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Excess Water In Your Septic System Can Result In Septic Problems

Septic Preservation Services regularly attend septic problems that could have been avoided if the property owner had better information and knowledge about how to ‘live’ in a home which has its own septic system and is not on town sewer. A mistake that many septic system owners make is to put too much water into the system. The decomposition process can become strained if there is too much excess water in the system, resulting in a variety of septic problems. Ideally, septic owners should only be using a maximum of 50 gallons of water per day, per person. The following averages for common household activities can help you keep track:

Dishwasher Cycle – 7 gallons
Washing Machine – 40 gallons per load (less with front-loader machines)
Toilet – 2 gallons per flush, 1.6 gallons for newer standard toilets
Shower – 2.5 gallons per minute (a 10 minute shower = 25 gallons)

It can be difficult to stay on top of usage, particularly for large families, but laying down some basic guidelines can help everyone to work together. New environmentally-friendly appliances, toilets and shower heads can help reduce usage without a lot of extra effort. A water meter can be helpful for households that feed off of a well. The government website http://energystar.gov also has a lot of helpful ideas and tips for reducing water usage.

Always remember that a septic system is installed based upon the number of people that are anticipated to be using it. If your base number increases, you might need to upgrade to a larger system.

We are providing a septic repair for a large family with a home in Hingham MA today and the root cause of their septic problems was that they were having a large laundry day once a week instead of spreading loads out over an entire week. This strained their system too much and has resulted in a repair being necessary. We have other septic repairs today in Marshfield, Plymouth, Carver, West Bridgewater and Stoughton MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton Office on 877-378-4279 or visit Septic Preservation Services

We Try To Make Septic Inspections As Simple As Possible

Septic Preservation Services know that a large portion of the septic inspections that we conduct are for people who are selling their property. In the State of Massachusetts it is required that a property have had a septic system inspection within the last two years before transfer can take place (obviously only if they have an individual septic system servicing that property). So generally unless the owner is selling a very new home or only purchased the home in the last two years a septic inspection is required. For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system

We know that selling property is not an easy time, generally, so we endeavour to make the process as simple as possible. We will schedule your septic system inspection at a time that suits your timetable, when possible, and will be punctual, professional and thorough. We will also do simple things such as when we are investigating your system any earth that we dig up we will put on a tarp to enable us to more simply clean up after our visit. We know that when you are selling your home you want the lawn to look its best. It is small actions such as these coupled with our excellent reputation that results in much of our business coming from referrals from Realtors themselves because they have worked with us in the past and are happy to refer us to their clients because they would like to work with us again. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Mattapoisett, Plymouth, Bourne, Marshfield, Carver and Halifax MA. If you require a septic system inspection or if you have questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

We Provide Septic Education and Information In Addition To Septic Inspections And Other Septic Services

Septic Preservation Services helps many property owners who are selling their home or commercial property with septic inspections which are usually required if you have a septic system and are selling your property. We are also always willing to provide information and support to the new property owners who may not have had a septic system previously. There are definitely some dos’ and don’ts’ that apply when you own a septic system that are not generally too difficult to follow but if you don’t you might end up needing a septic repair to fix a problem that you have unknowingly created.

For example if you have just bought a new house a lot of people want to then start decorating and putting their own stamp on their new home. When you are cleaning up after decorating you must always remember to clean your brushes and paint trays in a bucket and not to dispose of that water down your drain and definitely don’t dispose of paint down your drain. We know that one of the benefits of latex paint is the ease of its cleanup with soap and water. This might cause you to think that it is okay to pour latex paint down the drain or your clean up water. This is not true. While your septic system can usually handle small amounts of latex paint, it should be avoided when possible. Septic systems use naturally occurring, living organisms to break down, digest and treat solid and liquid waste that is introduced into the septic tank. Toxic household chemicals can kill these organisms, resulting in a failure of your septic system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that while common culprits include oil-based paints, solvents and cleaning products that are labeled as poison or hazardous, even latex paint cleanup should be minimized. Latex paints may contain toxic substances, including ethylene glycol or acetate, according to the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse. So be cautious when you clean your brushes because even small amounts of latex paint may be detrimental to your septic system. Your septic system is primarily designed to break down, digest and treat organic materials. The organisms that live in your septic system typically cannot digest the solid materials present in latex paint. These solids will settle to the bottom of your septic tank, where they can result in a thick, gray putty-like material.

Here is a list of septic system dos and dont’s:

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.

Today we have septic inspections for property owners who are selling their homes and one for a new home buyer in Plymouth, Marshfield, Carver, Bourne, Halifax, Rochester and Marion MA. If you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Independence Day!

Septic Preservation Services wishes all of its customers Happy July 4th! As we celebrate Independence Day with our families and friends we know that no one wants to be concerned with septic problems. However septic problems do happen and if you have a septic system you need to know what may indicate a septic problem.

Some signs of a septic issue are:

  • Muddy soil or pools of wastewater around your septic tank or soil absorption system.
  • Very green or lush grass a vegetation on your leach field or near your septic tank.
  • Sewage smells around your system or inside your house.
  • Backups when you do laundry, take showers, or flush the toilet.

If you see these signs it is never a good idea to wait to have them looked at. A small septic problem with an easy and inexpensive repair can become a much larger, more expensive and more disruptive problem if left unaddressed. We have extensive experience locating and repairing septic septic problems. We have recently repaired septic systems in Berlin, Southborough, Upton, Marshfield and North Attleboro MA.

