What Additives Can Be Used to Preserve Septic Health?
Your septic system relies on bacteria to break down solid waste in its tank. Without these microorganisms, solid waste builds up causing clogs in your pipes and leach field. This leads to a world of other problems such as foul odors, excess moisture in your yard, and sewage backups into the home. Oftentimes, good bacteria is killed off by common household cleaning products, so it’s important to replenish the bacteria with additives. Read on to learn about a couple of high-performing products you should be adding to your septic system.
There are a variety of additives out there, but we recommend CCLS. This industrial strength product comes in a 6-pack, and one bottle should be poured down each of your drains every other month. Each bottle contains an amazing 50 billion bacteria per quart. As a comparison, RidX only contains 475,000 per quart. These billions of colony-forming bacteria go to work breaking down solid waste so it doesn’t clog up your pipes and leach field.
Give Your System a Boost
To jump start your system after a pumping service, try Boost additive. This is a powder that the technician mixes with water and pours directly into the tank. One unit is designed to service 500 gallons, and it must be applied within 2 weeks of pump service.
Keep Your System Healthy
Just as you may take vitamins to stay healthy, your septic system needs its additives. You can purchase CCLS and Boost together or separately. Using them together ensures the good bacteria in your septic system is thriving and working efficiently. To request application of additives at your next service, Contact Us.
3 Indicators Your Septic System Has Failed
Hopefully, you’re practicing a good preventative maintenance routine when it comes to your septic system. It’s unlikely you will have to experience any of the following indicators if a reliable service provider is taking care of you. However, if you have yet to enroll the help of a professional septic maintenance team, read on to learn more about possible signs of failure.
When your septic system is working properly, the smelly elements should be broken down inside of it, keeping foul odors enclosed or underground. The smell should never make it back to the house or near the septic components. However, when the system fails, the tank cannot break down this material properly, and one of the results is the distinct smell of sewage. It is actually methane gas and is comparable to rotten eggs.
Leach fields are important parts of the septic process, allowing filtered water to seep back into the ground after harmful bacteria has been broken down inside the tank. However, there are several things that can disrupt this system and cause the drain field to flood with water that has not been processed. If you notice puddles or marshy areas over your leach field, your septic system has malfunctioned. It could be due to a number of factors including heavy rains, bad soil, crushed pipes, or even root intrusion.
Clogs and backups are common problems with any kind of drainage or pipe system, but having sewage flow back into the home is a sign of a serious problem. Before things get this bad, watch for signs like slow drains, gurgling sounds in the pipes, and sewage odors in the house.
We Fix Failure
Septic tanks and the associated parts are expensive investments, so it’s important to take care of your system. If you are experiencing any of these indications of failure, rely on a company with decades of industry expertise. We can quickly assess the exact cause of the problem and make the repairs at a fair price. Contact EarthCare or Request Service Now.
What Municipalities Should Consider When Selecting a Waste Disposal Partner
When it comes to waste and sewer issues, you can’t afford to be without reliable services when things go wrong. It’s smart to have an established partnership with a dependable company who can perform everyday maintenance, as well as answer unexpected calls. At EarthCare, our phones are manned by real people, not machines, so you can get immediate attention and the professional help you need right away. Here are some other important qualities to look for in a service provider.
When large disasters strike, is then enough manpower and fleet power to do the job? Small companies may not be able to tend to your needs if other customers also need help. EarthCare has the largest fleet in the industry, so you never have to worry about the availability of a pump truck or other necessary vehicle. On top of that, we own the industry-leading GapVax and Vactor brands.
Wastewater debacles can strike at any time. What will you do if your service provider is closed for the night, or it’s a holiday? Good news! There is no need to ponder this scenario since EarthCare is open 24 hours a day, every single day of the year. Yes, even on holidays.
Another important consideration is the way a company handles waste once they collect it from you. Are they using legal means? If so, are they the most environmentally friendly ways to dispose of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste? Our name says it all. We care about our planet and use responsible procedures that protect nature and your community.
