Licensed Inspectors Carrying Out First Maintenance Inspections

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has licensed septic inspectors who are carrying out Septic First Maintenance Inspections in Portsmouth, Middletown, Jamestown, North Kingstown and Narragansett RI today. 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. In some towns, for example Portsmouth RI:

“First Maintenance Inspections (FMIs) and pump outs are required for all Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems upon notification by the town. If you receive a letter requiring a FMI and you have had an inspection performed in the previous year, simply file that inspection report with the town – to fulfill this requirement. All FMIs will have to be completed within 60 days of notification.

Alternative/Experimental OWTS will not be required to have FMIs – only proof of a maintenance contract and annual servicing.” For more information see the town website -

The town also provide a list of licensed inspectors. In Portsmouth All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have three registered inspectors listed.

If you need to schedule a Rhode Island First Maintenance Inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit

Septic Services On Many Types Of Septic System

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has been working in this region on septic systems for over 20 years. During this time we have worked with many different types of septic system and therefore gained knowledge and experience working on systems such as Singulair, FAST, Sand Filter, Jet System, Fuji Clean and many others. All Septic Systems are designed specifically for their own site and have variances which make them unique but most systems are based on the same principles. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield. Your septic system treats your household wastewater by temporarily holding it in the septic tank where heavy solids and lighter scum are allowed to separate from the wastewater. The solids stored in the tank are decomposed by bacteria and later pumped out. After partially treated wastewater leaves the tank, it flows into a distribution box, which separates this flow evenly into a network of drainfield trenches. Drainage holes at the bottom of each line allow the wastewater to drain into gravel trenches for temporary storage. This effluent then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified. Like anything in your home your septic system must be maintained to ensure it keeps working correctly. If you do not want the worry of looking after your system or have a business and a septic failure would mean lost revenue it may be worth considering a septic service plan. We service many types of septic systems for our customers on quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on their system and the amount of use it gets. Today we have septic services scheduled in Rehoboth, Norton, Rochester, Seekonk, Freetown and Swansea MA. If you would be interested in a septic service or you have questions about your septic system or septic services specifically please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit

Septic Pumping Also Provided By All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services not only inspects septic systems and repairs septic systems but also provides essential septic system maintenance – perhaps most importantly septic pumping. Septic Systems must be pumped periodically to remain operating correctly. Even if your system seems to be working correctly you do not want to wait it until it shows evidence of septic problems before you choose to pump your system. By then you could have a large septic problem which may require an expensive septic repair whereas staying on top of your septic pumping schedule will ensure that you are doing the most important part of maintaining your septic system. Septic systems do not need to be pumped that often, if fact if you pump too often you can harm your septic system by removing the beneficial bacteria that is required to process your waste. A properly maintained septic system should only be pumped every 2-5 years, as needed, to avoid removing the “good” bacteria and keep the system running smoothly. You only need to have your system pumped annually if you have a garbage disposal. Today we have septic pumping appointments in Bridgewater, Canton, Middleboro, Mansfield, Stoughton and Raynham MA. If it has been over three years since you had your septic tank pumped, give All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services a call at our Norton office on 508-763-4431 for an evaluation and to set up quick and easy pumping arrangements.

Septic Pump Repairs In A Snow Storm

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services can see the snow is falling outside and we expect around 12 inches at our Norton MA Office today. We always have plenty of work todo however even if we are not out in the field. For example one of our technicians is going to be repairing and refurbishing septic pumps today in our onsite workshop. We work with many septic pump brands including HiBlow, Blue Diamond and FujiClean Septic Pumps. Septic pumps are sometimes required within a property’s septic system. Some septic systems can operate with gravity alone or, where topographic considerations require, with inclusion of a septic pump. If you require a septic repair or if you have questions about your septic system or septic pump please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit

Title 5 Septic Inspections Can Be Rearranged If Weather Conditions Prevent An Inspection

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that moving home can be one of the most stressful events in your life. If you are selling a property with a septic system that just adds one more thing that needs to be addressed before you can move. However what you don’t need to be concerned about is the weather effecting your septic inspection. If it seems that the weather will make it impossible for us to carry out your Title 5 Septic Inspection the state has made provisions for that as specified on the Mass Gov website:

“If weather conditions prevent an inspection before a sale, Title 5 allows the inspection to be done up to 6 months afterwards, provided that the seller notifies the buyer in writing of the need to complete the inspection.” For more information see:

