All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic Inspections scheduled for next week in Berkley, Freetown, Fall River, Westport, Mattapoisett, Acushnet and Rochester, MA. If you are moving and need to schedule a Septic Inspection contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services would like to say Happy Holidays to all of our customers, associates and friends. We will be available 24 hours a day for emergency septic issues but the offices will be closed next week so our staff can enjoy the holidays with their families. If you have a septic emergency please do contact us at 508-763-4431 but otherwise we will be return in the New Year. Thank you all for a wonderful year and we look forward to a successful 2017.
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All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services will be conducting RI First Maintenance Inspections today in Portsmouth, RI. The purpose of a First Maintenance Septic Inspection is to establish what type of septic system you have, if the system poses any risk to public health, if there is any risk to the environment, and determine if any immediate corrective actions should be taken. Septic inspections are mandatory in Portsmouth. Please call the Wastewater Management Board or our office with any questions. You can reach us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
By Sara Geer
Editor’s Note: For our first-ever “Chairman’s Choice” feature, we are proud to highlight two projects selected by Greg Stratis, president of Shea Concrete Products and newly elected NPCA Chairman of the Board. “Chairman’s Choice” will be an annual feature of Precast Inc. magazine.
Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery – North Woodstock, N.H.
Water is an essential ingredient for brewing beer – on average, it takes 296 gallons of water to make one gallon of beer (1). With the use of such a large volume of water comes an equally large volume of wastewater, and often the need for a system that can handle the extra wastewater intake.
Such was the case with the Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery in North Woodstock, N.H. Thanks to a significant increase in size, the brewery now distributes products throughout the eastern United States, with future plans to deliver nationally. But the brewery’s expansion caused its wastewater output to double, inundating the Woodstock Wastewater Treatment plant. The town had to remove the extra waste via trucks and started charging the brewery about $8,000 a month for the associated fees. Desperate to find a solution, Scott Rice, brewery owner, contacted Septic Preservation Services. The company worked with Shea Concrete Products, headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., to design and manufacture a precast concrete wastewater treatment system to fix the problem.
A phenomenal solution
Jim Boucher, regional operations manager of Septic Preservation Services, said the company is often contacted to assist in emergency situations like this one.
“There are microbreweries popping up everywhere and many don’t take into account wastewater,” he said. “What happens is they start on a septic system, but in a short time kill it. It’s becoming a big part of our business.”
The company typically works with a local precaster to design a system that cleans up waste and establishes a particular waste strength level and pH level as designated by the city and state. For Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery, the solution was three 10,000-gallon precast tanks. The tanks store waste so bacteria can clean the water before it enters the wastewater treatment plant. According to Boucher, Shea Concrete helped design and build the custom tanks in a way that had never been done before.
“These tanks needed to be installed at different elevations, which is a very difficult thing to do and get done right,” he said. “But Shea Concrete Products was able to cast the outlet elevations within the tanks so we could excavate a flat, large hole and place these all at the same level.
“I’ve never seen it done this way before and it worked out phenomenally. I don’t think I’ll do this any other way now.”
Jerry Mailloux, operations manager of Shea Concrete’s plant in Nottingham, N.H., said the design department had limited information at the start, but worked closely with Boucher and the contractor, Rex Caulder of Caulder Construction LLC, to make the final plans for the system.
Manufacturing the precast products took less than two weeks. The tanks are 10 feet long, 17 feet wide and 12 feet high. They consist of 15 different pieces that needed to be modified for the project requirements.
Caulder was an existing customer and knew Shea Concrete could deliver all products on time, preventing unnecessary costs such as having the crane on site for an extended period. The project was completed within a week between the brewery’s two busiest weekends – Labor Day and the start of the Highland Games at Loon Mountain Resort.
“Shea Concrete transported all the of the pieces to the site,” Mailloux said. “The crane was ready at 8 a.m. and the last truck left at 11:30 a.m. with the tanks fully assembled. The trucks were staged at a New Hampshire Department of Transportation wayside area and were dispatched to the site as one was unloaded.”
Caulder said Shea Concrete was a tremendous partner for the project.
“They were right there when they said they would be – no waiting,” he said. “Precast concrete is the way to go. It takes up less room than a fiberglass tank and is easy and accessible for inspection.”
