Septic Preservation Services have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Berlin, Marlborough and Hudson, MA. If you are moving home in MA, you will more than likely need to schedule a Title V inspection if your home has a Septic System. We recommend that you have this done early in your moving process to prevent delays and unwelcome surprises when you need to be able to proceed quickly. Please contact our offices for more information or to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Country living is a great lifestyle for many people. While planning gardens and orchards, there are certain things you need to keep in mind. For example, most country homes require a septic system for disposal of sewage. While septic systems are fairly efficient, the leach field is an essential element in processing and dispersing the waste water. Because of the possibility of bacteria in the soil, only grass, shallow-rooted flowers, bulbs and meadow grasses are planted directly over the septic system. You should never plant fruits or vegetables on or near a leach field.
How do you locate the septic system? A septic plot plan is always filed with the local Board of Health in Massachusetts, DEM in Rhode Island, New Hampshire DES, and Plumbing Code Enforcement in Maine. Visit your appropriate agency to obtain a copy of your septic system. Measure and mark the perimeter with landscaper’s spray paint. While new construction requires a plot plan, older homes may not have any documents available to indicate the location of the septic tank and leach lines.
Locate the sewer lines leading away from the house. There may be a clean-out, risers or manhole cover indicating the location of the septic tank. Generally, the septic tank is located approximately 10 to 15 feet away from from the house.
Probe with a metal rod, pushing it gently into the ground to locate the gravel drain field. The leach lines usually are 6 to 18 inches below the surface of the soil. Work your way out and away from the house. As you find the perimeter of the drain field, mark it with landscaper’s spray paint.
Measure 10 feet from the outer perimeter of the leach field. Mark the garden’s borders with stakes. Fruits and vegetables should be planted at least 10 feet from a septic system or leach field to avoid bacterial contamination.
Prepare a landscape plan before planting shrubs or trees near a leach field. Non-aggressive shrubs and trees should be planted at a distance equal to the mature height of the plant. Trees with aggressive roots, such as a willow tree, should be planted at least 50 feet from a leach field.
Septic Preservation can answer all your questions on your septic system and help you with all your septic needs throughout New England. They can be reached at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Septic Preservation Services works to be part of our community and toward this end we offer discounts on septic inspections, septic repairs, and septic installations to all veterans. No matter in you live in Maine, massachusetts, Rhode Island, or New Hampshire Septic Preservation Services can assist you with your septic inspection, septic repair, or septic replacement. Please call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Septic Preservation Services has hired a new team member, Alec. He has joined our team to perform septic inspections and small repairs. Throughout the first part of his training Alec will be trained to perform Title 5 septic inspections, RI septic inspections, functional inspections, and first maintenance inspections. He will be training with our professional licensed title 5 septic inspectors throughout southeastern MA and RI. Whether you’re in Rochester, Taunton, Norton, Plainville, Attleboro, MArion, Middleboro, Portsmouth, or Seekonk please welcome Alec to our team of septic inspectors.
Please call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com with any questions.
Water 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.
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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How do you keep your septic tank risers out of sight?
If you have had your septic system outfitted with the proper septic tank risers, you most likely have a cover sitting in the middle of your garden, lawn or somewhere unsightly. Keeping these covers easily accessible is important, but that doesn’t mean you have to put a sign on them! Hiding these risers is very simple and easy, and can be done without getting in the way of someone servicing your system.
The simplest way is to just put a light fake stone or decorative item on the cover. The key here is to keep it light, you don’t want to damage your system and the service company can pump the system as needed. A lighthouse, light birdbath or other decorative lawn ornament is an easy way to keep that riser out of sight!
Another way is to plant small plants around it. This will effectively camouflage the cover from most people. Keep in mind that should anyone need to access the tank, the plants may get in the way so be sure to leave space somewhere so the septic crew can get to the tank unhindered.
Rock features or stepping stones are another great way to keep the cover out of sight. Placing these around the cover with some light decorative item over the cover itself is a great way to hide the riser. It also may be a way to ad a nice decorative piece to your lawn!
