Septic Preservation Services works with Portsmouth residents to provide mandatory inspections of the septic systems. The Portsmouth Wastewater Management Board is empowered by the town of Portsmouth to improve the essential systems required to properly protect public health as well as our natural recourses. Routine septic inspections are required to comply with the regulations. Septic Preservation Services can perform either First Maintenance Inspections and Routine Periodic Inspections. If you own a property served by a septic system in Portsmouth, RI please call our office for questions about our septic inspection services. Call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Septic Preservation Services is launching a new tool for our customers. We have added a calendar of events to our website. This calendar will be available to all customers and show what services will be provided on any given day. For example it may state title 5 septic inspections in Rochester, Lakeville, Norton and Mansfield or it may show Septic system repair in Swansea. This tool is intended to help our customers know when their system will be serviced.
One of the most important ingredients in your septic tank system is the microorganisms that live in the tank. These naturally-occurring microorganisms work to break down waste solids and process the sludge and wastewater in your system. Unfortunately, many of the chemicals and cleaning agents used in our everyday lives are harmful to the microorganisms. Homeowners that have a septic system, should refrain from using dangerous products that could potentially make their way into the septic tank and kill off these helpful microorganisms. Here are some tips that will help you to choose the best possible products for your home that are also safe for septic systems.
Chemical Cleaners 101
Part of septic tank care is knowing what you can put down the drain, and what you can’t. Septic systems in New Hampshire and Maine are vulnerable to failure caused by user error. The best way to stay on top of your septic system and ensure that it is working effectively and efficiently to process and remove waste is to get a preventative maintenance program from your local septic system service provider. A professional, experience technician can help to keep your system running in tip top shape and give you advice on proper septic tank care.
To determine whether or not a cleaning product is dangerous to your septic system, read the label. Many cleaning products are required to use the words “dangerous” or “poisonous” on their labeling to advise consumers of the danger associated with using or misusing the product. The word “warning” on a label indicates a moderate level of hazard associated with the product and the word “caution” is dangerous to an even lesser degree.
Your best bet is to choose cleaning products that say “septic friendly,” but they can be hard to find. Choose products that contain active ingredients that are bio-based or natural, as opposed to chemical-based cleaners. For example, citrus, vegetable, pine oils and seed-based cleaners are a better choice than chemical options. Don’t trust advertising claims that call products “green” or even “environmentally certified,” as many of those claims are exaggerated and have nothing to do with being safe for septic use.
Another product that people who have septic systems in New Hampshire and Maine need to be aware of is disinfectant. While these products are extremely helpful in reducing exposure to germs, bacteria, viruses and other potentially hazardous and infectious microorganisms, they will also kill the helpful microorganisms inside your septic tank.
Limit the use of disinfectants to surfaces, such as counter tops, trash cans and tables, rather than in sinks or toilets, areas that could cause these products to make their way into your septic system. Natural fruit or vegetable based all-purpose cleaners should be used in these vulnerable areas.
There are a lot of homemade solutions that can be used to clean your home instead of chemical-based products. In addition to being beneficial to septic tank care and being safe for septic systems, these homemade solutions go a long way toward reducing the amount of chemical exposure to your family. Even families without septic systems are turning to these tried and true homemade solutions and are moving away from chemical-based cleaners.
- Vinegar is a very effective cleaner for most household surfaces. It can be used to remove stains from tile or porcelain, eliminate hard water stains from shower doors and is an excellent choice for cleaning a smelly dishwasher or washing machine. It is the best choice for cleaning a toilet bowl. Just pour two cups of vinegar into the bowl and allow it to sit overnight. Scrub with a brush and flush.
- Lemon juice is a natural wonder, due to its acidic qualities. It is also a natural disinfectant and will leave your home smelling fresh and clean. It can be used to clean counter tops, toilet bowls, sinks and kitchen appliances. Add two cups of lemon juice to a bucket of hot water and scrub. It can also be used in the toilet similar to the vinegar solution for an alternative cleaning option.
- Baking soda works to both clean and deodorize your home naturally. It is safe for septic systems and is one of the best cleaners to use for those who are concerned about septic tank care. Just sprinkle baking soda onto counter tops, in sinks, onto the toilet bowl or anywhere else that needs cleaning. Scrub with a sponge or brush and wipe or rinse away with water.
Preventative Maintenance Program
Once you learn how to read the labels and how to avoid using potentially damaging chemicals in your home, the best thing to do for septic systems in New Hampshire and Maine is to join a preventative maintenance program with a trusted, professional septic system service company. Septic Preservation Services has been serving customers throughout the region since 1995 and is licensed and insured to provide residential and commercial services in both New Hampshire and Maine.
