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More Sewerage System Facts and Tips

Monday, September 29th, 2014

We’ve collected some of our Facebook posts to share with you on one place.  Did you know these things about septic systems?


One way to keep your septic tank system operating at its best is to minimize your use of heavy duty cleaners? Overuse of harsh chemicals can actually kill beneficial bacteria in the septic tank, reducing its ability to break down solids.


How do sewer inspection cameras work? The camera is enclosed in a watertight steel case resistant to corrosives and solvents. Bright LED lights enable the camera to capture real-time imagery in pitch-black pipes and ductwork. Fiber optic cable transmits the image to a viewing monitor.


Drain-field maintenance is critical to keeping your sewage system functioning properly. We will make sure that rain, drain water, and other run-off are all directed away from your septic system’s drain-field to maintain the field’s filtering capacity.


In order to keep your septic system running at its best, it’s important that you carefully monitor what goes into the toilet. Never flush cat litter, disposable diapers, female sanitary products, paper towels, or facial tissues.


Conserving water can reduce the load on your septic system. For example, you can do laundry over the course of the week instead of all at once, use flow reducer nozzles on your showers, and install low-flow commodes.


Did you know that the soil around your septic tank is a huge filter or strainer? It acts as a kind of biological recycling system that transforms waste water from your septic tank into clean water. In nature, nothing is ever wasted.


Remember to call Mid-State Sewerage at  800-439-6989 and we can give you a free estimate for any work you need done!


Some Tips and Trivia About Septic Systems

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
  • It’s important to remember that sewer leakages, breaks and floods are more than an inconvenience. Because of the bacteria present in untreated sewage, your family could be at risk for serious health consequences.


  •  If a sewer drain clog is particularly stubborn and won’t respond to a drain snake auger, then water jetting is the solution. High-pressure water jetting systems are able to blast grease and clogs out of drains and leave your pipes in like-new condition.


  • Installing a septic system requires construction and operating permits issued by the local health department. We can obtain the proper permits for you, and will schedule a site visit by the local health inspector to determine whether the soil on your property is adequate for the project.


  • When you are working on a plan for your new home, you need to assess how big a system you need for your septic. Most cities and states have specific rules to govern this- but they are not always publicized well. Your best bet is to let a professional make that assessment.


  • Sewage systems go back thousands of years to the times of the ancient Romans, according to historians. Open drains relied on gravity to carry away storm water as well as sewage and garbage thrown into the streets.

Facts About Your Septic System

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Here are some more things to be aware of when your home has a septic system. 

Seasons play a role in the performance of your septic system. In cold weather, solids settle faster, while in warm weather, the materials break down faster and more efficiently. When seasons change, some septic systems tend to “burp” as they warm up.

It’s important to remember that even the most durable of underground storage tanks are not indestructible. There’s always a chance that your old tank will deteriorate and begin leaking.

After a sewer video inspection is performed, your technician will be able to accurately diagnose what’s going on with your sewer system. Whether the issue involves root infiltration or gaping cracks and holes, these issues can be repaired promptly to prevent more extensive damage down the road.

When was the last time you considered what you’re putting into your garbage disposal? Your blades might be powerful enough process solids, but it will add more solid bulk to your septic tank.

Did you know that prescription and non-prescription medications have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas? Research shows that even the best water treatment plants do not remove all drug residues from drinking water.

It’s good to make sure your family knows the rules about what can be flushed into the septic system. Don’t forget that chemical cleaners are problematic because they could kill some of the natural bacteria that treats your household waste.

Did you know?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Your garbage disposal can actually double the amount of solids added to a septic tank? It’s recommended that you use your disposal wisely, and choose a top of the line disposal system that will grind the food into tiny particles.

All drain systems in and around your home have one purpose – to divert water away from your home to prevent leaks. We are experts in all types of drains including French drains, slope drains, downspouts, drainage ditches, and channel drains.

A septic system that uses a septic tank and drain field is known as an OSSF, or On Site Sewage Facility. There are other types, such as aerobic and biofilter systems, but a septic tank based system is the oldest and the most common OSSF by far.

Some sewage systems have indicators built in that tell you when your tank is full and needs to be pumped. This can be anything from an alarm sound (usually a high-pitched beeping or buzzing noise) to a red indicator light.

Over time, catch basins may need to be adjusted to ensure they are draining properly. Deterioration such as weak mortar, water erosion, salt, and heavy vehicle traffic can cause the catch basin to need adjusting.

In North America, approximately 25% of the population uses a septic system and septic tank. That comes out to be about 132 million people in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

The Benefits of Maintaining Your Septic System

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

If your home has a septic system, it’s important for you to maintain it.  Here are some reminders of why it is so important:

  • A well running septic system can reduce or eliminate human and environmental threats by eliminating or purifying the  pollutants in your waste water.  If not properly maintained, your system can fail and contaminate water sources as well as spread infections and disease.
  • Save yourself some money!  For most homeowners, this is a big one.  Major repairs or system replacements can be quite costly.  Also systems that are not well-maintained can reduce property values and pose potential legal liabilities.

No matter how you look at it, the cost of proper system maintenance is one of the best investments you can make to protect your home, property and finances. 

