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Flushable Wipes and Your Septic System

All Clear Septic5/10/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services urges people not to flush wipes of any kind. While many of these products say septic safe they can cause serious problems. Recently one of our customers in Acushnet had to have their E One sewage pump repaired because wipes had jammed the pump. Last month a customer in Raynham had to have their pump chamber pumped and cleaned to remove wipes that clogged their sewage pump. In February a home owner in Dighton had backup of sewage into his house because wipes clogged the inlet tee to the septic tank.

Please call 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com for all your septic questions.

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Liz Alves is Licensed Title 5 Inspector

Title 5 inspector5/9/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services would like to thank Liz Alves for recently attending a title 5 septic inspection class and congratulate her on passing the title 5 inspection exam. Liz is now a licensed title 5 inspector. Liz also attended the Rhode Island functional septic inspection class and passed the functional inspection exam for Rhode Island.

Call 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com for all your septic system questions.

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Massachusetts Title 5 Regulations

All Clear Septic5/6/16 Most banks now require that homeowners not only complete a septic inspection, but make all septic repairs required to obtain a passing inspection report before they will issue a mortgage against a property. In Massachusetts title 5 of the environmental regulations requires that a title 5 septic inspection be performed and filed with the Board of Health. The law then allows up to 2 years to complete any required repairs. However most banks still require all required septic repairs be completed before they will lend against the property. No matter where you live or if you are buying a home or selling a home it is a good idea to complete a septic inspection as soon as possible. The repair process can take some time and depending on state and town rules along with the extent of the required repairs, it can easily take 1 – 3 weeks for minor repairs and 4 – 12 weeks for major repairs and the installation of a new septic system. If you have questions about septic inspections, title 5, or septic repairs please call our office at 508-763-4431.  Visit our website at www.allclearseptic.com

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Routine Septic Inspections in Portsmouth, RI

All Clear Septic5/5/16 Portsmouth, RI has implemented a routine septic inspection program that requires all homeowners to inspect their septic system on a routine basis. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has a program to assist homeowners in Portsmouth, RI complete these required functional septic inspections in a timely and affordable manner. Please call our office today to get information about our Portsmouth, RI functional septic inspection program.   Call 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Causes of Septic System Failure

septic system What is most often to blame for Septic System Failure?


Why do septic systems fail?   Failure is when the system is not operating as it’s designed to; sewage is backing up or surfacing, or effluent is going away, but not being treated properly.

There is usually always more than one thing wrong  with the system.  Here are some reasons.

 The homeowner is routinely using more water than the system can handle. Systems are designed to handle a finite amount of water, and  it is usually expressed in terms of an average per person or a value based on the number of bedrooms in the house. The overuse may just be that the people living in the house use more water than the average 60-70 gallons per person per day. But overuse can also result from leaky and unmaintained fixtures or from other extraneous water sources such as surface runoff or clean water drainlines around foundations that are being routed through the system. The homeowner, after the fact, may increase the load by enlarging the house to accommodate more people or add water-using devices the system was not designed to handle, such as garbage disposals and large showers or tubs.

 The system has not been properly maintained. The septic tank should be regularly checked and the solids and scum removed before they accumulate to levels that can be detrimental to the soil treatment part of the system. Advanced technologies, such as ATUs and media filters, require increased levels of care. These are often covered in maintenance contracts written upon completion of the system, but not renewed because there have not been problems or when new owners move in. Systems with advanced technologies that are not cared for can represent more of a health and environmental risk than a failed conventional septic drainfield system.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has trained personnel in every aspect of the Septic process. We have a maintenance program to keep your septic system operating smoothly to help avoid costly repairs or septic failure. Call 508-763-4431 for all your questions or visit www.allclearseptic.com.

