The Thing No One Wants To Talk About: Septic Systems

Your septic tank depends on healthy bacteria to keep it functioning properly

As a Plumber for many years we’ve seen a few things 

The 3 Worst Things To Put In Your Septic System

  Nothing is more dangerous to your septic system than putting in things that don’t belong there, certainly some items are worse than others


The 3 worst things to put in your septic system:

1. Grease. Your mom said never to pour grease down the drain and she was right! you will end up clogging up your drain which means nothing will be able to get through

2. Anything other than waste and toilet paper into your toilet. You would be surprised by the types of things we have seen toss down the toilet. A good rule of thumb- a toilet isn’t a garbage can.

3. Hazardous chemicals. If you toss these down the drain you will be killing off all the good bacteria that help to break down waste and keep your system running the way it should. 

Should you have problems call A-1 Plumbing 573.216.0035 … “if water runs through it we do it”

Plumbing Tips

water conditioner



Question I am thinking of getting a water softener can you tell me the advantages and disadvantages and how does it work? 

A-1 Plumbing – without getting too technical 

Hard water is formed by when water infiltrates through deposits of limestone and chalk which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates.

And as you know we have plenty of limestone here at the lake making the water here to be higher on the hardness scale


  • Saving your existing plumbing
  • Fewer chemicals needed cleaning
  • No calcium build up in hot water heaters or other appliances, 
  • Cleaner, softer brighter laundry and healthier skin

Let me explain

Plumbing- soft water can extend the life of your plumbing and avoid costly pluming repairs down the road. Bad for us but good for you

Better for the environment– you will use less cleaning supplies, less scrubbing and less chemicals down the drain and into the soil

Cost effective- save your appliances from your coffee maker to washing machine to the hot water heater -soft water can prevent the buildup of lime meaning they will run more efficiently

Healthier skin- soft water can soften your skin and hair by removing the hard minerals that cling using hard water


According to the University of Kentucky, drinking soft water can be harmful to individuals that are sensitive sodium levels. These include diabetics or those with high blood pressure. 

The sodium level is typically much higher in soft water.

Plants can be extraordinarily sensitive to sodium levels

Soft water cannot be safely used in aquariums. 

Fish require very strict pH levels to remain healthy in their environment, 

If you own a septic system, you should consider the additional load on your drainage field from backwashing and regeneration. 

Bottom line?

the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. You however may need a separate source for drinking water and plants. We can always run a frost free faucet for watering and a bypass for just drinking water.

The illustration above shows how a typical water conditioner works




 More than just outlets, we tackle larger project too

Installing a new hot tub?

Wanting to make sure your electric to the dock is safe ? 

We can do that !    

Did you know?


Did you know?
According to the EPA, leaky pipes and fixtures can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year.
If you have plumbing issues call A-1 Plumbing
If water runs through it - we do it

When you need to call plumber


We will ask you several questions

Name and address

  1. Your name and address
(so we know the location to contact one of our technicians and also to get you on the list)

Is it an emergency?

2. Is it an emergency?
(Is water filling up the bathroom? Or is it something that can wait?)

What have you done so far?

3. What have you done so far?
(That way can help you to prevent further damage) 

When will you be available?

4. When will you be available?
(How soon should we dispatch someone?)

A-1 Plumbing - we not only work at the lake we live here just like you.


A-1 Plumbing & Electrical 573.216.0035

Plumbing Problems Caused By Cold Weather


Leaking or Busted Pipes

 There’s no need to water grass in February 

Water Heater Working Overtime


Waking up on a cold morning only to find no hot water can make for a bad start of the day


Clogged Drains

 The holiday season might be over, but your kitchen sink’s drain probably doesn’t think so.  It may be slow with left overs that have been hanging on as hard as the 5 lbs. you gained during the holidays. .