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All Natural Christmas Gifts

ChristmasToxic cleaners and harsh chemicals are all around us.  They can cause havoc with your septic system.  Your septic system relies on natural microorganisms to break down the effluent which flows into your septic tank.  Harsh chemicals found in many cleaners such as bleach can kill some of these naturally occurring organisms.  What’s a better solution?  You can make your own household cleaners out of natural ingredients you can find in your home.

You can make your own drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, counter spray, etc. out of natural and gentle ingredients which are better for your environment as well as family  and child friendly.   At this time of year, they also make great Christmas gifts, especially when decorative bottles and containers are used.

Here are some great recipes to try:

All Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 20-30 or more drops of essential oil (optional)

Suggested uses: hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors.

Tip: Warming in microwave until barely hot will boost cleaning power for tough jobs. Only microwave in a glass container.

Creamy Soft Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • ½ cup to 2/3 cup liquid castile soap*
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative)
  • 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any scent you prefer (optional)

Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar, shelf life of 2 years. Dry soft scrubs can be made with baking soda or salt (or combination of both) with 10-15 drops essential oil to scent.

Suggested uses: Use this creamy soft scrub on kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc.

Laundry Detergent

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soap flakes
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1-2 tbsp. oxygen bleach (optional for extra whitening power)

Soap flakes can be made by grating your favorite pure vegetable soap with a cheese grater. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry), wash in warm or cold water

For soft water: use 1 cup soap flakes, 1/4 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup baking soda. For hard water: use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda, and 1 cup baking soda.

Note: This recipe can be safely used in HE washers..

Tips: Add 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to rinse as a fabric softener. For a whitener, use hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. Soak your dingy white clothes for 30 minutes in the washer with 1/2 cup 3% peroxide. Launder as usual.

Furniture Polish

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 20-30 drops lemon essential oil

Shake well before using (2 teaspoons lemon juice may be substituted for lemon oil but then must be stored in refrigerator).

Dip a clean, dry cloth into the polish and rub wood in the direction of the grain. Use a soft brush to work the polish into corners or tight places.

Tips: To remove water spots rub well with toothpaste. To remove scratches use 1 part lemon juice and 1 part oil, rub with soft cloth.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Ingredients:

Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes and scrub with toilet brush.

Tip: Let ingredients soak for a while to make for easy scrubbing, especially on persistent stains like toilet bowl rings.

Drain Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1/2cup salt

Pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water.

Tip: Prevent your shower from clogging by using a drain trap to catch hairs.

These recipes can be found on womensvoices.org

Septic Preservation Services is available to answer all your questions on your septic system and what you should or should not put in it.  Call them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Overboard Discharge Services

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services are conducting overboard discharge (OBD) services for customers today in Northport, Belmont, Belfast, Friendship and Waldoboro, ME.  If you require an Overboard Discharge Service please contact our office to schedule your appointment at 877-678-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Septic Preservation Conducting Septic Cleaning in Rhode Island

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services are conducting Septic Cleaning for customers in Exeter, Narragansett, North Kingstown and Charlestown, Rhode Island. Owners of Septic Systems are recommended to maintain their Septic Systems to ensure that they remain working correctly and to extend the lifespan of their Septic System. If you require Septic Cleaning or have questions regarding your Septic System please do contact our office at 877-378-4279

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Title 5 Septic Inspections

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled in Uxbridge, Bellingham, Blackstone and Franklin, MA today. One of these inspections is for a condominium complex with 6 units and the other inspections are for customers who are selling their homes. Although the majority of our Title 5 Inspections come from the sale of properties, there other instances when Title 5 inspections are required. The following information is in the MASS GOV website:

 

“When are on-site system inspections required?

In general:

  • When properties are sold, divided or combined.
  • When there is a change in use or an expansion of a facility.
  • When MassDEP or the local Board of Health requires an inspection.
  • Title 5 requires inspections for large systems, shared systems, and condominiums on a periodic basis.
  • Systems located in cities and towns with MassDEP-approved inspection programs are required to comply with local inspection requirements.

There are exceptions and nuances to the general requirements listed here. For example, no inspection is required if the owner has signed an enforceable agreement with the Board of Health to upgrade the system, connect to a sanitary sewer, or connect to a shared system within two years.”

