Why Your Septic Tank System Needs An Outlet Filter
If you have a septic tank, then you have a basic idea of how they work. In theory, the only thing that ends up in the leach field is water. Unfortunately, in practice hair, grit and, worse, sewage solids can find their way there. That’s why every septic tank system needs an outlet filter.
Tank Outlet Filters – What They are and Why They Help
Proper septic tanks should be fitted with an effluent filter or tank outlet filter. This is installed in the outlet of the tank and helps prevent anything other than liquid getting into the leach field (or clogging the outlet pipe). In some jurisdictions, outlet filters are legally required, but even if they are not, an outlet filter can help avoid leach field clogging. This can cause flooding and even cause failure of the entire leach field system, not to mention the significant risk to health, both human and animal. A clogged leach field can even cause contamination of nearby plants.
Septic tank filters are a cheap way to improve the efficiency of your septic tank system and extend its life. They can easily be installed into existing tanks. They do require some maintenance – specifically, they need to be cleaned regularly as they tend to become clogged. This means they are doing their job. A typical residential tank filter has a 1/16-inch filtration slot size, but the precise filter you need depends on your household size and water usage.
Install a Tank Outlet Filter
A professional septic tank company such as Wind River Environmental can help you out by installing a new filter or cleaning or replacing an existing one. Septic filters should be cleaned if you notice sluggish drain flow or gurgling at every drain in the house. They should also be cleaned when you pump and clean the tank – so contact us about installing a proper filter and keep your septic tank system healthy!
“Boost” Treatment: Why You Need One for Your Septic System
No-one likes to think of doing maintenance in the place where our waste goes, but it IS absolutely necessary. Whether you have a residential or commercial septic system, proper maintenance is recommended to be completed once every 1-2 years.
Over time, the contents of your septic system or cess pool will (pardon the pun) pile up and need to be pumped. How soon this happens depends on many different factors, but it will need to be done at some point. Here at Wind River Environmental, we have a 3-step system which utilizes Boost.
What is Boost, and How Does it Help Your Septic System?
Everyone’s heard of the ‘good’ bacteria that are inside our stomachs, right? Well, our septic systems have them too. Only the things we use inside our homes to get rid of bad bacteria, such as anti-bacterial soap, bleach, and other household cleaners also remove this good bacteria from our septic systems. Boost can help with the reduction of these good bacterias. According to the National Small Flows Clearinghouse, we know that “based on available literature, enzymatic products might have the ability to reduce the amount of oil and grease in the septic tank. Second, under septic tank bacterial “die-off” conditions, slight reductions in the amount of effluent solids have been achieved by using additives”. To read the full article, please click here.
After your system has been pumped, we add in Boost. Just like a shock treatment for your pool, Boost provides a ‘shock’ to your septic system, introducing enzymes that are awesome at breaking down organic waste and solids, such as food products from the garbage disposal.
Let’s focus on the pool analogy for a second. Even if you do everything right, keep your pH levels in balance, strain the leaves and drowned critters, and make your kids get OUT of the pool before they pee, you still need to give it a shock treatment pretty often, right? It’s the same with your septic system. Even if you don’t have a garbage disposal, even if you do proper system maintenance, even if you use biodegradable toilet paper, your system is still going to need a boost to function at its best.
For more information on the services we provide or to schedule service with us, please visit us at https://www.wrenvironmental.com/residential/services/preventative-maintenance/
Wind River and the ISM Connect 300
Wind River Environmental is proud to partner with Premium Motorsports LLC for this year’s ISM Connect 300 in Loudon, NH. Wind River will be featured on #55 in this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
From their press release:
Gray Gaulding on New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
“I’m excited to get back in the cup car at New Hampshire knowing I have some experience there. It’s one of my favorite tracks to drive on. I’m hoping for a solid run so we can keep building and making our cars better every time we’re able to go to a track I know we can run well at. I’m also excited about having Wind River with us this weekend, the car looks good and we’re going to get after it for them for a good finish”
Read the full release here.
Make sure to tune in on 9/24 at 2pm to catch Wind River on the track!
Town Spotlight: Wind River Septic Pumping Services in Sandy Hook, CT
Welcome to Sandy Hook!
Sandy Hook is a delightful and charming village in Newtown, Connecticut with a history dating back to 1711. In the earliest days of New England, residents moved away from Newtown to settle near the Pootatuck River where the flowing waters could power their grist and sawmills. The village of Sandy Hook was born of hard work and a spirit of people working together to build a thriving community.
Sandy Hook is a gem in Connecticut. The village is perfect for spending an afternoon strolling on foot to soak up small town, New England culture. Breath crisp air, window shop, chat with locals, eat great food and let life slow down a bit.
Wind River and Sandy Hook
We are proud to be a part of the Sandy Hook community with its enduring history and welcoming vibe.
Wind River brings our exceptional level of care and services to the area with our 24/7/365 commitment. Anytime you need us – day, night, weekends, holidays or after disasters – WE WILL BE THERE!
