Wind River Spotlight: Our Walpole Team
Named for England’s Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole in the early 1700s, the town of Walpole was started by a group of sawmill residents who built along the great Cedar Swamp. Today this small but charming town is where you’ll find one of our Wind River locations, as well as this month’s employee in the spotlight.
Roberto Oceguera – Drain Cleaning Division Manager
“I like to lead my team by example. Every job I do, I always try to do the best I can to satisfy the customer by resolving their problems and treating them with respect. I enjoy being part of this team because I consider us the best in the industry. It’s hard not to be proud of us!”
Learn more about our Walpole team!
How Long Does it Take to Install a Septic System?
A fully functioning septic system is an essential part of keeping your daily routine intact. Even if one little component malfunctions, bigger problems can arise. Things can go wrong from the very beginning, starting with installation, so it’s important to find someone to do things right. It takes a trained team of engineers and technicians to correctly install a septic system so that it can work efficiently for years to come. When installed improperly, it could break down within 24 hours. So if you need a new septic system installed, it is essential that your installation is done by highly trained professionals, like those at Wind River Environmental; visit our septic services page to learn more. So how long exactly can you expect the installation process to take?
Rely on the Experts
Installs can vary greatly depending on the size of your waste water treatment system, location, and local regulations. If the land is not ideal, it may take extra time to excavate or get the soil suitable for leaching. The permitting process could delay progress, or even weather can be a factor. However, on average, it takes about 7 days for a knowledgeable team to get your system set up. To avoid immediate issues or future problems related to installation, make sure you employ a certified company like Wind River to complete the job. Once your septic system is up and running, you can also count on us to do the future maintenance to keep it working efficiently. On average, sludge and solid waste should be pumped out every 1-2 years to prevent clogs, backups and damage to your system. Allow us to be your one-stop shop for all your septic needs, from installation to repairs and maintenance. Contact Us or Request Service Today.
How Baking Soda Can Help You Avoid Septic System Emergencies
If you own a residence or business you know that there is no getting around septic pumping service and inspections. It’s recommended that you have your septic tank pumped and inspected every 1 to 2 years, so if it’s been a while, you should really schedule septic service today. But if you end up having issues with the pipes, drains, or the septic system itself, you may have to schedule septic pumping service and inspections much more often.
This can end up costing you hundreds of extra dollars not to mention putting too much wear and tear on your septic system. If your septic tank or leach field ends up having to be replaced it can cost you thousands of dollars! There are many ways to help take care of your septic system and one super easy and affordable way is to simply start using baking soda.
How does Baking Soda help you avoid septic system emergencies?
Simple, using baking soda mixed with other all natural ingredients can be used as an environmentally safe and natural cleaner for your toilet, sinks, tub, and drains. Using baking soda instead of harsh chemical cleaners such as bleach will keep all that important bacteria from being killed off. The good bacteria in your septic system is necessary because it breaks down all the waste that comes through the pipes.
Without the good bacteria you will end up with clogs, back-ups and odors that wear away at your septic tank and eventually cause a septic system emergency. Using baking soda is very easy.
You can mix about a 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons lemon to make your own natural cleaning agent. The baking soda will fizz up to help get the dirt and grime in your tub and drains. It’s a great cleaner and your septic system will thank you!
How Your Septic Distribution Box Works
Understanding your septic system begins with one of the most important parts of the tank, the septic distribution box. The distribution box is a component of the leach field system. The job of the distribution box is to evenly distribute the wastewater into the leach field (also known as the drain field). How does the septic distribution box work? Gravity plays a major role in helping the distribution box do its job. The water flows downhill where the distribution box is placed. This allows the water to flow into the box from the septic tank and then onto the leach field. Once the wastewater flows out of the septic tank it will move into the septic distribution box and out to the leach field lines. The size and shape of the box depends on the type of septic tank you have. A distribution box is most commonly made out of concrete or plastic and has several openings for the leach field lines where the wastewater can flow out. Concrete boxes often work better since the material is sturdier than plastic. A concrete distribution box can also be located with a probe rod during inspections. The distribution box openings are often fitted with flow leveling devices that rotate. This is to make sure that the leach field lines are receiving an equal amount of wastewater. The distribution box is a major part of the septic system being able to function properly is very important. If the distribution box isn’t working the right way you will soon be dealing with leach field failure. Distribution boxes are most often worn down by time due to weather, like flooding and freezing, and improper care of the septic system.
How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Septic System?
If you are outside of a city, you most likely have a septic system that treats and disposes of your wastewater. If you’ve maintained your septic system, you will be able to keep it for approximately 20 – 30 years. If your septic system is aged for this amount of time and if you notice that it not working properly, or if the leach field is clogged, it is time to call a professional for an estimate on a repair or replacement.
