CCLS – The Best Additive for Septic Maintenance
A clogged drainage field and a septic tank filled with solids are never good. There are many products on the market that claiming they are the “miracle” cure for all septic maintenance, but the truth is, they aren’t. In fact, in some areas, they are illegal. The only additive your septic tank needs is an all natural bacterial additive, CCLS. CCLS contains 50 million colony forming bacteria; other brands have 1 million or less colony forming bacteria.
Bacteria and Septic Maintenance
What do bacteria have to do with septic maintenance? Septic tanks are homes to beneficial bacteria. According to Survivopedia, natural bacteria decompose and transform waste products into an environmentally safe substance before draining. CCLS is an important part of the 3 step maintenance program for septic systems. A regular pumping of the tank or cesspool, the addition of beneficial bacteria, and the installation of a septic system filter are the basic steps for maintaining a healthy septic system.
Keeping Your Septic System Healthy
Another part of keeping a system healthy is to avoid dumping harmful chemicals into the tank. Chemicals such as bleach, antibacterials, and drain openers devastate bacterial colonies in the tank. All drains lead to the septic system, so anything flushed down a toilet or dumped in the sink finds its way into the tank. Here are some examples of chemicals to avoid pouring down the drains:
- Drain openers
- Paint or Paint Thinners
Septic maintenance is not a mysterious magical spell. With the 3 step maintenance program and a little chemical diligence, your septic system will thrive. Also, make sure you avoid pouring chemicals down the drain that are bactericidal since beneficial bacteria live inside the septic tank and decompose solid wastes.
And of course, giving systems an added boost with the 50 million colony forming bacteria from CCLS is a great way to promote a healthy system!
Looking for help with your septic system? Make sure you contact us!
Scituate Town Spotlight
The small town of Scituate, Massachusetts is home to about 17,863 people and is set on the seashore of Cape Cod. The date of the earliest records show that people from Plymouth started to settle in 1633 in Scituate, Massachusetts, but the town was officially incorporated in 1636. The name Scituate is derived from an Indian word that means “cold brook” and this refers to the small stream that flows into the harbor.
Wind River and Scituate
At Wind River Environmental, we are used to working with all varieties of locations and populations to help them with any of their septic, drain cleaning, and plumbing needs. We would love to provide the people of Scituate, Massachusetts with septic services, drain cleaning services, or plumbing services. We are committed to extending the life of your septic service in Scituate and we will help you keep your septic system running smoothly.
How Can Wind River Help?
Having routine checkups on your system and having the septic and cesspool systems pumped is key to maintaining a healthy system. We are available to repair your septic system, design and install a new septic system for you, and rejuvenate your septic system.
If your toilet or bathroom drain is clogged, there is good news though. You may not need a septic pumping service because it could just need a simple fix such as drain cleaning by jetting or snaking the drains. At Wind River Environmental, we have the ability to use tiny video cameras to diagnose the problem from within the drain itself. We can also jet out the sewer if there are blockages in your main plumbing line and many people, in fact, schedule yearly sewer jetting services to stay on top of things and be proactive rather than reactive.
We are proud to serve the great people of Scituate, Massachusetts and would love to provide you with our top quality service as well! Contact us today to schedule your services!
Septic Issues: Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions
When a Good Septic System Goes Bad
Over 1/4 of all homes in the United States rely on septic systems for healthy, hygienic disposal of household sewage. When maintained properly, our septic systems do their jobs so well that we don’t even notice them! They are underground, out of sight, out of mind, so invisible that we may take them for granted. But when there are septic system issues, the consequences and the assault on our eyes and noses are impossible to ignore.
Septic Failure Symptoms
- Unsightly wastewater at the ground surface
- Foul smells invading the house and property
- Backups and slow draining tubs and sinks
- Toilets which refuse to flush properly
- Severe backup in the lowest level of the home
These are all symptoms of severe septic system issues. According to this article at Farm and Dairy, even lush vegetation can be a sign of an out-of-control septic system. If you’re experiencing the signs of septic system failure, it’s important to take quick action to avoid contaminating your property as well as the groundwater resources of your neighbors and quite possibly the entire community. The good news is that Wind River Environmental is ready to provide professional solutions for your septic system troubles.
