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Common Septic Questions…Answered!
Some may argue that the topic of septic system maintenance is better left untouched. Others would consider septic service an art…okay, we are probably the only people that consider it an art. You might have a lot of questions about how your septic system works and maybe you are a little afraid (or embarrassed) to ask. Have no fear, Wind River has compiled a list of 25 common septic questions are afraid to ask about your septic system!
1) What actually takes place during a septic pumping service?
Wind River does not just “pump and run”. During a proper septic pumping service your technician will note the overall condition of the system and the levels in tank. Noting the levels will help him to understand if there is a potential issue with the system. Then, he will pump the entire septic tank down, removing all of the liquid and solid waste. Once he is done pumping he will check the inlet and outlet tees to the tank to ensure they are still intact and working properly. If there is a filter present, he will clean the filter of any build up. If you are home at the time of service (totally not required if that’s not your thing) he will ask you to flush your toilets so he can make sure everything is flowing properly. Once the service is done he will return the cover the way he found it!
2) How often do I need to have my septic tank pumped?
Experts say you should have your system pumped every 1 to 2 years but several factors should be considered when deciding how often your septic tank needs to be serviced. You must take into account the age of the system, the number of occupants in your home, the use of a garbage disposal and the amount of laundry being done in the home. Every system is different. What is right for your system may not be right for your neighbor’s. If you have a question about when your septic system should be pumped, give us a call!
3) Should I use a bacteria additive products?
Yes! Bacteria must be present in the septic tank in order to break down and digest the organic solids. Today, households use a wide range of anti-bacterial soaps, detergents and cleaning fluids. While these ordinary household products do a great job killing unwanted bacteria in your home, they also destroy beneficial bacteria that your system needs in order to function properly.
4) Will there be odors while and/or after the septic pumping service?
There can be odors immediately after the septic pumping service, but they should not last long. The odors are usually outside and will disperse a few hours after the septic pumping service. If you are experiencing odors in your home, give us a call. This could be a sign of an impending septic back up!
5) My pipes are starting to drain very slowly, is it the septic system?
Possibly. If your septic has not been serviced in more than 6 months, we would want to service the septic first. If the problem persists, a drain cleaner will then be sent out to clear the line to the septic tank.
6) Is it true I can’t use bleach?
Bleach kills bacteria and your septic system needs to have a healthy supply of bacteria in order to help eat away at the sludge in your tank. Many products we use in our homes today are anti-bacterial, so it is important to REPLACE that bacteria by using our bacterial additives.
7) What is a leaching field?
A leaching field is a series of pipes (usually 20 to 40 feet long) that extend out from your distribution box. These pipes have small holes along the sides that leach out grey water from your septic system. The leaching field pipes are laid over dirt and gravel to help kick start the filtration process which occurs naturally. As the water seeps out of the leach field lines, it will filter through the ground entering into the natural hydrologic cycle of the earth.
8) What is a Distribution Box?
A Distribution Box or D-Box is usually a 2 foot by 2 foot cement box that has 2-3 holes in it which the leach field lines attach to. The distribution box does just that, it helps to distribute the liquid from the tank out evenly along the leach field lines. The distribution box does not need to be pumped at the time of the septic pumping during regular servicing.
9) Why do I have ponding over my septic system?
There are a few reasons you could have standing water in your yard. Your septic tank could be overflowing due to too much rain or there could be a break in your main line. If the ponding is concentrated over the leach field that could mean a leach line is blocked with Bio-Mat and needs to be cleaned and jetted.
10) Why do I have more than one cover?
Most septic tanks have two to three covers; one over the inlet side of the septic tank (where the water from your home enters the tank), one in the center of the tank, and one on the outlet side of the tank (where the liquid from the tank exits to your leach field). The inlet and the outlet covers will be exposed at the time of septic service to best inspect the inlet and outlet lines!
11) Is it okay to use a garbage disposal?
No. Chopped up food particles do not break down in the septic tank and can make their way out into your leach field lines causing clogs. Garbage disposals, even those marked septic safe, are not considered beneficial for your septic system.
