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

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services Ready to Help

4/19/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is prepared to repair, replace, or service your E one sewage pump. We have service technicians conveniently located near Acushnet, New Bedford, Fall River, and Wareham. Our inventory also includes Liberty and Myers sewage pumps. If you need emergency or routine service please call our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

This Week at All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

4/18/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services will be performing title 5 septic inspections in Rochester, Acushnet, Swansea, Marion, and Westport this week. If you have any questions or would like a free consultation with one of our title 5 septic inspectors please call our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

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Four Components of A Septic System

septic systemIn order to properly care for and maintain your residential septic system, it is in your best interest to take a little time to learn about the four primary components of your septic system. The reason why this is so important is that there are things you can do with regard to each of these components to keep your residential septic system running free of problems.

Other common names for a residential septic system include:

  • individual sewage disposal system
  • on-site system
  • on-lot system
  • on-site sewage disposal system
  • on-site wastewater treatment system
  • leach field
  • soil absorption system (SAS)

Regardless of what you call it, the four primary components of a septic system are the septic tanks, the drainfield, the soil and a pipe that takes wastewater away from the home and  into the system.  Consider signing up for an annual preventative maintenance program with your septic system company for worry free services that will help you keep your system running in tip top shape.

Component #1 – The Septic Tank
The tank for your septic system in New Bedford  is a watertight container that is made out of either concrete, polyethylene or fiberglass and is buried underground. The primary function of the septic tank is to hold onto the wastewater from your home for a period of time until the solid waste settles out to form a sludge-like substance, with any grease or oils floating to the top as scum.

The sludge and scum are prevented from leaving the tank and entering the drainfield or leachfield area by the design of the septic tank. Compartments and a special T-shape outlet in the tank are used for this purpose. In addition, screens are also recommended for use as a means of reducing the amount of solids getting to the drainfield.

Some newer septic tanks are built with risers that have lids at the surface of the ground. This new design method allows your septic tank to be easily located and inspected by your septic system maintenance company. It also allows for easy pumping of the tank when necessary.

To prevent sludge and scum from building up inside your septic tank, you should have your system pumped every one, three or five years depending on use or as-needed. Speak with your septic system maintenance service provider and inspector to find out how effectively and efficiently your residential system is working. This will help prevent problems or failures from happening and will keep your system running properly.

Component #2 – The Drainfield
After the wastewater leaves the septic tank, it discharges into the drainfield.  Once  it  arrives in the drainfield which is also known as the leachfield,  it is treated further by aerobic bacteria in the soil.

If the drainfield of your New Bedford  septic system has become overloaded with too much liquid, it can flood and cause sewage to flow up to the surface. This can also result in backups throughout your home in sinks, toilets and other plumbing fixtures. Once this happens, all treatment of wastewater ceases until the system can be serviced or repaired.

Many states require homeowners to create a reserve drainfield on their property that will be suitable to create a new drainfield if the one they are currently using fails.  The best way to take care of your drainfield is to make sure that all the components of a septic system are in proper working order and are properly maintained. Once again, an annually preventative maintenance program is recommended to prevent failure and costly repairs.

Component #3 -The Pipe
A pipe is the third component in your residential septic system. The pipe is the go-between from your septic tank to your drainfield. This pipe must also be inspected and checked on a regular basis to make sure it is in proper working order and does not have any cracks or clogs. Ask your septic system maintenance provider about proper maintenance for your entire septic system and all of its unique components.

Component #4 -The Soil
Believe it or not, the soil that is in your drainfield is an essential component of your  septic system. Once the wastewater moves from the septic tank into the drainfield, it percolates into the soil. This is a natural method used for many years as a means of removing harmful bacteria, viruses and other pathogens.

Because it is so important to the effectiveness of your septic system, the type of soil used needs to be suitable for the job it needs to do in the drainfield. This should have been addressed when your septic system was designed, built and installed, however its a good idea to ask your maintenance service inspector to take a look at the soil in your drainfield to ensure that it is suitable for the job.

A Word About Alternative Systems

If you live in an area where the soil is not suitable for a traditional septic system, like Lakeville, Cape Cod, or Marshfield,  you might need to look into getting an alternative system installed. An alternative system is also used in areas where there are too many traditional residential septic systems in use or if the system has been placed too close to surface water or groundwater.

Know Your System
In addition to knowing the four primary components of your septic system,  it is important to know the location of your system on your property. You should have an “as-built” drawing for your home that accurately defines the property line, any buildings on your property and your septic tank, drainfield and reserve drainfield, if available.

If you do not have an “as-built” drawing for your home, you can get a copy from your local Board of Health.  You will need this drawing in the event of a formal inspection, particularly if you plan on selling your home, but it is good to have on-hand anyway in the event of an emergency. You should be able to see lids and/or manhole covers for your septic system on the drawing for quick and safe access.

Tanks that are older can be difficult to locate on a property, even for seasoned septic system professionals. This is because there are usually no visible parts, unlike modern systems. If your tank doesn’t have risers, your inspector or maintenance serviceman can help you locate your septic tank underground.