Pumping your septic system is vital to keeping it operating properly for years and years. A well-maintained septic system should cost very little. However, an improperly maintained septic system will cost thousands of dollars to repair, not to mention the hassle to your life.
You may be unsure of the age of your septic system, therefore not know if it is operating properly. Our expert technicians can inspect your septic system and give you peace of mind.
If you are building new construction or are a food establishment we will ensure the building and operating codes for your area are being properly followed. Rules vary by county and state. We make it our business to know exactly what you need. We do all of this in eco-friendly, sustainable ways.
Wind River has a signature 3 step maintenance program to extend the life of your septic system. We pride ourselves in using the right type of bacterial additives to assist in the natural breakdown of waste material with no damage to the environment or your septic system.
Customers in the area are most pleased with the septic services they received from Wind River. Read their reviews and rest assured, we are experts, ready to help you!
Contact Wind River today. We look forward to your call. As one customer said, “I only wish I had called sooner!”
Utilizing GEO Tubes to Clean Digesters
A digester is a large tank or vessel that is used to process large amounts of biosolids during the treatment of wastewater. Through the process of anaerobic digestion, a significant portion of the sludge collected in the digester can be converted into carbon dioxide and methane gases. This reduces the volume of sludge that needs to be disposed of and makes it safer for the environment.
Digesters are an essential part of wastewater treatment, minimizing the environmental impact of the biosolids filtered from treated water. But sometimes these giant tanks themselves need to be cleaned in order to remove sludge build-up. Fortunately, Wind River Environmental has the know-how and the technology to clean digesters and help keep the waste water treatment process running smoothly.
GEO Tubes Clean Digesters Quickly and Cost Efficiently
Our high-capacity hydraulic pump systems, combined with the cutting-edge technology of GEO tubes, can remove and filter millions of gallons of water during large-scale projects. GEO tubes are made of a specially engineered textile that is designed to maximize water flow while filtering out 99% of biosolids. This technology also enables the tubes to hold up to the enormous pressure produced by the pumps without bursting.
The solids collected during the process remain in the GEO tube, while the water flows through the unique textile material. When the job is done, the entire tube unit can be disposed of in a landfill, or the sludge can be removed. If removed, the treated sludge can be further processed and repurposed into a Class-B biosolid that works well as a fertilizer.
GEO tubes make the process of cleaning a digester simpler, less costly, and more efficient. By combining the latest technology with the expertise of our skilled technicians, Wind River Environmental can handle the toughest digester cleaning jobs. To schedule a digester cleaning service, a maintenance visit, or to learn more about our municipal services, contact us today!
The “White Knight System” Advantage for Your Septic System
A septic system contains a septic tank and drain field, also known as a leach field. Wastewater collects in the tank and filtered into the drain field where natural aerobic bacteria break down organic material. Aerobic bacteria require oxygen to survive and continue supporting the septic system. When beneficial bacteria lack enough oxygen to do their jobs, non-living organic material builds up and settles in the underlying soil. When this happens, the field loses its ability to efficiently drain effluent into the soil for filtering.
The White Knight System Can Save Your Septic System.
To combat the lack of oxygen in the drain field, Knight Treatment Systems Inc. created a microbial inoculator and generator. The White Knight Generator increase the oxygen available in the drain field and improves the environment for beneficial bacteria to thrive. As a result of increased aerobic bacteria, organic material in the field is nearly completely consumed. This improves the drain fields ability to leach effluent into the soil for filtration. Here is a list of all the benefits of the White Knight microbial inoculator:
- Prevents aerobic bacteria from dying and causing the field to fail.
- Restores poorly operating drain fields.
- Near complete consumption of the organic materials reduces the environmental impact of nitrates formed by septic systems.
- A microbial inoculator reduces the drainage field size required for a new home.
- It increases the efficiency and output of the field without physically expanding the current one.
These are all great benefits of increased oxygen supplies in the drain field, but why choose a White Knight System? Here are the advantages:
- Having a White Knight inoculator/generator installed is cheaper than replacing the drain field entirely.
- It protects the environment and natural resources. Fewer nitrates in the surrounding water supply is a result.
- Knight Treatment Systems Inc. offers a spectacular system component warranty. They will cover the cost to replace defective and worn out components from normal use.
What You Need to Install a Commercial Grease Trap
What is a grease trap?
A grease trap is an apparatus designed to trap fatty substances like oil and grease. These substances are commonly found in our favorite restaurants, but they can’t just be poured down a drain because once they reach a sewer, they could potentially create blockages. In most states, businesses like restaurants, cafeterias, and food service providers are lawfully required to install commercial grease traps, which need to be cleaned regularly. These traps can prevent expensive problems down the line.
Requirements for size and installation not only vary depending on what type of commercial business you operate, but they also vary between different cities and states. It’s important to determine what the standard is for an establishment in your area, but finding out this information takes some research and can be daunting for new business owners.
