All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

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.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services Repairs E One Pump

        All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services repaired an E one pump yesterday in Acushnet. Our service technician was able to repair the pump on site avoiding a costly repair for the owner.  All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services also services E One sewage pumps in Marion, New Bedford, and throughout Massachusetts. Our service technicians and licensed title 5 septic inspectors also work throughout Massachusetts including Taunton, Raynham, Norton, Seekonk, Swansea, Attleboro, and Marion. Call us at 508-763-4431 for more information or visit www.allclearseptic.com

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is Growing

4/22/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is growing and would like to add a team member to assist with Portsmouth, RI functional inspections. These inspections are mandated by Portsmouth, RI and the primary focus is currently First Maintenance Inspections. If you have any questions about the First Maintenance Inspections in Portsmouth, RI or would like to discuss joining our team please call our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com 

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services Has Sewage Pumps in Stock

4/21/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has E one, Liberty, and Myers sewage pumps in stock and can assist you with any issues you may have with your sewage pumps. If you are in Acushnet, New Bedford, Fall River, or Wareham our service technicians can assist you with your E one pump problems or routine maintenance.  

Call 508-763-4431  or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Tips for Commercial Septic System Property Owners

commercial septic systemMost of the customer care information that you will find online with regard to septic systems is geared toward residential consumers.

Commercial septic system users have a completely unique set of guidelines, care tips and maintenance schedules that they need to adhere to in order to keep their systems in healthy running order. There are many commercial businesses that use septic systems including restaurants, schools, hospitals, beauty shops and laundry facilities.

This article will focus on the care and maintenance of septic systems for commercial business owners.

Wastewater and Water Usage

One of the biggest concerns for both residential and commercial clients is water usage and the amount of wastewater it adds to the system. Commercial systems that discharge less than 10,000 gallons of sanitary wastewater each day fall under the Massachusetts Title 5 regulation and all of the associated requirements. This includes Title 5 Inspections and rules regarding cleaning, usage and pumping, as well as repairs or upgrades of failed systems.

However, commercial systems that discharge industrial wastewater or anything other than sanitary wastewater must first store the non-sanitary wastewater in an industrial wastewater holding tank. These businesses must apply for a permit to use the industrial wastewater holding tank. Any sanitary wastewater from these same commercial businesses can continue to be discharged into an on-site system. The point is just to separate the non-sanitary wastewater from the on-site system for proper processing.

Industry-Specific Issues

Certain types of commercial businesses must address specific issues that are related to their unique industry. For example, according to Massachusetts State Law, printers, photo processors and dry cleaners must be certified under the Environmental Results Program (ERP), which is a program for streamlined permitting and compliance, due to the types of chemicals and industrial waste produced by their facilities. Other types of businesses will have other types of requirements under the law.

Beauty Shops

Under Massachusetts law, these facilities are able to utilize a septic system for toilet waste and regular shampoo water as long as they are using less than the 10,000 gallons per day limit. Wastewater that comes from chemical treatments, such as hair color, perms, straighteners, etc., must be store in an industrial wastewater holding tank with a permit from MassDEP. To faciliate this, beauty shop owners can choose to direct all sinks to the holding tank or use a special sink that has been separately plumbed for use with chemical treatments to ensure that the wastewater goes to the holding tank.

Hospitals

As long as it remains under the 10,000 gallon per day threshold, hospitals can send all sanitary wastewater from sinks, showers, toilets and laundry to a septic system. In most cases, however, hospitals will use much more than 10,000 gallons per day. Lab waste is considered to be industrial wastewater and must be stored in a MassDEP permitted holding tank.

Laundry Facilities

Again, as long as sink and toilet waste are sanitary and under the 10,000 gallons per day maximum, this type of business can send their wastewater to an on-site septic system. However, any wastewater from the laundry itself must be stored in a permitted MassDEP industrial wastewater holding tank. Businesses that offer both laundry and drycleaning services must fall under the regulation of a Dry Cleaner and are required to be certified under the ERP.

Office Buildings

As long as no chemicals or otherwise considered industrial wastewater is being produced, most office buildings are eligible to use an on-site septic system for sanitary wastewater that results from toilet waste, sinks and showers as long as it is under the 10,000 gallons per day limit. In this case, no other permitting or certification would be required.

Restaurants

Sanitary wastewater under 10,000 gallons per day can be discharged into a septic system if it comes from sink or toilet waste. Due to the food preparation and cooking that goes on in this type of business, all restaurants are required by Massachusetts State Law to install grease traps that can handle the wastewater that comes from the food preparation stations in the kitchen. All restaurant grease traps should be inspected on a monthly basis and must be cleaned once the grease level hits 25% of capacity or every three months.

Grocery Stores

As long as they use less than 10,000 gallons of water per day, grocery stores can discharge the wastewater from sinks and toilets to a septic system. Food preparation areas must have grease traps installed and, as with restaurants, should be inspected monthly and cleaned every three months or when the grease level reaches 25% of capacity.

Call a Professional Service

If you run a commercial business in the State of Massachusetts, you should contact a professional septic system service to ensure that you are working within the parameters of local law. All-Clear Septic & Wastewater has over 15 years of experience servicing, inspecting, repairing and cleaning septic systems for commercial and residential customers all over Southeastern Massachusetts. Call us today at 508-763-4431 for a professional consultation and evaluation of your septic system and help you stay on top of it all with our Preventative Maintenance Program or visit www.allclearseptic.com

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is Expanding its Team

4/20/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is expanding its team and would like to add a title 5 septic inspector in the southeastern Massachusetts area including but not limited to Wareham, Plymouth, Rochester, Acushnet, Lakeville, Rehoboth, Taunton, Attleboro, Norton, Easton, Swansea, Raynham, Dighton, Freetown, and Carver. This team member will have the support of our licensed title 5 inspectors, licensed septic installers, engineers, and office staff.  Call 508-763-4431 for more information or visit www.allclearseptic.com