Things to be Aware of Before Installing a Septic Tank
If you’re looking to install a new septic system, you may find it to be a bit more complicated than expected. There are several things to consider, and we advise you to seek the help of a certified professional to make sure it’s done properly. Let’s take a look at some of the things you’ll be taking into account.
First Things First
Before any work can be done, you must apply for the proper permits so you can legally build a system that is safe for you and the surrounding environment. Your soil also has to be tested for pH to make sure it leaches properly. Additionally, your town may have regulations regarding the size of the tank or where it must be installed. Water consumption is a big factor when choosing the appropriate size, and most homes use tanks that hold at least 1500 gallons. An experienced company can evaluate your soil and will be familiar with the rules in your area, so consult one such as Wind River.
Parts and Materials
In addition to size and location of the tank, there are decisions to be made on the materials. Will you go with a concrete or plastic tank? How much piping will you need? Will you need a pump chamber? You may if your property doesn’t support a gravity-fed system. If so, what’s the difference between turbine pumps and centrifugal pumps? The soil can also determine the type of design your system will have. If the soil is coarse or sandy, your system will likely need a pressure-type design versus a gravity design. What kind of gravel will work best with your soil? Where is the main line from your home that will connect to the septic system and how should you handle the landscaping? What are the best types of filters and risers? Again, allow a professional to help you with these decisions.
Wind River is Certified
As you can see, a septic system cannot be flippantly thrown together. Because there are so many choices to make, we strongly advise employing the help of a certified expert. The technicians and engineers at Wind River have graduated from Wind River University, and have extensive knowledge of septic systems. You can rely on our guys to give you trustworthy advice, and they’ll install your system correctly. Once your septic system is up and running, you can also count on us to handle the future maintenance so it performs efficiently for years to come. We want to be your sole provider for all your septic needs, so Contact Us or Request Service Today.
What’s An Aerobic Sequence Batch Reactor?
An aerobic sequencing batch reactor, or SBR for short, treats wastewater so that it can be reused. Generally, SBR’s are used as part of a treatment plant’s system with multiple reactors working on batches of wastewater from general sewage or large facilities. These reactors break down organic waste using an activated sludge process. Unlike a septic system that relies on water flow and movement to filter effluent, SBRs contain it in immobile tanks.
How Does It Work?
The “aerobic” component refers to the use of oxygen. Air is bubbled through the wastewater to activate the bacteria that breaks down organic material. After this sludge is reduced to harmless compost, it sinks to the bottom of the tank as a Class B biosolid. This is collected later and can be reused for things like chemical fertilizer for agricultural purposes. The treated water is now safe enough to be used for things like irrigation, or it’s sent to local wastewater plants for further purification.
As an added advantage, aerobic SBRs are environmentally safe and can process waste without using harsh chemicals. SBRs can also be designed to handle different volumes of waste over different amounts of time, helping the plant operate more efficiently.
Doing Our Part
If you’ve ever wondered what happens to all that sludge and sewage we collect after servicing your septic tanks and grease traps, this is your answer. In our plight to help the environment, we are doing our part to take advantage of SBR technology. We do everything possible to protect the environment and avoid allowing waste to go to waste. To learn more about aerobic sequencing batch reactors or other ways to safely reuse waste, Contact Us.
How to Get Your Drains Running Smoothly Again: Snaking and Jetting
You may or may not know about the options out there for drain cleaning. If you are experiencing clogs, you can’t always assume it’s your septic system because it could simply be a drain issue. You need the assistance of a skilled professional who can accurately detect the problem and solve it quickly. Once you’ve determined it is indeed a drain issue, it will save you time and money in the long run to allow a provider like Wind River to handle the problem. So what you can expect from our professional drain cleaning services?
The technician will ask questions to help them narrow down the problem, and talking to customers gives them valuable information to start. They may utilize video camera equipment to pinpoint an exact problem area that can’t be seen externally. For example, a break or clog in your pipes is easily seen by video technology allowing the technician to go directly to the spot needing treatment. This saves a tremendous amount of time and money if you consider what you’d pay a plumber by the hour who does not have this tool.
For soft blockages, we use snaking to clear your drain. This is where a flexible auger forces its way through your pipes using its helical blade head to cut through waste and debris much like a screwdriver. You can manually force the snake, but this can be very difficult and time consuming. Our snakes are motorized and come in long lengths to reach faraway clogs.
For tougher blockages, we might use jetting. This is a more powerful type of drain cleaning that uses water pressure to power through drains. Concentrated water is forced out at 2000 to 4000 pounds per square inch which is strong enough to remove anything that may be in your pipes. This includes caked on debris, grease, and even tree roots. Water jetting also serves as an effective means of preventative maintenance.
Keep Drains Running Smoothly
Professional drain cleaning is the most effective way to clear your drains, but the best way to avoid drainage problems altogether is to schedule consistent preventative maintenance. With a regular maintenance plan, technicians are routinely inspecting your plumbing and septic system to stop clogs before they can form. A Wind River technician can also offer items like filters and additives to aid your preventative routine. To learn more about drain cleaning services, Contact Us Today.