Keeping Your Septic System in Shape: Get Pumped
Frequent septic tank pumping is the first and most important step to take in maintaining a well-functioning septic system. Sludge, the solid heavy layer in sewage, is impossible to avoid, and the septic tank’s job is to capture it and prevent it from spreading to the drain field.
Sludge which makes its way out of an unpumped tank can clog the entire septic system from the distribution box to the perforated pipes in the drain field which are only intended to distribute the liquid or effluent layer of waste. Sludge needs to be properly and responsibly disposed of, for environmental protection as well as to prevent costly septic system replacement. Regular pumping of the tank is the best solution.
Preventing Septic Issues
The Environmental Protection Agency has provided some good common sense guidelines for keeping your septic system in good working order. The most important fact to bear in mind is that your septic system is not a trash can. Never flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper down a toilet. Don’t FOG your septic system with Fat, Oil, or Grease at the sink drain. They make look like liquids when hot, but these potential cloggers can be a nightmare for pipes and grease traps when they cool off and solidify.
A little septic smart knowledge goes a long way, so make sure everyone in your household is aware of these simple steps so you don’t have to deal with major septic issues!
Wind River Environmental Increases Residential, Commercial, and Municipal Services in Massachusetts with the Acquisition of Jim Leboeuf Septic Service
Marlborough, MA and Hyannis, MA – October 31, 2017 – Wind River Environmental (“Wind River”) the Northeast’s largest full service liquid waste management service provider, announced today that it has acquired Jim LeBoeuf Septic Service, (“The Company”) to increase its service delivery capabilities in Massachusetts.
Jim LeBoeuf Septic Service began service in 1993 and provides septic pumping, Title V inspections, and system repairs, including new installations, and has a long-standing reputation in the local area. The Company services primarily residential customers and operates out of a shared location in Hyannis, MA on Cape Cod.
John O’Connell, Wind River’s CEO, stated,
“We are pleased to add Jim Leboeuf Septic Service which further strengthens our position as the premier provider of non-hazardous liquid waste services on Cape Cod.”
About Wind River
Headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts, Wind River Environmental and its affiliated companies inspect, service, repair, and install a broad array of non-hazardous liquid waste systems, including septic tanks, grease traps, pumping, and industrial waste systems. The company offers a full array of services to residential, commercial, and municipal systems. In 2016, the company serviced 25,000 commercial and 52,000 residential sites. Operating from Maine to Florida, Wind River has over 500 team members who are graduates of Wind River University including over 350 highly trained technicians. For more information, please visit www.wrenvironmental.com.
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Use a Grease Trap Service Or Face the Consequences
When New York City discovered a 73% increase of non-compliance by restaurants with the grease trap regulations, they instituted a $1,000 per day fine for violating the rules!
While the individual municipalities and localities are using different measures to keep people and businesses up-to-date with grease trap regulations, you’d be wise to know that it’s possible you could face criminal charges for not following the regulations. What’s more, violators can face steep monthly penalties in order to pay for inspections and periodic grease pumping. These fines can start at $100 per month and make their way up to $700 or more each month!
The most important thing a person or business can do to stay within the regulations laid out by your municipality or district is stay informed on what the regulations are. Then, you’ll need to find yourself a professional grease trap service. You can find our services here! Remember, it’s always important to find a professional that serves your area and comes recommended by others who have used their services before.
If you’re uncertain about what regulations you’ll need to follow, you should first check with the EPA, and then check with your local board of health. The information they provide can keep you up-to-date on current regulations.
Having a regular grease trap service come in to do maintenance may seem like a hassle, but the services provided are essential to keeping your future costs down as well keeping your businesses doors open.
If you have any further questions about grease trap services or regulations, please contact us today!
Don’t let FOG Scare You this Halloween – Proper Fats, Oils, and Grease Disposal
Halloween. It’s one of the scariest times of the year with frightening costumes, decorations, haunted houses, and hayrides galore. There’s no telling what could happen at this time of year or how you could get spooked next! No one and nothing is an exception when it comes to terrifying Halloween experiences and the next fright could even come from not properly disposing of fats, oils, and grease.
How should you deal with Fats, Oils, and Grease?