Choose the Best
Along with the above qualities, our EarthCare possesses highly trained employees who care about you. Simply ask our current customers or Contact Us to learn more. We look forward to serving you!
Leachate Removal Services For Your Business
What Is Leachate?
Basically, any instance where water flows through garbage, leachate is created. When a garbage truck passes by and leaves a trail of liquid, this is called leachate. When a storm drain overflows into a yard and has raw sewage in liquid form in it, this is also leachate. Obviously, leachate is often extremely smelly, but the definition of it is very simple. In a landfill, it is the liquid that drains from the bottom.
What Is Leachate Removal?
This service is simple and is the same whether the job is small or large. Our technician will come to the site with a truck and a pumping system. He will remove all of the leachate and take it to a wastewater treatment facility to be purified.
Why Do Businesses Need Leachate Removal?
Unfortunately, leachate collection systems can clog, and they can also overflow due to storms or over-usage. Scenarios where there is a sewage overflow or another accident where contaminated liquids are causing a public health hazard are great examples of when leachate removal is necessary. Failure to maintain leachate waste can result in expensive penalties, so businesses need to do their best to stay compliant with rules surrounding this waste.
We Offer Dependable Leachate Removal Services
Professional leachate removal is quite common for municipalities and landfill owners. In most cases, landfills even have their own leachate treatment plant. However, for everyone else, the leachate must be pumped and removed by a certified provider like EarthCare. We offer the best services for avoiding hefty fines from laws that protect the environment. To learn more, Contact Us or Request Service Now.
How to Tell if Your Septic System is Regulated by Your Town
For answers to most questions pertaining to local rules about your septic system, you can contact your Board of Health. It’s their job to keep your community safe from health hazards which are often caused by unsanitary conditions related to sewage and wastewater. Here are some things you can do to ensure your septic system is well maintained and meets regulations set forth by your town.
Install a Buildup for Your Cover
Since the cover of your septic tank is buried underground, it makes good sense to install a buildup or riser to raise it to a visible point above the ground. This saves lots of time and effort when it’s time to service your septic system.
Install a Septic Filter
Your leach field is a complicated network of pipes that needs to be protected from debris and solid waste. Adding a filter to your septic’s outlet is a great way to prevent unwanted matter from entering your drain field and discouraging clogs.
Pump On a Regular Basis
To avoid septic overflow, clogs and damage to your system, have your tank pumped routinely. Our recommendation is every 2-5 years, but our experienced technicians can provide an ideal schedule for your home.
We’ll Help You Stay Within Regulations
We make it our business to know all there is to know about septic maintenance. This includes staying up-to-date on your town’s regulations, so you aren’t in danger of violating any codes. We also work closely with the Board of Health to keep them informed of repairs and maintenance jobs we perform at your home. To learn more about our services and how to stay compliant with the Board of Health, Contact Us.
Keep The Hair Out Of The Drains: Plumbing Services At Your Salon
Are you tired of hiring a plumber to snake your drains on a regular basis? When you own a hair salon, you can spend a fortune keeping each sink working optimally. In order to stop the cycle of paying a plumber on a monthly basis, learn how to keep the hair out of your drains with plumbing service tips for your salon.
Forget using harsh chemicals in hair wash stations
When a sink is clogged, the first instinct that most people have is to use a harsh chemical to break up the source of the congestion. Sadly, this is also a great way to wear out the pipes. Over time, these corrosive agents can cost thousands of dollars of damage. Instead of closing your hair wash stations, prevent the issue before it happens with a sink trap. These can be installed by professionals and will dramatically improve the way that your sinks drain. As far as maintenance goes, this type of hair-trap drainage system is easy for staff to unscrew and empty.