A simple solution to this is to hire a master plumber to take care of the installation. A master plumber will have a better knowledge of what the local requirements for your grease trap are, and what permits are necessary. A master plumber will make sure the installation goes smoothly, and then you don’t have to worry about putting a grease trap yourself.
Why Wind River Environmental?
At Wind River Environmental, we work hard to provide reliable and efficient plumbing services including installing commercial grease traps. If you are opening a restaurant or cafe, and aren’t sure what the requirements are in your area, contact us. Our master plumbers can take care of every aspect of the installation, so you can rest easy knowing that grease won’t cause you any problems in the future.
Protecting the Environment in Randolph, VT.
Driving down through a part of history and seeing all the beauty main street has to offer is only one perk of living in Randolph, VT. It is a historic gem nestled in a diverse agricultural community. Picturesque landscapes, friendly neighbors, and top-notch schools are defining features of life in the Randolph, Vermont community.
Living in the beautiful Randolph countryside has its perks.
Being outside of the bustling urban setting gives the town a tranquil and secure atmosphere. Children climb on the school bus in the cool mornings as parents start off on their daily commute. The Randolph Public School System strives toward strong educational standards and being a key part of the community buzz. Aside from varsity football games, there are plenty of things to do in town. For dinnertime, check out Vermont Maple BBQ for great service and food, and dessert and coffee is waiting at the Three Bean Cafe. After the meal, take a stroll through Allis State Park.
Living in a country town is anything but ordinary, but as we all know, life is not all fun and games. There is work to do and septic systems to pump. Wind River Environmental is the most trusted septic pumping company in Randolph, VT. We know the value of a small town community and use safe techniques to dispose and maintain septic systems to prevent contaminating the majestic environment. Using a non-hazardous waste company to maintain your septic system will elevate the quality of living in the Randolph community for years to come.
Signs of an Aging Septic System
Diamonds are forever, but septic systems are not. It’s true that with proper care and maintenance a waste water system will last many years. However, any septic tank buried in the ground will eventually deteriorate. There are many factors that decide how fast a tank will deteriorate such as construction material, environmental factors, and the level of care it is given.
The life expectancy of a steel tank is shorter than a concrete one. Inspectapedia estimates that a steel tank baffles will rust out in 15 to 20 years and may collapse if driven over, but a concrete tank will last 40 years or more as long as the wastewater is not acidic. It’s important to consider the life expectancy of a drain-field, too. Under normal conditions and good care, a leach-field will last for 50 years or more.
Concrete septic tanks are sturdy and reliable but not indestructible. The biggest risk is exposing the concrete to acidic substances. Bacteria breaking down solid waste produces hydrogen sulfide gas. When hydrogen sulfide mixes with water vapors, such as the ones you’d find in a wastewater tank, it turns into sulfuric acid and eats away at the concrete. Keeping vents open and clear of debris will decrease the risk of sulfuric acid formation.
Signs of an aging septic system and the need for maintenance are as follows:
- A thick layer of sludge leaves less room to filter wastewater before draining. A healthy system’s top layer will be dark brown and full of worms. Keeping the sludge level low with regular draining will prevent overflow.
- Solid waste levels should not exceed one-third of the depth of the tank. To remedy this, have the tank serviced more often to prevent excess hydrogen sulfide producing bacteria.
- Crumbly concrete and rust colored streaks are signs of a structural problem that needs addressing immediately.
Septic systems require regular maintenance due to the effects of aging. Contact us today to schedule a septic tank check up!
Preventative Maintenance for Septic Systems
The humble septic tank is the waste water workhorse of many homes across the country. Homes that are not serviced by public sewers must have a way to dispose of waste water and septic tanks do just that. Wastewater septic systems consist of a tank and leach-field. The tank separates the solids from the wastewater and houses the bacteria that decompose the solid waste. The leach-field, also known as a drain-field, is where all the wastewater drains to.
A well taken care of system will last for years and cost very little. On the other hand, poorly maintained tanks will cause pollution, property damage, and health concerns. Follow these simple steps for septic preventative maintenance.
An ounce of prevention will spare a month of headaches. Wind River Environmental recommends a 3 step maintenance plan for keeping your septic system running smoothly.
The 3 step preventative maintenance plan:
- Regular system pumping every one to two years removes the sludge that collects over time.
- Bacterial additives such as CCLS add high levels of beneficial bacteria to the tank to break down solid waste.
- Installing a filter will prevent large particles from settling in the leaching area.
Another part of septic preventative maintenance is avoiding things that harm the system. According to Public Health and Social Services, using too much water and pouring chemicals into the system are habits to avoid. Using too much water at once will flood the tank and prevent solid wastes from separating efficiently. Pouring the old drain cleaners and other toxic products down the toilet is a bad idea as well. These chemicals will destroy the beneficial bacteria that break down solid waste.
Septic systems are delicate systems that require maintenance and care. Having the tank pumped, adding beneficial bacteria, and installing a filter are important steps in maintaining a septic system for years to come.