Mid State Sewage would be happy to hear from you about what we can do to help.  Call us at 800-439-6989.

Alternative Septic Systems

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Did you know that for some people, regular septic systems are not an option?  If you do not have the space due to the proximity to ground or surface water, have poor soil or are in an area overcrowded with septic systems, you may need to go another direction.

Some newer alternative options are available that use plastics media, sand or peat to treat wastewater.  There are still other systems that use disinfection devices, lagoons and wetlands, and aerators.  All of these systems require annual inspections.  Your systems installer or local health department should be able to help you with information about maintenance or any other special needs for these systems.


Understanding Your Septic System

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Your septic system is an investment.  And we all know that good investments require care.  Mid State Septic in Millbury, MA thinks it’s important for you to understand how your system works and how to keep it in top shape.

Your septic system has four main parts: a septic tank, the pipe from your home, the soil and your drain field.  Microbes in the earth remove or digest most of the contaminants from the waste water before it eventually reaches the groundwater.

The pipe from your home is responsible for transporting all waste water from the home to the septic tank.  The septic tank will then hold the waste water long enough for the solids to settle and the and oil and grease to surface as scum on the top.  Your tank is made of concrete, polyethylene or fiberglass and is water-tight.  Compartments and screens prevent the sludge and scum from exiting the tank to the drain field which is why periodic pumping and inspections are so important.

The remaining waste water is pushed from the tank to the drain field each time new waste water enters into the tank.  The water dispersed into the drain field is then further treated by the microbes in the soil.    Too much water flowing into your drain field can cause sewage flooding which is why some states require homeowners to have a reserve drain field in case the current one fails.   Remember, the soil has to be able to break down any further contaminants in the water, so if you do not have suitable soil on your property you may require an alternative system.  Our next blog will provide a description of an alternative system.

If you have any questions about  your septic system and whether or not it is functioning properly, Call Mid State Septic at 800-439-6989.  We happily serve Massachusetts customers in Auburn, Boylston, Charlton, Douglas, Grafton, Holden, Hopkinton, Leicester, Manchaug, Millbury, Northboro, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Webster, Westboro and Worcester.




Get Your Septic System Ready for Winter

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

We have had some deceptively hot days this week, but don’t be fooled.  Autumn is almost here and winter will follow. 

While it’s still pleasant to be outdoors, it’s a great time to get things done around the house.  While you’re checking gutters and windows, make sure not to forget your septic system.  The last thing you want is for your septic system to freeze, so here are some things to watch for:

Lack of insulation.  Believe it or not, plants, dirt/mulch and even snow will help to insulate your system if the drain field has enough coverage.  These coverings trap warmer air over the area and provide natural insulation.   Be careful though, because these very same things can also become problematic.  If the snow or dirt becomes compacted (from cars and bikes, heavy steppers, lawn debris) the warmer air is forced out and insulation protection is gone.   Take care to keep the area free of such hazards.

In the north, where freezing temperatures can arrive before snowfall, mulching the area is a good idea.  Adding a layer of mulch 8-12 inches deep will provide a good blanket of insulation for your system. 

Check your covers.  Any tank or pipe covers should be free of cracks or splits.  Not only is this dangerous for foot traffic, but it allows ice and cold air and water to get into your system.  Not a good idea.

Keep it running.  If you are going to be away for a while during the winter, have somebody come in and use some warm water every now and then.  Maybe do a load of laundry.  It’s important to keep the pipes clear and flowing well.

Pump it out.  Rule number 1, of course.  If you have not had your system pumped in a while, this is the ideal time.  Big jobs are even worse in inclement weather.

Don’t Flush That!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

To keep your system in good order and to avoid potentially costly repairs, here’s a handy list of things not to flush down your toilet:

– Coffee grounds
– Disposable diapers

– Sanitary napkins

– Cigarette butts

– Dental floss
– Kitty litter
– Tampons
– Condoms
– Paper towels
– Pesticides
– Other chemical waste
– Paints
– Varnishes
– Waste oils
– Poisons
– Thinners
– Fats, grease and oils

– Disinfectants

– Photographic chemicals
– Pills and medicines

The EPA recommends pumping your tank every 1 to 3 years, but all systems are different so make sure you have your septic service do regular check-ups for you.

Gardening and Septic Tanks

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Spring is underway and a lot of people are thinking about their gardens.  One question that frequently crops us is whether it is safe to garden around your septic tank.  The answer here is really yes and no.

First of all, any plants that have deep, spreading roots are a no.  You do not want these roots growing and causing any damage to your septic system.  While there is no health danger with non-vegetable plants, you need to keep the root depth and spread in mind when doing any planting in the area.  This also includes the drain field because you do not want to disturb the integrity of the soil bed and crate any unnecessary problems.

Vegetable gardens have other considerations.  While the chance of contamination to your vegetables is slim, potential contaminants will depend on the kind of soil you have and the condition of your septic system.  Unless you are certain of these conditions, it’s probably not worth the risk.

Your septic system is an expensive investment and its it your best interest to protect and maintain it well.  As a guide, try planting only about 10 feet away and keep those trees even further at bay!