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Biological Remediation

Septic System CareWe could all use a little change.  Sometimes just a little change can make a big difference.  Your septic system is the same way. New technology makes it possible to provide biological remediation to your septic system and improve its effectiveness, by increasing its hydraulic capacity, and adding years of additional life.

What is Biological  Remediation

Many homeowners don’t realize that there is a process that can remediate septic systems that are considered to be severely failed.  There are lots of products out there on the market that promise to rejuvenate septic systems by aerating the wastewater. There are limits to aerating wastewater because water itself can only be infused with a limited amount of oxygen before it just bubbles up and floats back into the atmostphere.

The process used by All-Clear Septic & Wastewater, which services customers all throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, introduces oxygen into the system as well as biologically augments the system.  By introducing air into the system, the process of biological  remediation is faster and much more thorough.  All-Clear has successfully applied this process to septic systems that tried every other method of rejuvenation,  and found it to be superior.

How Does It Work?

When the air is added to the surrounding soil and the clogging biomat of your septic system, the hydraulic capacity of your septic treatment can get boosted by as much as two or five times what it was before. By increasing efficiency, homeowners are able to reduce the size of their drainfield or leachfield and keep that extra area in reserve for future use.

In addition to residential properties, this technique can even be used for commercial purposes, including laundry facilities, healthcare services, restaurants and other businesses that typically process a lot of waste and use a lot of water. Biological remediation can be used on any type of septic system including drop, chambers, stone and pipe.

Oxygen is Key to an Efficient Septic System

In addition to using this treatment technique to revive failed septic systems, it can also be used with systems that haven’t failed – yet. Older systems, systems that get a lot of use, or customers that live in areas that are known to have soil issues due to environment or location, can all benefit from  biological remediation. By adding oxygen to the surrounding soil, you return your septic system to a natural, ideal state of filtration, allowing it to renovate and clean the wastewater of suspended matter and waste solids through the use of micro organisms and nutrients.

Oxygen also helps the soil to maintain a consistent moderate temperature, which is ideal for the treatment of wastewater. When your system gets overloaded with wastewater, due to increased use or changes in the texture and ability of the soil to transfer oxygen, your septic system is at risk of failure. The lower the availability of oxygen, the less micro organisms and nutrients available to assist in proper filtration, which ultimately reduces the hydraulic performance and treatment abilities of your septic system.

Increasing Efficiency and Effectiveness

 Biological remediation helps to maintain the optimal levels of oxygen required for proper filtration in and around the drainfield and leaching system to assure the best possible performance. Because the oxygen levels are increased, as well as the ability of the drainfield to effectively filter solid wastes from the wastewater, property owners are able to reduce the space needed to properly treat their sewage waste. This is extremely helpful in areas that have limited space, as well as naturally wet areas including property that is near lakes, watersheds, wetlands and other bodies of water.

Compared to water, air contains 21,000 times more oxygen. Wastewater can be difficult to full aerate to its maximum capacity, even with pre-treatment systems, due to high levels of total suspended solids. Biological remediation tackles this problem as well, helping to reduce the biological oxygen demand and remove suspended solids. It has also been proven to increase the pathogen removal rate, which is important for the overall health and safety of the system.  By increasing oxygenation in the soil, nitrogen is also removed through treatment by as much as 75%. 

Are You Ready for Biological Remediation?

Give your All-Clear representative a call at 508-763-4431 for more detailed information about our biological remediation treatment program and for other tips that you can use to increase the effectiveness and longevity of your septic system. Whether your property is located in Southeastern Massachusetts or Rhode Island, All-Clear can help you get your septic system running clean and clear.


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All Clear Septic Conducted Record Number of Title 5 Inspection

        All Clear Septic 5/20/16 All Clear Wastewater and Septic Services has conducted a record number of title 5 septic inspections this year to date. With the expansion of our territory into the south shore such as Halifax,  Marshfield, Peabody, Carver, and Plymouth, partnered with our new team members from Septic Preservation Services, we are able to perform more title 5 septic inspections, faster, paperless and at a higher quality. The use of sewer cameras, electronic sewer locators, and highly trained title 5 septic inspectors that receive continuous training allow All Clear Septic and Wastewater services to continuously improve.

Please call 508-763-4431 or visit for all your septic needs.

