EarthCare Septic Service: Town Spotlight: Hopewell Junction, NY
Within the Town of East Fishkill, NY in Dutchess County lies the tiny Hamlet of Hopewell Junction. At a mere ½ of a square mile and encompassing 376 individuals as of the 2010 census, this hamlet is unique and rich with history.
The first settler to Hopewell Junction was Aaron Van Vlack in the late 1700’s and was around the locations of 31 Route 376 according to nyhistoric.com. The tiny area was originally home to a railroad junction connecting the major railway systems of the Newburgh, Dutchess and Connecticut to the New York, New Haven and Hartford. Once a bustling metropolis, now a quite local of beautiful homes, stores, and even a four-story Antique Center which focuses on the rich history of the area. Approximately an hour from New York City, Hopewell Junction offers a quiet life for its residents with the option of visiting the hustle and bustle of the city for day or night out on the town. Many would say that living in such a local offers the best of both worlds, the quiet country life with the booming city at an easy drive away.
As with any property ownership, even in a picturesque local such as Hopewell Junction, NY, maintenance of those properties is a must. The recommendation is that a septic should be regularly pumped every 2-10 years, depending on your usage. Earthcare.us is your septic, grease and drain service experts. In Dutchess County, the County of Behavioral and Community Health has sketches of all locations within the County and the location of the Septic Systems on those properties. You can simply go to the county website to find the location of yours.
Our job is to keep your septic system operating as well as protecting you, your family and the environment. Last year alone we pumped 120,083,237 gallons from septic tanks, we really are the experts! Please contact us, you can visit our website, blog or call for an appointment or to find out more information about our services and how we can help you. Learn more about septic pumping in Hopewell Junction, NY here!
EarthCare Septic Service: Spotlight on Dingmans Ferry, PA
Dingmans Ferry and Andrew Dingman
At one time early in colonial history, circa 1735, the Delaware River marked the western frontier of the American Colonies. Andrew Dingman was a Dutchman from Kinderhook, NY, and was one of the first to settle in the area on the western (Pennsylvania) side of the river. The enterprising Dingman built a flatboat ferry to service commerce from the growing number of sawmills on the other side of the river in New Jersey. Over the years the ferry was replaced by three bridges, all administered by the descendants of Andrew Dingman.
Bridge engineering of the day wasn’t up to enduring the raging waters of the Delaware River, and after a third bridge was washed away by wind and water, the Dingmans wisely returned to the ferry service in 1860. The ferry operated until 1917 until it was finally retired permanently when it was replaced by the 4th and current Dingmans Bridge which is maintained with pride by the town to this day.
Today, the Dingmans Ferry community is a nature lovers dream, situated among waterfalls in the heart of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. EarthCare is proud to be part of the Dingmans Ferry community, doing our part to protect and preserve the environment with our team of septic experts. Learn more about septic pumping in Dingmans Ferry, PA!
EarthCare: Septic System Services and More For Dingmans Ferry, PA
Septic tank pumping on a regular and frequent basis is the best way to ensure that your home’s wastewater treatment system is operating in the way it was designed to protect local groundwater resources. But septic pumping is just one facet in our full range of plumbing and drain cleaning services.
Our septic and drain experts use tiny cameras to determine the exact causes of drain and septic problems. When drains are clogged by FOG, (fat oil, and grease) buildups we have the snaking tools and power-jetting capabilities to clear them quickly without using caustic chemicals which can damage pipes.
At EarthCare you can count on us as Dingmans Ferry’s best resource for all of your wastewater and drain maintenance needs. We have the septic experts who can design, install, repair and rejuvenate septic systems and grease traps for residential and commercial clients alike, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
EarthCare Septic Pumping: Spotlight on Sussex, NJ
At EarthCare, we have been proudly providing septic pumping in Sussex, NJ and the surrounding areas for many years. This town deserves to have the spotlight put on them:
Sussex is technically a borough that was incorporated as such on October 14, 1891. It was initially named Deckertown, after settler Peter Decker. In 1902, the name was changed to Sussex in reference to Sussex County in England. A joint commission wanted to join Sussex with neighboring Wantage into a Township to be known as Sussex-Wantage in a referendum on November 3, 2009, but the effort was rejected despite being supported by the majority of Sussex citizen. D.C. Fontana was born in Sussex in 1939. She was known for working on the original Star Trek series and many westerns.
While the history of Sussex is not all that exciting, there are plenty of things to do in the area. Both High Point and Kittatinny Valley State Parks are located in the area, offering plenty of opportunity for hiking, camping, horseback riding, and fishing. Also in the area is the Tomahawk Lake Waterpark, an exciting outdoor water experience for the entire family. Of course, no one could forget about Wild West City, which offers an 1880s style theme park with live action shows, stagecoaches, pony rides, museums, shops, miniature golf, and even miniature train rides.
At EarthCare, we are proud to provide septic pumping in Sussex, NJ and the surrounding area. Learn more about septic pumping in Sussex, NJ here! We also provide many other services including installation of septic systems, pipelining, cleaning of drains, inspections, and preventative maintenance. We have the largest service territory in our industry, with branches operating from Maine all the way down to Ohio. Make sure to contact us today to make sure that your septic system is running smoothly at all times.
The Importance of a Septic Tank Filter for the Health of Your System
Rather than waiting until a septic system issue arises, it’s best to work to prevent such problems. Installing a septic tank filter is one way to make sure that your septic system doesn’t clog the leach lines.
Septic tanks often use a leaching field, but the biggest particles coming out of a septic tank aren’t going to easily pass into the field. Over time, these particles clog the leach lines and can result in complete septic system failure.
To prevent this, follow two easy steps.
Install a Filter if you Don’t Have One
Some systems don’t have a septic tank filter at all, but in many states these outlet filters are required. When you have a technician install the filter, note in a permanent log book when the filter was installed so you will be able to calculate when you need maintenance. According to Family Handyman, even if your system ends up needing frequent filter cleaning, that maintenance is far less expensive than the bigger problem that is created without a filter: digging up the pipes in your leach field to find clogged spots.
Get Regular Filter Cleanings to Keep the System Running
Use this handy Service Frequency Calculator to learn how often to have a routine maintenance check on your system. At this visit, you can request that your filter is evaluated and cleaned, meaning that it will continue to keep your leach lines clear and the entire system functioning smoothly.
Using a septic tank filter is an easy way to promote the health of your system with very little need for upkeep or work on your part. For more information on keeping a septic tank system healthy, contact us.
Earthcare’s Contribution to Renewable Energy
Renewable energy is a concept whose time has truly come! Dwindling natural resources and the environmental impact resulting from extracting and harvesting them are not helping a crowded Earth sustain itself. Anytime we can “reuse” or transform one source of energy into a new one, we’re doing our bit to honor and care for our one and only planet!
The Benefits of Renewable Energy
- It won’t run out — ever! — unlike our current sources of energy like coal, oil and natural gas. All are finite. Renewable energy, on the other hand, is energy that we, our children, and our children’s children can use.
- Unlike foreign imports, most of the money used to create renewable energy is spent on the facilities, which are here — in the U.S. That means more jobs for our citizens.
- Besides helping create new jobs for U.S. citizens, sales of our technologies for harnessing and using renewable energy are sold overseas, adding to our export revenues.
One form of renewable energy is biomass, which is plant and other waste broken down and used to produce electricity and fuel. When biomass is used in this way, it’s known as bioenergy. Here at Earthcare, we heat our office with bioenergy supplied to us by our sister company, Kline’s Services. They use a methane digester to help break down waste which becomes power to heat our office here in Salunga, Pennsylvania!
Septic System Care
Our mission at Earthcare is to extend the life of your home or commercial septic system through regular tank cleanings, preventive maintenance, and by making available the largest (400+ in all) — and best — fleet of vehicles providing liquid waste disposal services in the Tri-State area! We’re available 24/7 with fast, professional, environmentally compliant service when you need it!
Septic Emergency? Baking Soda Might Help
If you have a septic tank, then you know that you don’t want to pour drain cleaner or anything else that kills bacteria into your tank when you have a septic emergency. Doing so can cause your septic tank to become less efficient, or even fail.
What to do in case of a Septic Emergency
This means when you have a drain clogged by hair or grime, you need other alternatives. One of them is something you likely already have in your kitchen: Baking soda. Baking soda loosens up the grime or hair. Then you follow up with vinegar. This causes a chemical reaction which knocks the clog loose. Yes, there should be some foaming from the culprit drain afterward. Finish off with hot water to make everything go away. The combination will not kill bacteria. Also, it does not have a bad smell and will actually clean up any bad smells.
So, baking soda is great for shower, bathroom, and floor drains where the clog is likely to be dirt, grime, hair and a bit of soap residue. However, it should never be used on kitchen drains. Baking soda is not effective for cleaning away fat, oil or grease. It simply doesn’t work – you just have fat clog coated in baking soda. For clogged kitchen drains try hot water on its own. If this isn’t effective, then consider a bacterial additive to encourage bacteria to eat the blockage. Again, you should still avoid using drain cleaner or detergent.
If all else fails, you should call a professional. If your septic emergency is not responding to these basic measures, then contact EarthCare to find out about our professional drain cleaning services.
Clogged Drain? What Causes It
Do you have a clogged drain? It’s something we have all experienced at some point, and sometimes pouring drain cleaner down it doesn’t help much (and if you have a septic tank it is a bad idea anyway). Slow draining or gurgling indicate that you have a clog somewhere, and likely need drain cleaning. If multiple drains are affected, the blockage is somewhere past the point where they meet. But what causes it?
1. Hair. Humans shed. Pets shed even more. Hair is a common cause of clogs of the drain and shower, and could also clog a sink if it is being used to bathe a small dog or cat. The answer is to reduce hair buildup by using a drain strainer on your shower or tub. If you have a floor drain, consider a strainer on that one too.
2. Grease and oil. Kitchen clogs are most often caused by pouring grease and oil down the drain. Quick tip: Don’t. Pour liquid oil into a container – you can often take this in to be recycled. Hard grease should be scraped into the trash.
3. Food. Food scraps should go into the trash, not the drain. If you have a garbage disposal, use it as little as possible. (Garbage disposals should not be used with septic systems).
4. Hard paper. Never flush anything down a toilet other than human waste and toilet paper. Do not flush paper tissues, paper towels or feminine products. All of these can result in major clogs and a flooded bathroom.
If you do have a clog and nothing you have will shift it, especially if it affects multiple drains, then you need a professional drain cleaning service.
Contact Earthcare to find out about our professional drain cleaning services and how we can help you with stubborn clogs!