How To Extend The Life Of Your Maine OBD

Septic Preservation Services has OBD (Overboard Discharge) Services and Repairs scheduled today in West Kennebunk, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Portland and Wells ME. For more information regarding OBDs see:

https://www1.maine.gov/dep/water/wd/OBD/ip_obd.pdf

These are a few general tips that will help to extend the life of your OBD and promote high quality effluent.

  • Some household chemicals kill the microorganisms that digest the wastes in your treatment system and may pass through to the receiving waterbody. Toxic chemicals, harsh cleaners, paint, pharmaceuticals, and non-biodegradable materials should not be disposed of by dumping or pouring down the drain.
  • Using low-flow toilets and water-saving showerheads will prolong the life of your system.
  • Septic tanks should be pumped at least once every three years. Depending on how much the OBD facility is used, you may want to increase the septic pumping frequency or decrease it to once every five years if it receives very little use.
  • Trees, shrubs and woody perennials should be cleared away from system components. Sandfilter surfaces should be mowed at least once per year. If a wet spot appears on or near the sandfilter bed notify the DEP inspector.
  • Mechanical systems operate best if they are used at a consistent rate and may malfunction or produce poor quality effluent if overloaded on the weekend and “starved” during the week. Try to manage laundry, cleaning, and showers so that the load is spread out as evenly as possible. Leave a mechanical OBD operating as recommended by your service contractor at all times during the season of use.
  • Check the chlorine level at least every two weeks and keep fresh chlorine in contact with the treated wastewater. Don’t overfill the chlorinator tubes; only the bottom two or three inches of the tubes should have chlorine. Old, brown or mushy chlorine does not properly disinfect and must be replaced. Take care to remove old chlorine from your chlorinator rather than washing it out to the waterbody.
  • Ensure that the outfall pipe extends to below the low water mark of the receiving waterbody. In extenuating circumstances a specific waiver to this requirement may be granted by the Department.
  • Treated wastewater should be clear and without a strong septic or chlorine odor. If wastewater in the disinfection unit is not nearly clear, smells like rotten eggs, raw sewage, or smells strongly of chlorine, call your service contractor or notify the DEP inspector.

If you require an Overboard Discharge Service or repair you will need to contact a certified maintenance contractor. Septic Preservation Services is the only Statewide contractor on the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Wastewater Treatment Plants certified maintenance contractors list. If you wish to make an appointment or if you have any questions please do contact our office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Septic Inspections Scheduled In Maine

Septic Preservation Services know that for many homes in Maine that are remote and therefore not on town sewer their property wastewater purification necessarily requires a septic system. All Septic Systems are designed specifically for their own site and have variances which make them unique but most systems are based on the same principles. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield. Your septic system treats your household wastewater by temporarily holding it in the septic tank where heavy solids and lighter scum are allowed to separate from the wastewater. The solids stored in the tank are decomposed by bacteria and later pumped out. After partially treated wastewater leaves the tank, it flows into a distribution box, which separates this flow evenly into a network of drainfield trenches. Drainage holes at the bottom of each line allow the wastewater to drain into gravel trenches for temporary storage. This effluent then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified. You system must be maintained and used correctly to ensure that it is doing its job correctly. A failing septic system can create many unpleasant conditions such as:

  • Hazardous sewage surfacing in yard
  • Health hazards to children and pets
  • Noxious orders over large areas
  • Polluted streams and ponds
  • Sewage back-up in buildings
  • Contaminated wells
  • Breeding areas for mosquitoes

Therefore if you are considering buying a property with a septic system, selling a property with a septic system or own a property with a septic system it is often a very good idea to have septic inspection so you can be confident in the current efficiency and condition of that system. Today we have septic inspections in Portland, Gorham, Freeport, Raymond, Pownal, Poland and Windham ME. If you need to schedule a septic inspection in Maine or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Septic Inspections For Property In Maine