We have Title 5 septic inspections scheduled today in Bolton, Berlin, Clinton, Sterling, Marlborough and Hudson MA. If for any reason the inspection can not take place we will always endeavour to reschedule the inspection as quickly as possible at a time that is convenient. If you have any questions or wish to schedule a septic inspection please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit

Functional Septic Inspections In Rhode Island

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Functional Septic Inspections scheduled today in Barrington, Tiverton, Little Compton, Middletown and Portsmouth RI. The functional inspection is used to determine whether a system is adequate to serve the wastewater disposal needs of a household. A functional septic inspection is especially intended for use during a property transfer as a means to protect the consumer and identify systems in need of upgrade or repair. If you have any questions or wish to schedule an inspection please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit

Septic Repairs Necessary Because of Storm Damage and For Other Reasons

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know, just like all other New Englanders, that storms and weather are a part of living in this region. However the severe storms that we have had recently have resulted in property damage and clean up which can affect septic systems just like other parts of your property. Just like with other parts of your home or business it is never wise to ignore signs of a problem and hope it might go away. Signs of a septic problem can include:

  • All of the drains from the house are slow
  • There is a persistent wet area over the leach field
  • Sewage is surfacing in the area of the septic tank or distribution box
  • There is sewage seeping through the foundation
  • The liquid level in the leach field is at the top of the crushed rock layer, the chambers or other underground structures
  • The vegetation over the leach field is greener and more lush than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • There is sewage odor in the yard at times or constantly
  • There is flow back from the leach field when the septic tank is pumped
  • The septic tank needs to be pumped frequently
  • The septic tank discharge baffle is damaged or missing
  • Rain water seems to take longer to disappear over the leach field than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • Well water is contaminated

Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers in Raynham, Dighton, Berkley, Taunton and Norton MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit

Septic Inspections for Property Sales and Also Property Renovations

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has hundreds of septic inspections scheduled each year, often with property owners who have a septic system and need their system to be inspected before they can proceed with the sale of that property. However we do have inspections scheduled for other reasons. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Sturbridge, Brookfield, Oxford, Spencer, Paxton, Ware and Hubbardston MA and one of those is not for a client who is selling their property. Instead they have been renovating their property and require an inspection because their extensive renovations require a building permit. As explained on the Mas Gov Website:

‘These situations require a system inspection only if the modification requires a building permit or occupancy permit. For example:

  • adding a bedroom to a house
  • adding seats to a restaurant
  • changing the type of business operating at a commercial location.

Check with your Building Department or Board of Health to find out if your modification meets these requirements.

Any change in the footprint of a building also requires an inspection to determine the location of the system, to ensure that construction will not be located on top of any system components or on the reserve area. Check with your local Board of Health.’

For more information see

If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems, Title 5 or Septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit

Septic Pumping Should Not Be Done Prior To Septic Inspection

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that you should not have your septic system pumped prior to having a septic inspection. The State of Massachusetts requires that your system be inspected under “normal use conditions” for a minimum of 2 weeks or more. If your system needs pumping during this period, we can arrange to have it done for you while the components of your system are exposed. Today we have septic pumping scheduled in Norwell, Scituate, Marshfield, HIngham, Hanson and Hanover MA. Septic pumping is recommended to be done every 3-5 years depending on a variety of factors including the size of your septic tank and the water usage of the property. If you are unsure if you require septic system pumping or if you have any questions about septic pumping or septic systems or if you want to schedule a septic pump out please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit

Leach Field Problem Identified and Repaired

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have been contacted by a client in North Attleboro who suspects that they have a leach field problem. They have noticed a sewage smell in their yard around the leach field area and there is a consistent wet, sogginess on the field. Other signs that you may have a problem can include lush vegetation over the leach field, frequent pumping of the tank being required, and/or slow drains.

Leach fields fail for two primary reasons. The main reason is referred to as biological clogging. This is the development of a biomat beneath the drainfield that eventually prevents the liquid or effluent from entering the underlying soil. This biomat is a combination of fine organic solids that have been carried out of the septic tank and the remnants of anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria originate in the human intestinal tract and enter the septic system with the waste products. 95% of all leach field failures are biological. The second primary reason is referred to as a mechanical failure. This could be a structural collapse of the leach field piping or chambers, root intrusion, or fine non-organic materials that are washed down to the bottom of the leach field and seal the soil.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have many years experience identifying and repairing leach field problems and will find locate and repair our client’s leach field problem. We have other septic repair appointments today in Wrentham, Middleboro, Mansfield and Norton MA. If you suspect that you have a septic problem or if you have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit