SEPTIC SYSTEM BLOG

Peat Filter Maintenance Experts

Posted by Jeff Rachlin on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 @ 06:23 PM

Peat Filter Maintenance

Septic systems in Pennsylvania that have Peat Filters in them are termed “Alternate Systems” or “Experimental Systems”. Maintenance on the peat filter must be done annually. With Ecoflo® Peat Filters, if you bought your filter before 2010 the peat filter came with 7 years of maintenance and maintenance inspections. After the eighth year the manufacture could extend the life of the peat, if conditions warrant, or require that the peat be replaced.

Peat Filter Maintenance

Every year the peat filter needs to be opened, the distribution plates removed, and the peat raked. During the inspection the peat is graded. If the condition is good the peat does not need to be replaced for another year. The peat filter still needs to be maintenanced the following year.

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When the peat is degraded it needs to be replaced. Replacing the peat can be accomplished in one day without disruption to the property other than ingress and egress. The filter needs to be opened, the tipping bucket and distribution plates removed, and the peat needs to be removed from the unit. The peat should be removed by vacuum truck and disposed of at a permitted facility. The interior of the shell structure can then be assessed and new peat can be reinstalled. The previous components can then be reinstalled. Complications such as roots growing through the peat, can make the process take quite a bit longer and can add cost to your overall investment.

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If the peat is not replaced on a timely basis, damage to the rest of the system can occur. This damage can result in additional expenses for fixing the rest of the system downstream from the peat filter. This can also result in damage to the environment.

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Call us if you have any questions about your peat filter! We are a Premier Tech Ecoflo® authorized partner. If you live in Bucks County, Montgomery County, Berks County, Chester County, or Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania, please go to www.OnSiteMGT.com, scroll down on the left and push the “Peat Filter Customer Update” button. Please fill out the form and you will be sent a brochure about maintenance that you need on the rest of your septic system.

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Maintenance for Drip Dispersal Systems

Posted by Jeff Rachlin on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 @ 08:40 PM

 

Maintenance for Drip Dispersal Septic Systems

Maintenance for a drip dispersal septic system is a three part attack.  The maintenance should be broken down by pretreatment, pumping and hydraulic unit, and absorption area or drip dispersal area.

Pretreatment usually consists of either septic tanks or aerobic treatment plants.  Both require constant monitoring.  Septic tanks are a passive type of treatment and require less maintenance.  Septic tanks are sized based on the number of bedrooms in a dwelling¾not by the quantity of proposed occupants or the water usage by them. Management cycles and pumping are dependent on the size of thetankage, volume of wastewater the system is receiving, the amount of solids produced, and the percent of solids digested or retained.

Based upon these facts, it is impossible to determine an exact schedule of when to pump a tank or clean effluent filers in them

without constant monitoring.  The best rule of thumb is to cleanout the septic tank when the floatable solids (scum) thickness added to settable solids (sludge) thickness are equal to one third of the liquid depth of the tank.  They should be monitored every six months and maintenance are required by the monitoring. 

Aerobic Treatment Tank Maintenance

Aerobic treatment plants require constant monitoring and manufacturer specific maintenance.  Usually the monitoring and maintenance is required to be completed on a six month interval in order for the specific type of treatment to maintain its NSF-40 (National Sanitation Foundation) approval.  Some intervals require measurements of mixed aeration areas with a graduated cylinder to determine the suspended solids.  When suspended solids reach a certain amount, the system must be pumped and cleaned.  Hollow aerator shafts must be pulled out, checked and cleaned.  Fixed media in the aeration chamber must be checked and once per year, bubble scrubbed with a blower.  Pumping in these treatment tanks usually occurs once every three years as long as the system has been operation properly.  Overall, they usually require maintenance ever six months.

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Hydraulic units and pumps need to monitored and screens and filters cleaned every six months.  Although disc filters located in the hydraulic unit clean themselves every time the unit cycles, it also cleans itself every five minutes of operation.  Screens located on the pump should be cleaned if monitoring information indicates clogging.  The hydraulic unit along with its computer control panel should have all of its functions checked to make sure it is operating correctly.  All of its functions should timed and compared to the previous interval readings and also startup readings.

The hydraulic unit has a water usage meter located in it.  The reading on this meter should be monitored every time the unit is serviced and compared to previous readings.  A quick calculation should be made to make sure the unit is not being asked to handle more wastewater than it was designed to.  A heat strip located on the bottom of the hydraulic unit should be checked to make sure it is operating properly.

Drip Dispersal Maintenance

The drip tubing or absorption area needs to be checked every six months as well.  Drip absorption areas have between two and four zones.  Air release valves need to be checked for proper operation.  There are usually two in each zone.  Zone dosing and forward flush timing must also be checked and compared to timing obtained at startup.  Checking the timing can determine if check valves buried in the ground need to be serviced or replaced.  Left alone and not fixed can cause a zone to operate at double its designed capacity thereby creating a failure that may not be able to be fixed.