The last thing you want to be dealing with this fall is a major backup occurring at your home or business due to fats, oils, and grease (FOG) being improperly disposed of down drains and pipes. So, in order to save you a ton of time, energy, and money, here are some tips and tricks to remember when it comes to FOG disposal so that you don’t get any nasty surprise treats this Halloween:
- Before you wash your pot or pan that had fat, oil, and grease in it, use a paper towel or napkin to wipe the FOG off of it and throw that away. Then proceed to wash your dish.
- Pour your cooled fats, oils, and grease into a container and then dispose of that container in your trash.
- Make sure you are putting your food scraps in your trash and NOT down the sink garbage disposal when possible.
- Never put fats, oils, or grease down the sink or into the toilet–always dispose of them in the trash.
- Use sink strainers to catch food waste and then throw that waste away in your trash.
It is important to try to always put these tips and tricks into action whenever possible in order to avoid having a blockage which can lead to sewer backups and overflows on the property. When a sanitary sewage line blockage occurs, it alters its effectiveness and reduces the capacity of the wastewater collection system.
Who ya’ gonna call? Wind River!
This Halloween, we want you to be able to enjoy getting scared from things such as people in creepy costumes, visiting a haunted house, or watching a scary movie. However, we do not want you to have to deal with an unexpected fright like a backup in your sewage lines due to not properly disposing of FOG contents. In order to avoid a major backup in your business or home, be sure to implement the best practices tips above. For more information, contact us today!
Town Spotlight: Wind River Septic Pumping, Sterling, MA
The quaint and charming town of Sterling, MA has a long and fascinating history. Due to its abundant rivers and streams, the area has been continuously inhabited since as far back as 7000 BC. Incorporated by European settlers in 1781, the town was named for Revolutionary War hero General William “Lord Stirling” Alexander, a Scottish expatriate who served under General George Washington.
In the years since, the town has produced numerous prominent citizens, many of whom are commemorated with statues, plaques, and street names. For example, a particularly cute statue honoring Mary Sawyer (whose pet lamb was the inspiration for the poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb”) is located on the Town Common. The town also maintains traditions established generations ago, such as the annual Sterling Fair.
Not Just a Great History!
The blend of American history and modern convenience makes this town a wonderful place to raise a family. Residents enjoy the small-town vibe, beautiful scenery, and excellent schools. The local economy is thriving, with growing residential and commercial development to serve the citizens’ needs. In an era where many people are relocating to big cities, the town has actually experienced a population boom, expanding from 2,000 to 8,000 residents since 1950.
Sterling and Wind River Environmental
Sterling is also home to Wind River Environmental, and the site of our fleet team of over 400 trucks. We’re proud to play a vital role in the community by providing efficient and reliable septic pumping services. Our Sterling, MA team is dedicated to helping maintain the excellent quality of life Sterling residents have come to expect, by utilizing cutting-edge technology and eco-friendly techniques. If you’re in need of septic pumping in the Sterling, MA area contact us today!
October’s Messiest Clogged Sink
The award for the messiest drain in October goes to…
A clogged 3 bay kitchen sink!
The water wouldn’t drain from the sink, causing dishes to back up and the business to screech to a halt. After arriving on the scene, we set to work snaking the clogged sink drains leading to the grease trap. A mysterious ball of rubber gloves emerged from the drain and the water began to drain freely once again. The key to avoiding a clogged sink is to prevent large objects from falling into the drain. There are two important facts to take away from this unfortunately clogged sink.
Using a mesh strainer to keep clogs away
Drains are large open holes that suck up huge amounts water and anything else that will fit through the opening. By placing a metal strainer over the opening, objects that normally clog the drain are left in the sink. Strainers are a piece of metal mesh that covers the drain opening. The water seeps through the tiny holes and leaves larger particles behind.
Avoid a clogged sink by being cautious with certain items
Imagine this scenario: giant metal pans and baking dishes pile up in the sink waiting for a good scrub. The dish washer puts on their rubber gloves and begins working. After finishing, the dish washer lays their gloves on the edge of the sink. The water level falls and with it, the precariously perched gloves slip away into the drain.
This is just one way objects make their way into drains. Paper products have the potential to create a clogged sink as well. Some paper products do not dissolve quickly and become trapped in the lines. Avoid placing objects that have the potential to fall into the drain and create a serious clog in the sink.