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Middleboro Passes a Commercial Septic Ordinance

All Clear Septic5/4/16 Middleboro, MA recently passed a septic ordinance that requires all commercial buildings conduct a title 5 septic inspection on a routine basis. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has a special program to assist Middleboro owners to complete these routine title 5 septic inspections at an affordable price. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services can also assist with septic pumping, septic repairs, and septic installations in Middleboro, MA.  Call 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services Title 5 Septic Services

5/3/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services will be completing title 5 septic inspections and septic system repairs in Tiverton, Portsmouth, Rochester, Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Brewster, Middleboro, Dudley, and Westport thoughout this week. We offer free consultations regarding title 5 septic inspections and septic repairs. If you would like a title 5 septic inspection, a Rhode Island functional septic inspections, a site visit to discuss a septic repair, or have a general question please call our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is Looking for a New Team Member

5/2/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is looking for a new team member to join our team of septic repair specialists, title 5 inspectors, and waste treatment plant operators. This individual will be part of a comprehensive team of septic inspectors, engineers, septic installers, septic repair specialists, microbiologists, and title 5 septic inspectors. Ideally this individual will live in or around the area of Taunton, Raynham, Mansfield, Norton, Lakeville, Freetown, or Dighton. The service area will include all of Massachusetts and Rhode Island with occasional trips to Maine and New Hampshire. However most work will be performed in the region including Wellfleet, Dennis, Marion, Plymouth, Halifax, Pembroke, West Bridgewater, Norton, Franklin, Attleboro, Seekonk, Swansea, Fall River, Dartmouth, and Acushnet.   Call 508-991-9741 for more information or visit www.allclearseptic.com

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services Assisting Middleboro Business Owners

        All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is assisting business owners in Middleboro comply with the new septic inspection regulation that requires all septic systems be inspected routinely. Our licensed title 5 septic inspectors are ready to assist. Please call our office at 508-763-4431 and schedule your septic inspection.  Or visit www.allclearseptic.com for more information.

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Fabric Softeners Can Have a Negative Effect on Your Septic System

fabric softenersMost fabric softeners can have a negative effect on a septic system, but there are better alternatives.


Fabric softeners coat our clothes with a subtle layer of slimy chemicals, which is what makes them feel a little softer. Fabric softeners coat the surface of a fabric with chemical compounds that are electrically charged, causing threads to “stand up” from the surface and thereby causing the fabric to feel softer. The electrically conductive fabric softener chemicals may also prevent buildup of static charge that can occur in clothes dryers. The most common softening chemicals are called “quats” (short for quaternary ammonium compounds).  Ammonia compounds contain NH4.  N is for Nitrogen, which is a fertilizer and is the leading cause of algae blooms in salt water marshes and rivers.  Nitrogen is also attributed to many contaminated wells and is a contributing factor in many illnesses.

In addition to fabric softening chemicals, fabric softeners may include acids or bases,  petroleum products, silicone-based anti-foaming agents, emulsion stabilizers, fragrances and colors. The fragrances in most fabric softeners are a mixture of hundreds of untested chemicals, including toxic ingredients  and  fragrances which are among the world’s top five allergens.

Hazards for the septic system

  • Most fabric softeners contain quats, which have antibacterial qualities. While it might sound useful to keep clothes germ-free, freshly washed clothes are already  clean, and overuse of quats may lead to development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Quats, in sufficient levels, can kill off beneficial bacteria in the septic tank, advanced treatment unit and soil dispersal system.
  • Emulsion stabilizers can disrupt the natural settling  processes in septic systems.
  • Petroleum products can potentially be toxic to the positive natural microbes in septic systems.

Recommended alternatives
A safer alternative for softer clothes, is  using half a cup of white vinegar (make sure it’s labeled grain versus petroleum-derived) per load during the rinse cycle as a natural fabric softener. It is also a great natural sanitizer. Others recipes include combining vinegar with baking soda and essential oil.

There are all types of  dryer balls being sold now.  They are a green alternative to commercial dryer sheets or liquid fabric softener.  Some are made out of wool or other materials.   While in the dryer, they absorb electrical charges so the clothes stay static free.  They are also made to reduce drying time.  They can be found at most stores or online.
Visit www.allclearseptic.com or call 508-763-4431 for all your septic questions.  They can help you maintain your septic system and keep it functioning properly to extend the life of your system.