Septic Preservation Services know that for many homes in Maine that are remote and therefore not on town sewer their property wastewater purification necessarily requires a septic system. All Septic Systems are designed specifically for their own site and have variances which make them unique but most systems are based on the same principles. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield. Your septic system treats your household wastewater by temporarily holding it in the septic tank where heavy solids and lighter scum are allowed to separate from the wastewater. The solids stored in the tank are decomposed by bacteria and later pumped out. After partially treated wastewater leaves the tank, it flows into a distribution box, which separates this flow evenly into a network of drainfield trenches. Drainage holes at the bottom of each line allow the wastewater to drain into gravel trenches for temporary storage. This effluent then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified. Your system must be maintained and used correctly to ensure that it is doing its job correctly. A failing septic system can create many unpleasant conditions such as:

  • Hazardous sewage surfacing in yard
  • Health hazards to children and pets
  • Noxious orders over large areas
  • Polluted streams and ponds
  • Sewage back-up in buildings
  • Contaminated wells
  • Breeding areas for mosquitoes

Therefore if you are considering buying a property with a septic system, selling a property with a septic system or own a property with a septic system it is often a very good idea to have septic inspection so you can be confident in the current efficiency and condition of that system. Today we have septic inspections in Arundel, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach, Waterboro, Buxton, Gorham, Portland and Cape Elizabeth ME. If you need to schedule a septic inspection in Maine or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our office on 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

OBD Services In Maine And Tips For Property Owners To Maintain Their OBDs

Septic Preservation Services have many years experience working with the Maine government’s overboard discharge (OBD) program. As stated on the Maine Gov website:

“The Maine DEP’s Overboard Discharge (OBD) Program is responsible for regulating discharges of sanitary and household wastewater generated at residential or commercial locations to streams, rivers, bays, and the ocean. All OBDs must be approved by the DEP through a licensing process.” For more information see:

http://www.maine.gov/dep/water/wd/OBD/index.html

Septic Preservation Services are the only statewide company on the certified maintenance contractor list provided by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

In addition to having your OBD serviced and maintained by a certified contractor you can ensure that your OBD is maintained by following these tips that will help to extend the life of your OBD and promote high quality effluent.

  • Some household chemicals kill the microorganisms that digest the wastes in your treatment system and may pass through to the receiving waterbody.  Toxic chemicals, harsh cleaners, paint, pharmaceuticals, and non-biodegradable materials should not be disposed of by dumping or pouring down the drain.
  • Using low-flow toilets and water-saving showerheads will prolong the life of your system.
  • Septic tanks should be pumped at least once every three years.  Depending on how much the OBD facility is used, you may want to increase the septic pumping frequency or decrease it to once every five years if it receives very little use.
  • Trees, shrubs and woody perennials should be cleared away from system components.  Sandfilter surfaces should be mowed at least once per year.  If a wet spot appears on or near the sandfilter bed notify the DEP inspector.
  • Mechanical systems operate best if they are used at a consistent rate and may malfunction or produce poor quality effluent if overloaded on the weekend and “starved” during the week.  Try to manage laundry, cleaning, and showers so that the load is spread out as evenly as possible.  Leave a mechanical OBD operating as recommended by your service contractor at all times during the season of use.
  • Check the chlorine level at least every two weeks and keep fresh chlorine in contact with the treated wastewater.  Don’t overfill the chlorinator tubes; only the bottom two or three inches of the tubes should have chlorine.  Old, brown or mushy chlorine does not properly disinfect and must be replaced.  Take care to remove old chlorine from your chlorinator rather than washing it out to the waterbody.
  • Ensure that the outfall pipe extends to below the low water mark of the receiving waterbody.  In extenuating circumstances a specific waiver to this requirement may be granted by the Department.
  • Treated wastewater should be clear and without a strong septic or chlorine odor.  If wastewater in the disinfection unit is not nearly clear, smells like rotten eggs, raw sewage, or smells strongly of chlorine, call your service contractor or notify the DEP inspector.