Keeping hair out of salon floor drains
Even with the best-laid plans, sometimes commercial properties have a difficult time transitioning from one type of retail space to another. For example, the floor drains found throughout your salon may become clogged because they have not been outfitted with a trap. Commonly, features that are reserved for bathtubs are used with floor drains in hair salons. In particular, removable shower drain covers and overflow plates are installed to prevent clogs. These types of devices are easy to maintain and only need to be dumped on a daily basis.
Solutions for hair-clogged washing machine in salons
Salons that do their own laundry soon find that they have clogging drains associated with their washing machines. Industrial methods for preventing hair clogs in waste lines include a cast-iron hair interceptor. This device is installed by a professional in the main drainage system and greatly reduces the need for future plumbing solutions. This type of system is ideal for beauty salons, animal hospitals, surgery preparation rooms, pet grooming stations and barbershops.
When DIY salon plumbing solutions do not work
You tried all natural cleaners to unclog your salons’ drains and you also used a plunger. Worse, you notice that your drywall is getting wet and it is clear that your attempted plumbing techniques did not work. If this is the case, do not distress. A professional plumbing service is all you need to correct your current clogged drain issue, and work on preventative measures for the future.
Contact Earthcare to discuss drain cleaning for your local salon.
Commercial Septic Tank Tips For Condo And Apartment Management Teams
Commercial septic systems vary greatly in size, price, and upkeep and there are many factors that affect the type of commercial septic system needed for a condo or apartment complex. Often times it depends on the size of the facility, the number of residents, and the location. Since installing or replacing a commercial septic tank can be expensive it is important to keep in mind the following tips.
Tip 1: Ensure that the unit is installed by an experienced professional. This is crucial to the proper functioning of a commercial septic tank.
Tip 2: Regular septic inspections and routinely scheduled maintenancewill ensure that your system serves your commercial property well for years to come. All septic tank systems come with a recommended cleaning and pumping schedule depending on the size, type and frequency of use. Never try to clean or pump the tank by yourself. A professional should be contacted to ensure that anything that needs to be cleaned or serviced is treated properly.
Tip 3: When commercial septic systems are not draining properly (whether it is due to a clog, a leak or other issues), a professional should be called to correct the problem. If not corrected immediately, sewage is able to rapidly back up into the surrounding buildings and create giant puddles on the property. In addition to being an unpleasant mess, exposed sewage can pose a serious health risk to anyone who comes in contact with the bacteria.
As you know, managing apartment and condominium residences involves significant work and time, so following thesesimple tips above can help you save time and avoid messy, costly and potentially dangerous problems for you and your tenants.
6 Benefits Of TerraLift For Septic Leach Fields
The number one cause of septic failure is a clogged leach field. Inadequate water flow under the ground causes soil to compact. When this happens, sewage starts to seep upward making your lawn soft, muddy, or you might see pools of water. This is also accompanied by foul odors. Before TerraLift technology, these signs often meant having to replace your underground drainfield. Luckily, a simple rejuvenation may be all you need, so don’t ignore clues your lawn may be giving you of a problem beneath the surface.
- Thousands Less Than Replacement – Replacing your septic system is thousands of dollars when you consider excavation, parts, and labor. TerraLift saves you money and headache with septic rejuvenation.
- 95% Success Rate – We have rejuvenated hundreds of lawns for homeowners, but do not stop there. We have also helped commercial properties such as golf courses, athletic fields, and construction sites.
- Usually Completed in One Day – Replacing your entire leach field is a messy and time-consuming process. A TerraLift technician will have his work completed the day of your appointment.
- No Need to Replace Lawn or Landscaping – Rejuvenation leaves the earth in better shape, and it doesn’t even disturb the ground surface. The TerraLift machine drives a long narrow probe 3 to 6 feet into the ground. Air is then forced through the soil creating tiny pathways back up to the surface. This fracturing process creates an aerobic environment improving the condition of your soil.
- Septic is Ready to Use the Next Day – Without the need to replace your leach field, you will regain use of your septic system shortly after TerraLift has rejuvenated your lawn.
