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A Day in the Life of a Wind River Technician

Have you ever wondered what your Wind River technician is actually doing when he comes to service your wastewater facilities? If you’re busy with your own obligations, you’re probably just glad he is there to take care of everything so your day won’t be interrupted with septic or plumbing problems. However, there’s a lot more that goes in to maintaining your system than you might realize. Today, we’ll follow a technician’s activity as he carries out the daily task of pumping a septic tank.

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April 29th, 2016 BY No Comments

Expert Tips to Help You Pass Your Title V Septic Inspection

If you’re a homeowner in the state of Massachusetts, you may already be familiar with the Title V (Title 5) inspection. This is an inspection required by the state and the Board of Health to ensure your home septic system is fully up to code. These are usually done prior to real estate transactions, but ultimately, public regulators began mandating this inspection to safeguard the sanitary conditions of groundwater and the environment. However, real estate purchasers also benefit from the added security regarding the property […] Continue Reading

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April 26th, 2016 BY No Comments

3 Septic Habits to Establish in Your Restaurant

We are about a month into spring which means your restaurant is entering its second quarter of the calendar year. Hopefully, the first quarter was profitable and you experienced no wastewater mishaps. To keep things going in a positive direction, we encourage restaurant owners to form good septic habits to ensure they don’t lose business due to repairs and downtime. A kitchen with faulty plumbing can be very damaging to a restaurant, so consider incorporating these 3 habits into your maintenance routine.


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April 25th, 2016 BY No Comments

When is Jetting Better Than Snaking?

Today we’re looking at 2 professional methods of drain cleaning—snaking and jetting. Both are effective for clearing obstructions, but there are certain scenarios when jetting is more appropriate. Let’s look at each technique individually before we determine when one should be used over the other.

This method of drain cleaning uses a tool that resembles a snake to power through tough clogs. The “snake” is actually made up of long slender pieces of wire wound tightly together to form a strong flexible auger. The pliable design […] Continue Reading

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April 21st, 2016 BY No Comments

If It Ain’t Broke…Preventative Maintenance Will Save You Money

The most important advice we can give our business owners is to invest in preventative maintenance. We understand you have a hundred other expenses, but we have enough experience to know the ugly alternative when preventative maintenance is left out of the equation. Emergency situations are messy, expensive and stressful, while preventative maintenance is budgeted, predictable and averts costly mishaps. Consider this analogy. Wouldn’t you rather pay for health club fees and annual physicals to keep your body healthy if they prevent a high-cost trip […] Continue Reading

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April 19th, 2016 BY No Comments

What’s Grosser than Gross: Biggest Liquid Waste Disaster of the Month

Septic Overflow
We recently received a call from a commercial site in Seekonk, Massachusetts where the manager reported foul-smelling, dark liquid flowing into the parking lot. When our guys arrived on the scene, they discovered the septic tank was full, causing sewage to overflow. They quickly hooked up 3 trucks and pumped out over 10,000 gallons of sewage from the tank. Unfortunately, with waste flowing in a public parking lot, the owner had to close down that day and lost a great deal of business.

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April 15th, 2016 BY No Comments

3 Tips Learned From Commercial Grease Disasters

It’s disheartening to receive calls from panicked business owners who are experiencing a grease disaster. They frequently have to close down their businesses while repairs are being made because they cannot serve customers without use of their kitchen, or the Board of Health may have deemed their kitchen a health hazard. Grease disasters are avoidable, but some customers unfortunately have to learn the hard way. We hope to save the rest of you from costly damages and downtime by offering these 3 tips regarding grease […] Continue Reading

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April 13th, 2016 BY No Comments

First-Time Home Buyer? Septic Responsibilities Made Easy

Congratulations on buying your first home! With this wonderful privilege comes several obligations such as paying the mortgage on time, cleaning gutters and mowing the lawn. If your home has a septic system, you have additional responsibilities that your city friends using the public sewer system don’t have to worry about. These aren’t difficult, but can be overwhelming when combined with all aspects of a new home. To help you adjust, here is a quick 3-step plan hitting the major points of septic maintenance.

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April 11th, 2016 BY No Comments

Septic 101: How Does a Leach Field Work?

When most people hear the word “septic,” they are thinking of the septic tank. Unbeknownst to them, the septic tank is just one part of an entire septic system that handles your waste. Showers, sinks and toilets are connected to a single outlet pipe that empties into your septic tank, but your wastewater doesn’t stop there. After undergoing a separation process, effluent from your septic tank flows to the leach or drain field where it goes through its final filtering process. Let’s take a closer […] Continue Reading

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April 7th, 2016 BY No Comments

Slow Drains in Your Home? 3 Tips to Speed Things Up

Have you ever taken a shower only to have water start to fill up the tub? It’s quite annoying to have all that dirty water collecting at your feet because something is preventing it from draining.  When it finally does drain, a nasty ring is left around your tub. The same goes for toilets. A slow draining toilet leaves a mess in the bowl, and the odor isn’t pleasant. We feel your pain and want to share ways to handle slow toilets and drains.

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April 5th, 2016 BY No Comments

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