What Is Involved
It is important to know what is involved in installing a new septic system and how much it will cost. A thorough examination will be made by your certified septic installer to determine what parts of the system need replacing. Costs may vary widely depending on type of septic tank is installed, and if an enhanced or alternative system needs to be installed, and if a new leach field has to be prepared.
Types of Septic Systems
Septic tanks may be made of steel, concrete, or fiberglass. Concrete is used most frequently, and is in a medium price range. They are usually durable, but need regular inspection to be sure no cracking has taken place. Steel tanks are not recommended, as they corrode, and frequently need cover replacement. Fiberglass will not crack or rust, but the light weight of the tank means it can float or shift in the soil.
If you need a completely new system, including leach field, considerable excavation has to be done. This may affect the landscaping of your yard, and you may have to replace sod and plants after the system is complete. Keep in mind that the cost of labor may exceed the cost of the actual tank and equipment needed for the septic.
Remember that you get what you pay for. A complete system may cost somewhere between $15,000 to $50,000, but you will get a finished product that will last for years, maintain the value of your home, and meet your family’s needs.
To learn more, view our Septic Pumping Installation page here.
If it is time to get a professional to look at your system, contact Wind River Environmental for an evaluation. Or you can request our specialized service. As professional plumbers, they will give you the peace of mind that the ultimate in expertise and quality materials will go into your home.
Restaurant Management 101: Why Does My Drain Keep Backing Up?
There are a number of reasons why commercial kitchen drains continue to back up. It’s essential that you understand why this happens and implement regular cleaning services by a professional drain cleaner. Clogged drains can cause the shutdown of a restaurant, which equates to a loss in revenue along with a likely expensive repair. To avoid this major headache (for you and the customers that love your food), your best bet may be to call an experienced plumber to check it out.
Why Commercial Kitchen Drains Clog
Sludge, greases, meat fats and other oils can quickly build up in drains. As these substances cool, they begin to harden and stick to the drain pipes. This can lead to major sanitation problems as the end result is clogged pipes or even an entirely clogged septic system. In addition, food gets put down the drain on a daily basis due to leftovers.
Keep in mind that while a commercial grade grease trap is effective, it will be ineffective if the drains aren’t professionally maintained. A grease trap cleaning service will determine how often a cleaning is needed by calculating the daily use of the grease trap.
Toilets and drains in restaurants can also become clogged from non-maintained septic systems. All of the wastewater from a restaurants flows into the septic tank, and it should be pumped by a professional on a regular basis to prevent backups and major, costly repairs to the system. How does a backup happen? The solid material settles at the bottom while the liquid flows into the leach field. Both lines and tank become filled with sludge.
Professional Drain Cleaning and Septic Pumping
Today, professional companies use tiny video cameras to diagnose grease problems in the system lines. This helps determine where there is a root issue, break or crack in the line. For soft blockages, professionals use high-pressure water jetters to clear the lines. For hard blockages, a snaking method is used to clear the lines.
These professional cleaning companies also offer preventative maintenance plans to avoid breakages, overflows, clogs and backups. Customers can choose a plan that best meets their needs, including jetting the lines once a quarter, pumping the non-hazardous waste systems and complete inspections. Preventative maintenance is the best defense against clogs and septic tank problems.
Understanding Your Septic System Leach Field
The septic system leach field (also known as the drain field) is the third component to your household septic system.
The wastewater from the septic tank drains into the distribution box and then gravity helps to pull the water into the leach field and distribute it evenly in to the leach lines.
The bigger a leach field the more wastewater it will be able to absorb and hold. If you have a larger septic tank it is important to keep your leach field large enough to hold all the water being sent out.
The leach field in most homes is a constructed with many trenches of piping. The leach field trenches are about 100 feet long, 18 inches wide and go in a straight line with a flat bottom. They are often laid out in parallel lines with your distribution box at the very beginning.
You should also never place your leach field in an area with standing water or near drinking water sources such as wells, streams, lakes, roads, or other homes. The leach field works by being both the disposal and the final treatment of the septic tank wastewater.
This is the place where the purification happens biologically. The wastewater will flow into the soil and is used up by plants or flows into the groundwater to be a resource. It is very important that your leach field is built correctly so you don’t have any back-ups or clogs during the process.
One of the main problems with a leach field is clogs. This occurs when the biomat builds up in the leach lines and hardens over time.
You can tell this is happening if you see standing water over your leach field or septic tank. If you notice this happening it is time to call in a professional for an inspection right away.
What Is Septic System Rejuvenation?
A leach field is used to remove contaminants and impurities from the liquid that emerges from the septic tank. Over time, your leach field area may not drain water properly and a special cleaning may help rejuvenate the soil absorption system. The process is easier to understand when you know how the septic system leach field works. Wind River Environmental can help you with that by conducting a septic system rejuvenation service.
