Septic Repairs Can Often Be Avoided By Using Your System Correctly

Down to Earth Construction Services know that septic systems have to be used correctly for them to continue to work efficiently and function as they should. A large part of this is is just knowing what is being introduced to your septic system and making sure that anything that goes into it is appropriate and wont adversely affect your system. All wastewater makes its way to your septic system and everything that goes into your sink, toilet, washing machine and shower/bath will also get introduced into your septic system. Keep the following items out of your septic system to prevent problems:

 

  • paper towels

  • kitty litter

  • plastics

  • cooking oils or grease

  • disposable diapers

  • feminine hygiene products

  • any/all latex products

  • hazardous chemicals, pesticides and latex-based paints

  • water purification back flush

 

It is important to note, however, that each system is unique. Check with your septic system installer or manufacturer for a complete list of items that should not make their way into your system for maximum efficiency. There are also many other things that should stay out of your system and there is no way that we can list all of the items. We have found toys, dead fish, clothing and jewellery in septic systems and all of these items were causing a problem that led to us investigating the cause. Simply put if you are not sure do not put it in your wastewater. We have septic repairs scheduled today in Carver, Middleboro, Marshfield, Marion and Rochester MA. One of these repairs is necessary because the homeowner was unaware of the large volume of sand that was being introduced to their septic system via the washing machine and shower by their teenage children. It is wise to make sure that your entire family and visitors know that you have a septic system and there are certain, easily followed guidelines to follow to make sure you do not require a septic repair from our talented technicians. If however you do suspect that you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


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Drain Cleaners and Your Septic System

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Drain cleaners can be an easy choice when your kitchen or bathroom drain becomes clogged, but they are not a great choice for the health of your septic system.  Septic systems rely on natural bacteria  to treat wastewater.   The harsh chemicals found in drain cleaners can kill the beneficial bacteria needed by your septic system to process wastewater.

Chemical drain cleaners are one of the most dangerous of all the cleaning products on the market to human health.  Most contain very corrosive ingredients such as sulfuric acid, lye, and bleach that can burn your eyes and skin.  They can be fatal if ingested and these cleaning products are required by law to carry a warning label listing their harsh ingredients.   Care must be taken to keep these out of the reach of children.

Even very low amounts of a drain cleaner used in a septic system results in significant decreases in concentrations of Coliform bacteria and a decrease in PH when higher concentrations are used.  It could take up to 48 hours for bacteria population to recover to original levels.  If you must use  a harsh drain cleaner,  it is a good idea to flush a box of baking soda down the toilet after to neutralize the acids in the drain cleaner.

What is a solution to your clogged drains?  The best remedy is to prevent drains from being clogged by having good catch basins in all the drains of the home.  Purchasing inexpensive plastic or metal screens for the drains can keep many wastes from going down the drain including hair and food products.   Food scraps as well as oils  and grease should never be allowed down the drain.

Most clogs occur about 6 inches below the drain opening in the trap.   Taking apart and cleaning this area can remove the clog.  Plungers can also be helpful in removing a clogged drain.   If that doesn’t work, a snake or auger can be put down the drain to remove the blockage.   Clean-out ports can be removes to help access the clog.  If no luck, it’s always best to call a professional who has the equipment and expertise to get the job done.

If you feel you must use a chemical drain cleaner, look for an enzyme-based cleaner. Less harsh and more natural cleaners are becoming more and more popular and there are more choices available. They are more gentle on your system.  You can also try a homemade recipe:  Pour 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup baking soda down the clogged drain.   Then pour  6 cups vinegar after salt & baking soda.  Let stand for 1/2 hour then pour kettle of boiling water down drain. Repeat twice a year for trouble free drains.

Septic Preservation Services can help you with any of your septic system questions.  Call 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Advanced Treatment Unit Services and Sand Filter Services

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services have Advanced Treatment Unit Services and Sand Filter Services scheduled today in Marshfield, Hanover, Hanson, Scituate, Hingham, Bridgewater, West Bridgewater and Plymouth, MA.  We have experience with with a large number of Septic Systems and can advise you upon the best course of action. We can schedule services at your convenience and work quickly and professionally. If your Septic System needs a service or you have questions about septic system services please do contact our office at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Septic Preservation Services Schedules Septic Cleaning

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services have Septic Cleaning Scheduled today in Berlin, Hudson, Clinton, Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, Maynard and Acton, MA.  It is advisable to keep your septic system maintained to ensure that it works efficiently and correctly and to extend the life of your septic system.  If you need to schedule a septic cleaning please contact our offices at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com.

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Septic Preservation Ready for Septic Pump Repairs

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services are conducting septic pump repairs today in Canton, MA.  We are regularly called out for septic pump repairs that are necessary because homeowners are not aware of what can and is introduced to their septic system. If a child, for example, flushes clothing, then it can cause a malfunction with the septic pump requiring a repair. In some instances when our technician removes, for example, a broken toy or wipes from the system the homeowner is either unaware that it can’t be flushed or doesn’t know that it has been flushed. Always consider your septic system when you use your drains and if you are unsure please do contact our office for more information. While we can and do carryout septic repairs for our customers, we are also happy to provide education to avoid these repairs in the future. Please call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Septic Preservation Carrying Out Singulair Services