In addition to a comprehensive preventative maintenance program, Septic Preservation Services also offers New Hampshire and Maine inspections, confidential septic evaluations, trouble shooting services, remedial repairs and septic rejuvenation. Homeowners with septic systems in New Hampshire and Maine can trust the knowledge and experience of the technicians at Septic Preservation Services. Call SPS at 877-378-4279 for pricing, information or to set up an appointment for an inspection of your residential or commercial property. Visit www.septicpreservation.com for more information.
6/29/16 Septic Preservation Services and our sister companies All Clear Wastewater Services and Down to Earth Construction are working throughout southeastern Massachusetts to provide complete high quality service to our customers. As a group we can provide full services including septic inspections, septic pumping, drain cleaning, operation and maintenance of aerobic treatment units, septic system designs, and complete septic system installations. Call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
6/28/16 Septic Preservation Services is making progress working with the Woodstock brewery in addressing their wastewater issues. The brewery is located in Woodstock, NH and has been mandated by the Town Officials to reduce the strength of their wastewater. Once the current design is implemented the waste strength will be reduced from a BOD of greater than 20,000 mg/l to less then 200 mg/l. This reduction in waste strength is possible due to a combination of technologies including aerobic treatment.st
Call Septic Preservation Services at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com for more information and to see how they can help you with your septic needs.
In addition to Title 5 Inspections, septic repairs and cleaning services, Septic Preservation Services also provides professional consultations to property owners, both residential and commercial.
We understand that most septic problems don’t occur between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday, so we also offer 24/7 emergency services to our customers. We’ll be there when you need us anytime of day or night.
Do you have a difficult septic problem? Have you called other services that were unable to solve your issues? Septic Preservation Services can help to answer all of your septic related questions and help you find solutions that will get your septic system back on track and running properly. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment that can help us to quickly identify and accurately pinpoint the problems that are plaguing your system. At Septic Preservation Services, questions are always FREE. Give us a call at 877-378-4279 to ask a question, call us out for a consultation or set up an appointment for an evaluation or inspection.
Our professional team of licensed and certified technicians are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just call our Emergency Service Center day or night at 877-378-4279 and we will send someone out to take care of your emergency septic problems right away.
Septic Preservation Services also offers a Preventative Maintenance Program that can help you stay on top of your septic system to prevent emergency situations in the future. Ask one of our team members about the various programs available for our customers.
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Most homeowners don’t think about their septic systems each and every day. Plumbing and sewage are those types of things that tend to be out of sight and out of mind for most people. The only time we really think about them is when there’s a problem: a drain that won’t go down, a toilet that won’t flush, a septic system that suddenly smells.
When a septic system emergency occurs, most homeowners think that they need to simply get the tank pumped so they call out the local septic system pumping company. In reality, septic system maintenance should be something that happens on a regular basis, not just as a band-aid or a quick fix when something goes wrong. Another thing that many homeowners don’t realize is that there are some services that will be more than happy to charge a couple hundred dollars or so to pump your system – even if you don’t need it.
How Often Should Your Septic System Get Pumped?
Your system should be checked by a licensed septic and wastewater technician who can help you to overcome any small issues and concerns before they become big, costly problems. Local services, such as Septic Preservation Services in the Southcoast Massachusetts area, offer year-round maintenance programs designed to save you money and help you protect your investment.
Depending on the size of your tank, the “health” of your system and the number of people living in your home, required septic tank pumping should be approximately every two to three years. This may surprise homeowners who are paying for pumping services on a more frequent basis or, for that matter, for homeowners who just ignore their system completely until they have a septic system emergency on their hands.
According to data from the EPA, your tank should be pumped when the bottom of the floating layer of scum gets to within six inches of the outlet or if the sunken sludge layer is within twelve inches of the outlet. Getting regular check-ups by an experienced, professional septic system repair company – not just a pumping service – can help you know when you need to get your tank pumped or if your system needs a different type of service. At bare minimum, annual inspections by a qualified septic system service provider will help you keep tabs on your system.
Making a Small Problem Worse
Some homeowners may tell you that you can use commercial products to increase the amount of time between required septic tank pumping. The products they are talking about contain chemicals that are designed to aid in the break down of the sludge within the tank. Your septic system already has tons of naturally-occurring microbes working within your drain field and in your tank to help break down solid wastes and purify wastewater.
Unfortunately, some of these products can throw off the delicate ecosystem that has developed within your tank and disrupt the ability of the enzymes to break waste down. The EPA even strongly recommends that homeowners do not substitute these chemical products for regular maintenance through a preventative maintenance program, inspections and pumping, when required.
Why is Pumping Necessary?
You might be thinking that if all those enzymes are doing such a great job, why should an efficiently-running septic system ever need to be pumped in the first place? While the natural process of the system is the best way to break down sewage waste from your home, eventually the tank will need to be pumped to remove excess solids. Again, depending on your usage and size of the system itself, this needs to happen approximately once every two to three years, as needed.
