Water is Key to Protecting Your Investment

All Clear SepticWater is one of the most important things to us here on Planet Earth. Not only does it support life in many forms, but it is also instrumental to our environment in a number of distinct ways. However, when it comes to the proper care of your septic system, water can quickly become the enemy if you don’t understand the role it plays in proper sewage treatment. Excessive water can cause your septic system to fail.

How It Works

A typical septic system has three primary parts, which include the septic tank, the drainfield and the soil. The purpose of the tank is to separate the solid waste from the wastewater, store that waste and then partially decompose it as much as possible. The liquid wastewater, which comes from your laundry, kitchen, bath and toilet, flows into the tank and can stay there for as long as 24-hours before passing on into the drainfield.

This 24-hour time period, which is known as “retention” time, is necessary to allow the solids to properly separate from the liquids in a “sludge” layer and allow lighter particles to float to the top in a “scum” layer. This process works to prevent the drainfield from becoming clogged.

However, if too much water flows into the system from excessive use, the soil under the septic system will not be able absorb all of the water that is used in the home and the rush of wastewater won’t provide enough retention time for the sludge and scum layers to separate. Water conservation is key to prevent the risk of this type of system failure.

Septic System Water Conservation

Getting your family to reduce the amount of water used might sound like a daunting task, but with a little bit of education, preventative maintenance, the installation of a few basic tools and determination on your part, it will all soon become second nature.

Step One – Fix ALL leaks in your home immediately: a slow-dripping faucet can waste as much as 70 gallons of water per year.

Tip: Check for a toilet leak by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank. Watch to see if the color appears in the bowl. Leaky toilets can waste over 50 gallons of water a day!

Step Two – Install water-saving shower heads, taps and toilets, which can save as much as 12 gallons, 5 gallons and up to 25 gallons respectively, per person each day.

Tip: If you can’t afford to replace your toilets, add a displacement device to your tank, which can save you between 3-25 gallons per person each day.

Step Three – Change the way you do laundry: only do a full load, which will save 20 gallons of water per load, and never use your washing machine and dishwasher at the same time.

Tip: Instead of washing 4 loads of laundry on a Saturday, try spreading out your laundry over a 2-3 day period, only doing 1 or 2 loads each day.

Step Four – Plan ahead: if you are having a party or expecting guests, reduce your water usage a few days before they arrive for adequate septic system water conservation.

Tip: Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator to save water wasted by letting the tap run while waiting for the water to get cold.

Step Five – Divert other waste water from your septic system, such as roof drains, as well as water from hot tubs and water softeners.

Tip: Speak to your All-Clear technician about creating a drywell for your water softener system, which is required by Massachusetts law.

When Should I Call a Professional?

Odors, wet spots, standing liquid and even sewage could surface or appear in the area of your drainfield. Fixtures will drain slowly, you might hear gurgling sounds in your pipes and your plumbing could backup. If any of these conditions occur, you should call a professional septic service to address these issues before they worsen.

Professional Consultations

Call Septic Preservation Services for a professional consultation and evaluation of your current septic system. Additional features and upgrades can be added, such as effluent filters and drywells, which can enhance the performance of your septic system and keep it running effectively and efficiently. Contact us at 877-378-4279 and make sure to ask about our Preventative Maintenance Program, which is available for all types of septic systems.We are also available 24/7 in the event of emergency septic system services.

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Septic Preservation Services Helps Jacuzzi Owners

       Septic Preservation ServicesSeptic Preservation Services would like to remind our customers that large tubs and jacuzzis should have flow regulators on the outlet of the tug to limit the rate at which the water can discharge. If the water discharges too quickly solids from the septic tank can be pushed out into the leach field. If you would like more information or would like a septic inspection to see if your system has been damaged please call our office at 877-378-4279 or visit

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Septic Preservation Services Hiring a New Service Technician

         Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services is looking to hire a new service technician to conduct septic inspections and services. Some of the areas this individual will serve are Topsam, Turner, Union, Waldoboro, Wells, West Bath, West Paris, Windham, Windsor, and Winslow. If you would like to be part of a professional team conducting septic inspections, septic repairs, and septic services of ATUs please call us at 877-378-4279. You can also visit our website if you have questions at

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Septic Preservation Services Realtor Loyalty Program

Join our REALTOR® Loyalty Program today!!!

Did you know 50% of all septic system inspections fail??

What does this mean for you and your seller?

Turn to us, your septic experts, for all of the answers Septic Preservation and All Clear Septic Services joined forces to become your foremost resource providing comprehensive and quality septic services from start to finish.

Providing Residential and Commercial:

•    MA Title 5  Inspection,  Rhode Island  and Maine functional inspections
•    Small and large repairs
•    Full system replacement
•    Engineering soil evaluation, perc testing
•    Preservation and remediation

We acknowledge and appreciate the referrals we get from out REALTOR® professionals!  Nurturing a strong relationship between REALTORS ® and the septic professionals creates a winning combination for all sellers.

To thank you for your referrals, we have created the REALTOR® Loyalty Program. 

