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Do You Know How To Maintain Your OBD

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.”

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 a question or concern about your OBD please do contact our office on 877-378-4279 or visit Septic Preservation Services

OBD Maintenance and OBD Services

OBD maintenance and services scheduled in Portland, Falmouth, Orr’s Island, Cape Elizabeth, Freeport and Harpswell Maine

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Maine Septic Inspections For Homes And Commercial Properties

Septic Preservation Services has septic inspections scheduled for customers in Maine. Whether you are selling or buying a home or a commercial property that is supported with its own septic system or if you just want to know the status of your septic system we are able to provide you with thorough and professional septic inspections. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Topsam, Pownal, Freeport, Libson Falls and Brunswick Maine. If you have questions or concerns about septic systems or which to arrange a septic inspection please do contact our Maine office on 877-378-4279 or visit https://www.septicpreservation.com

We Provide OBD Services and OBD Repairs Statewide in Maine

Septic Preservation Services is the only statewide contractor on the Wastewater Treatment Plants Certified Maintenance Contractors list provided by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. This means that we are the only contractor statewide that can provide mechanical OBD Services. As stated on the Maine Department of Environmental Protection website:

“An overboard discharge (OBD) is a discharge to surface waters of the State of domestic pollutants (sanitary wastes or wastewater from household activities generated at residential or commercial locations) that are not conveyed to municipal or quasi-municipal sewerage treatment facilities. The vast majority of OBDs in Maine are associated with residential dwellings and small commercial operations along the coast.”

For more information see:

http://www.maine.gov/dep/water/wd/OBD/ip_obd.pdf

We have OBD services and OBD Repairs scheduled today in Freeport, Harpswell, Brunswick, Orr’s Island, Bailey Island, Phippsburg, Peak’s Island and Portland ME. If you need to arrange an OBD service or an OBD repair please do contact our Biddeford office on 877-378-4279 or visit https://www.septicpreservation.com

Septic Inspections

Septic inspections in Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Topsam, Pownal, Freeport, Libson Falls and Brunswick Maine

OBD Services and OBD Repairs

Overboard discharge services and overboard discharge repairs in Freeport, Harpswell, Brunswick, Orr’s Island, Bailey Island, Phippsburg, Peak’s Island and Portland

More Septic Inspections Due To The Increased Number Of Properties On The Market

Septic Preservation Services usually find that the number of septic inspections requested increases in the spring months in direct response to the upturn in the real estate market that usually happens in the spring and this year is no exception. We have septic inspections scheduled today in Westbrook, Peaks Island, North Yarmouth, Gray, Freeport and Pownal Maine. If you are selling a home with a septic system it is a great selling point to have a septic inspection already completed so you can show potential buyers that your system is in good work condition. If you are buying a property that is not on town sewer but is serviced by its own individual septic system a septic inspection can tell you if that system is in good working order and if it needs maintenance or repairs. If it does you then have the information to make an offer accordingly, request that the work be done or to move on if you are concerned. If you wish to schedule a septic inspection or have any questions about septic system inspections or septic systems please do contact our office on 877-378-4279 or visit https://www.septicpreservation.com

Septic Inspections

Septic inspections in Westbrook, Peaks Island, North Yarmouth, Gray, Freeport and Pownal Maine

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 https://www.septicpreservation.com

Septic Inspections

Septic inspections in Portland, Gorham, Freeport, Raymond, Pownal, Poland and Windham

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