For futher information please refer to  http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/wastewater/septic-systems-title-5.html

If you need a Title 5 Inspection or need further information please do contact our office at 877-678-4279 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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First Maintenance Inspections by SPS

 Septic Preservation ServicesSeptic Preservation Services have Septic First Maintenance Inspections scheduled today in Lincoln, Smithfield, Cumberland, and Johnston, RI. Regular maintenance of your septic system will keep your system working efficiently and can prevent costly repairs.  Inspections also can save you money by preventing unnecessary pump-outs, and a well-maintained system helps protect water quality. The First Maintenance Inspection provides baseline information about your system. If you want to schedule a First Maintenance Inspection for your property please contact our office at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Christmas and Your Septic System

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Christmas can be tough on your septic system.  There are the Christmas guests who come to stay.   Guests bring extra water usage. Laundry increases as well as showers and bathing.   The dishwasher is always running with all the extra dishes from the great, festive meals and goodies that Christmas brings.

Here are some tips to keep your septic system running smoothly and avoid overuse and costly repairs.

  • Be extra careful with water use during the winter months, shorter showers, smaller baths, etc.  Ask your guests to conserve water and keep showers to a minimum.
  • Fix any dripping taps and leaking toilet valves before winter.
  • Check  that no roof water or surface water (manhole covers should be higher than any puddles) enters the system.
  • Buy a set of draining rods before the holidays or put them on your Christmas ‘wish list’. They are invaluable to anyone with a private drainage system and can save you a fortune when drains are blocked.
  • Fill a plastic bottle with water and put it in the toilet tank.  Make sure it doesn’t interfere with the flushing mechanism.   This will reduce the volume of water per flush.
  • Have your septic tank pumped just before the visitors arrive. This gives the soakaway a breathing space to drain away completely.
  • Spread the washing out, using FULL loads, over a period of days.  Saving all the laundry for washing day is not a good plan.
  • Look at the labels. Only choose eco-friendly cleaning products. Avoid antibacterial soap and detergents.  It can kill the good bacteria in your system.
  • Try  hand washing  the greasy items  in a bowl and throwing the water on the garden. It won’t harm your plants.
  • Use air fresheners in the bathroom.
  • If you do get a fat blockage in the drains, DO NOT use harsh drain cleaning products as they are harmful to your septic tank.   Or better yet, use homemade recipes made from natural ingredients.   Try using draining rods instead or call in the professionals at All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services.
  • Prevention is the key to having a great holiday season.  Be prepared and you can spend the holidays enjoying your family and friends and the magic of the season.  Let Septic Preservation Services take the worry out of your holidays.
  • You can reach us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
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Septic Preservation Services Experts in Maine

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services have Septic Inspections scheduled today in Farmington, Gardiner, Lewiston, Richmond and Lisbon Falls, ME today. We have many years of experience working in Maine and have the local knowledge to ensure that your inspection goes smoothly without the delays caused by inexperience working with an individual town and its requirements. If you need to schedule an inspection or wish to discuss this further please contact our offices at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Septic Preservation Services' Safety Meeting

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services are having a Safety Meeting today in our offices in Norton MA.  We have staff from Sharon, Norton, Attleboro, MA and Cranston and Tiverton, RI attending the meeting. We want to ensure the safety of both our staff and customers, so we regularly hold these meetings to check that standards and procedures are met and followed. We also provide training for staff on job tasks. When we are conducting services including Title 5 Inspections, Septic Functional Inspections, Septic First Maintenance Inspections, Septic Cleaning and Septic Installations, we want to be confident that our staff are safe and following best practices and that our customers are safe and confident in our work also. If you have any questions please do contact our offices at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Septic Preservation Schedules Title 5 Inspections Today

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services have  Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled in Dighton, Carver, Middleborough, Rochester and Marion, MA today. If you are moving home and need to schedule a Title 5 Inspection, it is recommended to have the inspection early in your selling process to ensure that there are no delays later on. We can schedule your Title 5 Inspection on short notice and can work with your schedule,  so please contact our offices to book your appointment.  You can reach us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com