You will receive periodic educational information by email, video and mailers.  This information is designed to help you not only learn more about our services, but help yourclients more!

We will also thank your with a $25 prepaid Visa card for each referral that results in new business for All-Clear Septic and Septic Preservation Services!

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Septic Preservation Services and Water Softeneners

    Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services urges all customers with septic systems to remove the back-wash from water softeners from their septic systems. Back-wash from water softeners contains salt which is harmful to septic systems and can cause premature failure. If you have or have had a water softener connected to your septic system Septic Preservation Services can conduct a septic inspection to evaluate if your system has been damaged.

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Biological Remediation

           Septic Preservation Services  Septic Preservation Services will be working with Condominium Associations in Southboro and Holliston this month to repair their septic systems utilizing biological remediation. This process allows an existing septic system to be saved rather then removed and replaced.

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Septic Preservation Established in Maine 30 Years Ago

    Septic Preservation Services  Septic Preservation Services was established in Maine over 30 years ago. We are a premier provider of septic services including septic inspections, septic repairs, biological remediation, pump chamber repairs, and resolution of difficult septic issues on challenging sites. Our services are available throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island.  These services are provided by licensed professionals that care about our customers. This week our service team will be working in Maine in Falmouth, Farmington, Freeport, Gorham, Gray, Harpswell, Harrison, Heath, Hebron, Hermon, Jay, and Kennebunk. If you see our professional service technicians ask them how we can help you.

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Septic Preservation Services Aims to Keep Members Safe

Septic Preservation Services8/12/16 Septic Preservation Services is improving its effort to keep our team members safe while conducting septic inspections and septic installations. All team members will now be required to attend an OSHA 30 class. If you are looking for a septic inspector or septic installer be sure to hire a safe professional.

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Septic Preservation Expanding its Services in Maine

Septic Preservation Services8/11/16 Septic Preservation Services is expanding its services in Maine. For over 30 years Septic Preservation services has been performing inspections. As of this month we will have 11 trained septic inspectors. Our trained professionals conduct professional septic inspections using the latest technologies available including video equipment and electronic locators. Our expanded team will be conducting services and septic inspections in Northport, North Berwick, North Yarmouth, Oakland, Old Orchard Beach, Owls Head, Palmero, Peaks Island, Poland, Portland, and Raymond over the upcoming week. If you have any questions about septic inspections please ask one of our licensed septic inspectors.

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Antibacterial Soaps and Cleaners and Your Septic System

antibacterialHow do antibacterial soaps affect your septic system?

Check out this article by Sara Heger in the Onsite Installer:

Antibacterial soaps and wipes are now used by 75 percent of American households, according to a recent report. Products designed to kill microorganisms have become increasingly common in today’s homes. But how do these products affect septic tanks and septic systems, where microorganisms are essential?

To achieve proper treatment, a septic system is very dependent on millions of naturally occurring bacteria throughout the system. Daily, beneficial bacteria are added to septic systems, bacteria typically found in wastewater, our bodies, and other waste materials we dispose of via our septic system.

The use of antibacterial or disinfectant products in the home can and does destroy good and bad bacteria in the treatment system. Normal-use amounts of these products will destroy some beneficial bacteria but the population will remain sufficient and recover quickly enough to not cause significant treatment problems.


Excessive use of these products in the home can cause significant and even total destruction of the bacteria population in a septic system. Often the use of a single product or single application will not cause major problems, but the cumulative effect of many products and many uses throughout the home may add up to an excessive total and cause problems. In addition, with many of the products a greater amount is used when they are in a liquid form. More research is needed to determine what is “excessive” and which products are more or less harmful to systems.

What products are we talking about?
There are over 1,000 products that are concerning in relation to having a good bacteria community, including: ‘antibacterial’ hand soaps; tub, tile and shower cleaners; drain cleaners; toilet bowl cleaners; laundry bleach products; and others. Also included are ‘antibiotics’ that may be prescribed for medical treatment. These are products that are found in nearly all homes. “Antimicrobial” is the general term for any product or ingredient that kills or inhibits bacteria, viruses or molds. Disinfectant and chlorine bleach are common antimicrobials. Antibacterials, on the other hand, are only effective against bacteria. Lots of cleaning products and liquids now claim to be “antibacterial.”

There’s a growing consensus that antimicrobial household cleaners won’t keep them any safer from infectious illnesses than regular types. In 2000, the American Medical Association issued the statement that antibacterial soaps were no more effective against germs than common soap. Although they initially kill more germs than soap, within an hour or so there is no difference in the numbers of germs that have repopulated the area. In fact, experts say, it’s not the type of cleaner that matters in combating germs, but the frequency and thoroughness of cleaning; plain soap, hot water and elbow grease are generally enough to do the job. As with antibiotics, prudent use of these products is urged. Their designated purpose is to protect vulnerable patients.


About the Author
Sara Heger, Ph.D., is an engineer, researcher and instructor in the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program in the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota. She presents at many local and national training events regarding the design, installation and management of septic systems and related research. Heger is education chair of the Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association (MOWA) and the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA), and serves on the NSF International Committee on Wastewater Treatment Systems.

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