Down to Earth Construction Services have engineers who can design your septic system. If you need a completely new system because you have a new home or you need to replace an old septic system that is not working correctly or in total failure, please contact our offices. We can discuss your individual requirements and design a septic system that is tailored for you. We have recently finished a Septic System Design and the Septic System installation for a client in Mattapoisett, MA and can certainly do one for you too. Please call us at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearth.com
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
Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Mansfield, Sharon and Foxboro MA. We are regularly referred to Realtor’s clients to perform Title 5 Inspections because realtors are confident recommending our services to their clients. Realtors know that we provide a professional and quality service that we can schedule quickly and conveniently. If you need to schedule a Title 5 Inspection contact our offices today.
Septic Preservation Services are installing an Air Pump to a customer’s Septic System today in Rehoboth MA. We have carried out similar repairs and maintenance for customers this week in Mattapoisett, North Reading and West Bridgewater, MA. If you need replacement parts for your Septic System or need sewage pump repair, septic pump repair, E One pump repair or sewage grinder pump repair, contact our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable team to schedule an appointment. Please call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have Septic Inspections today in Upton, Uxbridge, Blackstone and Bellingham MA today. If you are moving home or you are just concerned about your Septic System and want to schedule a Septic Inspection please contact our office. We have extensive experience in carrying out Inspections for our customers and our professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Inspectors are always available to answer any questions you may have about the process. Give us a call at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Septic Preservation Services are scheduled to carry out FAST services in Coventry, North Kingstown and Scituate, Rhode Island today. We have experience doing FAST services for our customers and can schedule a FAST Service for you. Don’t risk having your FAST Service done by a Septic provider that does not have experience with this specific septic system. If you need more information or want to schedule a FAST service please contact our office at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Down to Earth Construction Services are a locally owned company based in Norton, MA that have years of specific experience working with Septic Systems in Southern Massachusetts. If you want to be confident that you are hiring a company with the right experience to work on your home or business’s Septic System, contact Down to Earth Construction Services. We have experience doing Septic Designs, Septic Installations, Septic Repairs and Septic Inspections, in Massachusetts from locations such as Marion, MA to Berlin, MA and everywhere in between. Call us at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Septic Preservation Services completed Septic Inspections in Tenants Harbour and Friendship, Maine today. If you are buying or selling a home in Maine and require a Septic Inspection, please contact our office to schedule an appointment or to get further information at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Published in Onsite Installer Magazine
Written by Sarah Heger
Chemicals used in many drain cleaners kill the essential bacteria needed by septic systems.
Septic systems rely on natural bacteria to treat wastewater. Harsh chemicals used in many drain cleaners kill the essential bacteria needed by septic systems.
Chemical drain cleaners are among the most dangerous of all cleaning products to human health. Most contain corrosive ingredients such as sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide (lye) and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) that can permanently burn eyes and skin. Some can be fatal if ingested. Cleaning products are required by law to include label warnings if harmful ingredients are included which are:
|Signal word||Toxicity if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin|
|Caution||One ounce to one pint may be harmful|
|Warning||One teaspoon to one ounce may be harmful or fatal|
|Danger||One taste to one teaspoon is fatal|
In a study by Gross (1987), a lab study found significant decreases in concentrations of coliform bacteria at very low Drano concentrations. Just 0.1 mg of Drano per liter of septic tank effluent reduced the concentration of coliforms tenfold; 1.3 mg is enough to kill most bacteria, and at 3 mg/L they are destroyed. Three mg/L corresponds to 11.3 grams in a 1,000-gallon septic tank. Also, there was as a slight decrease in pH at higher concentrations of Drano. This amount could possibly be used by a homeowner in a short time period when unclogging a drain. The bacteria population recovers to its original concentration within 48 hours following the addition of the Drano.
Alternatives for customers
Prevent drains from becoming blocked in the first place by having really good catch basins in all drains from sinks, showers, tubs, laundry, etc. This is easily done with inexpensive metal or plastic drain screens. Large food scraps, along with fat, oils and grease should be collected and disposed of with the solid waste or composted when possible, and not dumped down the drain.
The most likely spot for a sink drain to clog is about 6 inches below the drain opening in the trap. If a clog occurs, many times the plumbing under a sink can be removed and manually cleaned. In other instances a plunger may also help to clear the obstruction or a drain auger or snake is used to manually remove the material causing the slow or blocked drain. If the blockage isn’t near enough to the sink to reach with a snake, look for other places to gain entry to the pipe. There should be clean-out ports that can be unscrewed to gain access to pipes for auguring. If it’s a tough hair or scale-type clog, it may be worth it to call in a professional with better equipment to handle those types of blockages.
As a last resort, chemical drain cleaners may be used, but they must be enzyme-based rather than caustic cleaners. Earth Friendly or Naturally Yours are two brands of enzyme-based drain cleaners. Homeowners can make their own: Put 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, 6 cups of vinegar down the drain. Let stand for an hour or so & then pour kettle of boiling water down your drain. This can be done every 6 months to a year. It does no damage and can help to keep drains clear.
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services can answer all your septic questions. Call them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 Inspections scheduled today in Sharon, Franklin, Foxboro and Mansfield MA. If you need an inspection to be done on your home, contact Down to Earth Construction Services and we will be happy to schedule an appointment and answer any questions you may have. You can reach us at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com