12) What is “proper working level”?
Proper working level is where the water level in your tank meets the outlet T of the tank. As water enters your tank it should push water out of your tank through the outlet pipe. Even after one week of septic pumping service, your septic tank should return to a “proper working level” about 1 foot from the top of the tank. Your septic tank will hold liquid in order for the separation of solids and liquid to happen. Only the liquid (or grey water) should flow out to the leach field pipes.
13) What does a septic filter do?
Filters keep the hair, grit and grime from getting out into your leach field lines. A filter goes on the outlet tee of your septic tank and would act as a strainer, keeping all solid large particles in the tank and therefore OUT of your leach field lines.
14) Why would I have odors inside my house?
There could be many reasons why. You’ll have to answer questions, such as has been more than a year since your last septic pumping service or where are the smells coming from, in order to diagnose the problem. It could be that you need your septic tank pumped or it could be a drain issue. The only way to find out is to call your septic company and discuss your issue
15) If I have a clogged drain, is it safe to use products such as Drano?
Over the counter products are a “quick fix” and will not thoroughly clear the drain. Those products are also harmful to your septic tank and will kill off the bacteria needed to break down the solids in your tank. Most likely your drains will continue to clog if you don’t have a drain cleaner come and snake or jet your line.
16) Are there certain cleaning products I need to use if I have a septic system?
It’s recommended to use non-chlorine, non-ammonia, non-antibacterial, non-toxic and bio-degradable cleaning products. Most all-natural cleaners are septic safe. These types of products will not kill off the bacteria in the system.
17) Is it okay to plant flowers or bushes over my leach field?
No. Don’t plant anything over the leach field except grass. Roots can cause major clogs in your leach lines. It’s also important to never cover the septic tank or leach field with asphalt or concrete or other impermeable material.
18) What is okay to flush down the toilet?
Even if items are marked as “septic safe” do not flush them. For example, some baby wipes and cat litter may be labeled this way. It is not good for your septic system to flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper because it does not break down in the septic system correctly.
19) Will energy efficient faucets make a difference with my septic system?
Yes! They are made to save water which will help prevent over taxing the system as well as helping the environment conserve water.
20) Is the white pipe that looks like a candy cane my cover?
No. The candy cane pipe is actually a vent pipe for your septic system to help the gases escape while also allowing oxygen to flow into your system.
21) I’m in the process of selling my home – is it required to have a septic inspection?
In most states it is required to have an inspection done on the septic system for a real estate transaction. It’s best to check with your local Board of Health or town hall since it may vary from town to town or state to state.
22) What do I do if I think I need a new septic system?
First call your septic company and have them perform a proper septic inspection. A licensed inspector is the only one who can say that your system is failing. There could be minor or major repairs depending on the reason why the system has failed.
23) If I can’t afford a new septic system, what else can I do?
Septic companies can assess the condition of your septic system and present you with several options. There are ways to extend the life of and possibly repair your system while avoiding the installation of an entirely new system. There are also options through your town or state that might be available to finance the cost of a new system.
24) What are inexpensive ways to maintain a healthy septic system?
The most inexpensive way to maintain your septic system is to service it regularly. You might think that having it serviced every 1, 2, or 3 years might be a lot, but the cost of service is a lot less expensive than the cost of replacing the system or a component.
25) What is the number one cause of septic system-related issues?
Ignoring your septic system. Schedule regular septic pumping service and stay ahead of any potential issues. This is the best way to prolong the life of your septic system.
There you have it! Hopefully we were able to answer some of your burning questions about your septic system. Did this post just inspire you to learn even more? Check out our post about septic system basics!
Septic Pumping Services in Hampden, MA – Wind River Environmental
The Fantastic Community of Hampden, Massachusetts
Wind River Environmental is proud to be a part of the tightly knit community of Hampden, MA. Tucked into hills, mountains, and wetlands, Hampden was the perfect choice as the home for the Audubon Society’s Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary was built around the former home of Thomas W. Burgess, who rose to fame as a storyteller and well-known author of nature books for children. The rich traditions of this small town of 5,000 are preserved by Hampden’s Historical Society in Old Academy Hall.