If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Septic Pump Repair in Norwell Massachusetts

Septic Preservation Services are repairing a septic pump for a customer today in Norwell MA. The septic pump, as with all diaphragm operated air pumps, will eventually have wear on the diaphragm so we can repair the pump which will extend the life of the pump and cost significantly less than replacing the entire pump, which is not usually necessary. We have, in stock, many types and size of septic pump including Blue Diamond, HiBlow and Fuji Clean and their associated rebuild kits so you will not usually have to wait for the parts to be ordered. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in Hanover, Hanson, Halifax, Marshfield and Norton MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Septic Designs Tailored For Individual Clients’ Needs

Septic Preservation Services are experienced working with both commercial and residential customers in this region. This is important because the septic system for a busy restaurant will necessarily be different to one for a small seasonal holiday cottage. Both of these customers septic systems will work on the same basic principles however. 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. The size and system itself will have variances however which will be specific to the requirements of our customer. These will vary depending on a variety of factors including the environment, the use of the system and budget of our client. Today we have a septic design meeting with a commercial customer whose property is located in Acushnet MA. We have recently provided septic system designs for residential and commercial customers in Marshfield, Berlin and East Bridgewater MA. If you require a septic design or if you have any questions about septic system designs or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Regular Septic Maintenance Is Essential To Keep Your Septic System Working

Septic Preservation Services know that if a septic system is used correctly and maintained it should process your wastewater effectively and efficiently without interference. However if you neglect regular maintenance your septic system will undoubtedly stop working effectively and could eventually fail which is unpleasant and costly and either means a septic repair or even septic system replacement. Regular septic maintenance does not need to happen that often. It is generally recommended that a septic system is pumped every 3-5 years. The exact regularity of your septic pumps outs is determined by a variety of factors including your water usage and size of your tank. For example a retired couple living in a large 5 bedroom family home with occasional family visitors will not need to have their tank pumped as often as they did when they have 4 teenagers living at home. You will, however, need to have you septic system pumped annually if you use a garbage disposal. Today we have septic pumping scheduled in Norwell, Hingham, Marshfield, Scituate, Hanover, Plymouth and Halifax MA. If you require septic pumping or have any questions about septic systems or septic maintenance please do contact us at our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Septic Repairs Including Septic Air Pumps and Sewage Grinder Pumps

Septic Preservation Services has extensive experience replacing and repairing septic pumps including Air Pumps from manufacturers including FujiClean septic pumps, HiBlow septic pumps and Blue Diamond septic pumps and sewage grinder pumps and effluent pumps including Liberty pumps, E One pumps and Myers pumps. Today we have septic repairs, including septic pump repairs and replacement appointments, in Plymouth, Marshfield, Scituate, Sandwich, Bourne and Hingham MA. If you need a septic repair or if you have any concerns about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Suggestions To Avoid A Septic Repair

Septic Preservation Services are glad we weren’t working on April Fools day. It is never a good idea to be foolish around septic systems but luckily most property owners seem to know that. However septic education and knowledge can always be expand upon and we would always recommend knowing how to work with your septic system to ensure that you get the best out of it. Here are a few suggestions to follow to help ensure your system continues to work correctly:

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 Hingham, Marshfield, Hanover, Hanson, Halifax and East Bridgewater 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

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The White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator Is An Alternative To Leach Field Replacement

Septic Preservation Services has been contacted by a customer in North Attleboro MA because they are concerned that their septic system is failing. Your system is failing if one or more of the following conditions exists:

  • All of the drains from the house are slow
  • There is a persistent wet area over the leach field
  • Sewage is surfacing in the area of the septic tank or distribution box
  • There is sewage seeping through the foundation
  • The liquid level in the leach field is at the top of the crushed rock layer, the chambers or other underground structures
  • The vegetation over the leach field is greener and more lush than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • There is sewage odor in the yard at times or constantly
  • There is flow back from the leach field when the septic tank is pumped
  • The septic tank needs to be pumped frequently
  • The septic tank discharge baffle is damaged or missing
  • Rain water seems to take longer to disappear over the leach field than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • Well water is contaminated

Our client has noticed sewage smells in their yard and persistent wet areas over their leach field. Their system is a candidate for the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator, an economical, environmentally sound and permanent alternative to leach field replacement. In nature, oxygen-using (aerobic) bacteria in the soil consume non-living organic material. This is the process nature uses to “recycle” wastes. We install the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator in the septic tank to create an oxygen rich environment and cultivate an extensive colony of these 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 is capacity to deliver effluent to the soil for purification.

The White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator can be used to:

  • Protect drain fields from ever biologically failing
  • Improve the function of marginally operating drain fields
  • Restore the function of totally failed drain fields
  • Improve the quality of effluent returning to the soil and ground water
  • Reduce the amount of nitrate moving into the environment
  • Reduce the size of a leach field required for new building construction
  • Expand the size of existing structures without expanding the leach field

The White Knight™ advantage includes:

  • An installation costs thousands of dollars less than that of a replacement leach field
  • Minimal disruption to existing landscape
  • Protection of the environment
  • Significantly longer tank pumping interval
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • 100% component and limited lifetime performance warranty

We have recently installed the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator in properties in Norton, Attleboro, Marshfield and Blackstone MA. If you suspect that your septic system may be failing or if you have any questions about the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

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