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Fabric Softeners Can Have a Negative Effect on Your Septic System

fabric softenersMost fabric softeners can have a negative effect on a septic system, but there are better alternatives.


Fabric softeners coat our clothes with a subtle layer of slimy chemicals, which is what makes them feel a little softer. Fabric softeners coat the surface of a fabric with chemical compounds that are electrically charged, causing threads to “stand up” from the surface and thereby causing the fabric to feel softer. The electrically conductive fabric softener chemicals may also prevent buildup of static charge that can occur in clothes dryers. The most common softening chemicals are called “quats” (short for quaternary ammonium compounds).  Ammonia compounds contain NH4.  N is for Nitrogen, which is a fertilizer and is the leading cause of algae blooms in salt water marshes and rivers.  Nitrogen is also attributed to many contaminated wells and is a contributing factor in many illnesses.

In addition to fabric softening chemicals, fabric softeners may include acids or bases,  petroleum products, silicone-based anti-foaming agents, emulsion stabilizers, fragrances and colors. The fragrances in most fabric softeners are a mixture of hundreds of untested chemicals, including toxic ingredients  and  fragrances which are among the world’s top five allergens.

Hazards for the septic system

  • Most fabric softeners contain quats, which have antibacterial qualities. While it might sound useful to keep clothes germ-free, freshly washed clothes are already  clean, and overuse of quats may lead to development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Quats, in sufficient levels, can kill off beneficial bacteria in the septic tank, advanced treatment unit and soil dispersal system.
  • Emulsion stabilizers can disrupt the natural settling  processes in septic systems.
  • Petroleum products can potentially be toxic to the positive natural microbes in septic systems.

Recommended alternatives
A safer alternative for softer clothes, is  using half a cup of white vinegar (make sure it’s labeled grain versus petroleum-derived) per load during the rinse cycle as a natural fabric softener. It is also a great natural sanitizer. Others recipes include combining vinegar with baking soda and essential oil.

There are all types of  dryer balls being sold now.  They are a green alternative to commercial dryer sheets or liquid fabric softener.  Some are made out of wool or other materials.   While in the dryer, they absorb electrical charges so the clothes stay static free.  They are also made to reduce drying time.  They can be found at most stores or online.
Visit www.septicpreservation.com or call 877-378-4279 for all your septic questions.  They can help you maintain your septic system and keep it functioning properly to extend the life of your system.

Septic Preservation Services Posting Educational Videos

        Septic Preservation Services will be posting on line educational films. Our goal is to continuously improve and toward that end we have produced a number of educational videos to assist homeowners as well as employees. We have been blessed with being able to take advantage of local inspections and projects in Rochester, Lakeville, Marion, and Raynham to film recent segments. Please view our videos on title 5 inspections, the engineering of new septic systems, how to clean an effluent filter, as well as many other videos.  Call 877-378-4279 for more information or visit www.septicpreservation.com  to view the latest videos.

Schedule for Septic Preservation Services

4/18/16 Septic Preservation Services will be conducting routine septic system maintenance on advanced treatment units and title 5 septic inspections in Easton, Norton, Attleboro, North Attleboro, and Rehoboth today. If you have any questions or would like a free site evaluation please speak to our professional service provider, title 5 inspector, or call our office at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com.

Septic Preservation Services Inspectors Complete Continuing Education

4/11/16 Septic Preservation Services strives to meet our customers needs. Our well trained licensed title 5 inspectors and wastewater operators that service Advanced Treatment Units maintain their skills by participating in continuous training. Recently we had team members participate in training at the Millbury, MA wastewater treatment plant, URI on site septic continuing education program, CPR training in Acushnet, and Advanced Treatment Unit product training in Taunton, MA. These ongoing training programs ensure that our team members provide the best septic services and inspections possible.  Call 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

 

Septic Preservation Services is Expanding Title 5 Services

        Septic Preservation Services is expanding our wastewater and title 5 inspection services. To accomplish this we are searching for a licensed title 5 inspector and or wastewater treatment plant operator to join our team of professional service providers. This individual will be serving the area including but not limited to Lakeville, Rochester, Norton, Mansfield, Attleboro, North Attleboro, Rehoboth, Swansea, and Seekonk. If you are interested in joining our team and assisting with title 5 septic inspections and servicing advanced treatment systems please call Septic Preservation Services at 877-378-4279   or visit www.septicpreservation.com

 

Septic Preservation Services Conducting Title 5 Inspections

       Septic Preservation Services is conducting title 5 septic inspections and advanced treatment systems services on Thursday in Taunton, Lakeville, Norton, Rehoboth, North Attleboro, and Attleboro.

Ongoing Training for Septic Preservation Services

      Septic Preservation Services licensed title 5 septic inspectors, septic repair personnel, and septic installers are required to complete ongoing continuous training. As licensed professionals these individuals participate in continuous training to maintain their licenses as well as keep up with industry improvements. This continuous improvement includes reviews of local regulations so no matter where you are; Portsmouth, RI. Norton, MA. Raynham, MA, Halifax, MA. Middleboro, MA. or Lakeville, MA. Our professional team is familiar with the local regulations required by your town.

Call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

Join the Septic Preservation Services Team

3/29/16 Septic Preservation Services is growing and interested in finding licensed title 5 septic inspectors to become part of our professional team. We have several opportunities throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Our first area of interest is the south shore including Marshfield, Pembroke, Hanover, Halifax, and Plymouth. Our second area of interest is the south coast including Carver, Wareham, Middleboro, Rochester, Marion, Mattapoisett, Acushnet, and Dartmouth. Our third area of interest is in the region between Taunton, Foxboro, and Attleboro including Raynham, Rehoboth, Attleboro, North Attleboro, Wrentham, Mansfield, and Norton. If you have an interest in becoming part of a forward thinking well trained team please call our office.     877-378-4279

Septic Preservation Services Offers Free Classes

3/28/16 Septic Preservation Services offers free classes to Realtors titled “Septic Savvy”. This class is designed to educate all people about septic system design, maintenance, use, and inspections. Whether you’re a Realtor, home owner, seller, or buyer of a home,  this class is very informative. No matter where you are, our on-line course offers easy  access from Taunton, Plymouth, Norton, Attleboro, Medway, or Foxboro. If you are close to one of our regional offices such as Norton you could visit and get a one on one class.