Avoid Septic Repairs By Following A Few Suggestions

Septic Preservation Services work with commercial property owners and residential property owners providing septic services including septic inspections, septic cleaning, septic repairs, septic installations and septic preventative maintenance. While we welcome all this business we also try to educate our clients so that they use their septic systems correctly and can prevent the necessity of using our septic repair services. Many septic repairs that we are called out to could have been avoided of the property owner had been using their septic system correctly. Here are a few suggestions to follow to help ensure your system will continue to work as it should:

Things you should do:

DO conserve water whenever possible as a means of reducing the volume of wastewater that will need to be treated and disposed.
DO make repairs to any faucets or toilets that are leaking.
DO make sure that you are only discharging biodegradable wastes into your system.
DO restrict or avoid use of your garbage disposal.
DO take the time to ensure that any down spouts or other surface water is diverted away from your drainfield.
DO keep the cover to your septic tank accessible by installing covers and risers for easier inspections and pumping.
DO get your septic tank pumped regularly and have it checked for any cracks or leaks.
DO have an effluent filter installed to prevent debris from entering your drainfield.
DO add a laundry filter to your washing machine.
DO put kitchen trash into a compost or throw it into the garbage – not down your drains.

Things you should NOT do

DON’T flush products such as tampons, sanitary napkins, condoms, disposable diapers or wipes into your system.
DON’T empty oils or other types of kitchen grease down your drain.
DON’T dump any items that can disrupt the treatment process or contaminate groundwater, such as: paints, oils, thinners, pesticides, poisons or disinfectants.
DON’T build anything over your drainfield or dig in it for any reason.
DON’T plant any landscaping over your drainfield – except grass.
DON’T drive a vehicle over your drainfield or compact the soil in ANY way.
DON’T run purification back flush into the septic tank.

Unfortunately for some of our customers this information comes too late and we have septic repairs scheduled for customers today who could in some instances have avoided their septic breakdown by following the above advice. Today we are at customer properties in Fairhaven, New Bedford, Marion, Westport and Mattapoisett MA for septic repairs. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions or concerns about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

Septic Services Can Take The Worry From Septic System Maintenance

Septic Preservation Services know that many people who own a vehicle will schedule a service for their car when the service indicators comes on or carry out their car maintenance themselves. As car owners we accept that maintaining our car is going to cost money but we use our vehicles daily so they need to be well maintained. The same is true for your septic system. There aren’t many properties that do not see their septic systems used daily. However a septic system is not the same as your car and many property owners turn to professionals, like Septic Preservation Services, to take care of their septic services. We have commercial and residential customers who rely upon us to take care of their septic systems so they do not need to worry about them. This is especially true for commercial customers who lose revenue when their septic system is not working. We will schedule septic services for our customers on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on their septic system and the usage it gets. For example a busy restaurant that is open year round will need a service more frequently than a cafe that is only open in the summer ‘season’. Today we have septic services scheduled in Marion, Bourne, Carver, Sandwich, Mashpee, Falmouth and Barnstable MA. If you would be interested in scheduling a septic service or if you have any questions about septic systems or our septic services please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Voluntary Septic Assessment Carried out Today in Sharon, MA

Septic Preservation Services has Septic Inspections scheduled today in Clinton, Bolton, Berlin, Stow, Hudson, Marlborough and Maynard MA. If you have a septic system it is required in Massachusetts that you have your septic inspected:

  • Within 2 years before a sale. If weather conditions prevent inspection at the time of a sale, the inspection must take place within 6 months afterward.
  • When there is a proposed change to the facility which requires a building or occupancy permit.
  • Any change in the footprint of a building, to make sure that new building construction will not take place on top of any system components or on the system’s reserve area.
  • For large systems with a design flow of 10,000 to 15,000 gallons per day or more at full build-out, on the basin schedule shown in 310 CMR 15.301(6), and every five years thereafter.
  • Every 3 years for shared systems.
  • When the property is divided, or ownership of 2 or more properties is combined.
  • When MassDEP or the local Board of Health orders an inspection

For more information see https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system

Most of the inspections that we carry out for property owners are for people who are selling their property and need their septic to be inspected before Title transfer can take place. However what some people do not realize is that we can also carry out a septic assessment. A Property owner can hire a licensed inspector to perform Confidential Voluntary Septic Assessment of their septic system. These assessments are completed just as they would be according to the Title 5 Inspections required by the State of Massachusetts, but the findings are NOT reported to any other person, municipality or office outside of the homeowner. Once the assessment is complete, the homeowner will receive a thorough report along with an assessment of the findings and some recommendations on how to properly maintain or repair their septic system, if necessary. The recommendations provided by Septic Preservation Services are designed to increase longevity and prevent future issues, such as property damage, high cost repairs or system replacement.