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All Clear Septic and Wastewater Title 5 Inspections This Week

4/11/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services will be completing title 5 septic inspections throughout Massachusetts this week, including Rochester, Acushnet, Norton, Lakeville, and Taunton. Our service and repair technicians will also be servicing E one sewage pumps in Acushnet this week. If you have questions concerning a title 5 inspection or the repair, inspection, or servicing of an E one pump, please speak to our courteous team members or call our office at 508-763-4431  or visit for more information.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Program to Target Middleboro

4/7/16 All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services launches a title 5 inspection program targeted to help Middleboro residents comply with the new town regulations. The Middleboro town inspection regulations require that all septic systems serving multifamily or commercial properties complete a title 5 septic inspection every 3 years. To assist residents,  All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is offering special pricing for Middleboro residents required to perform a title 5 septic inspection. If you are a Middleboro resident requiring a title 5 septic inspection please call All Clear Septic and Wastewater for help with your title 5 inspection.

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Landscaping Your Drainfield

landscapingMost property owners that have a septic system understand the three hard and fast rules associated with taking care of a drainfield: don’t plant anything over it, don’t build anything over it and don’t park anything over it.

Beyond knowing what NOT to do, there isn’t a lot of information available on what you SHOULD do with it. This article will focus on how to properly landscape your drainfield while protecting it and keeping it healthy at the same time.

Planting 101

You will hear that you should never add any landscaping to your drainfield other than grass. It’s a good rule of thumb and a great way to prevent property owners from going too far and damaging their system, but the truth is: there are other options besides grass.

Grass is typically recommended and the best choice for a couple of reasons:

  • no tilling required – just light raking, which should affect the drainfield
  • most varieties of grass don’t need a lot of water, which protects the drainfield from excess water
  • grass doesn’t require a lot of topsoil, which can affect the flow of air and water within the drainfield
  • grass doesn’t have deep roots, protecting the pipes in the drainfield from root wrap and damage

However, there are other plants that have similar needs and attributes, making them a viable choice for planting in your drainfield area as long as there is still access to monitoring points or clean-outs. There are lots of plants that don’t have deep roots and won’t need a lot of topsoil. You can even find plants that don’t need to be watered, that will grow just find in your area without hosing or sprinkling to provide extra water. There are plenty of plants that don’t need to have the ground tilled under before planting into the ground.

Types of Plants to Consider

If your drainfield gets no sun throughout the day, you need to look for plants or seeds that are labeled as “no sun” or “deep shade” on the package. Ask the salesperson at your garden center to direct you to groundcover that doesn’t have a large root system. Plants or seeds that are labeled as partial shade require approximately 4 hours of sun each day, either in the morning or in the afternoon. Groundcover or short plants with small root systems will fit this bill. Again, your garden center salesperson can help you find native plants that will work best in this type of area.

Plants or seeds that are labeled as “full sun” or “all day sun” need a minimum of 8 hours of sun each day. Ornamental grasses and wildflowers work very well in this type of environment. Most drainfields are established in the middle of a yard without any trees or bushes within a 30 foot radius, which means that full sun will likely be what you are looking for in landscaping.

Regardless of where you live, the type of plants that you should consider planting in your drainfield consist of a mixture of native species. Mixing together annual wildflowers, perennial groundcover that features small root systems and a mixture of native grasses that won’t require a lot of water and care will be your best choice. To get started, you should begin with a perennial grass that will establish quickly in the warmer months, which will give you instant cover to prevent erosion. This will also give you a natural defense against native invasive plants (aka weeds) for anything else you decide to plant next.

Wildflower Growing Tips

  • choose seed that is dated for the current year – don’t use old seed
  • choose a mix that is well-suited for our region – stores sometimes carry varieties that aren’t appropriate for Southeastern Massachusetts
  • select your seeds based upon the amount of sun the area will receive
  • pick native seed mixes for best results
  • watch out for weeds in your wildflower mix – look for mixes that are labeled as “no noxious weeds” or “no detectable weeds” to be sure
  • if you already have grass in your drainfield, remove 6×6 inch squares of grass in small area and sow your wildflower seeds there during germination for faster growth
  • sow seeds in late fall for Spring growth or May for late-summer season blooms

Before you begin any landscaping project in your drainfield, check with your trusted septic service technician at All-Clear Septic & Wastewater.  Grass is still the best option to use.  If you have any questions or are unsure about what to plant in this area to protect your drainfield from excess water and erosion, just ask. Check into our Preventative Maintenance Program for even more protection for your septic system year-round. Call All-Clear at 508-763-4431 for inspections, service, repairs and advice for customers throughout  Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services Adds a New Team Member

      All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is adding a new team member to our team of licensed title 5 septic inspectors to perform title 5 septic inspections throughout Massachusetts. The primary area of focus for this new title 5 septic inspector will be the area including Norton, Attleboro, North Attleboro, Mansfield, and Norton.

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Ongoing Training for Licensed title 5 inspectors at All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

      All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services’ licensed title 5 septic inspectors and septic repair personnel are required to complete ongoing continuous training. As licensed professionals these individuals participate in continuous training to maintain their licenses as well as keep up with industry improvements. This continuous improvement includes reviews of local regulations so no matter where you are; Portsmouth, RI. Norton, MA. Raynham, MA, Halifax, MA. Middleboro, MA. or Lakeville, MA. our professional team is familiar with the local regulations required by your town. If you are looking for a title 5 septic inspection as required in Massachusetts or functional septic inspection as required in Rhode Island, please call All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services.

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All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services Schedule for this Week

       All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services will be completing title 5 septic inspections in Swansea and Lakeville on Monday 4/4/16. On Tuesday our title 5 septic inspectors will be in Dennis. On Wednesday our title 5 septic inspectors will be in Boylston and Southboro. On Friday our title 5 septic inspectors will be in Hanson and Marshfield. If you have any questions please feel free to ask our licensed title 5 septic inspectors or call our office.

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