If you need an inspection, have questions or need septic services, please call Septic Preservation Services at 877-378-4279! Visit www.septicpreservation.com
5/27/16 Septic Preservation Services is getting ready for our summer team outing. We are looking for a location west of Boston in the Acton, Stow, Southboro, Marlboro, or Belin area. We would prefer someplace easily accessible to a main highway and whether you are a routine septic customer, title 5 septic inspection customer or a customer that we installed a new septic system for we would like your input for a good location. We also encourage our customers to spend time with us during our outing. Please contact our office if you can suggest a location or would like to join us. Call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
5/26/16 Septic Preservation Services is looking for a new team member to expand our team. This team member will perform title 5 septic inspections, septic repairs, septic installations, and routine septic services throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. While based in Norton we do service customers in Dennis, Plymouth, Rochester, Dartmouth, Seekonk, Swansea, Attleboro, Raynham, Taunton, Halifax, Marshfield, Franklin, Charlestown, Chepachet, Cranston, Smithfield, Jamestown, and all other towns throughout this region. Call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Low-flow toilets are a great way to reduce the amount of wastewater that ends up in a residential sewage system. If you live in an area that relies on private septic systems, as opposed to a municipal sewer system, it is important to do everything you can to reduce water usage to prevent an overflow of wastewater.
Septic systems are typically used in locations that aren’t connected to the city sewage system. A septic tank is a large tank, usually made out of concrete, that holds waste materials that are flushed through the residential sewage system. Inside the tank, bacteria works to break down the solid wastes, which are then released via wastewater into a drainage system.
Because low-flow toilets reduce water usage, they are ideal for cutting down on the amount of water that enters septic systems. Low-flow toilets are also used by homeowners that do not have a residential sewage system, as a means of reducing overall water consumption.
How Low-Flow Toilets Work
Low-flow toilets are designed to use less water than a standard toilet. The average residential toilet uses three to four gallons per flush, while low-flow toilets use around one-and-a-half gallons per flush. Recently, newer low-flow toilets have been produced that use even less water per flush by using a dual-flush system.
Much like septic tank systems, homeowners need to be aware of what gets flushed down low-flow toilets. The only thing that should ever be flushed down low-flow toilets that are connected to a septic tank system is toilet paper and organic waste. That means absolutely no paper towels, feminine products, diapers, newspapers or other paper materials.
The chemicals used to clean low-flow toilets that are hooked up to a residential septic system must also be chosen carefully. Bleach, abrasives, anti-bacterial cleansers and other bathroom cleaners should never be flushed into septic tank systems or washed down the drain. Use natural cleaners, such as baking soda or vinegar, to protect the good bacteria inside the septic tank that works to breakdown solid waste.
Part of a Healthy Septic Tank System
All of the parts of your residential septic system work together to effectively and efficiently process all the waste from your home. Low-flow toilets can be an important part of a well-run septic system. The best way to care for your system is to hire a professional septic system maintenance and inspection service.
A low-flow toilet is very easy to maintain and helps to reduce water usage in the bathroom. The fixture that helps to reduce water usage inside low-flow toilets may need to be adjusted every now and again. This fixture is the fill valve. It is used to maintain a proper level of water inside the toilet tank.
All-Clear Septic & Wastewater offers a preventative maintenance program, which can be used to keep tabs on the effectiveness of your system, catch potential problems before they get out of control and keep your residential sewage system running properly. Learning about your system and how it should be used and cared for, is another important part of good home ownership. Proper care and preventative maintenance, when used together, can prevent costly repairs and replacements. Call Septic Preservation Services at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
5/23/16 Septic Preservation Services recently had an employee injured resulting in an extended absence from work. We are reworking our schedule to accommodate all of our customers. If you have an appointment for a septic inspection, septic repair, or we are just scheduled for a routine septic service, we will do our best to meet your needs. Please understand that whether you are in Easton, Rochester, Plymouth, Taunton, Norton, or Attleboro we will complete your title 5 septic inspection or routine septic service on time. Any questions, call us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com