Today, Hampden residents enjoy the serenity of small-town community living. Hampden has a volunteer fire department and a town meeting form of government. As the town’s website explains, “All in all, town residents feel it is a place one is reluctant to leave in the morning and relieved to find waiting at the end of the day.”
At Wind River Environmental we are proud to be of service to Hampden, and we agree that this beautiful Massachusetts town is indeed an oasis of Americana in a driven world.
Septic Pumping Services and More For Hampden, MA
Wind River Environmental is New England’s leading septic pumping and service company, and Hampden residents are served by our branch in nearby Wilbraham. The best advice we can offer to all of our environmentally responsible customers is to keep your septic system in optimal working order by having the septic tank pumped frequently and regularly. Unchecked sludge in the tank can cause blockages and backflow which can be hazardous not only to your individual household but to the surrounding groundwater environment as well.
The Full Range of Septic and Plumbing Services at Wind River Environmental
We offer the full range of septic system and plumbing services for our Hampden customers, both residential and commercial. Beyond septic pumping, we have the expertise and experience to provide grease trap maintenance, drain cleaning, pipelining, and certified inspections.
At Wind River Environmental we believe that the best way to avoid septic system problems is to prevent them before they occur, and we have preventive maintenance programs to help you avoid costly repairs later on. If you’re one of our 5,000 neighbors in Hampden, MA, look to Wind River Environmental as your first resource for all of your septic system and plumbing needs!
Septic Services 101 at Wind River Environmental
So you’re thinking about scheduling septic services with Wind River Environmental, but you still have a couple questions. What is my first service call going to be like? Will I have to be at home for every regularly scheduled maintenance?
Don’t worry – it’s perfectly normal to have questions! But by the time you’re done reading this article, we’re sure you’ll be reaching for your phone to give us a call without hesitation.
Septic Services 101 – What to Expect From Wind River Environmental
Your First Septic Service Call
Once you’ve begun your septic services with Wind River Environmental you won’t need to be home for regularly scheduled maintenance, but we do prefer someone to be at home for the first septic service call. Our technician will introduce himself and let you know when he’s ready to start pumping the tank.
You’ll be relieved to know that we don’t come charging in with a backhoe for regular preventative maintenance pumping operations. If the tank cover is below ground level, our technician will dig carefully using only a shovel and a tarp for placement of sod and soil, thus preventing any mess on the surrounding lawn!
Solids and Liquids in the Septic Tank
Once access to the septic tank has been accomplished, our experienced technician will note the levels of solids and liquids inside. If he notices that the level of solids is excessive, he’ll recommend a bacterial additive – such as our CCLS product – to cultivate a culture of bacteria that eat away the biomaterial built up in the tank.
Septic Pumping and Follow-up
Our technician will then commence pumping the solid layer (sludge) from your tank. If your septic system uses filters, he’ll take this opportunity to clean them with a garden hose to maintain good flow throughout the septic system. Once the septic tank has been pumped, he’ll backfill, replacing the soil and sod as carefully as is possible.
Once pumping and backfilling has been taken care of, our technician will get you up to speed on the overall condition of your septic system. He’ll offer any recommendations he may have to maintain the system at peak performance.
Once the first service visit is completed, you won’t need to be at home for future scheduled septic pumping calls! Our technician will compile a detailed service report, and you’ll receive a prompt email containing all of our technician’s notes and recommendations.
Septic Services and More at Wind River Environmental
Regular septic tank pumping is the best preventative maintenance practice to keep your septic system functioning at peak performance, and we’re happy to provide that service for residential and commercial customers alike! That vital service is not all we provide, however.
You can look to Wind River Environmental as your first resource for all of your septic, grease trap, drain cleaning, and plumbing needs. If you are having problems with any of these areas, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!