Johnston, RI Spotlight
Today we’re looking at Johnston, Rhode Island, the hometown of Jersey Shore’s DJ Pauly D . If that doesn’t impress you, then maybe you’ll be excited about the fact that it’s home of the state’s only landfill! Still not impressed? Well, that’s ok. Residents of Johnston love living here, and we love serving our Rhode Island customers.
Septic owners in our country’s smallest state should familiarize themselves with Individual Sewage Disposal System (ISDS) Inspections. This is a procedure specific to Rhode Island used to evaluate the condition of a septic system.
When Do I Need an ISDS Inspection?
Your local Board of Health will notify you by mail when you need to complete this inspection, and you will have 45 days to do so. Afterward, you will receive a report explaining the condition of your system, any maintenance requirements and a time frame for the next inspection. If the ISDS inspection results in a failing grade, more procedures will follow. You may have to make repairs or replace your sewage system, but consult a professional to review your options.
Who Can Conduct an ISDS Inspection?
Wind River Environmental has Certified Inspectors on staff qualified to conduct Individual Sewage Disposal System Inspections. They have been doing them for years and will work quickly to submit the appropriate forms to your Board of Health’s office. Remember, you can also keep track of this report and all other work orders through our online customer portal. If necessary, Wind River can also provide septic pumping service at the time of inspection. Contact us to learn more about the inspection process, or Schedule an Inspection.
Don’t Put Those BBQ Scraps Down the Disposal!
No one wants to deal with plumbing and wastewater emergencies, especially during the holidays. Hopefully you didn’t experience any problems on the 4th, but now that the festivities are over, what are you going to do with all that leftover barbecue? Cleaning up the kitchen and refrigerator can do a number on your plumbing, so remember these things when it’s time to dispose of the holiday remnants.
Don’t Use the Garbage Disposal – Leftover food goes in the trash, not down your drain. The garbage disposal may seem like a quick and easy way to make leftover burgers and hotdogs disappear, but they will reappear into a plumbing disaster. The truth is, the garbage disposal does not break down food particles, and they end up clogging your drains.
Don’t Wash FOG Down Drains – Just like food, FOG (fats, oils and grease) should be collected and tossed in the trash. As FOG cools, it hardens and sticks to your drain lines like glue. Eventually, water flow is blocked and you’re stuck with a big mess.
Use a Strainer – This is a simple one. As you’re cleaning dishes, place a strainer over the drain to prevent food and trash from going down the drain. The more solids you can stop from entering your drain lines, the better your septic system will perform.
Don’t Use Chemicals – Perhaps you have tried Drano, Liquid Plumr or a similar product to clear your drains. Unfortunately, these can make things worse by eating away at your pipes. Also, if you apply these incorrectly, they can harden and clog your drains even worse. Try a natural solution like baking soda and vinegar to break up stubborn clogs.
Practice Preventative Maintenance – In addition to the above, make sure you are actively engaged in a preventative maintenance program that includes pumping your septic tank. Depending on your household habits and water use, you should pump your tank every 1-2 years. Other preventative measures like installing a septic filter, applying bacterial additives, and utilizing professional drain cleaning services can also ensure a trouble-free holiday season…well, at least when it comes to your wastewater facilities. We can’t do much about Uncle Joe’s mid-life crisis, but at least your family can use the kitchen and bathrooms without issues.
To learn more about drain and septic care, Contact Wind River.
What’s the Average Amount of Grease Produced by Restaurants Yearly?
A typical fast food restaurant in the U.S. will produce approximately 35 pounds of grease every day. Gross! That number can vary according to the restaurant’s daily or weekly activity. A business that is judged by the quality of its food should be doing everything possible to ensure its kitchen is operative and producing delicious menu items at all times. Without efficient plumbing, cooking and washing dishes isn’t possible and hurts profit. Grease trap maintenance plays a huge role in a productive restaurant kitchen but is often neglected in the mix of other seemingly more important items. Let’s bring some attention to this valuable topic today.
Should I Hire Someone To Clean My Grease Trap?
Cleaning a grease trap yourself is easy, right? Just open it up and skim off the hardened grease. Nope! A grease trap is a complicated machine with several working parts. It takes a professional to properly disassemble it, thoroughly clean the insides, pump out all the dirty water, and foresee any problems based on the condition of the trap. An inexperienced person attempting to take on a grease trap could end up with a big mess in their kitchen. Plus, a professional will be able to properly dispose of the waste.
Our Comprehensive 14-Point Inspection
Wind River takes grease trap maintenance seriously! We address these 14 items during every single grease tank service.
|1. Inspect Cover||2. Inspect Gaskets|
|3. Inspect Bolts||4. Inspect Rods|
|5. Inspect Baffle||6. Inspect Baskets|
|7. Inspect For Rust||8. Check Flow of Trap|
|9. Check For Leaks||10. Advise Need For Drain Cleaning Services|
|11. Inspect Strainers||12. Inspect Screens|
|13. Advise of Frequency Changes||14. Complete Condition Report on Every Visit|
Ours is the most intensive inspection process, and we carry decades of experience in the grease trap business. If you don’t already have a grease trap, we can recommend the best type and size for your business and install it for you. To learn more, contact Wind River or request grease trap cleaning service now.
