Some good advice when using disinfecting wipes around your home. Even if they say they are "flushable" they won't break down in your septic tank, unlike toilet paper which is designed to degrade in your septic tank.
Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a warning recently urging Americans to only flush toilet paper, and to dispose of disinfectant wipes and “other non-flushable items” in the garbage.
This holds true for septic systems as well.
We're all going through a difficult time and toilet paper -- we know -- is a big concern 🚨 To avoid sewage blockages and keep Virginia's wastewater treatment facility plants running smoothly, remember to only flush human waste and toilet paper. Wipes (baby, make-up and others), even those marked "flushable," should not be flushed. Everything else? Into the trash. #flushwisely #wednesdaywisdom
Good information relating to the Coronavirus and wastewater.
We know that wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operators and subsurface sewage treatment system (SSTS) maintainers, service providers and installers are commonly exposed to untreated wastewater that contains disease-causing organisms including pathogens (primarily bacteria and viruses) when cleaning...
Often times we hear that the answer to sewage problems is central sewer. However, as central sewage infrastructure ages, pipes can begin to leak or fail often leading to disastrous results and a greater detrimental impact on drinking water supplies and to the environment as unfortunately appears the case in Fort Lauderdale.
More than 211.6 million gallons of toxic sewage – enough to fill 320 Olympic-sized swimming pools -- spilled into Fort Lauderdale’s waterways over the past three months due to breaks in the city’s aging pipe system, according to a report Monday.
'Flushable' wipes aren't flushable and their damage is costly
Pinellas County leaders are sounding the alarm over a problem costing all us of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Leaders on both sides of Tampa Bay tell ABC Action News despite what the labels say, these wipes are anything but flushable.
One of the great concerns I have when working with existing septic tanks is the integrity of the tank itself. Overtime concrete can deteriorate and weaken the structural integrity of the tank. Couple years ago I had to obtain a replacement septic take permit for a client who was walking across the top of his septic tank and the top gave way and he fell in. Fortunately he wasn't injured and was able to pull himself out. In the case of this article, it sounds like the woman fell in thru the manhole. Another good reason why you should leave septic tank maintenance to licensed sewage pumpers and service maintenance providers.
A woman in Oregon was rescued last week after she fell into a septic tank and got stuck in raw sewage for days, officials said.
One of the biggest culprits that I see of late in failing drainfields are invasive tree roots that clog up or break up percolation pipes and conveyance pipes. Often these roots are fibrous in nature and will actually take the shape of the void space they fill causing a stoppage in the line. Maple and Willow trees are among the worst but I have even seen root damage from loblolly pines. Once these roots start to clog up the lines, your repair options are limited and often drainfield replacement is the only viable option.
We've come a long way in pipe construction. Wonder how long it took them to make these wooden water pipes?
This 16" OD wooden water pipe (installed 1799) has a 4" ID Tee connection. It was pulled out of Troy NY's water system in 1974. The logs were most likely hand augered at that time in history. credit: Troy Water Department
"What can I plant over my drainfield or "mound" sewage system?"
This is a question that I hear a lot from my clients after their sewage systems have been installed. It is actually a very good question as probably the number one culprit that I find when investigating a failing sewage system is invasive root infiltration that has clogged up the percolation pipes and drainfield aggregate. Roots can become so invasive that I have seen them fill up distribution boxes and grow from there back into the septic tanks. Some form of vegetation is necessary to be established over your sewage system to inhibit erosion as well as optimizing oxygen exchange. Typically, shallow root plants are what is recommended. Here is an article by Polylok, Inc. (a wastewater product manufacturer) that does a great job covering this topic as well as listing plants that are well suited for planting over your sewage system as well as those that should be avoided: http://www.polylok.com/PDF/Planting_Over_Septic_Drain_Fields.pdf
This fossilized Viking Turd is one of the biggest pieces of ancient human sh*t ever found. Scientists determined that the creator of this hefty specimen was a Viking that lived around the 9th century AD, during the Viking Age. (Read: The Vikings by Njord Kane for more info about the Viking Age.) The...
