All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are often called by homeowners who have signs of a septic issue but do not know what has caused the problem or how to fix it. The picture shows an organic clogging matt that caused a customer’s leach field to fail. We were able to restore the leach field for our customer and suggest changes that they could make that would help prevent this from reoccurring such as; more regular septic pumping and cleaning; a lint filter on their washer and stopping Oil, Grease and Fat being put down the drain. We have other septic repair appointments today in Stow, Hudson, Marlborough, Berlin, Bolton and Wayland MA. If you have a septic concern or need to schedule a septic repair appointment please contact us on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have extensive knowledge of septic systems having worked within the septic industry for over 15 years in this region. We are always willing to share our knowledge to help our customers better use and maintain their septic systems. We have found that many people who have perhaps not lived in a home with a septic system, instead of town sewage, are unaware of some easy changes that they can make to ensure that their septic system continues to work correctly and to avoid costly repairs. We would suggest:
Septic System Do’s and Don’ts
Things you should do
DO call All-Clear for a Voluntary Assessment of your septic system.
DO conserve water whenever possible as a means of reducing the volume of wastewater that will need to be treated and disposed.
DO make repairs to any faucets or toilets that are leaking.
DO make sure that you are only discharging biodegradable wastes into your system.
DO restrict or avoid use of your garbage disposal.
DO take the time to ensure that any down spouts or other surface water is diverted away from your drainfield.
DO keep the cover to your septic tank accessible by installing covers and risers for easier inspections and pumping.
DO get your septic tank pumped regularly and have it checked for any cracks or leaks.
DO have an effluent filter installed to prevent debris from entering your drainfield.
DO add a laundry filter to your washing machine.
DO put kitchen trash into a compost or throw it into the garbage – not down your drains.
Things you should NOT do
DON’T flush products such as tampons, sanitary napkins, condoms, disposable diapers or wipes into your system.
DON’T empty oils or other types of kitchen grease down your drain.
DON’T dump any items that can disrupt the treatment process or contaminate groundwater, such as: paints, oils, thinners, pesticides, poisons or disinfectants.
DON’T build anything over your drainfield or dig in it for any reason.
DON’T plant any landscaping over your drainfield – except grass.
DON’T drive a vehicle over your drainfield or compact the soil in ANY way.
DON’T run purification back flush into the septic tank.
Unfortunately not following these suggestions can result in septic problems. We were contacted by a customer who needed a septic repair and we found that discharge from a laundry machine, as pictured, was causing the problem.
This is why, as recommended above, it is important to install a lint filter on your washer to keep this from clogging your septic system. We have other septic repairs today in Swansea, Rehoboth, New Bedford, Westport and Mattapoisett MA today. If you require a septic repair or if you have a septic concern and have questions please do contact us and we will be happy to help on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services understand that part of any good Preventative Maintenance Program is to ensure that your septic system is properly cleaned and pumped on a regular basis. However it is also important to know the facts about septic cleaning and pumping to avoid making costly mistakes.
Inside your septic tank solid waste matter sinks to the bottom and grease and oils float to the top. Treated liquid waste flows through pipes into a drain field. If too much solid waste accumulates, it clogs the drainpipes, prevents liquids from escaping, and leads to sewage backups into your home and a health hazard because waste is not treated before exiting your septic system. A properly maintained septic system should only have a septic pump out every 2-5 years, as needed, to avoid removing the “good” bacteria and keep the system running smoothly. Septic Pumping will ensure that your septic system does not ‘fill up’ with waste.
Getting your tanks cleaned on a regular basis will help to improve the efficiency of your septic system and keep it running smoothly. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services takes pride in the work that we do, utilizing specialized miniature equipment to locate specific areas of your system, such as a sewer cam that is used to investigate the inside of your sewer lines, and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field. It is important to understand that septic pumping does not always mean that your system will also be cleaned and leaving solid buildup in the septic tank or not having your leach field pipes jetted can mean that even if your system is pumped blockages can still occur which can result in septic system failures and potentially unpleasant, expensive and harmful repercussions.
This is a leach field being jetted which is part of a thorough septic cleaning.