Contact us for more information about professional drain cleaning and ways to prevent clogged sinks.
Understanding the Septic System vs. the Cesspool
The modern septic system has been around for well over 100 years now, ever since the invention of the septic tank, which received a patent in England around 1900. The cesspool is a much older waste disposal technique. It is antique, dating back to ancient Rome and most likely to ancient Babylonia when the first pipes were invented.
Both systems are used for waste management when a connection to a centralized municipal sewer service isn’t practical or available. About 25% of North America relies on the septic tank for private sewage disposal, replacing the outdated cesspool in most cases, but there are still some cesspools in operation. Both methods share the primary goal of separating the three types of organic waste found in a sewage disposal system. These are:
- Scum– Less dense than water, floating as the top layer. Scum is bio-degradable.
- Effluent– The wastewater itself, which is the only layer to be distributed to the surrounding ground soil for natural absorption.
- Sludge– Any solid or organic waste heavier than water sinks to the bottom layer in a septic tank or cesspool. Sludge is not biodegradable and must be pumped out periodically.
Why the Septic System is Preferable to the Cesspool
The key word when comparing these two methods of disposal is “system”. The cesspool is simply a perforated concrete or block ring, similar to a well-liner but with holes, buried underground. There is no widespread distribution of effluent. Everything dumps to the cesspool, sludge piles up at the bottom, and effluent and scum drain through the holes directly into the immediate surrounding soil.
The cesspool sludge needs to be pumped frequently to keep lower holes open for water flow, and quite often the cesspool requires relocation when surrounding soil becomes saturated to the point that wastewater is pooling at the ground surface. Any cesspool past its prime today would most likely be replaced with a modern septic system.
The Eco-Friendly Septic Tank
The septic tank is the primary component of the septic system, part of an elaborate distribution method which sends only the effluent (water) to a distribution box which has outlets for multiple perforated pipes.
Baffles in the septic tank prevent scum from reaching the outlet, and the closed tank environment contains bacteria where it’s needed to digest the scum layer. Depending on local percolation tests (ground absorption capacity)the network of perforated pipes spread the wastewater over as wide an area as necessary for proper absorption. Sludge and scum never make it out of the septic tank, when properly maintained. The scum digested by the tank’s bacteria is converted to liquid effluent or sinks to the sludge layer as waste.
Septic systems and cesspools both require pumping of the sludge to maintain proper functioning. How often pumping is required will depend upon tank capacity and the number of persons per household.
At Wind River Environmental we pumped over 120 million septic gallons last year, so you know you can count on our professional service for all residential, municipal, and commercial septic maintenance needs. Check out our website for more details!
3 Ways to Prepare Your Plumbing for The Fall
Fall is here, and as the air gets cooler and leaves start to change, it’s critical to remember that the change in weather can add stress to your plumbing. At this time of the year, temperatures drop, and it’s essential to take the necessary steps to protect your plumbing through the season. Thankfully, Wind River has your back.
How to Keep Your Plumbing Running Smooth This Fall:
1) Have Your Septic Pumped Before Winter
While fall is a great time to rake your yard, it’s also the best time to get your septic system inspected and pumped. Septic systems accumulate sludge after a while. One way to know that your septic tank has lots of sludge is the smell. You don’t want to end up with a failed or poorly performing septic system in winter. This can not only be difficult, it’s also expensive. Have a professional inspect and pump your septic system in preparation for fall.
2) Insulate Your Pipes
Water pipes have the potential to rupture when temperatures drop below the freezing point. This could cause a disaster in your home’s basement. It’s estimated that an average homeowner spends about $15,000 for burst pipes. Look for exposed pipes that are likely to freeze. Have the pipes insulated to prevent ruptured pipes.
3) Inspect Your Water Heater
With winter fast approaching, your water heater is likely to work extra hard to keep providing the expected amount of hot water for your home. Check your water heater for puddles of water, rust, and scale. Have these problems addressed as well as the temperature pressure relief valve checked to prevent the unit from exploding.
Fall is the best time to prepare your plumbing. With these tips, you’ll not only save time, but money that you could have spent on costly repairs and replacements.