Septic Pumping and Preventative Maintenance in Weare, NH
The Rich History of Weare, NH
The city of Weare, New Hampshire is located in Hillsborough County and is to the west of the cities of Manchester and Concord. Established in 1764, Weare was named after Meshech Weare, who was the first town clerk. He later helped to design the constitution of the state and eventually served in the highest office of the state as “president”. The area of Weare is known for being home to the first Quaker seminary in New Hampshire. Started by Moses Cartland in 1834, it later became the Weare school system.
New England’s Greatest Hurricane and the Resilience of Weare, NH
In 1938, Weare was one of the areas of New Hampshire devastated by what has become known as “New England’s Greatest Hurricane”. The storm was unlike any hurricane recorded to have hit New England, and the town of Weare was practically washed away. It is estimated that 700 people died and about 1800 people were injured. The storm caused approximately $400 million worth of damage based on calculations from 1938. Despite such devastation, the town showed great resilience and was able to rebuild. They also employed preventative measures and risk studies in order to be ready for future storms.
How Can Preventative Maintenance Help Your Septic Pumping Needs?
Resilient people recognize the need for preparation and prevention, and these aspects are key when caring for plumbing and septic systems. Every town needs a good solution for their plumbing needs, and that solution is Wind River Environmental. Wind River offers services for residential and commercial properties.
For homes, Wind River offers septic and outside services, pipelining, drain cleaning, inspections, and preventative maintenance. For commercial properties, Wind River offers septic and outside services, inside grease trap services, plumbing, pipelining, hy-vac, and preventative maintenance. Be assured that your system will work the way it is supposed to for a long time by enlisting the help of Wind River Environment.
If you are interested in learning more about how preventative maintenance can help your septic pumping needs, please contact us today!
Complete Septic System Repair Services For Your Business
We Handle Septic System Repair Services of all Sizes
At Wind River Environmental, we have the expertise to keep the septic systems of our commercial customers functioning smoothly to ensure that their businesses stay up and running. Firstly, our septic system repair services take care of non-hazardous waste disposal. We also repair and maintain all of the many elements of your commercial septic and grease systems to ensure that they all remain in good working condition for the health and safety of you, your customers, and your employees.
Septic Tank Covers
There is no getting around it, septic tank covers need to be in perfect condition when safety is the highest priority. We stock covers of all types and sizes, and our technicians will alert you when your cover is in need of replacement. If there is even the slightest doubt about the safety of your cover, you should rope off the area and contact us as soon as possible to schedule service.
Build Ups (Risers)
Many septic tanks are set deep below ground level, causing difficulty with tank pumping, maintenance, or inspections. Local code requires that the cover is elevated close to or even with the ground surface level. We can achieve this by installing a build up, also known as a riser. This is a simple ring placed between the tank and the cover.
Distribution Boxes and Inlet/Outlet Baffles
The distribution box is the junction where the pipes to your leach field all connect to evenly distribute liquid waste from the box to various areas of the field. Obviously, the collapse of this crucial box can cause major problems with proper disposal of the liquid waste.
Older distribution boxes made of concrete are prone to deterioration by gases present in the waste system, so they don’t last forever. The same applies to inlet/outlet baffles in a concrete tank. We can replace older distribution boxes and concrete baffles with new durable PVC products which aren’t susceptible to deterioration.
Septic Tank Seal
Low levels in your septic system can be a sign of cracks, leaks, or holes in the tank. We can inspect and quite frequently seal the tank to avoid more costly replacement and help your business avoid losses from downtime.
Our Full Range of Septic Services
At Wind River Environmental, we offer the full range of commercial (and residential!) septic system repair services from design to installation. We can rejuvenate your system’s leach field with power-jetting and install filters to ensure that optimal flow is maintained. We have septic scrubs and the White Knight System to cultivate beneficial bacteria that eat away at the solids built up in your tank and under leach field lines.
When you need expert care and maintenance for your commercial septic system, click this link to schedule service with Wind River Environmental!
