Fall Planting Can Result in a Leach Field Repair Being Necessary

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that in the fall many people are out raking leaves, pruning and generally getting their yards ready for winter. What most non gardeners do not realize is that for many tree varieties fall is the best time to plant them. In fall, the tree can grow new roots without having to feed the leaves. Water requirements are much lower without the leaves on the tree. To us it feels cool in fall, but that is actually the best temperature for root growth. Roots grow best in cool soil. A fall planting allows the tree to grow roots in fall and again in early spring before leaves develop. This gives the tree a good chance to lay down a good set of roots before they need to collect water and nutrients for the leaves. Unfortunately when you are planting large shrubs or trees in your yard if you do so on your leach field you can unknowingly create a septic problem. The roots and sometimes weight of plants can actually damage your drain field which means that your septic system is no longer working correctly and you may need a leach field repair. Septic systems do an amazing job of returning liquids to the soil for purification but the whole system needs to be functioning correctly for this to happen. When septic system failure occurs, the conditions they create are dangerous. These can include:

  • Hazardous sewage surfacing in yard
  • Health hazards to children and pets
  • Noxious odors over large areas
  • Polluted streams and ponds
  • Sewage back-up in buildings
  • Contaminated wells
  • Breeding areas for mosquitoes

Today we are at a customer’s home in Westport MA providing a leach field repair which has been damaged when they planted an orchard over it last year. The roots combined with heavy machinery being parked on to of the drainfield during construction have both lead to structural collapse of the leach field piping. A strong sewage odor and dampness over their yard was luckily a sign of a septic problem that the homeowners did not ignore. We can repair the damage so they do not have to worry about the consequences of an inoperative septic system. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in New Bedford, Fall River, Swansea, Mattapoisett, Marion and Acushnet MA. If you require a septic repair or leach field repair if you have any questions about septic systems please do call us at our office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

Septic Repairs Including A Baffle Replacement in Westport MA

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have the experience and knowledge to identify and repair septic problems when they arise for our customers. Today we are replacing an outlet baffle for a customer in Westport, MA. The outlet baffle directs the flow of effluent from the tank to the drainfield or leach field; it prevents the scum layer from going straight into the outlet pipe and causing drainfield clogs and premature system failure. Our customer had noticed sewage smells coming from their septic system and chose to contact us to investigate the issue. We were able to determine that the cause was a defective outlet baffle and will be able to replace the baffle and therefore ensure that the smell will disappear but more importantly there won’t be any larger and more serious problems created by this issue. We also have other septic repairs including a septic pump repair today in Westport, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet and Freetown MA. If you are concerned that you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton Office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services’ Inspector Takes A Boat To Carry Out A Septic Inspection

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services provide septic inspections throughout the region, even when the location of the inspection can prove challenging. Today we have an inspector taking a boat to a property on an island to carry out a Title 5 septic inspection in Onset, MA. We will always endeavor to provide a septic inspection to our customers even if it means taking a boat to the location! We have other septic inspection appointments today in Marion, Bourne, Sandwich, Rochester and Acushnet MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton contact our office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

Be Aware Of Signs That You Have A Septic Problem

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are always here to help homeowners with their septic problems. However you need to be aware that you have a septic problem before you know that you need someone to come and fix it.

Some signs of a septic issue are:

  • Muddy soil or pools of wastewater around your septic tank or soil absorption system.
  • Very green or lush grass a vegetation on your leach field or near your septic tank.
  • Sewage smells around your system or inside your house.
  • Backups when you do laundry, take showers, or flush the toilet.

If you see these signs it is never a good idea to wait to have them looked at. A small septic problem with an easy and inexpensive repair can become a much larger, more expensive and more disruptive problem if left unaddressed. We have extensive experience locating and repairing septic problems. We have septic repairs scheduled today in Acushnet, Freetown, Lakeville, Norton and Rochester MA. If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit
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Do Not Ignore Signs That You May Need A Septic Repair

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have been called out to a property in Rochester MA to locate a septic problem, determine the cause of the septic issue and then provide a septic repair. The property owner has noticed a few signs that they may have a septic problem so have sensibly contacted us to investigate the issue. It is always best to look into a septic concern as soon as it becomes apparent rather than ignore it and hope it might go away, which in our experience never happens and sometimes results in a much larger and more expensive repair. Signs that you may have a septic problem include:

1. Pipe Gurgling Sounds
2. Toilet Flushing Issues
3. Slow Drains
4. Water Backup
5. Bad Odors
6. Greener Grass
7. Patches of Standing Water

We have other septic repairs scheduled today in Freetown, Lakeville, Sharon, Acushnet, Marion and Norton MA. If you have noticed signs that you have a septic problem please do contact our office to discuss your concerns or schedule an appointment on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Services For Customers in Westport and Other Nearby Towns

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services give you a pinch and a punch for the first of the month. Can you believe it is August 1st? This year is certainly flying by, which is certainly caused in a large part by how busy we have been providing our customers with septic inspections, septic repairs, septic pump outs, septic designs and septic services during the first part of this year. Today we have septic services scheduled in Westport, New Bedford, Lakeville, Acushnet, Rochester and Mattapoisett MA. if you require a septic system service or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Repairs Provided Today Including A D-Box Replacement in Acushnet

