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What NOT to Allow in Your Septic System

septic maintenanceThe best way to avoid problems with your septic system is to know what NOT to put in it. Most people know that you shouldn’t flush any non-biodegradable materials, but there are a lot of everyday things that we all use that also should not find their way into your system.


An easy way to remember the first batch of things that you should avoid putting down your drains:

  • F = FATS
  • O = OILS
  • G = GREASE

If you can avoid putting fats, oils and grease down your drains, your septic system will need a lot less cleaning and pumping. Commercial businesses are required to add a grease trap to food preparation areas to separate this type of wastewater from their on-site septic system, but homeowners should take heed to keep this gunk out of their systems as well.

One way to keep F.O.G.s out of your system is to pour any residual fats, oils or grease from cooking into an old coffee can for disposal instead of rinsing it down the kitchen sink. Oils, which can include body oils, hair oils, baby oil and other non-cooking items, should also be avoided whenever possible and not rinsed directly into the drain. Some hair conditioners and body lotions also fall under this category, so learn to be a label reader and look for products that are septic-friendly.


We use a lot of chemicals each and every day and don’t even realize it. Ammonia in the window cleaner, bleach in surface cleaners, disinfectants for the toilets.    A lot of these household chemicals eventually make their way into your septic system where they can wreck havoc on the natural balance of bacteria and filtration, eventually leading to septic failure.

While it is important to keep your home clean and germ-free, make sure to choose all-natural, chemical-free solutions whenever possible and use toilet bowl cleaners sparingly according to the guidelines on the product labels. Choose laundry soap, stain removers, dish washing liquid, dishwasher soap and other products that go directly into the drain carefully. Look for non-toxic options that are made safe for septic use and follow the directions for usage.

Septic Tank Additives

There are a lot of products available on the commercial market that claim to be safe for use in septic systems. These additives are supposed to help keep your septic system running clean and clear, but can actually damage your system in the long run. Stick to a responsible preventative maintenance and cleaning program, learn about proper care for your septic system and apply all that you have learned to your daily activities, and you’ll never need to add tank additives.

Toilet Trash Can

A lot of people use their toilet as a trash can, flushing things that really have no business being in the toilet, drain or septic system. We’ve already discussed oils, grease, chemicals and additives in your drains, but when it comes to the toilet, some people seem to lose all common sense. Non-biodegradable materials can actually kill off the beneficial bacteria that is used to treat your wastewater. Plastics, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, condoms, cat litter, pet food, and pet waste are some of these items.

Poisonous Materials

If you have any leftover household chemicals from a renovation project, make sure to dispose of them responsibly. Don’t pour them down the drain and don’t just throw them in the trash can. Check with your local hazardous waste collection center for information on the proper disposal of paint, paint thinner, solvents and other toxic chemicals that can be dangerous for your septic system as well as the local landfill. Other poisonous, toxic materials that should never make their way down household or garage drains include antifreeze, pesticides, oil and gasoline.

Knowledge is Power

The more you know about septic systems and how they work, the easier it is to properly maintain and care for yours. Preventative Maintenance Programs, such as the one offered by All-Clear Septic & Wastewater can help you to save thousands of dollars on costly repairs by keeping your system clean and running smoothly. Give All-Clear a call at 508-763-4431 for more information about our septic services or visit 


Fall Septic Maintenance

fallFall is almost here, which means colder weather is right around the corner.   It’s  time to start thinking about getting your septic tank ready for fall. How can you prepare  your septic system for colder weather? Here are some tips.

Pump your tank. Pumping your septic tank is  one of the most important aspects of system maintenance. If you don’t pump your septic tank, solid waste will escape from the tank into the drainage system. This can cause a range of problems, including perforations in the leach lines, gravel in the trenches, and the seeping of sewage and waste in your soil.   Failing to pump tanks sufficiently is one of the leading cause of septic tank failure. In order to prevent problems, most septic tanks need to be pumped once every two or three years depending on the size of the tank and the number of people using it, and fall tends to be the ideal time to do so. Once winter comes and the snow starts to pile up, it is much more difficult for a truck to get in to pump out your tank.

