Septic Preservation Services has an appointment today for a customer in Norton MA who needs a septic repair because their D-Box (distribution box) is not operating correctly. A D-Box is an essential component of a conventional septic system. As the name suggests it ‘distributes’ in this case wastewater from the septic tank which has already partially treated the wastewater into the leach field. A septic system consists a septic tank and a drainfield which are connected through the D-Box. Wastewater flows from your property to the septic tank. The septic tank treats the wastewater by holding it in the tank long enough for solids and liquids to separate. The wastewater forms three layers inside the tank. Solids lighter than water (such as greases and oils) float to the top forming a layer of scum. Solids heavier than water settle at the bottom of the tank forming a layer of sludge. This leaves a middle layer of partially clarified wastewater. The layers of sludge and scum remain in the septic tank where bacteria work to break the solids down. The sludge and scum that cannot be broken down are retained in the septic tank until the tank is pumped. The layer of clarified liquid flows from the septic tank to the drainfield via the D-Box which uniformly distributes the wastewater into the drainfield. A standard drain field (also known as a leach field, disposal field, or a soil absorption system) is a series of trenches or a bed lined with gravel or course sand and buried one to three feet below the ground surface. Perforated pipes or drain tiles run through the trenches to distribute the wastewater. The drainfield treats the wastewater by allowing it to slowly trickle from the pipes out into the gravel and down through the soil. The gravel and soil act as biological filters. Clearly it is essential that all components of the septic system are working correctly for it to process your waste. We will ensure that the D-Box is either repaired or replaced so our customer can be confident that their system is working efficiently. We have other septic repair appointments today in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Sterling and Northborough MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic system please do contact our Norton office on 877 378 4279 or visit Septic Preservation Services
Septic Preservation Services not only provide the heavy equipment and expertise for the excavation and installation of septic systems but we can also produce the initial septic designs for that septic system. Today we have a septic system design meeting with a customer in Westport MA. Our client is renovating an older home which needs a new septic system. Rather than working with an old, inefficient system they have chosen to replace that system with an entirely new, efficient and cost effective septic system which we are providing the septic system design for. We have recently provided other septic designs for customers with properties in Oxford, Clinton and Holliston MA. If you require a septic design or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 877 378 4279 or visit Septic Preservation Services
Septic Preservation Services understand that part of any good septic system preventative maintenance program is to ensure that it is properly cleaned and pumped on a regular basis However it is also important to know the facts about septic cleaning and pumping to avoid making costly mistakes. Inside your septic tank solid waste matter sinks to the bottom and grease and oils float to the top. Treated liquid waste flows through pipes into a drain field or leach field. If too much solid waste accumulates it clogs the drain pipes, prevents liquids from escaping, and leads to sewage backups into your home and a health hazard because waste is not treated before exiting your septic system. A properly maintained septic system should only have a septic pump out every 2-5 years, as needed, to avoid removing the “good” bacteria and keep the system running smoothly. Septic pumping will ensure that your septic system does not ‘fill up’ with waste. Getting your tanks cleaned on a regular basis will help to improve the efficiency of your septic system and keep it running smoothly. Septic Preservation Services takes pride in the work that we do, utilizing 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. It is important to understand that septic pumping does not always mean that your system will also be cleaned and leaving solid buildup in the septic tank or not having your leach field pipes jetted can mean that even if your system is pumped blockages can still occur which can result in septic system failures and potentially unpleasant, expensive and harmful repercussions. Today we have septic cleaning appointments in Berlin, Clinton, Bolton, Marlborough, Sterling and Grafton MA. If you are interested in septic cleaning or septic pumping or have any questions about the process please do contact our office on 877 378 4279 or visit Septic Preservation Services
Septic Preservation Services have Title 5 Inspection appointments today for customers in Marlborough, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Sterling and Northborough MA. Included in a Title 5 Septic Inspection is:
- General layout of the system components (location of the building sewer, septic tank or cesspool, distribution box and leaching field)
- Type of use (e.g., house, school, retail space), Title 5 design flow, and whether the facility is presently occupied
- Analysis of the criteria specified in Title 5 that indicate system failure, and, for large systems, those which indicate threats to public health and the environment
- Water use records from the previous two years, if available
- A description of the septic tank, including its condition, approximate age, thickness of grease/scum layer, and other relevant information
- A characterization of the distribution box and dosing tanks with pumps, if any, such as condition and evidence of solids carryover or backup
- The condition of the soil absorption system including, any signs of hydraulic failure
If you need to schedule a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions please do contact us at our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit Septic Preservation Services
Septic Preservation Services wish you a Happy Columbus Day! Today is the official anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492. Thankfully though septic systems have evolved from the times when human waste was thrown out of a window or let out into the local water system. Today we are starting the excavation work for a modern septic system installation in Rochester MA. We have all of the heavy equipment and the operators so we can do this work without having to rely on subcontractors. This means that we know that the work will all be done correctly to our own high standards and we will not face delays caused by subcontractors. We have been working in this region for many years so we know all of the town and state requirements which means that we can ensure that your septic system and its associated paperwork will be correct and to code. We have recently completed septic installations in Wayland, Clinton and Wrentham MA. If you need a septic system installation or if you have any questions about septic systems or our septic services please do contact us at our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit Septic Preservation Services
Septic Preservation Services have septic pumping appointments today in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Northborough, Sterling and Maynard MA. All septic systems must be pumped to continue to operate correctly and it is usually recommended that you have your system pumped every 3-5 years depending on a variety of factors including the size of your system and the amount of wastewater that is being processed. We are also pumping a septic system for a property in Sharon MA today that has its septic tank pumped annually. This is because they have, and use, a garbage disposal so their system must be pumped more regularly. In addition to annual pumping making their system work correctly they also don’t need to have their system inspected within two years of their transfer if they sell their home, they have a 3 year time limit. As stated in the Mas Gov website:
“An inspection up to 3 years before the time of transfer is valid if the inspection report includes records demonstrating that the system has been pumped at least once a year during that time.”