Today we have septic cleaning appointments in Marshfield, Norwell, Hingham, Hanson, East Bridgewater and Plymouth MA. If you are interested in septic cleaning or septic pumping or have any questions about the process please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services keep upto date with all of the state and local regulations pertaining to septic systems. We know that if you have a septic system you are likely to need a septic inspection before selling your property because as stated on the MassGov website:
“a system shall be inspected at or within two years prior to the time of transfer of title to the facility served by the system. An inspection conducted up to three years before the time of transfer may be used if the inspection report is accompanied by system pumping records demonstrating that the system has been pumped at least once a year during that time. If weather conditions preclude inspection at the time of transfer, the inspection may be completed as soon as weather permits, but in no event later than six months after the transfer, provided that the seller notifies the buyer in writing”
Today we have Septic Inspections scheduled in North Attleboro, Wrentham, Seekonk, Plainville, Mansfield and Norton MA. We have extensive experience conducting Septic Inspections in this region so if you need to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic pumping scheduled today for customers in Norwell, Scituate, Hingham, Hanover, Marshfield and Hanson MA. It is recommended that your septic system is pumped every 3-5 years, or annually if you have a garbage disposal. A septic system is not something that you can just ignore if it is operating correctly because eventually it will stop working if it is not maintained correctly. If your septic is not pumped your costs are likely to be significantly higher than simply having your system pumped because the repairs that may also be required could be extensive. If you have questions about septic pump outs or wish to schedule a septic pump out please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic Cleaning scheduled in Middletown, Tiverton, Little Compton and Portsmouth Rhode Island today. To keep your septic system working correctly, to increase the longevity of your septic system and to decrease the likelihood of costly repairs it is advisable to maintain your septic system and to schedule septic cleaning. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services takes pride in the work that we do, utilizing specialized miniature equipment to locate specific areas of your system, such as a sewer cam that is used to investigate the inside of your sewer lines, and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field. If you have questions about septic cleaning or you wish to schedule an appointment please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services regularly carryout Title 5 Inspections for property owners who are selling their property and need to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection to be carried out before Title transfer can take place. Customers are often concerned about the amount of disruption that a septic inspection will cause because if you are selling a property you understandably don’t want a large unsightly mess to be created. However as stated on the Mass Give website:
“The inspection must avoid disruption of the functioning of the system and should be conducted to minimize disruption of the site in general. However, at a minimum, all manholes, covers, and cleanouts must be exposed in order to achieve the goal of this inspection. Pumping of system components, when required, shall be done after an initial inspection of the entire disposal system to observe normal operating conditions. Each component requiring pumping can then be re-inspected after pumping has been completed.”
Our inspectors take care to cause as little disruption as possible, for example we will carefully remove turf and place it on a ground sheet along with any soil that is removed when inspecting your septic system. We can therefore replace the soil and turf with as little evidence of the inspection as possible left behind. We understand that although we carry out hundreds of Title 5 Septic Inspections for customers that each one needs to have the same thoroughness, care and professionalism and that is why we have such an excellent reputation in the region. Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections in Mattapoisett, Marion, Freetown, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Westport and Rochester MA. If you require a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions about these inspections please do contact our Norton Office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are here to help if you have a ghostly smell coming from your Septic System. It is unlikely that this odor has supernatural origins so it is not advisable to wait and hope that it will ‘spirit’ away if left in peace. Smells of sewage or waste could be indicators that you have a problem with your septic system. Today we have septic repairs scheduled in Blackstone, Bellingham, Uxbridge, Franklin and Wrentham MA. Our extensive experience locating and fixing septic problems could help prevent your spooky issue from becoming a frightfully expensive repair! So please do contact our Norton office where we will be happy to discuss any septic concerns that you may have and arrange an onsite appointment if necessary on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that when septic systems are properly designed, sited and maintained these systems provide an acceptable level of wastewater treatment and are a legitimate treatment and disposal option in areas where centralized sewers are not available. However often septic systems are viewed as temporary solutions until sewers are provided so they can be neglected and this may result in harm to the environment and threats to the public health. It is very important that a septic system is properly maintained and serviced to ensure that it continues to operate correctly. Today we have septic pumping appointments in Southborough, Wayland, Hudson, Berlin and Grafton MA. If you require a septic pump out or if you have any questions about your septic system or septic system maintenance please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has experience working with customers with cesspools on their properties. A cesspool is a pit which acts as both a settling chamber for solids and a leaching system for liquids. The use of cesspools may overload the capacity of the soil to remove bacteria, viruses, and phosphorus, and to nitrify ammonia and organic nitrogen compounds. Cesspools are not required to be replaced however they do need to be maintained or if they exhibit signs of hydraulic failure, are located extremely close to private or public water supplies, or otherwise fail to protect or pose a threat to public health, safety or the environment they will need to be upgraded. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services provide cesspool services and repairs and have also done cesspool replacements when required. Today we have appointments for both cesspool repairs and services in Holliston, Millis, Canton, Wayland, Southborough, Boxborough and Stow MA. If you have a cesspool and need cesspool service, cesspool repairs or have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com