Insulate your tank to prevent freezing. Once temperatures drop below freezing, it is possible for your septic tank or main line to freeze. . In order to prevent freezing in the colder months of fall and winter, you should be taking steps to properly insulate your septic tank now. Let grass grow an extra 6 inches over the entire septic tank system (this includes the septic tank, all connecting pipes, and the drain field/mound). This will help protect your septic tank from frost and snow by adding an extra layer of warmth.  It is important to note that this extra insulation will not only prevent pipes from freezing, it will also keep the bacteria that live within your septic tank functioning optimally. The metabolism of the anaerobic bacteria in your septic tank that break down solid waste materials and treats raw wastewater will slow down in the cold, meaning that they will take longer to break down and treat waste. Giving your septic tank an extra layer of insulation helps keep these bacteria warm, boosting their metabolism and keeping them running efficiently.

Check for leaks and drips. Before the weather starts to get colder, carefully check your home for leaking faucets, dripping toilets, etc. Little leaks and drips create small trickles of water flowing into pipes, and these small trickles freeze very, very easily. If left unattended for too long, something like a leaking faucet could result in a totally frozen-over pipe.

Now is a great time to call All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services.  All Clear has a great maintenance program and can check over your system before the cold weather sets in.

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The History of the Septic System

Homeowners who have septic systems in Sagamore or anywhere else in the United States, owe a debt of gratitude to John Mouras. Mouras is believed to be the inventor of the modern septic tank system.

The history of the septic system begins on or around the year 1860 in France. Mouras designed a basic septic tank and created a prototype that was made out of concrete. He created piping that was made out of clay, which he then used to remove water waste from his home out to the septic tank that he placed in his yard.

Mouras then dismantled the unit some ten years later and was amazed to discover that the tank he had created was virtually empty of any solid waste and only contained a layer of liquid effluent scum. He was so impressed with the results that he submitted an application to patent his invention. He was granted a patent in the year 1881. By 1883, the septic tank began to appear throughout the United States.

Simple, Genius Construction
The standard septic tank typically holds anywhere between 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of waste and waste water. There are usually two to three openings available for inspection, one inlet opening that comes from the house or building, and an outlet that goes to the distribution box.

Not all septic systems have distribution boxes, however the ones that do use it as a junction between the septic tank and the drainfield. Distribution boxes help to evenly distribute the effluent material to the drainfield for the final stage of processing.

Inside the septic system there are three layers of waste: the top scum layer, the bottom sludge layer and the liquid layer that lies in between. The liquid layer is also known as the effluent layer. Systems that are not properly maintained will be impacted by the effluent layer, which is what seeps through the top of the drainfield or back into the home or building during failure.

The Drainfield
The modern drainfield is based on Mouras’ original design and is usually made up of 4 inch perforated pipe that runs anywhere between 10′ to 100 feet or more in length from the distribution box or septic tank. This perforated pipe is buried underneath the soil anywhere between two and six feet beneath the surface.

The pipe is layered in gravel that is typically made of 1 1/2″ to 1 3/4″ stone. The waste water travels through the perforated pipe and is then absorbed into the drainfield for a final filtering process.

Septic System Maintenance in Massachusetts
It is important for homeowners and business owners that rely upon a septic system to know about proper septic system maintenance in Massachusetts, or wherever you happen to live. The amount of maintenance required for your particular set-up will depend greatly upon your usage of the system and the condition of the equipment itself.

A septic tank system is designed to effectively accommodate the number of people that live in the home or regularly work in a commercial or industrial building.    Proper preventative maintenance, which includes annual check-ups by a certified technician, should also be done to prevent problems or issues that can arise.

Homeowners with septic systems  in Southeastern Massachusetts, Eastern Rhode Island or anywhere in the United States who neglect proper system maintenance could experience dangerous levels of sludge which prevent proper separation of solids, liquid and scum. When this occurs, overflow can migrate into the drainfield and cause thousands of dollars in damage and repairs.

Professional septic system maintenance in Massachusetts involves regular check-ups to ensure the proper break down of solids through the septic tank system to ensure a safe and healthy process. The volume of waste water flow in your system is determined by the type of household activities, such as washing dishes, doing laundry and taking showers, as well as the frequency of those activities.   Water conservation is very important  to limit the strain on your systemv and help keep it  in good working condition.

Get Started Today
Homeowners and commercial customers can get started on preventative septic system maintenance in Massachusetts, eastern Rhode Island or out on the Cape, just by calling All-Clear Septic & Wastewater Services. Located in Norton and Mattapoisett, MA.   All-Clear services customers all over Massachusetts. Contact them today for information on preventative services, repairs, inspections and other septic system related services.   You can reach them at 508-763-4431 or visit

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