If your tank needs to be pumped and isn’t, the entire septic system can overflow. Septic overflow of wastewater can often lead back to the source, pumping sewage back up through toilets and drains throughout the home. A failed septic system can also lead to a flooding of your drain field, which doesn’t just mean a stinky. flooded yard, but could also mean wastewater seeping into nearby creeks and rivers, tainting the local groundwater.
Once this happens, the waste from your failed septic system can contaminate the local drinking water that is used by your family and your neighbors. Once this waste enters the local water supply, harmful bacteria and other diseases are likely to spread, such as E.Coli or even hepatitis. This is why it is so important to contract a professional service company for a preventative maintenance program and inspections, and why you will ultimately need to plan on having your septic system pumped every two to three years.
Sign Up for Septic System Preventative Maintenance Program Today
For homeowners living in the Southcoast region such as Barnstable, Brockton, Monponsett, Attleboro, Nonquitt, Rochester and even customers located in Rhode Island, Septic Preservation Services is your best bet for professional septic system maintenance services and inspections. Certified to conduct Title V Inspections in Massachusetts and Rhode Island Town Inspections in the State of Rhode Island, SPS can help you stay on top of your septic system and ensure that it continues to work effectively and efficiently for years to come. Call Septic Preservation Services at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com for more information about our Preventative Maintenance Program, septic repair, rejuvenation, inspections, assessments and other available services.
5/27/16 Septic Preservation Services is getting ready for our summer team outing. We are looking for a location west of Boston in the Acton, Stow, Southboro, Marlboro, or Belin area. We would prefer someplace easily accessible to a main highway and whether you are a routine septic customer, title 5 septic inspection customer or a customer that we installed a new septic system for we would like your input for a good location. We also encourage our customers to spend time with us during our outing. Please contact our office if you can suggest a location or would like to join us. Call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
5/26/16 Septic Preservation Services is looking for a new team member to expand our team. This team member will perform title 5 septic inspections, septic repairs, septic installations, and routine septic services throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. While based in Norton we do service customers in Dennis, Plymouth, Rochester, Dartmouth, Seekonk, Swansea, Attleboro, Raynham, Taunton, Halifax, Marshfield, Franklin, Charlestown, Chepachet, Cranston, Smithfield, Jamestown, and all other towns throughout this region. Call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Low-flow toilets are a great way to reduce the amount of wastewater that ends up in a residential sewage system. If you live in an area that relies on private septic systems, as opposed to a municipal sewer system, it is important to do everything you can to reduce water usage to prevent an overflow of wastewater.
Septic systems are typically used in locations that aren’t connected to the city sewage system. A septic tank is a large tank, usually made out of concrete, that holds waste materials that are flushed through the residential sewage system. Inside the tank, bacteria works to break down the solid wastes, which are then released via wastewater into a drainage system.
Because low-flow toilets reduce water usage, they are ideal for cutting down on the amount of water that enters septic systems. Low-flow toilets are also used by homeowners that do not have a residential sewage system, as a means of reducing overall water consumption.
How Low-Flow Toilets Work
Low-flow toilets are designed to use less water than a standard toilet. The average residential toilet uses three to four gallons per flush, while low-flow toilets use around one-and-a-half gallons per flush. Recently, newer low-flow toilets have been produced that use even less water per flush by using a dual-flush system.
Much like septic tank systems, homeowners need to be aware of what gets flushed down low-flow toilets. The only thing that should ever be flushed down low-flow toilets that are connected to a septic tank system is toilet paper and organic waste. That means absolutely no paper towels, feminine products, diapers, newspapers or other paper materials.
The chemicals used to clean low-flow toilets that are hooked up to a residential septic system must also be chosen carefully. Bleach, abrasives, anti-bacterial cleansers and other bathroom cleaners should never be flushed into septic tank systems or washed down the drain. Use natural cleaners, such as baking soda or vinegar, to protect the good bacteria inside the septic tank that works to breakdown solid waste.
Part of a Healthy Septic Tank System
All of the parts of your residential septic system work together to effectively and efficiently process all the waste from your home. Low-flow toilets can be an important part of a well-run septic system. The best way to care for your system is to hire a professional septic system maintenance and inspection service.
A low-flow toilet is very easy to maintain and helps to reduce water usage in the bathroom. The fixture that helps to reduce water usage inside low-flow toilets may need to be adjusted every now and again. This fixture is the fill valve. It is used to maintain a proper level of water inside the toilet tank.
All-Clear Septic & Wastewater offers a preventative maintenance program, which can be used to keep tabs on the effectiveness of your system, catch potential problems before they get out of control and keep your residential sewage system running properly. Learning about your system and how it should be used and cared for, is another important part of good home ownership. Proper care and preventative maintenance, when used together, can prevent costly repairs and replacements. Call Septic Preservation Services at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com