Wednesday, April 25, 2018

other places we will be AND stuff you can learn

PSATS Sewage Enforcement Officer Academy Sponsor
PSATS Educational Center
4855 Woodland Drive
Enola, PA 17025
(717) 763-0930
Tuesday May 15th

2018 West Branch COG Show

Wed May 16th   8:30 AM· Lycoming County Fair Grounds

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Thursday May 17, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SEO Continuing Ed Credit Courses

we are happy to be assisting Sue Ahern / A Plus Environmental Learning
pick a location and get up to 6 credits!
Register SOON as class space is filling up

A Plus Environmental Learning LLC is currently offering the PercRite® Drip Dispersal-Design Review and Installation Inspection course(ID#267-0005)  and the Dosing- It's a Matter of Time course (ID#266-0005). Each course is a half day (3 hour) class which is three(3) SEO credits.  The Drip Course will be offered in the morning and the Dosing course will be offered in the afternoon.  

The links for further course information and to register are noted below.    Some locations are almost full so register soon. 

PercRite®  Drip Dispersal-Design Review and Installation Inspection
Dosing- It's a Matter of Time

As always- thanks for being part of our training!  Any questions about our upcoming training efforts, please do not hesitate to contact me or check out our website at  

Sue Ahern
A Plus Environmental Learning LLC

phone: 484-901-5177

stuff we do... stuff you might find helpful

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Eljen GSF shallow soil Install

Eljen GSF shallow soil system installed (bed area completed in a under a day by first time installer!) on site that didn't pass perc... KNOW YOUR OPTIONS!! contact us instead of listening to mis-information like it's not approved or costs too much!!!

GSF modules placed on 12" of sand —

piping on top of modules

pressure line manifold

landscape hoops hold pipe in place during backfill

landscape hoops hold pipe in place during backfill

pipe in a pipe? it's easy to connect 

end clean outs —

long, narrow beds on sites that didn't pass perc

piping in place

geotex fabric cover... sand brought up to TOP of modules... ready for soil covering

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Eljen GSF shallow soils system


Eljen GSF 
shallow soils system

these pics are to assist you in understanding the layout / construction of a Eljen GSF system on sites with less than 20" to the limiting zone (sites that do not support the use of a sand mound)... they are not step by step instructions... they are just a visual aid... please call us before you bid or start a job... we'll guide you!

30 Eljen GSF modules loaded... light weight and easy to handle...

one Eljen GSF B43 module is 3 foot wide x 4 foot long... 7 inches thick...

one module... 15 lbs

sand is laid out in a long narrow bed… typically 4 - 5 foot wide… 120 - 150 feet long

Eljen GSF modules lay out in following the contour

modules only take a few min to layout

end cap hole...

pipe in a pipe thing (don't try to figure out why) 4" end cap with hole drilled slips over pressure line... 4" SDR 35 (or better) then slides over pressure pipe... the holes in the pressure pipe are drilled UP... please call with hole spacing questions BEFORE your drill! — in Romansville, Pennsylvania.

the 4" end cap (with hole drilled near the bottom) slips over the pressure line... then the 4" SDR 35 slides over too... — in Romansville, Pennsylvania.

center manifold… 4' end caps with hole drilled between pressure line and 4" line

pressure line and 4 inch end cap... manifold does not get sleeved in 4 inch... use hole saw to drill at base of the end cap... chalk / seal

long, single lateral above grade trench…

piping is one long lateral

long narrow bed… this one serves a church with a daycare facility

clean outs remain the same just sleeved un 4 inch pipe

timer panel on post next to dose / pump tank... can be mounted on house wall, basement or crawl space...

looking down into the dose / pump tank... no float tree... no alarm float

timer panel diagram... easier in person than on paper!

more diagram... no floats! no alarm... again easier in person than on paper...

we'll be bringing all this with us.... transducer and cord on the right...

the cord gets pulled up from the bottom ALL the way until the bell "seats" into the "t"

... like this

that all gets attached to the riser... bottom of the transducer bell should be about an inch above the top of the pump...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Eljen GSF Basic install pics

   Eljen GSF 

    Basic install pics

if you are installing an Eljen GSF system (in Pennsylvania)  for the first time these are the pics we want you to see... we'll be onsite to assist you BUT want you to have some idea of the layout... we may already be talking to you on the phone right now! if not please call us so we can guide you…  

a load of modules ready to go... the number of modules depends on absorption bed size... that is determined by perc results

    one Eljen GSF module... 3' wide x 4' long

one Eljen GSF module 3' wide x 4' long x 7" thick... about 15lbs

typical bed layout... modules on top of 12 inches (and only 12") of type A concrete sand (ASTM C33) no limestone dust!

laterals are level end to end but they "step down" the slope...

again, the top of the bed is NOT level like the elevated sand mound... the laterals "step down" the slope… only using 12" of sand and the "stepping down" the slope can take far less room than the elevated sand mound.. on this site a sand mound would have run over the property line

using only 12" of sand AND the "stepping down" the slope requires far less berm and fill material... less construction time, smaller footprint etc...

modules layout... the distance between the modules is based on perc rate and should be spelled out on the design… again, notice the "step down" of the laterals… this is a 15% slope site and an elevated sand mound wouldn't fit on this property...  