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Septic Savvy

All Clear Septic5/13/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services offers an educational class on septic systems titled Septic Savvy. We will be teaching this class in Rochester and Acushnet this week. Septic Savvy is an overview of how septic systems work, why septic systems fail, and what options an owner has to repair or replace a septic system. The course looks at septic systems from many perspectives including septic inspectors, owners, septic pumper, septic designer, and septic installer. If you would like to attend a free class please call our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

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Rainwater and Septic Systems

All Clear Septic5/12/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services would like to remind all septic systems owners to divert rainwater away from their septic tanks and leach fields. Rainwater can flood a septic system causing permanent failure. Having a licensed septic inspector routinely inspect your septic system can also uncover potential issues before they become problems.  Call All Clear at 508-763-4431 or visit


What Should You Plant over Your Septic System?

plantAs a Rule of thumb, grass is always a good choice to plant over your septic system.

Here are some choices to steer clear of:

 Avoid thirsty plants that set deep roots. It’s best to keep a distance for water-loving trees that include willows, birch, silver maple, elm, beech, walnut and linden.   Avoid planting aggressive, dense ground covers that will interfere with the evaporation process, including pachysandra, cotoneaster and periwinkle. Other plants to avoid for their aggressive roots are vines, wisteria, bittersweet, morning glory, campsis and hops.

Here is a general  list of plants to avoid near the septic system:

  • Bamboo (any variety)
  • Any trees with particularly strong lateral root growth
  • Water-loving, large-scale pond grasses
  • Native clematis (self seeding)
  • Cedars (except genetic dwarfs)
  • Woody vines

Prairie grasses and meadows  are often unwise choices for the septic field. “Prairie grasses and perennials have some of the longest, tangliest, toughest roots around.   The drought-resistant nature of prairie grasses translates to aggressive roots adept at seeking out water sources like perforated drainpipes.

Cedar trees and shrubs — evergreens perfect for many screening situations — are a favorite of homeowners, but they are also a no-no.

In general, it’s better to choose trees with vertical root growth if you want to plant near the septic field. When homeowners insist on planting trees with strong lateral root growth, tell them to back off.

“The rule of thumb is to keep a distance equal to the anticipated height of the tree at its maturity, plus 20 percent. Thus, a tree 30 feet tall at maturity should be kept 36 feet away from your septic field.

Those who want landscape-intensive yards also have to be warned not to plant vegetables over the septic field. Nielsen said some clients insist the drainfield, with its nutrient-laden effluent dispersal, makes a perfect spot for vegetables. But she warns them that disturbing the soil with these annual crops is bad for the septic system, and the effluent could transmit pathogens to the edibl


While traditional lawns are acceptable over septic systems, Nielsen says many homeowners are moving away from that maintenance-heavy chemical input and water-intense ground cover. She points to a few grass varieties that are generally better than others. Safer choices may include:

  • Pre-mixed eco-grass with fescues
  • Small grasses, including tufted fescues, feather grass, pennisetum, deschampsia
  • Grass-like choices, including mondo grass, liatris, liriope, armeria

Lawns are not very ecologically friendly. They don’t make good habitat for most things, but we still have children and dogs and they provide great places to run around on.

Rather than traditional lawns,  drought-tolerant plants with short, fibrous root systems chosen for hardiness in your climate and in sun and shade conditions as required are recommended.   Top choices includes microclover/ecograss/carex pensylvanica dwarf, introduction of white clover, carpets (thyme, sedums, low-growing ground covers), shallow, short/soft rooted perennials, bulb/corm/rhizome/tubers in lawns, and moss.

Microclover, she says, is the “weed we used to eradicate in our lawns,’’ and that the “old enemy is now your best friend.’’ It’s low- or no-mow and deer and bees love it.

Other good choices to add landscape interest without placing a septic system at risk are interspersing annuals or bulbs in the ground cover, Nielsen says. Those include hardy cyclamen, crocus, narcissus/daffodils, snowdrop, alliums and anemones. And newer dwarf tree and shrub varieties are also not the same threat as their bigger siblings. They include cedars, cherry, crabapples, dogwoods, cotinus, cercis, snowbell, acer palmatum, acer grisem and acer amur. Shrubs with fibrous root systems include boxwood, potentilla, daphne, choisya, hebe and euonymous.

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Schedule Your Routine Inspection or Pumping with All Clear

All Clear Septic5/11/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services urges all homeowners with septic systems to perform routine maintenance. Septic inspections can identify problems when they are small before they cause major issues such as backup of sewage into the home. Routine pumping ensures that excessive solids do not get into the leach field causing premature failure.  Call All Clear at 508-763-4431 and schedule your inspection or visit for more information.

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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 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.

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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

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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