article should benefit you greatly.

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