Wind River Environmental Town Spotlight: Plymouth, MA
An Exciting Time For Plymouth, MA
At Wind River Environmental, we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the Plymouth, MA community as the historic town prepares to celebrate the 400th anniversary of its founding in 1620. Our beloved Mayflower II replica is away from her home berth now as she undergoes a full restoration at Mystic Seaport, but we’ll have the grand old ship home in time for the commemoration celebration. You can follow the progress at this link.
Located right between Boston and Cape Cod, this town is rich in Native American and US history. Today, Plymouth is still a vibrant community with a population of nearly 59,000 residents. From whale-watching and water sports to cranberry harvests and ghost hunting, there’s something for everyone in Plymouth, MA!
Septic Pumping Services for Plymouth, MA
In a landmark town like Plymouth, environmental responsibility is important to the folks who live there. Your septic system plays an essential role in the proper disposal of wastewater in an environmentally safe way. At Wind River Environmental, the most frequently offered and best advice we can give to maintain a properly functioning septic system is to pump your septic tank regularly.
Unchecked sludge, the solid waste which accumulates in your septic tank, can cause clogs and backups which are hazardous to your household health and the surrounding community environment. The septic tank’s purpose is to capture sludge and release only the effluent (liquid) layer of wastewater to your septic leach field for natural reabsorption.
Wind River Environmental has the expertise and high-powered equipment to remove the sludge at regular intervals and to dispose of it in an environmentally responsible manner. You can avoid costly repairs and hazardous backflows by scheduling pumping service today!
Full Septic and Drain Services at Wind River Environmental
We’re proud to serve the Plymouth, MA community, and we want you to know that our services go beyond septic tank pumping. We offer plumbing, drain cleaning, and certified septic system inspection services for residential as well as commercial customers. We have preventive maintenance programs which help you avoid costly problems before they occur, and our team is always standing by for emergency repairs as needed for all members of the Plymouth, MA community.
Having problems with your septic system? Maybe you just want to have someone check up on your business’s grease trap? Then you know who to call – Wind River Environmental!
How Often Should You Pump Your Home Septic Tank?
When it comes to septic system maintenance, pumping is one of the most fundamental things that you can do to keep it working properly. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t know how often they should have their home septic tank pumped. Whether you’re new to a property with a septic tank or you are just trying to figure out how to care for the one you’ve had for a while, here are some things you should know about septic tank pumping frequency.
How Often Should I Have My Home Septic Tank Pumped?
In most cases, you should have your home septic tank pumped every year or two. This is the general guideline and it’s a good place to start. When you call for septic tank pumping, the technician who comes out to do it can evaluate your tank’s condition and help you determine for sure how often you should have your tank pumped.
We even offer a Service Frequency Calculator on our website that will help you determine how often you need to have your tank pumped based on a variety of factors.
What Affects Septic Tank Pumping Frequency?
There are many factors that can directly affect how often you need to have your septic tank pumped. In fact, even if you usually only need to have your septic tank pumped every two years in most cases, there may be times when you need it done more often.
The number of people living in your house is one of the biggest factors that will determine how often you need to have your septic tank pumped. If the occupancy of your home increases significantly, you’ll want to increase the frequency of your pumping service as well. Remember that the more people you have in your home, even if they’re just daily visitors, the more wastewater will be going into your septic system.
You’ll also need to consider the age of your septic system, the size of the tank, your seasonal usage changes, and the use of any general additives.
For more information about your septic system’s care and pumping needs, contact us today!
3 Keys to a Healthy, Residential Septic Tank
A septic system is a benefit for any residential property. Acting as an efficient means of channeling waste and sewage away underground, it is an economical and in some cases mandatory part of any home. This is why quality septic maintenance is paramount for a functioning residential septic tank. Like most anything else in life, if it’s not taken care of, it likely will not take care of you!
Here 3 vital keys to keeping a healthy and functioning septic system:
1. Regular Pumping
In some places, septic pumping is recommended at least every 3 – 5 years. However, it really likely depends on several factors since each system is different. These factors include:
- Environmental impact
- Amount of sewage deposited daily
- Number of people in your home
To be clear, take a look at this septic service calculator to get an understanding of how often you should pump your residential septic tank.