What is Not Good to Pour Down the Drain?
The last thing you need is a septic emergency or a clogged drain caused by items that have no business in your wastewater system. We realize many of you are new to septic ownership and may not realize your daily habits can cause problems for your septic and plumbing. To help you out, we’ve compiled a quick list of items you should avoid washing down your drains.
- Trash – It is not meant for your septic system, so make sure you put things like paper towels, kitty litter, feminine products and food in the garbage.
- Toxic Cleaning Products – These are harmful to the natural workings of your septic system because they kill the good bacteria required to break down wastes. Use organic cleaning products instead.
- Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) – Avoid pouring these down your drains because they harden and stick to your inner pipe walls causing clogs.
- Food – No food particles should go down your drain, so make sure to scrape plates into the trash or feed leftovers to a pet.
- Thick or Sugary Liquids – Substances like molasses are bad for your drains due to their tendency to stick to plumbing and cause obstructions.
Don’t Forget Preventative Maintenance
Along with taking responsibility for what goes down your drains, you also need to invest in preventative maintenance. This includes regular septic pumping every 1-2 years, and one of our professional technicians can evaluate your household use and tank’s capacity to give you the ideal servicing frequency. If you own a business, you may be required by law to have this done, so be familiar with local regulations and make sure your business is compliant. Other measures include drain cleaning, use of additives and periodic inspections. To get started on a customized maintenance plan, Contact Wind River today.
What’s Grosser Than Gross? Biggest Liquid Waste Disaster of the Month
The slope and landmarks on a property can really affect the way wastewater must be handled at a residence. This month’s liquid waste disaster showcases this point perfectly. One of our Connecticut customers lives near a brook, and the water table is so high that their basement often floods. Naturally, their solution was to install a sump pump to prevent this.
All was well until the sump pump decided to stop working on the same night as a rain storm. The customer called us saying their basement was flooded with a few inches of standing water. We sent a team to make the repairs and had the sump pump operational in no time. Thanks to the knowledgeable experts at Wind River, we saved these customers from paying thousands in serious water damage costs. No matter what your waste-related issue may be, Contact Us for quick and quality service.
How Does Wind River Service Digesters?
Your community may be relying on the services of a digester. Due to their substantial size, digesters are a significant responsibility for the company in charge of maintaining them. There are safety measures to consider, and it’s obviously a messy job. You can’t trust just anyone with such an undertaking when so many rely on the productive output of these waste receptacles. Here are some things you should know about Wind River’s ability to handle digester projects.
We’re Equipped for Big Jobs
Wind River’s Hy Vac and hauling services are the perfect solution for digester cleaning. During the process, high concentrations of bio-solids and other junk are removed using our high-capacity pump systems. These pumps can handle vessels as large as 20,000-500,000 gallons. We also use GEO tubes and own our own cable dredge which is proficient with multi-million-gallon projects. Customers can be confident in our promise to remove the highest percentage of solid waste using our advanced equipment and the expert techniques of our technicians.
Regular maintenance is also important, and our guys can set you up with the ideal cleaning schedule to keep everything performing efficiently. Additionally, our team offers reliable emergency service for those occasions when unexpected trouble arrives. You can count on us 24/7 every single day of the year. This combination of tools, expertise and customer service guarantees success! To learn more or to schedule digester cleaning services, Contact Us.
Learn More About Our Automatic Recurring Maintenance Service!
We cannot stress the importance of preventative maintenance enough. Businesses especially have a responsibility to keep waste facilities clean and inspected regularly. Failure to do so results in downtime and lots of money spent on repairs. Instead, let Wind River take care of everything waste-related, so you can focus on other aspects of running your business.
We’re Here to Simplify Your Life
Constant Flow is our dream solution for restaurants, supermarkets, and other commercial food establishments, where preventative maintenance needs to occur on a routine basis. For a flat monthly fee, Wind River will take ownership of all your wastewater services. Regular appointments will automatically be scheduled to keep you compliant with septic and grease laws and to ensure all your equipment meets regulations and works efficiently. As part of your personalized Constant Flow program, you may choose all or any combination of these 6 categories.
- Inside grease
- Outside grease
- Drain Cleaning
- Inside the foundation
- Outside the foundation
You’re also covered when tragedy strikes. Our 24/7 fast response emergency service is included as part of your Constant Flow package.
With reliability at a predictable cost, our recurring maintenance service delivers peace of mind, an invaluable quality for any business owner. Not only that, we handle all the paperwork needed to prove compliance required by the Board of Health and for your personal records. For more information on our popular Constant Flow Program, Contact Us.