Septic Pumping Is Essential Septic System Maintenance

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that regular maintenance is the single most important consideration in making sure your septic system, whether it is a conventional septic system, an innovative/alternative system, or a cesspool, works well over time. Regular septic pumping helps prevent solids from escaping into the drainfield and clogging soil pores. It is advisable to have your septic pumped every 3 – 5 years depending on various factors including the size of your tank and the water usage of your property. If you have a garbage disposal you will need to have your system pumped much more regularly, ideally annually.

Surprisingly some property owners with septic systems do not realise that septic systems need to be regularly pumped and believe that if they haven’t had any problems then their system doesn’t need a pump out. Unfortunately this is a serious and sometimes costly misconception. As your system is used, solid materials settle to the bottom of the tank, forming a sludge layer. Grease and lightweight materials float to the surface of the septic tank as scum. Normally, properly designed tanks have enough space for up to three to five years’ safe accumulation of sludge. When the sludge level increases beyond this point, sewage has less time to settle properly before leaving the tank. As the sludge level increases, more solid wastes escape into the soil absorption system (SAS). If the SAS becomes so clogged that it cannot absorb liquid at the rate at which it enters the tank, the plumbing will “back up” or unsanitary wastewater will bubble to the surface. Nobody wants this to happen at their property, whether it is a private residence or commercial location so make sure that if you have a septic system that you have it regularly pumped. If you do not know if your system requires pumping please do contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you have. We have septic pumping scheduled for customers today in Dighton, Marion, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Westport and Fall River MA. If you wish to schedule a septic pump out or if you have any questions about septic system maintenance, septic pumping or your septic system please do contact our Norton, MA office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Repairs Carried Out And Sometimes Confined Space Entry Is Required

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has extensive experience working with septic systems and can use this experience to locate the source of your septic problem and fix it. When we are called out to your property for a septic repair we will assess the condition of your septic system and will then present you with a range of options designed to correct any identified issues. Sometimes a septic repair will require that we use specialised equipment or enter a confined space to repair your system. We ensure that technicians who are required to do this have the specific confined space training. To ensure that our technicians are safe at least two trained employees must be present to enter a confined space, air sampling is conducted and documented and specific equipment including a tripod, harness and retrieval line are used. This way we can ensure that your septic system is repaired in the most efficient and safe way possible. Today we have septic repairs scheduled in Sturbridge, Oxford, Brookfield, Ware, Paxton and Hubbardston MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Pumping Can Ensure Your Dont Have Septic System Bad Luck On Friday 13th!

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services suggests everyone makes sure to avoid black cats and ladders on this Friday 13th! Not that we are a superstitious bunch. We know that good luck is often the result of planning and preparation. This is true particularly for your septic system. Following good maintenance practices and advice will ensure that you don’t have ‘bad luck’ with your septic system. The most important maintenance for any septic system is having it pumped regularly. The time between septic pumping can vary dramatically but it is usually recommended to be done once every 3 -5 years. This can vary depending on a variety of factors including the size of your tank and the number of people using it. Also if you have a garbage disposal, which you use, you will need to have your tank pumped annually. If you are unsure if your system needs a septic pumping please call our office where we can discuss your concerns. Today we have septic pumping scheduled for customers in Middleton, North Reading, Boxford, Lynnfield, Rowley and Peabody MA. If you wish to schedule a septic system pump out or if you have any septic system questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

What To Expect When You Have A Title 5 Inspection

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that most people will only ever need to have a Title 5 Inspection (sometimes called a Title V Inspection) done when they sell a home with a septic system and, unless they move a lot, they are unlikely to need to have one done many times. Therefore it stands to reason that most people do not know what to expect when they schedule a septic inspection or even how to prepare for one. We have had more than one customer assume that a septic system should be pumped before an inspection takes places so that we can ‘see’ what we are inspecting. The is absolutely not the case. The State of Massachusetts requires that your system be inspected under “normal use conditions” for a minimum of 2 weeks or more. We regularly pump septic systems for customers after they have had their Title 5 septic inspection once it has passed however. Today we have Title 5 Inspection appointments scheduled in Stoughton, Canton, Sharon, Hanover, Hingham, Norwell and Halifax MA. This is what our customers can expect from their official Title 5 Septic Inspection – the inspector will:

  • conduct an interview with the property owner
  • research the paperwork for your property at your city’s Board of Health Department
  • survey the general size of the building or list a summary of the number of bedrooms
  • inspects the connection from the house/building to the system
  • inspects the inlet/outlet of the septic tank
  • examines the integrity of the tank
  • measures the liquid/contents of the tank
  • examines the integrity of the distribution box
  • measures the liquid/contents of the distribution box
  • checks the soil absorption system (SAS) condition
  • checks the relation of the system’s water table to the SAS
  • examines the integrity of the pipes using a special “sewer cam” (All Clear Septic and Wastewater specialty service, not required by the state)
  • provides an official 17-page document to the local approving authority and the owner, including all findings and a detailed sketch of the system

If you require a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/

Septic Design For Lakeville Massachusetts Property

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services not only provide septic services, inspections and repairs for existing septic systems but we can also provide the initial design for a septic system. Today we have a septic design meeting with a customer in Lakeville MA. Our client is renovating an older home which needs a new septic system. Rather than working with an old, inefficient system they have chosen to replace that system with an entirely new, efficient and cost effective septic system which we are providing the septic system design for. We have recently provided other septic designs for customers with properties in Oxford, Clinton and Holliston MA and because of our extensive experience you can be sure that we will design a septic system that best suits your requirements. If you need a septic design or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/

