Meet Elizabeth Alves of Septic Preservation Services. Liz started working at Septic Preservation Services in April of 2015. She has been a member of the team for 2 years and is Division Manager of the All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services Division of SPS. She is Title 5 licensed and is certified to perform inspections in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Her favorite part of her job is working with customers and helping them solve their septic issues. Liz is fluent in Portuguese and this is extremely helpful with Portuguese speaking clients. She is also a notary republic.
Personally, Liz resides in Attleboro with her husband and three children. She is active in a Portuguese Heritage Group in Stoughton and performs at Portuguese Carnival Dances where she sings and plays the guitar. She really enjoys this in her leisure time and is also involved in an All Girl dancing and singing group in East Providence.
Liz started at SPS as a novice but has really enjoyed learning the ins and outs of the septic business to better help her clients. Liz recalls jumping right into the training during her first days on the job. She was excited to volunteer for the hands-on learning activities but was a little surprised when she came across her first activity with a odorous septic tank. She was a little taken back by the smell but continued on, determined to complete the task.
You can reach Liz and all the rest of the team at Septic Preservation Services at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Meet Al Rivet of All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services. Al plays many roles in the All Clear Septic and Septic Preservation Services Team. He is the founder of All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services started in 2004. He is a Title 5 educator, a member of the teaching team for Functional Inspections at University of Rhode Island, and an integral part of realtor relations, and educating realtors on Title 5 issues.
Personally, Al is a lifelong resident of the Southcoast area. He has a graduate degree from Salve Regina University and is a US Army Veteran as well as 25 years in law enforcement. He has been married for 48 years to Elizabeth Rivet and is a father to nine children and a grandfather to 30.
His favorite part of his job is working with people and his ability to help people with important septic issues.
Outside of work, Al enjoys spending time with his wife and children and grandchildren. He likes spending time at the beach, walking, biking, and kayaking.
One of the memorable stories from his septic experience is a family in a fairly new, two-year old home. The family consisted of a couple with two children. The septic system had failed in a short amount of time. Why? The culprit was antibacterial soap. The Dad was a doctor and used a large amount of antibacterial soap in the home and the Mom flushed a good deal of hair coloring chemicals down the drain. Both contributed to the failure.
A funny story he remembers:
“Several years ago, Beth, one of my eight daughters was working with me digging up a septic tank for a title 5 inspection. This was her lucky summer of high school working with Dad. I was digging up the d-box while she was digging up the tank. She opened the cover to the tank and me, with my back to her, heard a noise. She was gagging at the odor emanating from the tank. We both had quite a laugh about that. She toughed it out and continued working on the other cover! Many laughs over the years reminiscing about that odorous summer. ”
Al is pleased to be an integral part of the team. Stay tuned to meet more members of the Septic Preservation team.
Visit www.septicpreservation.com or call 877-378-4279 to talk to Al or the other septic professionals.
Who are the hardworking people behind the scenes at Septic Preservation Services? We are starting a series to introduce the people of Septic Preservation Services and what they do.
We begin with the founder of SPS, Bob Silva. Bob Silva started the company after working in manufacturing for 2 decades. Bob felt that customers deserved a better level of professionalism, as well as a higher degree of technical knowledge given the tougher environmental regulations that are being imposed on property owners.
He brings with him a mechanical engineering degree from the University of MA at Dartmouth. As the founder of SPS, his main role is to support his team with professional advice, the resources they need to do their jobs, promote a safe environment, and challenge them to continuously improve. He is highly successful in what he does. In this business, he has faced many challenges and situations. He believes that high strength commercial wastewater from coffee processing plants, breweries, and car washes, have been the most interesting and challenging projects he has dealt with.
He also shares some fun facts and funny stories he has encountered over the years. As told by Bob, ” I was once called by a home owner at 3 AM because she heard gurgling from the toilet as she was sick all night. When I arrived in the morning, there was a mushroom shaped cloud of bubbles over the house 60 ft in diameter. It turned out the woman’s husband was trying to help because she was sick, and did some laundry. He thought the more soap the better. Boy, was he wrong. A second funny story involves another call at 2 AM from Stow,MA, when a couple called because they saw a bear dancing on their front lawn. It turned out to be a pile of soap suds because their daughter dropped a bottle of shampoo in the shower.” He has many stories he could share, but lastly Bob shared this story, ” It is about a customer that kept putting things down the toilet they should not have. After educating the customer several times, we were assured that his family would not keep putting trash into the system. When we arrived and pulled the trash out of the tank once again, the man’s daughter, about age 7, started yelling and hitting her younger brother, about age 5. Apparently,she had flushed one of his GI Joe’s down the toilet and in turn he was flushing her Barbie Doll clothes. This concluded the septic war.”
