Choosing Septic Safe Products
If you use a septic tank on your property, you know how important it is to use products that are safe for your tank. This includes soaps, detergents, toilet paper, etc. Remember – anything you wash down your sink or flush down your toilet ends up in your septic tank! To keep your septic tank safe, you have to make sure to use septic safe products.
Septic Products to Avoid:
- Chemical drain cleaners – while drain clogs are annoying and drain cleaners may seem like a quick fix, they can seriously harm the balance of bacteria in your septic tank! These heavy-duty chemicals kill off the important bacteria, which makes it tougher for your septic system to break down solid waste. Instead of using these types of cleaners, try pouring boiling water down the drain first, and then use a drain snake to manually break up and remove any clogs.
- Latex paints and solvents – like drain cleaners, these can destroy the beneficial bacteria in your tank. Paints, solvents, and other harsh cleaners should never touch your septic system. Even a small amount of these can create a costly problem.
- Anti-bacterial soaps and bleach – though these products are designed to kill germs and eliminate bacteria that may harm our bodies, they also destroy bacteria in our septic systems. Always opt for soaps without anti-bacterial ingredients.
- Food waste, especially fats – fats and oils do not get broken down in your septic tank and may cause clogs.
More Information On Septic Tanks and Septic Safe Products
Septic tank maintenance does not have to be expensive or time-consuming, though septic tank clogs can be costly to fix. However, a properly cared-for septic tank will continue to function without problems.
Remember to only use septic safe products for your tank, and if you’d like more information on septic tank maintenance, check out our helpful guide.
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!
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!
Wind River Environmental Town Spotlight: Keene, NH
Keene, NH: A Quaint New England Town
Keene, NH is a quintessential New England college town, where 5,400 students make up 1/4 of the population. Downtown Keene features the impressive white spire of the landmark United Church of Christ in classical New England tradition. The Colonial Theater was saved from demolition by a dedicated group of Keene residents and continues to be a hub for film and live entertainment since opening its doors in 1924.
A walk down Main Street takes you through a vibrant downtown with quaintly named shops such as Ye Goodie Shoppe and Life is Sweet Candy Store. Pizza aficionados can get the best around at Amicci’s, and antique hunters can browse the consignment stalls at Colony Hill Marketplace to their heart’s content.
Our Wind River Environmental team is happy to be a part of the Keene, NH community. We’re doing our part to help with responsible wastewater management to preserve the environment of this fine old New England town.
Septic Pumping Services for Keene, NH
Environmental responsibility starts at home when it comes to septic systems. Your septic system is your individual wastewater treatment system. It properly disposes of liquid waste and captures the solids known as sludge for safe disposal. The septic tank is the heart of your septic system, and it separates the sludge and allows only the liquid (effluent) waste to be naturally reabsorbed by your leach field.
The best advice we can offer any homeowner with a septic system is to pump the tank regularly. If sludge is allowed to accumulate unchecked, it can pile up to the point that flow to and from the septic tank is disrupted. This causes unhealthy backflow to the house or release of solid waste to the surrounding property. If sludge makes its way to the distribution pipes in the leach field, the clogging it causes can require extensive and costly repairs.
Wind River Environmental Services in Keene, NH
Wind River Environmental is not just the leading septic pumping service in the Northeast. We also provide full services for septic installation and repair, drain cleaning, and certified septic inspections. We serve residential customers in all of eastern and central Massachusetts, all of Connecticut and Rhode Island, and Southern New Hampshire.
We offer preventive maintenance to avoid septic problems before they occur, as well as our regular pumping service. To keep your septic system functioning at its best you can schedule service today.
What Happens to All the Recycled Septic and Grease Waste?
You already know Wind River Environmental can make life easier by taking care of your septic and grease waste, but what do we do with all of it after we haul it away? Does it end up in a landfill? Of course not! Virtually all of the recycled septic and grease waste we collect is turned back into something useful. Depending on the location and type of recycled waste, we generate electricity or high-quality fertilizer.
Kline’s Services and Clean Electricity
Our affiliate in Pennsylvania, Kline’s Services, uses a methane digester to turn septic waste into electricity. In methane digestion, special microorganisms eat the recycled waste and their digestion produces biogas, which we use in special generators that produce clean electricity. This process offers many environmental benefits: it prevents methane – a potent greenhouse gas – from entering the atmosphere, it generates cleaner and safer electricity than most power plants, and it eliminates the waste’s offensive odor. Visit our energy generation page to learn more!
EarthFarms Organics and Fertilizer
We also work with EarthFarms Organics in North Carolina to turn grease waste into high-quality organic fertilizer. There, the recycled waste undergoes a long process to remove its impurities and turn it into some of the richest organic fertilizer available.
Learn More About Our Recycled Septic and Grease Waste!
Simply throwing all the waste we collect into a landfill would be… well, wasteful. By recycling all our waste, we keep thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere each year and we create huge amounts of clean electricity and excellent fertilizer to power our economy! We’re passionate about using technology to help the environment, dedicated to being the best in the waste management business, and eager for the next developments that can help us in that mission.
Check out these websites to learn more about biogas and waste recycling:
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!
Cracked Septic Tanks and Your Environmental Footprint
Septic Tank Integrity
Your septic tank is the heart of your household sewage treatment system. A well-maintained septic tank can be relied upon to safely distribute the liquid effluent, and only the effluent, to the septic field while the tank itself retains solid sludge and provides a pro-biotic environment for beneficial bacteria which play an important role in breaking down the lightest layer of floating sewage known as scum. A crack in the tank can cause failure of the entire system, allowing contaminants to be released to the immediate surrounding soil. This is not the environmental footprint responsible homeowners want to leave on their communities!
Cracked Septic Tanks and the Environment
Cracked septic tanks can release bacteria, nitrogen, viruses, and other contaminants to the surface and groundwater sources; that means that the environmental pollution won’t always remain contained within just your property lines! With 1/4 of the homes in the US relying on septic systems to protect the surrounding environment, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed policies and regulations to ensure environmental compliance. Properties on or near wetlands can have a widespread effect on groundwater resources, so it’s even more important that those homeowners maintain a healthy environmental footprint. Environmental compliance regulations and penalties vary by municipality, but it’s always important to take immediate corrective action when:
- The area around the septic tank is saturated.
- Dark water with a strong odor is present at the ground surface.
- Drainage from the house is extremely slow with frequent backups occurring in sinks and tubs.
- Toilets aren’t flushing properly.
Septic tanks are usually well-constructed from reinforced concrete or fiberglass, but over years of exposure to shifting ground conditions throughout seasons of freezing and thawing, or even settling in the sandy soil in the warmer climates, cracks can occur. In some cases, an inlet pipe feeding waste to the tank itself may be the cause of failure. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above it’s time to get professional help to properly diagnose the problem!
Taking Action Against Cracked Septic Tanks
Cracked tanks need to be evaluated by a professional. While it may be obvious to the homeowner that a cracked tank is causing the problem, now the decision is whether to repair or replace the tank. At Wind River Environmental our tank sealing service is available when the septic tank is a good candidate for repair. We can advise you about tank or system replacement when it’s required.
We also have a pumping service to remove and responsibly dispose of the solid sludge captured by your septic tank, which is the best way to leave a healthy environmental footprint on your community while keeping your septic tank in good working order. See our Septic Pumping and Problem Solving solutions for more information!