(BTW in about 10-12 more pics you are going to see this bed after final cover and then again with grass on it...)

ok, the pipe in the pipe thing... yes it looks weird on the design... BUT easy to do in the field... 

pressure line lays out just as you are used to doing EXCEPT the holes face up... then you are sliding the 4" (schedule 35 or better) over the pressure line... holes in the 4" are at 5:00 & 7:00 o'clock position... there will be a few additional holes at the 6:00... we stock small quantities of 3 hole SDR 4"

    does your design show a traditional end feed? 
these next few pictures show END FEED
its easier and you only have clean outs on one end
call and we can discuss switching from center to end

end feed on slope

pipe in a pipe not that difficult...  half way thru the first lateral you'll have figured out how to do it faster

drill hole in 4" end cap slide it over the pressure pipe

this site is a traditional center feed 
remember you are just "sleeveing" the 4" SDR 35 over the pressure line... the 4" end cap with hole drilled in it just creates a "stop" so water doesn't flow back to middle of bed... see the next 2 pics

again, you are just sliding the 4" SDR over the pressure line... the holes in the pressure line are UP...

the holes in the 4" SDR 35 are DOWN...

BTW if there is any confusion at your end about the hole spacing in the pressure line PLEASE call BEFORE you start drilling... we can go over it with you BEFORE you drill!

piping network completed and ready for pressure test... for you first time DIY'ers the 1.5" pipe you see extened is for determining the 3' of head pressure you need to show the SEO

small bed ready for soil cover... yes, we include the geotex material with the modules...

another small bed ready for cover... less height, less overall footprint... less berm material... less cost... what's not to like? oh, that's right you've never installed one yet... don't worry they are easier on the job than on paper... we'll guide you !
another small bed ready for final cover... we have several hundred systems in the ground here in PA and so far installers like them...
ok, remember about 8-9 pictures ago, we said you would see this bed again... here it is with the final cover... septic tanks in the foreground... 1000 gal dose tank and timer panel also in the pic... wait, did it say 1000 gal dose tank?? yes, we'll explain that later

another final grade pic... this site had 15% slope and an elevated sand mound would not have fit on the property... turned a no answer into a yes...

final seeding... you'll find that they look like small sand mounds and you are probably asking yourself what's the point? the point is you are NOT seeing a HUGE sand mound that would have not physically fit on this site... you are also not seeing the thousands of dollars in cost savings

small commercial projects also... this is a church so the bed is bigger than the normal single family home...

modules take very little time to layout... I think we had these off the trailer and in place in about 20 min... and no you don't need 5 guys... we work with plenty of one / two man crews...

see the "step down" ?? are you doing the calculations in your head on how much less sand was used compared to the elevated sand mound? how much less berm and fill material was needed? yep its a lot...
timer panel... yep we know its a bit scary because most of you have never dealt with one... we've got you covered... the wiring is VERY similar to what you are used to...

timer panels can be set on a post near the pump tank.. they can also be mounted on an outside wall, in the basement or a crawl space... the alarm is built in...

the wiring is basic and only involves the bottom part of the panel... some of you will have it figured out just by looking at this pic... the programing we take care of... we've been at this long enough to know that some of you are going to let this panel scare you away from doing the job... some of you will tell the homeowner that you can install a sand mound for far less... please don't do that without calling us first... you'll see it's not as bad as you think!

ok, the only reason we added this pic is because folks were concerned that the panel was too big... thanks to David &  Delaware Valley Septics LLC for giving me a "hand" in showing the relative size! (and for doing a great install!)

what no float tree??? wow, now that's really scary... yep we can read minds... ok, we can't but we know that's what you are thinking... here's a pic of the transducer mounted in the dose tank... more on that to follow...

here's a cut sheet that will be helpful... again no floats... and yes we do want a 1000 gal tank... if you have gotten this far and are not talking to us on the phone you are welcome to call... we can answer any questions 888-4-SEPTIC or 717-226-3003

another cut sheet... the transducer is NOT a float and it does not "hang free"... the cord is pulled up thru the 1" pipe until the transducer bell seats in the pipe... again this is way easier in real life than on paper

some of the info out there shows this connection being glued together... don't do that... do this...

ok, some of you probably gave up already but thanks to those of you who made it this far... it is easier than it looks and 99% of the installers who have done one like it and find it another tool to work with...

how to mount the transducer and cord.... we'll bring the conduit and the "T" … this is no more work than the standard float tree you've been doing… you may find it easier!

cord gets pulled ALL the way thru until the top of the transducer "seats" into the "T"

... like this...
transducer then attaches to side of riser... bottom of transducer bell should be about an inch above the top of the pump... the blue tube is just for air… again, way easier in person!
pump set up is the same but you won't have the normal float tree... ok, once again some of you won't like this just because you've never done one... really its very simple... read on...

end caps make the pipe in the pipe thing go easier... most beds will have the middle feed manifold but you will run into some that are end feeds....

end of lateral clean out pic
hole drilled in 4" end cap... doing this at the bottom allows the pressure line to lay at the bottom of the pipe...

ok if you made it this far thank you for sticking with us... does the Eljen GSF system fit every site? no... will it be the cheapest on every site? no.. we do know where it fits and where it will be cost effective... call us and we'll be glad to talk about your specific site! 888 - 4 - SEPTIC or (717) 226 - 3003... don't let that 717 area code deter you ... we work state wide and I don't even live in the 717 area code! email works to

theses last 5 photos are just extra so we can talk about them if you have a site that isn't "NORMAL"

this site the pump tank was "up slope" of the bed but piping was laid out to drain back WHILE NOT sending all the water to the bottom lateral when the pump shuts off
the 4 inch pipe is SDR35 or better... vent caps or end caps drilled ... also on this site the bed was running opposite the way you would because of no room... again, these are not "NORMAL" sites

modules lay on top the sand... then sand is brought up to the top edge of the module (see next pic)

end feed or center feed end clean outs