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services are carrying out Septic Singulair Services in Westford, Marlborough, and Northborough, MA today. We have the skills and experience to conduct these Services for our customers. If you need to have a Singulair Service, you need to ensure that you hire a company that has experience with this specific Service or your service may not be done thoroughly, which can result in failures later on. If you need to schedule a Singulair Service or wish to discuss this further please do contact our offices at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Septic Preservation Services Have Scheduled Title 5 Inspections

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services have Title 5 Inspections scheduled today in Webster, Oxford, Millbury and Brookfield MA. If you require a Title 5 Inspection contact our office to schedule an appointment.  You can reach us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Septic Preservation Services Schedule Singulair Services

           Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services have Singulair Services scheduled today in Little Compton, Portsmouth, and Jamestown, R.I.   Septic Preservation Services have extensive experience and expertise with Singulair Septic Systems so if you need a service on your Singulair septic system make sure you contact our office to schedule your appointment at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Top 10 Ways to Be a Good Septic Owner

septic system tipsAccording to the EPA , here are the top 10 ways to be a good septic owner.

Have your system inspected every three years by a qualified professional or according to your state/ local health department’s recommendations.

Have your septic tank pumped, when necessary, generally every three to five years.

Avoid pouring harsh products (e.g., oils, grease, chemicals, paint, medications) down the drain.

Discard non-degradable products in the trash (e.g., floss, disposable wipes, cat litter) instead of flushing them.

Keep cars and heavy vehicles parked away from the drainfield and tank.

Repair leaks and use water efficient fixtures to avoid overloading the system.

Space out water usage throughout the week.  e.g. spread loads of laundry throughout the week  and avoid excessive washing on one particular day.

Maintain plants and vegetation near the system to ensure roots do not block drains.

Use soaps and detergents that are low-suds, biodegradable, and low- or phosphate-free.

Prevent system freezing during cold weather by inspecting and insulating vulnerable system parts (e.g., the inspection pipe and soil treatment area).

Another great idea,  call Septic Preservation Services and enroll in their maintenance program.  They can keep you on schedule with regular maintenance to keep your system functioning properly and avoid costly repairs.     You can reach them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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What NOT to Allow in Your Septic System

septic maintenanceThe best way to avoid problems with your septic system is to know what NOT to put in it. Most people know that you shouldn’t flush any non-biodegradable materials, but there are a lot of everyday things that we all use that also should not find their way into your system.

F.O.G.s

An easy way to remember the first batch of things that you should avoid putting down your drains:

  • F = FATS
  • O = OILS
  • G = GREASE

If you can avoid putting fats, oils and grease down your drains, your septic system will need a lot less cleaning and pumping. Commercial businesses are required to add a grease trap to food preparation areas to separate this type of wastewater from their on-site septic system, but homeowners should take heed to keep this gunk out of their systems as well.

One way to keep F.O.G.s out of your system is to pour any residual fats, oils or grease from cooking into an old coffee can for disposal instead of rinsing it down the kitchen sink. Oils, which can include body oils, hair oils, baby oil and other non-cooking items, should also be avoided whenever possible and not rinsed directly into the drain. Some hair conditioners and body lotions also fall under this category, so learn to be a label reader and look for products that are septic-friendly.

Chemicals

We use a lot of chemicals each and every day and don’t even realize it. Ammonia in the window cleaner, bleach in surface cleaners, disinfectants for the toilets.    A lot of these household chemicals eventually make their way into your septic system where they can wreak havoc on the natural balance of bacteria and filtration, eventually leading to septic failure.

While it is important to keep your home clean and germ-free, make sure to choose all-natural, chemical-free solutions whenever possible and use toilet bowl cleaners sparingly according to the guidelines on the product labels. Choose laundry soap, stain removers, dish washing liquid, dishwasher soap and other products that go directly into the drain carefully. Look for non-toxic options that are made safe for septic use and follow the directions for usage.

Septic Tank Additives

There are a lot of products available on the commercial market that claim to be safe for use in septic systems. These additives are supposed to help keep your septic system running clean and clear, but can actually damage your system in the long run. Stick to a responsible preventative maintenance and cleaning program, learn about proper care for your septic system and apply all that you have learned to your daily activities, and you’ll never need to add tank additives.

Toilet Trash Can

A lot of people use their toilet as a trash can, flushing things that really have no business being in the toilet, drain or septic system. We’ve already discussed oils, grease, chemicals and additives in your drains, but when it comes to the toilet, some people seem to lose all common sense. Non-biodegradable materials can actually kill off the beneficial bacteria that is used to treat your wastewater. Plastics, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, condoms, cat litter, pet food, and pet waste are some of these items.

Poisonous Materials

If you have any leftover household chemicals from a renovation project, make sure to dispose of them responsibly. Don’t pour them down the drain and don’t just throw them in the trash can. Check with your local hazardous waste collection center for information on the proper disposal of paint, paint thinner, solvents and other toxic chemicals that can be dangerous for your septic system as well as the local landfill. Other poisonous, toxic materials that should never make their way down household or garage drains include antifreeze, pesticides, oil and gasoline.

Knowledge is Power

The more you know about septic systems and how they work, the easier it is to properly maintain and care for yours. Preventative Maintenance Programs, such as the one offered by Septic Preservation Services can help you to save thousands of dollars on costly repairs by keeping your system clean and running smoothly. Give Septic Preservation a call at 877-378-4279 for more information about our septic services or visit www.septicpreservation.com