To learn more about Shea Concrete Products, visit sheaconcrete.com.
Sara Geer is NPCA’s internal communication and web manager, and is managing editor of Precast Inc.
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All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic Repairs scheduled today in Hanson, Wayland and Halifax, MA. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have the expertise, knowledge, and experience to quickly and thoroughly diagnose your problem and then repair your Septic System. If you are concerned that your Septic System is not working correctly, please contact our office for more information and to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic Inspections scheduled today in Scituate, Johnston, Foster, Cranston and Lincoln, RI. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are consistently referred by Realtors to their clients who are selling their homes because they are confident in the professional, prompt, and thorough services that we provide. If you wish to schedule a Septic Inspection please contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic Inspections scheduled today in Acushnet, Rochester, Carver, Middleboro and Lakeville, MA. If you are moving and need to schedule an inspection, it is not advisable to delay. An inspection is usually valid for 2 years, so once you have it you can insure that this requirement will not cause any unexpected delays later in the sale process. If you wish to arrange an inspection please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Title 5 Inspections scheduled today in Boxborough, Maynard, Acton and Stow, MA. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are regularly referred by Realtors to their clients because they know we provide a quality, efficient and reliable service, and are happy to work with us on a recurring basis. If you need to schedule a Title 5 Inspection or have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have a Septic System Installation starting today in Tiverton, RI. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services produced the initial Septic System Design for the customer and then continued to do the Installation. If you require a new Septic system or need to replace an existing septic system, please do contact our office to discuss your options or to arrange an appointment at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
Toxic cleaners and harsh chemicals are all around us. They can cause havoc with your septic system. Your septic system relies on natural microorganisms to break down the effluent which flows into your septic tank. Harsh chemicals found in many cleaners such as bleach can kill some of these naturally occurring organisms. What’s a better solution? You can make your own household cleaners out of natural ingredients you can find in your home.
You can make your own drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, counter spray, etc. out of natural and gentle ingredients which are better for your environment as well as family and child friendly. At this time of year, they also make great Christmas gifts, especially when decorative bottles and containers are used.
Here are some great recipes to try:
All Purpose Cleaner
- 2 cups white distilled vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 20-30 or more drops of essential oil (optional)
Suggested uses: hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors.
Tip: Warming in microwave until barely hot will boost cleaning power for tough jobs. Only microwave in a glass container.
Creamy Soft Scrub
- 2 cups baking soda
- ½ cup to 2/3 cup liquid castile soap*
- 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative)
- 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any scent you prefer (optional)
Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar, shelf life of 2 years. Dry soft scrubs can be made with baking soda or salt (or combination of both) with 10-15 drops essential oil to scent.
Suggested uses: Use this creamy soft scrub on kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc.
- 1 cup soap flakes
- 1/2 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1-2 tbsp. oxygen bleach (optional for extra whitening power)
Soap flakes can be made by grating your favorite pure vegetable soap with a cheese grater. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry), wash in warm or cold water
For soft water: use 1 cup soap flakes, 1/4 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup baking soda. For hard water: use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda, and 1 cup baking soda.
Note: This recipe can be safely used in HE washers..
Tips: Add 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to rinse as a fabric softener. For a whitener, use hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. Soak your dingy white clothes for 30 minutes in the washer with 1/2 cup 3% peroxide. Launder as usual.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
- 20-30 drops lemon essential oil
Shake well before using (2 teaspoons lemon juice may be substituted for lemon oil but then must be stored in refrigerator).
Dip a clean, dry cloth into the polish and rub wood in the direction of the grain. Use a soft brush to work the polish into corners or tight places.
Tips: To remove water spots rub well with toothpaste. To remove scratches use 1 part lemon juice and 1 part oil, rub with soft cloth.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes and scrub with toilet brush.
Tip: Let ingredients soak for a while to make for easy scrubbing, especially on persistent stains like toilet bowl rings.
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup vinegar
- 1/2cup salt
Pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water.
Tip: Prevent your shower from clogging by using a drain trap to catch hairs.
These recipes can be found on womensvoices.org
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is available to answer all your questions on your septic system and what you should or should not put in it. Call them at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com