Just goes to show one man's sewage disposal system is another man's treasure! Historic privies have actually been a great source of study for archaeologists for many years as they often served dual purpose for not only sewage disposal, but also as convenient "trash pits". Believe it or not, pit privies are still permitted in the Virginia Sewage Handling & Disposal Regulations, mostly for existing dwellings under hardship cases where the dwellings have been served by privies in the past and no other economical sewage disposal method is available and for certain temporary recreational uses.
Artifacts found in an 18th-century privy pit give us a unique snapshot of life in the first tumultuous years of the United States.
When you have a septic system installed in your yard, do you ever wonder what's actually being placed in the ground? Traditionally drainfield trenches consisted of a perc pipe (either perforated corrugated plastic or originally terra cotta/cement tiles) surrounded by gravel/stone aggregate. Today with the rising cost of gravel, new "gravelless" products have come on the market that offer greater storage capacity than traditional gravel and in many states like Virginia, can be installed in a much smaller footprint than a traditional gravel drainfield. One such product is EZflow by Infiltratror: https://infiltratorwater.com/images/pdf/CutSheets/EZ01.pdf.
Savage Onsite Septic can design your next drainfield using this proven technology, reducing your drainfield size by nearly 25%, thus saving you money and reducing the amount of your property encumbered by the drainfield. Give us a call today at 757-710-2681.
Buying or selling a home with an onsite sewage system? Here's an interesting article that provides valuable information for home buyers, sellers, and real estate agents:http://www.nesc.wvu.edu/pdf/ww/publications/pipline/pl_su11.pdf
I often get asked by clients what to do with the left over tree stumps around their drainfield area if their drainfield has to be installed in a wooded area and some of the trees have to be cut down in order to make room for the drainfield. Often times excavating the stumps out is not an option as removing the stumps and roots can damage the drainfield area. The best way is to leave the stumps and let them rot in place, however, if aesthetics is an issue or the stumps will interfere with the lawn maintenance of the site, then a stump grinder like this one might be a good option for you. Just be careful if you have a drainfield trench installed next to the stump that you don't accidentally wander over into the trench with the stump grinder. Ideally, if stumps are to be ground, it is better to have this done prior to the drainfield installation.
John Deere 8100 stump grinder. For some reason this is very satisfying to watch.
Ever wonder what's in your drainfield? This product is called EZflow and is a gravel-less drainfield product made from bundled expanded polystyrene. It's approved for use in Virginia as a substitute for traditional gravel & stone aggregate. The product doesn't have the fines associated with traditional gravel & stone and is approved by the Health Department for up to a 25% sizing reduction of the drainfield area. The center bundle houses a 4" plastic percolation pipe that distributes the wastewater through the product and down the trench. It comes in 10' and 5' lengths that connect together and incorporates a geo-textile fabric over the top section of the bundles to keep soil from infiltrating into it during backfilling of the trench.
Snow and below freezing temps have pretty much brought soils testing to a standstill this week. Like these seagulls I'm tired of the snow and ready for the Spring!
Here's a good example showing why you need to protect your sewage system site. This pic shows a remotely located sewage disposal pad or "mound" (as commonly referred) out in the middle of an agricultural field. The "mound" was nearly 2' tall yet someone decided it was easier to drive a manure spreader across the top of it rather than go around it. In so doing they crushed the drainlines and destroyed the system. This damage could have easily been avoided by the placement of fencing around the sewage system. This system has since been replaced and the site now has white pipes placed around it as barriers to try and prevent a repeat performance by the manure spreader. If you have a remote drainfield or sewage disposal pad site, it is also a good idea to keep the site mowed and maintained to prevent trees and other deep root vegetation from overtaking the site and damaging the system.
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