After the drain field has been in use for a long period of time, the system can begin to break down and create a biomat. The biomat is when the build- up is too much for the clean water in the septic tank. This is when septic system rejuvenation becomes necessary to help the soil absorb the waste water There are several options for hiring a company to perform septic system rejuvenation. The first is a Custom Cleaning. This service includes hiring professionals to pump out the leach field and remove all the extra water. This gives them access to the field so they can add in good bacteria and enzymes that will rejuvenate the system.The septic leach field (also known as the drain field) is the fourth part of the septic system. The purpose of the septic leach field is to catch the waste water when it exits the distribution box. Your leach field will then help the water absorb into the ground which will make more space for new waste water inside the septic tank.
Another service is the White Knight System. This is when the professionals place an aerobic bio-reactor inside the septic tank to help to create a mass of good bacterium. This will allow the bacteria to thrive and eat away at all the waste inside your tank. The bacteria is then washed out into the leach field to eat away at the biomat that is building up in your leach field lines. In order for this to work correctly, you will also need to hire professionals for septic tank pumping and an inspection.
The third service is Sewer Jetting. Professionals take a high pressure water spray to clean and unclog your sewer lines, drains, and the leach field. Once the pipes are free from sludge and other debris causing the clogs, the septic system will be able to rejuvenate itself once again.
The 3 Worst Household Items For Your Septic Tank
If you’ve ever owned an older home, you know how difficult the septic systems can be. Older homes mean older septic tanks and we soon found ourselves dealing with clogs, backed-up toilets, and bad odors near the drains. Septic pumping was a huge help but we wanted to make sure the problems didn’t come back. It turns out we were doing all the wrong things inside our home! There are several household appliances that are terrible for your septic tank. They use up too much household water (putting pressure onto the tank) or clog up the drains and pipes. We can’t get rid of all our appliances but we can cut down on some things. Here are top three worst household items for your septic system:
- The toilets. The toilet itself doesn’t cause problems with your septic system. It’s really what ends up getting flushed down the toilet. Clogged or backed up toilets is the number one reason for homeowners calling in professionals for septic pumping. Never use your toilet like a garbage can. Flushing a wad of paper towel, a diaper, cat litter, food, or debris down the toilet can cause you serious problems. Toilet paper has been specially made to break down in water and something like paper towels, sanitary napkins, tampons, or diapers are not made with the same materials. Flushing items other than toilet paper down your toilet will result in serious clogging and back-ups.
- Your garbage disposal. A kitchen garbage disposal is so bad for your drains and septic system that many professionals suggest you disable it. Though the purpose of a garbage disposal is to chop up food and trash before going down the drain, it is a major source of clogs because the bacteria in the septic system can’t break down the food particles. If they build up, there will be back-ups in your home.
- Chemical cleaners. This one is always a shock to people. Bleach and harsh chemical cleaners can actually destroy your septic system. Putting these chemicals down your drain can cause serious damage to the septic tank by killing off all the good bacteria. This means the waste can’t be broken down and it ends up clogging up the drain. This leads to back-ups which causes leaking and foul sewage odors.
Do Household Cleaning Products Affect Your Septic Tank?
If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party this week, it’s likely you’ll do some cleaning to get your home looking nice for your guests. If you have a septic system, you’ll need to monitor the types of cleaning products you use so that you don’t cause damage. You may be wondering how in the world can cleaning products hurt anything. Well, your septic tank relies on bacteria to break down waste as part of the wastewater recycling process. Unfortunately, there are toxic ingredients in some cleaning products that kill these working microorganisms. Let’s take a closer look at some of these harsh chemicals so you can be sure you’re not using a harmful product.
If you are not using a large quantity, most household cleaners are ok in diluted amounts. However, you need to minimize your use of things like bleaches, disinfectants, and ammonium because they kill bacteria in your septic system. Antibacterial soaps are also not recommended because they will kill the good bacteria. It’s a good idea to check labels for environmentally safe ingredients and opt for biodegradable brands.
Dishwashers and Washing Machines
Cleaning agents for dishes and laundry are a little different but similar rules apply. These detergents often contain surfactants and phosphates which are also dangerous to your tank and the environment. Again, reach for biodegradable varieties and choose liquid forms. Powder detergents contain clay which is harder for a septic tank to break down and result in clogs. Fortunately, there are several “green” detergents available as a liquid on the market now.
Be Anti Antibacterial
We realize it is sometimes hard to part with a brand that works well that your mother and grandmother also used. However if you have a septic system, your beloved cleaner could end up costing you lots of time and money in repairs. The good news is there are plenty of safe and effective options out there, and your septic system will thank you for making the decision to switch. In addition to environmentally-friendly brands from the store, you can also create homemade cleaners very inexpensively. For example, baking soda, vinegar and tea tree oil are 3 safe ingredients that make great household cleaners. For more information on products that are safe for your septic, Contact Wind River or Request Service Now.