Bob really enjoys his job and truly feels good about helping people. He feels from time to time they come across people, who through no fault of their own, really need a helping hand, and it is nice to be able to provide it. Outside of work he enjoys camping, fishing, photography, hiking, sailing, and snorkeling.
Stay tuned to meet the rest of the Septic Preservation team.
Septic Preservation Services is ready to help you with all your septic needs. Call them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Drain cleaners can be an easy choice when your kitchen or bathroom drain becomes clogged, but they are not a great choice for the health of your septic system. Septic systems rely on natural bacteria to treat wastewater. The harsh chemicals found in drain cleaners can kill the beneficial bacteria needed by your septic system to process wastewater.
Chemical drain cleaners are one of the most dangerous of all the cleaning products on the market to human health. Most contain very corrosive ingredients such as sulfuric acid, lye, and bleach that can burn your eyes and skin. They can be fatal if ingested and these cleaning products are required by law to carry a warning label listing their harsh ingredients. Care must be taken to keep these out of the reach of children.
Even very low amounts of a drain cleaner used in a septic system results in significant decreases in concentrations of Coliform bacteria and a decrease in PH when higher concentrations are used. It could take up to 48 hours for bacteria population to recover to original levels. If you must use a harsh drain cleaner, it is a good idea to flush a box of baking soda down the toilet after to neutralize the acids in the drain cleaner.
What is a solution to your clogged drains? The best remedy is to prevent drains from being clogged by having good catch basins in all the drains of the home. Purchasing inexpensive plastic or metal screens for the drains can keep many wastes from going down the drain including hair and food products. Food scraps as well as oils and grease should never be allowed down the drain.
Most clogs occur about 6 inches below the drain opening in the trap. Taking apart and cleaning this area can remove the clog. Plungers can also be helpful in removing a clogged drain. If that doesn’t work, a snake or auger can be put down the drain to remove the blockage. Clean-out ports can be removes to help access the clog. If no luck, it’s always best to call a professional who has the equipment and expertise to get the job done.
If you feel you must use a chemical drain cleaner, look for an enzyme-based cleaner. Less harsh and more natural cleaners are becoming more and more popular and there are more choices available. They are more gentle on your system. You can also try a homemade recipe: Pour 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup baking soda down the clogged drain. Then pour 6 cups vinegar after salt & baking soda. Let stand for 1/2 hour then pour kettle of boiling water down drain. Repeat twice a year for trouble free drains.
Septic Preservation Services can help you with any of your septic system questions. Call 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
One of the most important components of a septic system is the drain field. Also known as a “leach” field, sometimes just looking at the drain field can help you to determine the health of the septic system as a whole. It is important to take care of your drain field and ensure that it is properly protected from things that can hinder its effectiveness, as it is a vital part of the septic process.
What a Drain Field is and How It Works
The drain field is the part of your septic system where the waste water emerges after passing through your septic tank for the final phase in the cleansing and filtration process. Contaminants and other impurities are removed from the waste water by the drain field, making it safe to enter the local ground water.
The septic drain field removes any organic materials that might yet remain after the waste water has made its way through the septic tank. It utilizes a very basic, yet highly efficient, microbial ecosystem for this part of the process. A drain field consists of a specific layout of trenches that contain a series of perforated pipes that come from the septic tank. The waste water flows over gravel or other porous material, which is covered by a layer of soil to protect it from animals and surface runoff water.
Signs That Your Septic System Needs Help
While there are some fairly obvious signs that a septic system is in need of repair or has failed, such as sewage coming up inside the house through all the drains, showers and toilets, your drain field is also a sort of thermostat that lets you know how effective your septic system is functioning.
Take a look at your septic drain field:
- If there are boggy or wet areas that just don’t seem to dry up and go away after runoff water from seasonal rain storms is gone, you might have a failed septic system.
- If there are areas of the grass that is planted on top of your drain field that are particularly green or lush compared to the rest of the surrounding property, you might have a leak or back-up occurring in your drain field.
- If you notice an unusual smell coming from your drain field, it’s time to call a septic system specialist.
- If you see bits of organic material or other waste that would typically go down your home’s drains coming up through the drain field, chances are you are experiencing a clog or even a failed septic system.
These are just some of the signs and symptoms that you can look for when checking out your drain field. While some issues might just be indicative that you need to stay on top of drain field maintenance, most will have something directly to do with the health and effectiveness of your overall septic system. It pays to check out your drain field on a regular basis.