For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system
If you require septic pumping, septic inspection or have any questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 877-378-4279 or visit the Septic Preservation Services Website
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.
Septic Preservation Services know that in Massachusetts Title 5 is there to protect property owners with septic systems or people who plan to buy a property with a septic system. As stated on the Mas Gov website:
“Failing septic systems and cesspools can contaminate drinking water, shellfish beds, and beaches. Title 5 of the State Environmental Code protects us by requiring inspection of private sewage disposal systems. Local boards of health receive these inspection reports. Most systems will pass inspection. Title 5 requires the replacement or upgrade of systems that fail.
If you own a home with a septic system or cesspool and plan to put it up for sale, add a bedroom, or change its use, you will need to get a system inspection.”
For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/consumer-protection-tips-septic-system-inspections-and-repairs
Septic Preservation Services have licensed septic inspectors who regularly carry out Title 5 Septic Inspections for property owners all over Massachusetts. Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled in Northborough, Clinton, Bolton, Berlin, Sterling, Paxton and Marlborough. If you require a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://septicpreservation.com/faqs/
Septic Preservation Services can’t believe that it’s May 1st already. This year seems to be flying by and our technicians are busier than ever. Unfortunately a lot of our call outs are for septic repairs for homeowners who have unknowingly caused their septic system problem. Where possible we try to educate home owners in the best way to use their septic system to try to prevent future problems while also finding the cause of the septic problem and fixing it. A few suggestions to keep your septic system working correctly are:
- Pumping. Septic tanks generally should be pumped out every three to five years, depending on how regularly the system is used and/or how many people are using it. Regular pumping ensures that solids will not flow from the septic tank into the drainfield.
- Use less water. Reducing the amount of wastewater entering your on-site sewage system may increase its lifespan. Excessive water use is a main cause of system failure. Use water-saving bathroom and kitchen fixtures (faucets, showers, toilets). Run and drain appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, one at a time. Spread laundry over the entire week and avoid partial loads. Fix all faucet and toilet leaks promptly.
- Limit garbage disposal use. A garbage disposal adds solids and grease to your system, which could lead to drainfield failure.
- Direct water from downspouts and roofs away from the drainfield. Additional water from these sources may prevent your drainfield from working properly.
- Install risers for easier access. Risers from the tank lids to the soil surface make maintenance easier.
- Don’t use septic tank additives or “miracle” system cleaners. Some of these chemicals can actually harm your system by allowing solids to flow into and clog the drainfield. The chemicals can also contaminate ground and surface water.
- Don’t dispose of water from hot tubs into your septic system. Large volumes of water are harmful to the system, and the chlorine can destroy important bacteria in the system.
Don’t flush solid wastes into the system. These include diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, tampons, condoms, and grease.
- Don’t put strong chemicals, such as cleaning products, down the drain. Household chemicals — such as drain cleaners, paint thinners and floor cleaners — can destroy important bacteria in your septic tank and contaminate ground and surface water. Laundry additives like bleach and fabric softener can also have a negative effect on the bacteria in your tank.
- Don’t construct patios, carports or use landscape plastic over the drainfield. Grass is the best cover for your septic tank and drainfield. Soil compaction and paving prevent oxygen from getting into the soil. This oxygen is needed by bacteria to break down and treat sewage.
- Don’t park cars, trucks or heavy machinery on the septic tank and drainfield areas. The weight can lead to crushed or broken pipes and soil compaction. Compacted soils cannot absorb water from the drainfield. A broken underground pipe can lead to an expensive repair.
Today we have septic repair appointments scheduled for customers in Wayland, Northborough, Hudson, Maynard, Clinton and Upton MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
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 septic 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 Bolton, Berlin, Clinton, Marlborough, Sterling and Stow MA. Keeping upto date with essential septic maintenance ensures that you don’t need to worry about ‘luck’. 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 on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com
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