In addition to the above septic inspections we also have a voluntary septic assessment scheduled for a customer today in Sharon MA.

If you require a septic inspection or voluntary septic system assessment please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com where we will be happy to help you.

Options When Buying a Home With an Older Septic System

Buying a home is an exciting time for many, and buying an older home can be a very rewarding experience. When looking at older homes for sale, however, it’s important to understand that many of the systems within may be old or in need of repair as well. If an older property has a septic system, how might a buyer navigate the process to ensure they are getting the best deal?

Septic systems are typically designed to last for 25 years or more, but this time limit is easy to meet with many historical homes. When purchasing a home with an older septic system, it helps to understand what options are available to protect a buyer’s interests and what can be done to mitigate any potential issues down the line.

Inspecting the Septic System

Home buyers interested in older homes should know that their general inspection is unlikely to delve into the specific mechanisms of an older septic system, so it’s often necessary to opt for a specialty inspector with a focus in septic systems. In many states, a separate septic system inspection is a requirement before a home can be sold. For example, in Massachusetts, a thorough inspection of the components of the septic system is known as a Title 5 Inspection.

In addition, many states not only require a septic inspection, but also allow a septic system contingency to be included into a real state contract. This contingency might allow a potential buyer to ask the seller to correct certain problems or issues that may arise in the inspection – much like a general home inspection.

A general home inspector may do little more than a few quick tests to determine if the septic system is in working order while a specialty Septic System inspector will take the time to examine how the inner workings may have deteriorated or have held up over time. Septic systems are affected by everything from natural disasters to yard growth to general wear and tear. Learning how the system has held up over the years will also give buyers a better idea of the threats they’ll face once the deed is transferred.

Repairing the Septic System

Depending on the condition of the septic system, home buyers may be able to make a few standard septic repairs to boost the efficiency and safety of the septic system. Some of the most common repairs and adjustments include:

• Replacing old or worn parts or components
• Installing risers or filters
• Removing solids in field plumbing
• Diverting backwash from water softeners or conditioners

Technicians can also work to remove tree roots or plants that may be interfering with the septic system. When a home buyer has a firm idea of how much they’ll be paying for these repairs, they have the option to negotiate the costs with the seller. Buyers may ask the seller to pay for the costs outright, or they may request the seller lower the price of the home or pay for some of the buyer’s closing costs.

Replacing the Septic System

If the system is simply too old to be repaired, buyers have the option of replacing the system entirely and installing a new one. While a major expense (much like a new roof), buyers should know that septic systems can last for several decades before needing to be replaced. It’s a long-term investment that will help the residents of the home and future buyers who can appreciate the character and charm of an older home with updated plumbing.

As with repair costs, buyers can ask the seller to cover part or all of the septic system repair. If the seller won’t budge on their price of the home or the repair and replacement costs are simply too high to make the sale worth it, the buyer’s only other option may be to back out of the sale.

Caring for the Septic System

A properly functioning septic system may not be the first feature a new homeowner thinks of, but it’s one of the most important components for everyday living. It’s necessary for homeowners to care for their septic system so it doesn’t suffer from unnecessary wear and tear. While few things last forever, proper care and maintenance can extend the life of the septic system by years or even a decade. When it comes time to sell the home, sellers can rest assured that their home will pass a septic inspection with flying colors.

Septic systems require year-round maintenance in order to function at peak performance and waiting to service them can land both buyers and sellers in an unenviable situation. Older homes may need a little more attention than their newer counterparts, but there’s a reason why people want to preserve them. The history and the personality of older homes are so appealing to homeowners because it represents part of our nation’s history.

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To Avoid Septic Problems and Septic Failure Have Your Septic System Pumped Regularly

Septic Preservation Services know that septic pumping does not sound (or smell) very appealing but having your septic system pumped regularly is an essential part of septic system maintenance. Even if your septic system has been used correctly and is operating perfectly you will still always need to have it pumped, usually every 3-5 years. Although your septic system treats effluent the build up of solid waste can not be avoided and your system will need to be pumped. If you leave it too long there will be unpleasant and sometimes unsafe septic problems that could lead to a total system failure. To avoid this have your septic system pumped regularly. Today we have septic pumping scheduled in North Attleboro, Attleboro, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Dighton and Freetown MA. If you require a septic pump out or if you have any questions about septic pumping or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Keep Bad Luck Away On Friday 13th With Septic System Maintenance

Septic Preservation Services suggests everyone makes sure to avoid black cats and ladders on this Friday 13th! Not that we are a superstitious bunch. We know that good luck is often the result of planning and preparation. This is true particularly for your septic system. Following good maintenance practices and advice will ensure that you don’t have ‘bad luck’ with your septic system.

