What Happens to Your Septic System When You Don’t Use Bacterial Additives?
It seems strange to think of bacteria as a cleaning agent, but that’s exactly what it is when it comes to your septic system. Bacteria in your septic tank breaks down waste in your wastewater before sending it on to the leach field. Without the help of bacteria, solid waste becomes too plentiful and clogs up your system. So what happens when there is a shortage of this germ-killing bacteria?
Why Would There Be A Shortage?
People often use products that kill this beneficial bacteria that cleans their wastewater. These mostly include common household cleaning products that contain anti-bacterial ingredients like bleach and ammonia. When you wash these chemicals down the drains, they enter your septic tank and kill off the good bacteria. This is detrimental to your septic system because it has now lost its ability to break down waste, thus increasing your chances of backups and damage. To prevent this, you should be using natural cleaners like vinegar or tea tree oil that clean without harsh results to your septic system or the environment.
Help Your System Out
Another way to prevent a shortage of bacteria is to replenish it. This is where an additive like CCLS comes into play. Bacterial additives quickly replace bacteria that may have been destroyed by the use of harsh chemicals, and they are an inexpensive way to keep your system running efficiently. But remember, additives are just additives. They are not meant to take the place of septic maintenance. Even with a healthy amount of bacteria, you still have to pump out your tank every 1-2 years. Have one of our Wind River techs evaluate whether an additive would benefit your system. We can determine if your system needs a bacterial boost during or in between your regular service appointments, and schedule accordingly. Contact Us or Request Service Today.
The Difference Between Epoxy Pipelining and Structural Pipelining
Pipelining is one of our most innovative services because it eliminates the need to excavate when making pipe repairs. Usually, only 2 access points need to be created to access the damaged pipes underground. This enables us to solve most drain line issues without tearing up your landscaping or replacing entire pipes. It’s a win win for everyone because it saves valuable time and money. Today we’re looking at two pipelining solutions offered by Perma-LinerTM, so read on to learn more.
For drain lines without damage, epoxy is a great material for preventing corrosion and leaks. With this eco-friendly method, epoxy is used to coat the inside walls of pipes. This relining is safe, durable and preserves the life of the existing piping.
With Perma-Liner’s Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) system, a new pipe is essentially created inside the old one. A resin tube is inserted into the damaged pipe and positioned using water or air pressure. It is then cured to form a corrosion-resistant, water-tight seal. This method works best in pipes with a diameter of at least 2 inches, which would be able to accommodate the new pipe.
Can You Benefit From Pipelining?
We are always looking for ways to improve wastewater repair methods, and this one is a true home run. Wind River is proud to be one of the few companies in the New England area to offer these groundbreaking (or should we say non-groundbreaking) pipelining services. Before paying excavators to do any digging or purchasing expensive drain replacements, let our technicians determine whether you are a candidate for one of these trenchless solutions. Contact Wind River Environmental Today or Request Service Now.
From Massachusetts? Make Sure You Know These State Septic Mandates
Today’s topic is for the Bay Staters who own or use commercial septic systems. We just want to remind you to stay up to date on your septic maintenance. The penalties for missing required services could be a fee or something more serious like shutting your business down.
Each town has its own rules, so make sure you are familiar with the regulations in your area. On average, Wind River provides pump service to most businesses every year or every other year. In some towns, the local Board of Health may send you a warning letter if you go more than 3 years without pumping your septic tank. Obviously, areas like wetlands will have stricter regulations since a failing septic system will affect them to a higher degree. Regardless of what your town’s regulations are, you should stay on top of them so you don’t suffer the consequences of a clogged system or a non-compliance penalty.
Let Us Help
To help out our business owners, we can keep track of all this for you. We’ll design a routine maintenance plan especially for you, while staying within the regulations of your Board of Health. You won’t have to remember any dates, because we’ll just contact you when it’s time for service. We’ll even file any necessary paperwork and give you access to digital copies on our customer portal so you won’t have to deal with paper clutter. If this sounds like it could save you time and hassle, Contact Us or Start A Septic Maintenance Plan Now.
How Baking Soda Can Help You Avoid Septic System Emergencies
If you own a residence or business you know that there is no getting around septic pumping service and inspections. It’s recommended that you have your septic tank pumped and inspected every 1 to 2 years. But if you end up having issues with the pipes, drains, or the septic system itself, you may have to schedule septic pumping service and inspections much more often.
This can end up costing you hundreds of extra dollars not to mention putting too much wear and tear on your septic system. If your septic tank or leach field ends up having to be replaced it can cost you thousands of dollars! There are many ways to help take care of your septic system and one super easy and affordable way is to simply start using baking soda.
How does Baking Soda help you avoid septic system emergencies?
Simple, using baking soda mixed with other all natural ingredients can be used as an environmentally safe and natural cleaner for your toilet, sinks, tub, and drains. Using baking soda instead of harsh chemical cleaners such as bleach will keep all that important bacteria from being killed off. The good bacteria in your septic system is necessary because it breaks down all the waste that comes through the pipes.
Without the good bacteria you will end up with clogs, back-ups and odors that wear away at your septic tank and eventually cause a septic system emergency. Using baking soda is very easy.
You can mix about a 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons lemon to make your own natural cleaning agent. The baking soda will fizz up to help get the dirt and grime in your tub and drains. It’s a great cleaner and your septic system will thank you!
Restaurant Management 101: Why Does My Drain Keep Backing Up?
There are a number of reasons why commercial kitchen drains continue to back up. It’s essential that you understand why this happens and implement regular cleaning services by a professional drain cleaner. Clogged drains can cause the shutdown of a restaurant, which equates to a loss in revenue along with a likely expensive repair.
Why Commercial Kitchen Drains Clog
Sludge, greases, meat fats and other oils can quickly build up in drains. As these substances cool, they begin to harden and stick to the drain pipes. This can lead to major sanitation problems as the end result is clogged pipes or even an entirely clogged septic system. In addition food gets put down the drain on a daily basis due to leftovers.
Keep in mind that while a commercial grade grease trap is effective, it will be ineffective if the drains aren’t professionally maintained. A grease trap cleaning service will determine how often a cleaning is needed by calculating the daily use of the grease trap.
Toilets and drains in restaurants can also become clogged from non-maintained septic systems. All of the waste water from a restaurants flows into the septic tank, and it should be pumped by a professional on a regular basis to prevent backups and major, costly repairs to the system. How does a backup happen? The solid material settles at the bottom while the liquid flows into the leach field. Both lines and tank become filled with sludge.
Professional Drain Cleaning and Septic Pumping
Today, professional companies use tiny video cameras to diagnose grease problems in the system lines. This helps determine where there is a root issue, break or crack in the line. For soft blockages, professionals use high pressure water jetters to clear the lines. For hard blockages, a snaking method is used to clear the lines.
These professional cleaning companies also offer preventative maintenance plans to avoid breakages, overflows, clogs and backups. Customers can choose a plan that best meets their needs, including jetting the lines once a quarter, pumping the non-hazardous waste systems and complete inspections. Preventative maintenance is the best defense against clogs and septic tank problems.