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As you can see, six months seems to be the best interval for monitoring and maintenance.  OnSite Management is able to provide its clientele a very cost effective maintenance plan that offers the best blend of monitoring and maintenance.

Please coment on your experiences!

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Prolonging the Life of Your Septic System!

Posted by Jeff Rachlin on Wed, Apr 06, 2011 @ 08:28 AM

Maintenance and Management

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Proper maintenance and management is an effective program developed to monitor, inspect and maintain all components of the septic system on a regular basis. Regular and proper cleaning is one way to help prolong your onlot sewage system. Make sure that the pumper opens the main access of the septic tank when cleaning it out. This allows the tank to be completely cleaned out. Never pump the tank through the 4 or 6" inspection port that is situated over the baffles. Only a small portion of the tank will be cleaned and risk of damaging the baffles inside the tank is high. Inspect the condition of the baffles. If missing, broken, damaged, or deteriorated, they should be replaced immediately. They serve an important purpose in helping to prolong the life of your system.

When the sludge and scum layers are not routinely pumped out, the area in the tank available for clarification decreases. Solids will enter the absorption area at an accelerated rate, and the absorption area clogs prematurely. Effluent forms over the absorption area onto the surface of the ground. Sewage finds its way to a stream or road ditch, or backs up into your home.

Water Conservation:

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Water conservation is and important factor in prolonging the life of any onsite disposal system. Reducing the amount of water used in the home decreases the volume of wastewater that must be renovated and helps to avoid hydraulic overload of the system. In addition, water conservation reduces energy costs and protects the groundwater supply.

Some things you can do to conserve water are:

  • Install water saving plumbing fixtures in you home. Theses would include water dams for toilets, water saver aerators on faucets and water saving shower heads. Most building codes require that all new construction have these water saving devices routinely installed.
  • Check your toilets periodically for leaks. This can be done quite easily. Place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Do not flush the toilet for several hours. If the colored water appears in the toilet bowl during this time, your toilet is leaking. Have it fixed immediately.
  • Fix leaking faucets.
  • Operate the dishwasher only when full. Do not pre-wash dishes for the automatic dishwasher unless absolutely necessary.  Wash dishes using a dishpan or plugging the sink. Do not let water run for washing.
  • Refrigerate a bottle of water for drinking to avoid letting the water run to obtain a cold drink.
  • Select the proper load or water level on your washing machine. Do not wash multiple loads of laundry, one right after the other.
  • Take a shower instead of a tub bath. Also try to limit the length of your showers.
  • Do not allow the water to run while brushing teeth or shaving.

Hazards To Your Onlot Sewage System

Contractors should pump the treatment tank through the main access, not the inspection port.

  • Do not clean paint from rollers or dispose thinners down the drain.
  • Do not flush large numbers of unused antibiotics.
  • Materials that do not rapidly decompose (e.g., sanitary napkins, coffee grounds, bones, eggshells, wet strength towels, disposable diapers, kitty litter, facial tissues, cigarette butts, baby wipes, etc.) should never be flushed into a septic tank.
  • Do not use garbage disposals. Garbage disposals increase a treatment tank's workload. The increased organic solids load requires more frequent tank pumping.
  • Do not dispose oils and grease products.

Do You Have Any Good Tips?

Post them here under comments!

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Have you had your septic tank pumped this year?

Posted by Jeff Rachlin on Sun, Apr 03, 2011 @ 11:24 AM

OK, I confess!  I love this season!  Our thoughts turn from the winter season, to Hockey and Basketball playoff games, the beginning of the Baseball season, and the beginning of a new pace. Admit it. The last thing on your mind is your septic system.  That’s where we come in.  In our business, the spring is the time when we encourage preparation for the upcoming summer and fall seasons.  Many customers wait until “peak” season to call us (like this past July for example!)  for what we call “demand or emergency service.”

Now “demand service” isn’t quite as bad as it sounds; it refers to customers who call us needing septic services NOW.  Demand service is great for my business, but it’s hard on our technicians and sometimes our customers, too.

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Were you one of those customers?

If so, thank you, and we hope you were served properly for what you feel was a fair price.  The way I see it, I want to get the most for my money, and I treat my customers the same way.

"Our commitment to you is to use our knowledge to preserve the environment, conserve the valuable asset of your property, and to minimize or eliminate the costly expense of system failures."

We especially want to hear from you this season if there is something we did really well or something we need to do better.  Our team works very hard to get the job done and I’m proud of them.  So whether it’s a complaint or praise, we welcome you to share it with us.

As the summer approaches, there is one very serious question that you should ask yourself each year.  Do you know when your septic tank was pumped last?  Please, if you can’t answer this question “within the last 3 years,” call now for a septic tank cleaning and pumping.  Even if you have another company do it for you, please have it done!  Every year we are busy replacing systems that have failed due to improper maintenance.

Call us to schedule a pumping or to explain our maintenance plans and click here to download a discount septic tank pumping coupon! Thank you for your patronage.

Please comment if you have had emergency service and your thoughts on how to avoid the situation.

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