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is replacing a D-Box for a customer today in Acushnet, MA. A septic distribution box (D-Box) is a container used to receive septic system effluent from a septic tank and to re-distribute the effluent into a network of attached drainfield or soakaway bed absorption trenches and pipes. The D-box works by gravity, flowing effluent into the drainfield (or leach field) piping network. It must be installed correctly to ensure that it distributes evenly. However to keep your system working correctly you must also maintain it and the best way to do this is to have your system regularly pumped and to use your septic system correctly. The following are some steps that you can take to ensure that you maintain your septic system:

  • Minimize the use of the garbage disposal
  • Do not put grease down your drains
  • Spread loads of laundry out over time rather than doing multiple loads in a short period of time, and use liquid detergents rather than powdered detergents
  • Avoid excessively long showers
  • Avoid leaving tap water running when shaving, brushing teeth or doing other personal or household tasks
  • Do not flush medications, harmful chemicals, excessive amounts of bleach, harsh drain cleaners or degreasers
  • Have the septic tank pumped at least every three years
  • Do not add any septic systems cleaners, enzymes or additives
  • Remove water conditioning backwash discharges from the septic system
  • Do not plant trees and shrubs over leach fields
  • Do not flush personal products, paper towels, wipes or diapers
  • Do not clean or rinse paint brushes in the sinks
  • Equip all hot tubs, spas, whirlpool baths, etcetera with drain limiting valves that will only allow five gallons per minute to drain from fixture
  • Do not drive vehicles over leach fields

We also have septic repairs for customers today in Middleboro, Lakeville, Taunton, Berkley and Attleboro MA. Many of these repairs could have been avoided if the property owners had followed some of the above advice. If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact Norton our office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/

Happy Independence Day From All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services!

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services wishes all of its customers Happy July 4th! As we celebrate Independence Day with our families and friends we know that no one wants to be concerned with septic problems. However septic problems do happen and when you become aware of a nasty smell, blockage or leaking it is not always clear what septic repair is necessary. If you need a septic repair All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services will assess the condition of your septic system and then present you with a range of options designed to correct any identified issues. These may include one or more of the following:

Replacement of damaged or missing baffle
Installation of effluent filter and service riser
Installation of pumping access riser and cover
Installation of curtain drains
Replacement of deteriorated components
Repair or replacement of damaged components
Removal of accumulated solids in leach field piping
Removal of plant and tree roots in leach field piping
Installation and service of the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator
Diversion of water softener/conditioner backwash discharges
Detailed explanation of our Septic Use Guidelines

We have recently repaired septic problems in Plainfield, Wrentham, Peabody, Norton and Acushnet MA. If you need a septic repair or have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/

Title 5 Allows 2 Years For A Septic Repair or Upgrade If Your Home Fails A Septic Inspection

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that if you own a home with a septic system or cesspool and plan to put it up for sale, add a bedroom, or change its use, you will need to get a system inspection. Title 5 of the State Environmental Code protects us by requiring inspection of private sewage disposal systems. Local boards of health receive these inspection reports. Most systems will pass inspection. Title 5 requires the replacement or upgrade of systems that fail. If your system fails inspection, Title 5 allows up to 2 years to complete repairs or an upgrade. For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/consumer-protection-tips-septic-system-inspections-and-repairs Today we have septic repairs scheduled for a client who is planning to sell their home in Acushnet MA but failed their septic inspection. We also have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled in Norwell, Halifax, Hanson, East Bridgewater and Middleboro MA. If you require a septic inspection, septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Your D-Box Must Be Operating Correctly To For Your Septic System To Work

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has an appointment today for a customer in Acushnet MA who needs a septic repair because their D-Box (distribution box) is not operating correctly. A D-Box is an essential component of a conventional septic system. As the name suggests it ‘distributes’ in this case wastewater from the septic tank which has already partially treated the wastewater into the leach field. A septic system consists a septic tank and a drain field which are connected through the distribution box. Wastewater flows from your property to the septic tank. The septic tank treats the wastewater by holding it in the tank long enough for solids and liquids to separate. The wastewater forms three layers inside the tank. Solids lighter than water (such as greases and oils) float to the top forming a layer of scum. Solids heavier than water settle at the bottom of the tank forming a layer of sludge. This leaves a middle layer of partially clarified wastewater. The layers of sludge and scum remain in the septic tank where bacteria work to break the solids down. The sludge and scum that cannot be broken down are retained in the tank until the tank is pumped. The layer of clarified liquid flows from the septic tank to the drainfield via the D-Box which uniformly distributes the wastewater into the drainfield. A standard drain field (also known as a leach field, disposal field, or a soil absorption system) is a series of trenches or a bed lined with gravel or course sand and buried one to three feet below the ground surface. Perforated pipes or drain tiles run through the trenches to distribute the wastewater. The drainfield treats the wastewater by allowing it to slowly trickle from the pipes out into the gravel and down through the soil. The gravel and soil act as biological filters. Clearly it is essential that all components of the septic system are working correctly for it to process your waste. We will ensure that the D-Box is either repaired or replaced so our customer can be confident that their system is working efficiently. We have other septic repair appointments today in Deighton, Plainville, North Attleboro and Raynham MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com