- Can Be Subsidized With Bacteria – To further enhance rejuvenation, TerraLift can pump good bacteria into your soil further ensuring an efficient and long-lasting leach field.
To keep our reputation as the leading environmental company in the northeast, we pride ourselves on using the best and most innovative tools and machinery. Large jobs that may take other companies a long time to complete can be handled quickly with our advanced equipment. This is why EarthCare has employed TerraLift in its arsenal of waste management solutions. It has proved to be a game changer by saving customers the hassle and cost of septic replacement. If you would like to see if TerraLift could be a solution to your septic issues, Contact EarthCare orRequest Service Now.
Is A Leach Field Harmful To Me And My Family?
Your children and pets want to play in the backyard, but there is a leach field out there. As a concerned homeowner, you have probably wondered if there is a chance that the leach field can be hazardous. Although it is associated with raw sewage, a leach field will not harm you or your family if it is properly maintained. With some background information and a few tips, you will be able to keep your leach field from creating an issue.
What a normal leach field should look like
When you have a properly working leach field, it should be filled with short, green grass. It should not have trees or shrubs nearby that have roots that will clog the leach field pipes. It should also not have large pools of water collecting in places. When you have a leach field with green grass and no puddles, you have a properly maintained septic system that is regularly pumped. When your sewer is clogged, your leach field will start to collect sewage water. When there is sewage water in the leach field, it is unsanitary for children or pets to play in.
Do not turn your leach field into a parking lot
One of the worst things you can do for your leach field is to use it for parking. The heavy vehicles will start to damage the pipes that are buried about six inches beneath the surface. While it may be a temptation to park in an empty space, the end result is costly repairs. If having people park on your leach field is an on-going issue, one solution is to build a fence around it.
Reconsider growing vegetables on a leach field
When you want to raise your own food, it can seem like a real sacrifice to avoid using your leach field as gardening space. Unfortunately, the issue is not only that the plants could clog the leach field pipes. In some cases, growing food in leach field soil is ill-advised. For instance, clay-based soils are quick to remove contaminants from leach field soil. Sandy soil, on the other hand, is unlikely to remove all of the harmful microorganisms from soil that will end up in the plants you grow.
Check for signs of rust
If you want to keep your family safe in the backyard around the leach field, be sure to check any of the exposed equipment for rust. For instance, the cover to your septic tank should be free of corrosion. In the untimely event that there is an accident with a rusty tank cover collapsing, the injuries related to falling into the tank could be fatal. Rescuing someone from an active septic tank can also be fatal due to the gases trapped inside the tank.
Call us for leach field maintenance
If you suspect you have a problem with your leach field, or if you want to make sure that everything looks ok, call us and we will inspect your property. We will also examine your septic tank to ensure it is in good working condition. If we detect a problem, we can work with you to get the solutions you need. To learn more, contact Earthcare today or request service now.
4 Ways To Locate Your Septic Tank Cover
If you’ve recently moved into a new home you might find yourself in the position of trying to locate the septic tank. Hopefully you were able to get this information from your real estate agent but many people don’t think to ask about the septic system plans until there is a problem.
You can always have the septic company locate your septic tank cover for you but this could end up costing you extra money. To save a few bucks try to find and expose the septic tank cover yourself. Here are 4 ways to help you locate your septic tank cover:
- Head to your local Board of Health. In the city records there will be a drawing of your property which includes the septic system. Just ask for a copy so you can give the diagram to the septic pumping technician.
- Speak to your landscaper or contractor. If the home has recently been built you can simply call up the landscaper or the builder and ask where the septic tank is.
- Find the pipe to the sewage outlet in your home. Pay attention to where it is inside the home and then go outside to locate where it exits. It should lead you to the septic tank cover. Make sure you have a professional open it though. Having an exposed hole in your yard is a safety hazard.
- If your cover is under the ground ask the company about their digging policy. Usually the company will charge you a digging fee after a certain amount of inches. So if you’re septic tank cover is far down you may want to try to uncover it to save yourself some money.