More Septic Inspections Due To The Increased Number Of Properties On The Market

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services usually find that the number of septic inspections requested increases in the spring and summer months in direct response to the upturn in the real estate market that usually happens at this time of year and this year is no exception. We have septic inspections scheduled today in East Greenwich, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Exeter, Richmond and Hopkinton RI. If you are selling a home with a septic system it is a great selling point to have a septic inspection already completed so you can show potential buyers that your system is in good work condition. If you are buying a property that is not on town sewer but is serviced by its own individual septic system a septic inspection can tell you if that system is in good working order and if it needs maintenance or repairs. If it does you then have the information to make an offer accordingly, request that the work be done or to move on if you are concerned. If you wish to schedule a septic inspection or have any questions about septic system inspections or septic systems please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Don’t Ignore Signs Of A Septic Problem And Hope It Might Go Away

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that for many property owners out of sight is out of mind in regards to a septic system. Being honest we know that most home and business owners who have a septic system servicing their property dont want to spend any more time than is absolutely necessary thinking about their septic. However if your septic system starts to make itself known with a unpleasant smell coming from your plumbing, slow drains or dampness in your yard it is wise to take note and not ignore the issue. Leaving a septic problem in the hopes that it will go away very seldom works and will usually result in a larger more expensive problem that needs to be fixed. Luckily at All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services we do spend a lot of time thinking about septic systems, working with them and learning about them so when you contact us with a septic problem we will be able to locate the problem, discovers the source of the problem and repair your septic system with as little disruption as possible. Today we have septic repairs scheduled in Wrentham, Foxboro, North Attleboro, Franklin, Mansfield and Norton MA. If you suspect your have a septic problem or if you need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/ and we will be happy to answer any questions you have and schedule an appointment if necessary

Excess Water In Your Septic System Can Result In Septic Problems

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services regularly attend septic problems that could have been avoided if the property owner had better information and knowledge about how to ‘live’ in a home which has its own septic system and is not on town sewer. A mistake that many septic system owners make is to put too much water into the system. The decomposition process can become strained if there is too much excess water in the system, resulting in a variety of septic problems. Ideally, septic owners should only be using a maximum of 50 gallons of water per day, per person. The following averages for common household activities can help you keep track:

  • Dishwasher Cycle – 7 gallons
  • Washing Machine – 40 gallons per load (less with front-loader machines)
  • Toilet – 2 gallons per flush, 1.6 gallons for newer standard toilets
  • Shower – 2.5 gallons per minute (a 10 minute shower = 25 gallons)

It can be difficult to stay on top of usage, particularly for large families, but laying down some basic guidelines can help everyone to work together. New environmentally-friendly appliances, toilets and shower heads can help reduce usage without a lot of extra effort. A water meter can be helpful for households that feed off of a well. The government website http://www.energystar.gov also has a lot of helpful ideas and tips for reducing water usage.

Always remember that a septic system is installed based upon the number of people that are anticipated to be using it. If your base number increases, you might need to upgrade to a larger system.

We are providing a septic repair for a large family with a home in Rochester MA today and the root cause of their septic problems was that they were having a large laundry day once a week instead of spreading loads out over an entire week. This strained their system too much and has resulted in a repair being necessary. We have other septic repairs today in Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Swansea and Freetown MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/

Regular Septic Maintenance Is Essential To Keep Your Septic System Working

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that if a septic system is used correctly and maintained it should process your wastewater effectively and efficiently without interference. However if you neglect regular septic maintenance it will undoubtedly stop working effectively and could eventually fail which is a unpleasant and costly and either means a septic repair or even septic system replacement. Regular septic maintenance does not need to happen that often. It is generally recommended that a septic system is pumped every 3-5 years. The exact regularity of your septic pumps outs is determined by a variety of factors including your water usage and size of your tank. For example a retired couple living in a large 5 bedroom family home with occasional family visitors will not need to have their tank pumped as often as they did when they have 4 teenagers living at home. You will, however, need to have you septic system pumped annually if you use a garbage disposal. Today we have septic pumping scheduled in Norwell, Hingham, Marshfield, Scituate, Hanover, Plymouth and Halifax MA. If you require septic pumping or have any questions about septic systems or septic maintenance please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/

Happy Independence Day From All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services!

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services wishes all of its customers Happy July 4th! As we celebrate Independence Day with our families and friends we know that no one wants to be concerned with septic problems. However septic problems do happen and when you become aware of a nasty smell, blockage or leaking it is not always clear what septic repair is necessary. If you need a septic repair All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services will assess the condition of your septic system and then present you with a range of options designed to correct any identified issues. These may include one or more of the following:

Replacement of damaged or missing baffle
Installation of effluent filter and service riser
Installation of pumping access riser and cover
Installation of curtain drains
Replacement of deteriorated components
Repair or replacement of damaged components
Removal of accumulated solids in leach field piping
Removal of plant and tree roots in leach field piping
Installation and service of the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator
Diversion of water softener/conditioner backwash discharges
Detailed explanation of our Septic Use Guidelines

We have recently repaired septic problems in Plainfield, Wrentham, Peabody, Norton and Acushnet MA. If you need a septic repair or have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/