Cleaner, Better and More Efficient Septic Services: Blogs and Ideas

Tips For A Successful Dewatering Exercise At Your Construction Site

Groundwater can be a nuisance at construction sites. In order for construction to go on effectively, the water has to be taken somewhere, and here is where dewatering comes into play. Dewatering systems or techniques will always vary depending on the situation that’s uncovered on the site by an engineering study prior to the start of the construction itself. Unfortunately, dewatering projects may sometimes pose a series of challenges during the construction. These challenges can be costly when it comes to project deadlines and operating costs. Therefore, for effectiveness and safety during the dewatering project, here are some tips you should consider. Seek Permission Before you start your project, find out if there are regulations or guidelines on environmental protection that you will require. Be aware of any other local or state permits that you need to acquire as well. Applying and having such permissions beforehand is very important. This is because it will help you avoid any delays on your start time or date. Adopt Best Practices For Soil Erosion Control The basis for dewatering is to lower the level of the groundwater to make it easy for construction and ensure that the foundation of the structure to be constructed has a firm base. Since you are removing water from the ground, the properties of the surrounding soil are affected in the process. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of how these changes will affect the excavation as well as construction and take the necessary measures to ensure that the water is relocated safely. Therefore, one of the major issues you should be concerned about in terms of safe relocation of water is soil erosion. Make sure that water isn’t discharged onto a slope because this will erode the soil at a very fast rate. If water is being discharged nearby, make sure the buffer areas are wooded. This is because wood has a higher ability to absorb as well as disperse the water. The dewatering area as well as the area where the water is being discharged should be monitored carefully for signs of erosion. Remember that erosion causes instability. You don’t want to have an unstable ground, especially at your construction site. Find Out If Any Treatment Procedures Are Needed Depending on the local, state, or national regulations, you may be required to test for the quality of the groundwater. This means that you will be testing […]

Three Signs You May Need an Alternative Septic Tank System

If your home is not connected to a main sewer line, septic tanks have been the traditional way to deal with waste. Now, however, there is a new option—a sewage treatment plant. These small units rely on aerobic treatment methods. Unfortunately, however, they require more maintenance than traditional septic tanks, and they need electricity to run. However, in some cases, they are simply the best option. Here are three signs you need an aerobic treatment unit, aka a sewage treatment plant. 1. Your water table is too high. After waste passes through a conventional septic tank, it is released into the soil surrounding the tank. This is referred to as the waste field, and while there, the soil cleans and purifies liquid that has been expelled from your septic tank. Unfortunately, however, if your water table is too high, the waste may reach it before it’s fully purified, which can pollute the groundwater. If you are building a new home, talk with a septic tank installer about the height of the water table in your area. If the water table is unusually high, you need to opt for a sewage treatment plant. These aerobic units clean the waste thoroughly before discharging any of it.   2. You live close to streams, lakes or other fresh bodies of water. In addition to the water table beneath your property, you also have to think about the water sources near your property. If you have lots of fresh water close to your home, the waste from the septic tank may leach into it before it’s purified. In contrast, the effluent from a sewage treatment plant can be released directly into a stream with no issues as long as the unit has a chlorinator attached to it. 3. Your current septic tank is failing. Septic tanks are designed to run without any regular maintenance, and in most cases, you only need to get them pumped if they are clogged for some reason. For example, if the composition of your soil isn’t allowing the waste to filtrate it, the soil can clump. This makes it impossible for waste to travel out of the septic tank, and as a result it can become overfilled. If you are constantly having to get your septic tank serviced or if your drain field is getting clogged on a regular basis, it may be time to think about switching to a sewage […]

Instructions on Safe Maintenance of Septic Tanks

A septic tank that is maintained properly will last indefinitely. Leaks and blockages could easily lead to water sources and soil being contaminated. The following are some of the things to look out for a smooth and safe septic system flow. Laundry and water usage Too much water in the tank can lead to upsetting of the tank’s delicate balance. You tank can only handle so much water at a time as it needs time to separate material. The material is basically solid and liquid whereby liquids are sent to the drain after separation. Therefore, spread your wash loads all through the week. Household chemicals Avoid excessive use of household chemicals like detergents, drain cleaners, and bleaches. This is because excessive amounts of chemicals could stop bacteria from functioning normally in the septic tank. Biodegradable cleaners like citric acid and chlorine should be used instead. Non-decomposable material This is material that will not decompose but instead fill the tank and block the system. Such material should not be deposited down the drain. They include coffee grounds, facial tissues, cigarette butts, feminine hygiene products, diapers, dental floss, cotton swabs, paper towels, condoms and cat litter. Leaky fixtures Beware to repair any leaks in your household. Large amounts of water are added your system when maybe you have a running toilet or leaky faucet. Installing a low flow or toilets that are highly efficient should be considered. Fats, oils and grease Too much grease may lead to prevention of breaking down of waste by bacteria. You should then be careful not to deposit too much. Grease could be in form of animal fats, lard and vegetable oil. Food wastes As much as garbage disposal is acceptable, it could lead to frequent liquid waste removal from your tank. Large food quantities like animal bones, corn cobs, egg shells and fruit peels should be disposed of in the garbage. Medicines Medication that has not been used should either be returned to the doctor or thrown in the trash. Antibiotics are highly harmful to quality of treatment. They should therefore never be flushed down the drain. Household drains Floor drains from workrooms and garages should be diverted. Items like gas, saw dust and petroleum based products should be sidetracked away from the system. Tank additives and enzymes Additives are unnecessary and could do more harm. The waste water contains all bacteria required for suitable operation. […]

Don’t Overlook These Signs Your Septic Tank May Need Servicing

With regular maintenance and proper care, your home’s septic tank may last for decades without needing any type of repair or servicing. However, these tanks and the pipes and lines to which they’re connected can break down over time, and you may need to call a repairperson as soon as possible. While some signs of needed repair may be obvious, others may be overlooked by homeowners simply because they don’t associate certain problems with the septic system. Note a few of those signs here so you can ensure you keep your septic tank in good repair. 1. Green vegetation The bacteria and enzymes that build up in a septic tank can provide a natural fertilizer for vegetation, and when a septic tank has a leak, certain areas of your yard may seem greener than others. If you notice that the grass around your septic tank or vegetation near the tank are all greener and even healthier than the rest of your yard, don’t assume that you should just ignore the problem since it seems to be good for your lawn. This added bacteria and other pollutants are then also in the groundwater and soil and they cannot all be absorbed by grass and landscaping. If you notice a distinct difference in the vegetation or grass on your lawn, have your septic system checked. 2. All the drains and toilets run slowly If there is just one drain that moves slowly, you may have a clog that needs addressing in that pipe alone. However, when all the drains and toilets in your home move slowly as the water drains away, this can be a sign that the septic system itself is backed up or the tank is too full and needs emptying. 3. Strong odors Homeowners commonly think that a septic tank system will just have a bad odor all the time, but remember that your tank should be completely sealed so that nothing leaks out and in turn, there should be no odors that you can notice around the tank. If you do notice any type of strong odors and especially if the odors are so strong that you can smell them far from the tank, there is a good chance that the tank or pipes have sprung a leak. If the odors are coming up the drains or from the toilet, there is probably a clog that is not […]