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Meeting regulatory requirements is crucial for maintaining a safe septic environment and avoiding a regulatory shutdown from failure to adhere to regulations. A shutdown is costly and potentially leads to a permanent closure of many small businesses. Luckily, preventative maintenance and septic repairs make it easier to meet any local regulations for your business. By familiarizing yourself with local regulations and utilizing the services of a septic company, your business stays safe and compliant.
Here’s how business owners can avoid any worries about a regulatory shutdown.
Preventative maintenance is the process of cleaning, pumping, and inspecting to prevent backups, clogs, overflows, and other major issues with your septic system or grease removal system. By contacting professionals to perform routine maintenance, business owners save time, money, and potential shutdown that comes from needing major repairs or cleanup after plumbing issues. Wind River Environmental creates customized programs for businesses to provide peace of mind and a properly working septic system. Restaurants need more frequent grease trap cleaning, while a hospitality business is more commonly in need of drain cleaning.
Preventative maintenance isn’t just a checklist for major regulatory fixes, either. It also includes services like drain cleaning, pipe jetting, and any plumbing needs your system needs.
Grease traps keep fats, oils, and grease from clogging your pipes and slowing down your business. These not only are required for certain businesses, they also keep your septic system safe from emergency repairs or cleaning. State regulations require inspection and cleaning every few months or when the grease reaches a certain level. In addition to cleaning the trap, a septic service provider is able to schedule return visits to keep it up to code, as well as provide any documentation of inspections and services.
Similar to the grease trap, your state or town’s regulations require pumping at a certain level of sludge, solids, or scum in comparison to the outlet tee. Septic tank pumping frequency depends on how much use your septic system receives, with businesses that utilize garbage disposals needing much more frequent pumping. As one of the most important parts of your septic system, preventative maintenance of your septic tank is of the utmost importance.
Regulations require repairs to be made in a timely manner (for example, 30 days) so it’s important to contact a septic company as soon as the issue arises. Piping, grease traps, septic tanks, and other components of your system need an inspection for any damage that causes system failure, backup, or leakage. Waiting too long for repairs is both a regulatory violation and leads to a more expensive repair job.
In addition to repair, it’s possible that parts of the septic system are installed incorrectly. This is rare, but isn’t unheard of when a small, inexperienced septic company is hired to add in cesspools, septic tanks, etc. The cesspool, for example, needs to be a certain distance away from surface water. If you’re unsure if your system meets these requirements, it’s best to be safe and contact a septic service provider to double-check. Anything part that is deemed unsafe, for water quality or people in the area, needs repairing or removal and reinstallation.
During a time in which businesses can’t afford septic failure or regulatory shutdown, familiarizing yourself with local regulations saves time, money, and sometimes, your business. In order to avoid the worst-case scenario, set up preventative maintenance with a septic service provider such as Wind River Environmental to alleviate some of the stress.