Today we have OBD maintenance and services scheduled in Portland, Falmouth, Orr’s Island, Cape Elizabeth, Freeport and Harpswell Maine. If you have an OBD and require a service or you have question or concern about your OBD please do contact our office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Septic Preservation Services Are Available for Your Septic Needs In Maine

Septic Preservation Services is licensed to inspect, install, repair, design and update septic systems in the following Maine cities and towns:

Acton
Alfred
Alna
Arrowsic
Arundel
Auburn
Bailey Island
Bar Mills
Bath
Bedford, NH
Belfast
Belmont
Berwick
Biddeford
Boothbay
Bowdoin
Bowdoinham
Bremen
Bridgton
Brunswick
Buxton
Cape Elizabeth
Cape Neddick
Falmouth
Farmington
Freeport
Friendship
Gardiner
Goffstown
Gorham
Gray
Harpswell
Harrison
Health
Hebron
Hermon
Islesboro
Jay
Kennebunk
Kennebunk Port
Kittery
Kittery Point
Lebanon
Lewiston
Limerick
Lisbon Falls
Northport
North Berwick
North Bridgton
North Yarmouth
Oakland
Old Orchard Beach
Orr’s Island
Owls Head
Palmero
Parsonsfield
Peaks Island
Phippsburg
Pittston
Poland
Portland
Post Mills
Pownal
Raymond
Readfield
Richmond
Richmond, NH
Rochester, NH
Round Pond
Stratham, NH
Swanville
Tennants Harbor
Topsam
Turner
Union
West Kennebunk
Waldoboro
Wales
Waterboro
Wells
West Bath
West Kennebunk
Westport Island
West Newfield
West Paris
Westbrook
Whitefield
Wilmington
Windham
Windsor
Winslow
Winthrop

From our Biddeford, Maine Office our qualified technicians are available to attend to your septic needs on short notice. Today we have septic inspections and septic repairs scheduled in Belfast, Hermon, Islesboro, Palmero, Whitfield and Windsor ME. If you require septic assistance or have any questions please do contact us on   877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com  and we will be happy to help.

Overboard Discharge Repairs and Services (OBD)

Septic Preservation Services know that The Maine DEP’s Overboard Discharge (OBD) Program is responsible for regulating discharges of sanitary and household wastewater generated at residential or commercial locations to streams, rivers, bays, and the ocean. All OBDs must be approved by the DEP through a licensing process. Septic Preservation Services is the only company listed on the OBD Service contractor list as being Statewide by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. If you have an OBD on your property that needs servicing or repairing anywhere in Maine we can certainly do this for you.

Today we have Overboard discharge repairs and overboard discharge services in Cape Elizabeth, Old Orchard Beach, Biddeford, Kennebunk Port, Kennebunk, Wells and Portland ME. If you require an OBD repair or an OBD service please do contact our office on 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com.

 

Septic Inspections in Maine

Septic Preservation Services has septic inspections scheduled today in Peak’s Island, Portland, Harpswell, Orr’s Island, Freeport, Pownal and Topsham Maine.

Having an inspection on your septic system keeps you informed of the status of your septic system. A septic system will not operate indefinitely and will eventually need replacement and will always require maintenance so it is advisable to know the condition of your septic system. In this instance ignorance is not bliss and could lead to some unpleasant surprises so having a professional inspect your system could help prevent expensive repairs in the future if you can catch problems before they occur.

If you would be interested in a septic inspection or if you have any septic questions please do contact our office on 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Septic Preservation Services Conducting Septic Inspections

          Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services are conducting Septic Inspections in Falmouth, Westbrook, Gorham, Windham and Portland, ME today. If you are moving in Maine and require a septic inspection or need an inspection for your property, if it is residential or commercial, please contact our office so we can answer any questions and schedule your appointment.

You can reach us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Septic Preservation Services in Southern Maine this Fall

        Septic Preservation Services  Septic Preservation Services is carrying out septic inspections in Southern Maine this Fall. We cover towns including Kittery, Kittery Point, Wells, Cape Neddick, Kennebunk, Kennebunk Port, West Kennebunk, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Portland, Windham, Lebanon and Waterboro. If you require an Inspection contact our office to ensure you use a company that is experienced working in your area.  You can reach us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Septic Preservation Services in Maine This Week

        Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Service will be completing septic inspections in Freeport, Hebron, Gorham, Gray, Health, and Jay this week. Septic Preservation Services will also be conducting septic repairs in Kittery and Lebanon this week. Next week Septic Preservation Services will be conducting septic inspections in Lewiston, Oakland, Palmero, Portland and Wells. If you have a question about septic inspections or your septic system please call our office at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com