2. Use of a Filter
All systems need a filter, and all filters need to be cleaned. There is no two ways about it, and to avoid that would be catastrophic.
Think of it like a strainer. It protects your leach field and keeps out out excess gunk, hair, large particles that have not broken down, and anything else that might be classified as unsanitary.
3. Bacterial Additive Products
Not all bacteria is bad! We are not interested in using bacterial additives that will kill good bacteria. Instead, we use CCLS to keep pipes in your home clean, destroy plumbing odors, and reduce trash can odors. Bacteria is a good thing, as long as it does away with the right stuff. And we’ve got the right, non-hazardous stuff to do it.
If you want hazard free septic maintenance for your residential septic tank, please contact us and get started today!
Septic Pumping in Wayland, MA and Wind River Environmental
The Fascinating History of Wayland, Massachusetts
The town of Wayland, Massachusetts is located to the west of the city of Boston, halfway between Boston and Worcester. This semi-rural suburb of 14,500 people serves as home for many professionals who work in Boston. Wayland was established in 1638 and was initially known as Sudbury. Started by a group of Puritans from England, the area of East Sudbury became named Wayland to honor Rev. Francis Wayland, President of Brown University in 1835. To read more about the history of Wayland, click here.
Wildlife and Warm and Welcome Neighbors in Wayland
The Sudbury River flows through Wayland and beautiful meadows and marshes have been maintained and protected. Wildlife is plentiful and there are many recreational opportunities. Wayland is known as a great place to live because it is a positive community in which to raise a family, it has good schools, and it has focused attention on the environment. To discover more about the town of Wayland and what they have to offer, click here.
Septic Pumping in Wayland and Wind River Environmental
Wind River Environmental is the best solution for septic pumping in Wayland! We offer a wide variety of services both for residential and commercial properties.
To meet your septic needs, we offer septic pumping for homes and businesses as well as preventative maintenance services. It is always best to keep your septic system in good condition so you can avoid dealing with major issues in the future.
Wind River Environmental partners offer drain cleaning, pipelining, and hy-vac for residential and commercial properties as well! They also inspect homes and provide grease trap cleaning and plumbing for businesses.
Wind River Environmental wants to offer excellent customer service while providing the best septic pumping in Wayland. Preventative maintenance is the key and can give you peace of mind about your home or business. Whatever your need in the area of waste management, explore the services of Wind River Environmental by visiting our site now!
Septic Pumping in Harvard, Massachusetts
The Fascinating History of Harvard, Massachusetts
Before we talk about septic pumping in Harvard, Massachusetts, we’d love to share the unique history of the town with you! Harvard is a town northwest of Boston founded in 1732, and it developed as a thriving agricultural town. At one point in its history, it shipped more apples and more milk than any other Massachusetts town! Harvard also has been the home for several important religious movements, such as the Shakers and Transcendentalists.
As development and growth have continued, Harvard has felt the tension between growth and how to conserve the environment while maintaining its small community atmosphere. Harvard is now described as upscale and residential, rather than agricultural. The town is known for its good schools and for its annual festivals. To learn more about the town of Harvard and what it has to offer, explore here.
Wind River Environmental and Septic Pumping in Harvard
Wind River Environmental has been providing plumbing and septic pumping in Harvard since 1946. We offer a wide variety of services both for residential and commercial properties including septic pumping, drain cleaning, pipelining, hy vac, and preventative maintenance.
Wind River Environmental also offer inspections for homes and inside grease trap cleaning and plumbing for businesses. We are knowledgeable about the regulations in the Harvard area and we have a great deal of expertise in offering the best service in waste management.
Learn More About Wind River Environmental
Wind River wants to ensure that your septic system lasts a long time. We believe that preventative maintenance is key and we have a three-step septic maintenance plan. This plan can be tailored to your home to give you peace of mind.
To learn more about preventative maintenance, click here.
To learn more about septic pumping in Harvard as well as our other services, click here and then reserve an appointment today!