Drain Field Maintenance
There are a lot of things that can cause a septic system to malfunction or fail. Most septic system experts and service technicians will tell you that even if your home has been designed for use with a garbage disposal, that you should refrain from using one with a septic system. The reason is simple: just by using a garbage disposal, as opposed to composting organic waste from the kitchen or disposing of it in a trash can, a typical household will increase the amount of sludge and solids in their septic tank by over 50 percent.
Because seemingly small changes in use and habit can have such an impact on the overall health of your septic system, it is important to hire a professional septic service to provide regular check-ups and drain field maintenance. If maintained correctly, the average drain field should last somewhere between 25-30 years and still be functioning efficiently.
In addition to taking care of the landscape that is above your drain field, keeping trees and bushes away from the area to prevent the spreading of roots, there are things you can do inside your home that contribute to your septic drain field’s overall health. Some of these things are simple and even common sense for the most part; while others might be “news” to homeowners who are dealing with a septic system for the first time.
Most of the behaviors and habits that homeowners need to remember with regard to taking care of their septic system and drain field maintenance have more to do with water use and disposal habits than anything else. Be aware of the amount of water that you are using in your home. Avoid doing activities that use a lot of water all at the same time, such as washing dishes and doing several loads of laundry. In fact, it is better to do a load of laundry a day than it is to save it all up for the weekend.
Get Professional Drain Field Maintenance Service
For homeowners living in the Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod or Rhode Island areas, as well as Maine and New Hampshire, contact Septic Preservation Services. With over 15 years of direct experience working with commercial and residential customers in the Southcoast region, SPS is the clear choice for preventative maintenance, septic system service, drain field maintenance and septic repairs.
Septic Preservation Services is licensed and certified to provide Title 5 Inspections in Massachusetts and required Rhode Island Town Inspections. In addition, SPS can do a private assessment of your septic system to help you know the age, effectiveness and efficiency of your current equipment to help determine whether its time to upgrade or set up a new septic drain field. Call Septic Preservation today at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com to get started!
Proper septic system inspection is the best way to prevent property owners from having to face unexpected and costly repairs. An inspector can determine whether you are disposing of sewage and gray wastewater in a safe and legal manner.
MASSACHUSETTS TITLE 5 INSPECTION
Since 1995, the State of Massachusetts has required residential and commercial property owners to pass a Title 5 Inspection of their on-site sewage treatment systems before they can sell the property. Specific guidelines were set to prevent the contamination of local drinking water supplies and groundwater as a result of outdated or ineffective septic systems or cesspools. Septic Preservation offers Massachusetts Title 5 Inspections, using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, giving you a thorough inspection at a price you can afford.
RHODE ISLAND TOWN INSPECTIONS
In addition to the Massachusetts Title 5 Inspection, Septic Preservation is also licensed to perform Rhode Island Town Inspections. These inspections are required by many towns throughout Rhode Island, including Charlestown, Jamestown, North Kingstown and South Kingstown. Because it is a part of the local town ordinance, residential and commercial property owners living in these areas are required to submit to these regular inspections of their septic systems. SPS uses state-of-the-art tools to provide these services to our customers at an affordable rate.
CONFIDENTIAL VOLUNTARY ASSESSMENTS
Many property owners are unaware that they have the ability to hire a licensed inspector, such as SPS, to perform Confidential Voluntary Assessments of their septic systems. These inspections are completed just as they would be according to the Title 5 Inspections required by the State of Massachusetts, but the findings are NOT reported to any other person, municipality or office outside of the homeowner.
Once the inspection is complete, the homeowner will receive a thorough report from Septic Preservation along with an assessment of the findings and some recommendations on how to properly maintain or repair their septic system. The recommendations provided by SPS are designed to increase longevity and prevent future issues, such as property damage, high cost repairs or system replacement.
Septic Preservation Services : A LEADER IN SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTION
Our licensed and certified inspectors and technicians at Septic Preservation Services can help you with all of your Title 5 Inspection and Rhode Island Town Inspections needs. Give us a call at 877-34-78-4279 for pricing, information or to set up an appointment for an inspection of your residential or commercial property.
Part of any good Preventative Maintenance Program is to ensure that your septic system is properly cleaned and is pumped on a regular basis. It is important to know the facts about septic cleaning and pumping to avoid making costly mistakes.
Getting your tanks cleaned on a regular basis will help to improve the efficiency of your septic system and keep it running smooth. It is important to select your service provider carefully to ensure that you get quality work. Be sure that when comparing prices that you compare apples to apples. Some differences that may effect cost are the size of the tank, how deep the covers are buried, and if there is a filter to clean.
