Septic Preservation Services hopes all of our customers who were out early doing some Black Friday Shopping last week found some bargains. We understand that Septic Cleaning and Septic Pumping may not be top of your list of things to buy this season but we do recommend that you make sure that you regularly maintain your Septic System to prevent any problems happening later on. We have customers scheduled for septic pumping and septic cleaning today in Richmond, Bedford, Goffstown and Rochester,NH. If you need to schedule maintenance for your Septic System please contact our offices at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Fall weather is in the air and Thanksgiving is almost here, you’re probably already making your own plans for this year’s holiday gatherings. When the holidays roll around and family comes into town – you’ll want to make sure that you pay special attention to guests in your home and how they could impact your septic system. Here are some septic maintenance reminders for the holidays.
Have your tank pumped out before company arrives.
If you’re having family in town or having a large event, you may want to consider having your tank pumped out before they get into town. Your tank is used to operating at a certain level based on its size and the size of your home. If you’re expecting out of town guests for an extended stay you’ll want to make sure that your septic system is operating optimally to avoid embarrassing backups or drainfield failures.
Remind them about septic system “rules”.
Although it might be a sensitive subject, try to educate your guests about the rules with septic systems, such as not flushing feminine products or other items down the toilet and putting food solids and grease into the garbage rather than dumping them down the drain. These things will help you to avoid backups and malfunctions and keep your system running optimally, no matter how many guests you have. Limiting the use of your garbage disposal or not using it at all is a good idea with so many different foods at the holidays.
When you have guests in the town, the last thing you want to worry about is a septic system malfunction. A regular maintenance check before your guests arrive could save you lots of money compared to a septic repair and also help make their stay more enjoyable.
Also, it might be a good time to review your water usage and consider changing over to High Efficiency toilets, sinks, and Energy Star appliances. Efficient use of water can improve your septic system’s operation and reduce the risk of failure.
Everyone always looks forward to the holidays and getting together with family and friends. Do your self a favor and call All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services for a maintenance check to make sure your septic system is ready for the holidays and you can relax and enjoy the holiday season.
Call them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Septic Preservation Services are getting excited for the coming holiday. We know our customers are also looking forward to Thanksgiving and food preparation is well underway for Thanksgiving Meals. We would like to remind our customers to remember that it is very inadvisable to put any type of cooking oil, fat or grease down the sink to enter your septic system. Whilst a well maintained septic system can cope with small amounts of fat, oil and grease, such as natural body oils that go into your septic system when you shower, if you regularly introduce cooking fats, oils and grease into your septic system it could result in a septic system failure. Just remember when you are making your beautifully juicy turkey dinner do not pour the fat, oil or grease down your sink. We have been conducting Septic Repairs in Barrington RI, Islesboro ME and Northboro MA that could have been easily avoided with a little knowledge and preventative measures. Please call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Septic Preservation Services have Title 5 Inspections scheduled today in Webster, Oxford, Millbury and Brookfield MA. If you require a Title 5 Inspection contact our office to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
Septic Preservation Services are installing an Air Pump to a customer’s Septic System today in Rehoboth MA. We have carried out similar repairs and maintenance for customers this week in Mattapoisett, North Reading and West Bridgewater, MA. If you need replacement parts for your Septic System or need sewage pump repair, septic pump repair, E One pump repair or sewage grinder pump repair, contact our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable team to schedule an appointment. Please call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Septic Preservation Services are scheduled to carry out FAST services in Coventry, North Kingstown and Scituate, Rhode Island today. We have experience doing FAST services for our customers and can schedule a FAST Service for you. Don’t risk having your FAST Service done by a Septic provider that does not have experience with this specific septic system. If you need more information or want to schedule a FAST service please contact our office at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
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
Published in Onsite Installer Magazine
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|
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
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
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