Septic System Do’s and Don’ts

Things you should do
DO get your septic tank pumped regularly and have it checked for any cracks or leaks.
DO conserve water whenever possible as a means of reducing the volume of wastewater that will need to be treated and disposed.
DO make repairs to any faucets or toilets that are leaking.
DO make sure that you are only discharging biodegradable wastes into your system.
DO restrict or avoid use of your garbage disposal.
DO take the time to ensure that any down spouts or other surface water is diverted away from your drainfield.
DO keep the cover to your septic tank accessible by installing covers and risers for easier inspections and pumping.
DO have an effluent filter installed to prevent debris from entering your drainfield.
DO add a laundry filter to your washing machine.
DO put kitchen trash into a compost or throw it into the garbage – not down your drains.

Things you should NOT do
DON’T flush products such as tampons, sanitary napkins, condoms, disposable diapers or wipes into your system.
DON’T empty oils or other types of kitchen grease down your drain.
DON’T dump any items that can disrupt the treatment process or contaminate groundwater, such as: paints, oils, thinners, pesticides, poisons or disinfectants.
DON’T build anything over your drainfield or dig in it for any reason.
DON’T plant any landscaping over your drainfield – except grass.
DON’T drive a vehicle over your drainfield or compact the soil in ANY way.
DON’T run purification back flush into the septic tank.

Today we have septic pumping scheduled for customers in Halifax, Norwell, Hanover, Hingham, Scituate, Hanson and Carver MA who are ensuring their good luck continues by doing their essential septic system maintenance. If you wish to schedule a septic system pump out or if you have any septic system questions please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

Septic Cleaning Is Beneficial To Your Septic System

Septic Preservation Services know that if we say the word ‘clean’ the first thought, for most people, is not septic system. However we know that if you maintain your septic system and schedule septic cleaning your system will work more efficiently and last longer. We use specialized miniature equipment to locate specific areas of your system, such as a sewer cam that is used to investigate the inside of your sewer lines, and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field. Today we have septic cleaning scheduled in Stow, Boxborough, Acton, Wayland, Marlborough, Carlisle, Ayer and Hudson MA. If you would be interested in septic cleaning or learning about its benefits or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact us at our Norton Office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Septic System Services Let Property Owners Relax And Put Their Feet Up

Septic Preservation Services know that most property owners who have a septic system do not want to spend a lot of time, money or effort maintaining or even thinking about their septic system. Therefore we provide regular septic system services for our customers so they can put their feet up and no longer worry about septic system maintenance. Septic services are an ideal way for property owners to be totally confident that their septic system maintenance is being done without having to concern themselves about it. We maintain, check and monitor the septic system and notify our customer if we find anything that may be a problem in the future which can prevent small septic problems becoming large and expensive septic failures. We provide preventive maintenance services to both commercial and residential customers all over the region. Today we have septic system services scheduled for customers in Canton, Stoughton, Hanover, Hingham, Scituate and Sharon MA. If you would be interested in a septic service or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

When Should You Have Your Septic System Pumped?

Septic Preservation Services are always available for property owners who need advice about their septic system. If you own a septic system it is important that it is properly maintained. The most important septic system maintenance is having your septic system pumped. How often you need to pump the solids out of your septic tank depends on factors including:

  • the number of people in your household;
  • the amount of wastewater generated (based on the number of people in the household and the amount of water used); and,
  • the volume of solids in the wastewater (e.g., using a garbage disposal will increase the amount of solids).
  • the size of your septic tank

Generally you should have your septic system pumped every 3-5 years but the above factors can dramatically change this. For example is you have, and use, a garbage disposal your system will need to be pumped annually. Today we have septic pumping scheduled in East Brookfield, Spencer, Ware, Oxford, Sturbridge and Brimfield MA. If you need a septic pump out or if you have questions about you septic system please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Septic System Installation Starting in Westport

Septic Preservation Services provide many customers with a septic system installation and then maintain that relationship with providing ongoing preventative maintenance. Our customers choose to continue to work with us because they know that Septic Preservation Services provide excellent, knowledgeable, professional service from start to finish. We know that initial proper installation is key to the proper operation and lifespan of your septic system. Septic Preservation Services has the expertise and experience to install your septic system properly based on local and state requirement. Our experienced installers and repair staff understand the strict requirements placed on septic repair and installs and ensure our work meets these requirements. Septic Preservation Services takes great pride in our ability to handle most any residential and commercial septic system installation, from the smallest cottage to the largest commercial project. We have recently installed residential and commercial septic systems in Otis, Dudley, Westford and Middleboro MA and today we are starting a septic system installation for a commercial building in Westport MA. If you require a septic installation or if you have any questions about septic installations or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com