Septic Preservation takes pride in the work that we do, utilizing specialized equipment to locate specific areas of your system, such as a sewer camera that is used to investigate the inside of your sewer lines, and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field.
Some pumping services will tell you that you need to get your septic system pumped every 6 months or on an annual basis. The truth is that a properly maintained septic system should only be pumped based on the accumulation of sludge and scum, which is typically every 2-5 years. Pumping too frequently is costly and is usually not necessary.
If you would like a system evaluation and to know how often you should be pumping, give Septic Preservation a call for an evaluation and to set up quick and easy pumping arrangements.
OUR GOAL: CLEANER AND MORE EFFICIENT SEPTIC SYSTEMS
Septic Preservation can get you started on the road to a healthier septic system for your residential or commercial property through our Preventative Maintenance Program. We are so confident in the services offered through this program that we offer a unique “Pass or It’s FREE Guarantee” on Title 5 Inspections to all of our customers that are in the Preventative Maintenance Program and have followed up with all of our recommendations. We also provide a 50% discount off of all Title 5 Inspections for our up-to-date Preventative Maintenance Program customers. Call us today at 877-378-4279 to get more information about our programs and services.
Visit www.septicpreservation.com for everything you need to know about your septic system.
If you have had your septic system outfitted with the proper septic tank risers, you most likely have a cover sitting in the middle of your garden, lawn or somewhere unsightly. Keeping these covers easily accessible is important, but that doesn’t mean you have to put a sign on them! Hiding these risers is very simple and easy, and can be done without getting in the way of someone servicing your system.
The simplest way is to just put a light fake stone or decorative item on the cover. The key here is to keep it light, you don’t want to damage your system and the service company can pump the system as needed. A lighthouse, light birdbath or other decorative lawn ornament is an easy way to keep that riser out of sight!
Another way is to plant small plants around it. This will effectively camouflage the cover from most people. Keep in mind that should anyone need to access the tank, the plants may get in the way so be sure to leave space somewhere so the septic crew can get to the tank unhindered.
Rock features or stepping stones are another great way to keep the cover out of sight. Placing these around the cover with some light decorative item over the cover itself is a great way to hide the riser. It also may be a way to ad a nice decorative piece to your lawn!
If you need an inspection, have questions or need septic services, please call Septic Preservation Services at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Heavy rains can cause septic issues. Significant rainfall can quickly flood the ground around the leach field or drainfield leaving it saturated and making it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system. When the water has nowhere to go, it can eventually travels backward through the plumbing system and back into drains and toilets and into your home. When the drainfield becomes flooded, it can also lead to untreated sewage flowing into the groundwater and local streams. This can lead to environmental contamination.
There are things you can do to help minimize any damage to the way your septic system functions and keep everything functioning smoothly.
Before it starts to rain:
- Prevention is always the best bet. Make sure your septic system is properly maintained, and is regularly pumped. Septic problems can be worse if your tank needs to be pumped or the system has not been properly maintained.
- Keeping water away from the home and the drain field is key. Rain gutters are important. Make sure all gutters drain away from the drainfield area so as not to saturate the area, and make sure you clean the gutters in the fall and spring to help the water drain properly.
- Maintenance of your drain field is essential. Do not drive any heavy equipment or other vehicles that could compact the soil over the drainfield. This can compromise the soil absorption field’s ability to treat wastewater. Also, plant only grass above the drainfield or groundcover with shallow roots. Do not plant any trees or vegetation with deep roots which could harm the leach field.
During the rainstorm:
- If you begin to notice that your drainfield is flooded, be alert to drains that are not draining quickly, toilets that flush slower or make strange sounds, or water that is backing up into your basement. To take pressure off your system and allow it to recoup, use it less. If possible, reduce or eliminate water going down the drains until the drainfield dries out. Hold off on laundry until the water recedes. Try to cut back on showers, and dishwashing and flush the toilet only when necessary. It should only be a day or two until the rain stops and the sun dries up some of the excess water.
After the Storm
- If the water does not recede and you suspect that your septic system is still not working properly, it’s time to call in a professional. Septic Preservation is able to quickly come out and check your system and offer a solution. It may include pumping the system or repairs may be needed. Do not wait to have your system checked. This could greatly increase your chances of major septic repairs or septic system failure.
- Septic Preservation also has a great septic maintenance program. Take the worry out of your septic system and call Septic Preservation at 877-378-4279 and let them put you on their maintenance program. This can help you extend the life of your system. Visit www.septicpreservation.com for more information.