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Septic Preservation Services in Maine Today

Septic Preservation Services 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

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Drain Cleaner and Onsite Systems Are a Bad Combination

drain cleanerPublished in Onsite Installer Magazine

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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
Ideally, the products used on all our homes either have no warning or only a “Caution.”

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

drain cleaner

Drain Cleaner and Onsite Systems Are a Bad Combination

drain cleanerPublished in Onsite Installer Magazine

www.onsiteinstaller.com

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
Ideally, the products used on all our homes either have no warning or only a “Caution.”

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

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Down to Earth Title 5 Inspections

Down to Earth 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

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White Knight Septic System Services

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services are carrying out White Knight Septic System Services in Rowley, Boxford, Groveland and Medford. We install the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator in the septic tank to create an oxygen rich environment and cultivate an extensive colony of soil bacteria. In nature, oxygen-using (aerobic) bacteria in the soil consume non-living organic material. This is the process nature uses to “recycle” wastes and we just cultivate the same soil bacteria. The result is nearly complete consumption of the organic materials entering the septic tank. At the same time, the bacteria are carried into the leach field where they consume the organic material that has accumulated in the underlying soil. The leach field regains and/or maintains its capacity to deliver effluent to the soil for purification. For more information on this system or to schedule a Septic System Service please contact our office at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Down to Earth Construction Services in Mansfield

              Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services are conducting Septic System Repairs in Mansfield, MA for a customer who had been experiencing some issues that suggested that their septic system was not working correctly. They experienced septic back up into their home and the smell of sewage in their bathrooms. Fortunately they contacted Down to Earth Construction Services and we were able to fix their septic system before it become a much larger and more costly problem. If you have concerns that your system is not operating correctly please call our office.  We could give you advice or fix a much smaller problem that if left could become a costly septic system repair.  You can reach us at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic Preservation Services Provides Advice and Information

          Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services is here to provide advice and information to our customers to ensure that their Septic System is working correctly and will do so for many years to come. We don’t want to have to do costly septic repairs to your system when simple preventative measures can prevent this.

One of the main issues we encounter when customers have problems with their septic system is that their water usage is either too high or not consistent. Simple changes can help with this, for example, ensure that your dishwasher and washing machine is full before turning it on. Dual flush toilets and economical shower heads can also make a difference. It is also beneficial to not overload your system by running your dishwasher, washing machine and taking a shower at the same time. Also consider spreading your washing over the entire week rather than doing 3 or 4 loads on one day.

We recently had to do a Septic Repair in Cumberland, RI when some simple and often free and cost effective changes would have made this unnecessary. However even a correctly used and working Septic System will need Septic Cleaning and Septic Pumping on a regular basis. The regularity depends on various factors but it is recommended every 3 years. If you think you are due for some maintenance on your Septic System please contact our office for advice or to schedule an appointment at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Down to Earth Construction in Rochester

          Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services is installing a Septic System this week for a customer in Rochester MA. Down to Earth Construction Services have the equipment and expertise to install a Septic System quickly, professionally and correctly first time. If you need a Septic System to be installed in southern Massachusetts please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic Preservation Services on Cape Cod Today

           Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services have Septic System Services scheduled on Cape Cod today in Sandwich, Wellfleet, Eastham, Brewster, West Dennis, Dennis and Yarmouth. If you have a home or business on the Cape and need to schedule a service for your septic system call Septic Preservation Services. We are a reliable, thorough, and professional Septic Company who have experience working on Cape Cod, so please call our office to schedule your appointment or for more information at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

 

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Happy Veterans Day from Down to Earth Construction

      Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services wants to wish our customers and friends a Happy Veterans Day. In appreciation of our Veterans we offer a Veterans discount to our Veteran customers. We are working on this holiday so if you require a company to carry out work such as Septic Inspections,  Septic Repairs or Septic Design and Installation please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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