All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has a 24 Hour Emergency Service available. If you have an urgent septic problem call 508-763-4431. We understand that most septic problems don’t occur between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday, so we also offer 24/7 emergency services to our customers. We’ll be there when you need us anytime of day or night. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services also schedule septic repairs and have appointments today in Raynham, West Bridgewater, Berkley, Acushnet and Norton MA. Our trained septic professionals will evaluate the problem and make any necessary repairs. Whenever possible, our goal is to provide our customers with options for repair that will yield high-quality results at a cost-effective price which could save you money later on and prevent septic failure. We have experience with large and small septic repairs including septic pump repairs, sewage grinder pump repair, leach field/ drainfield repairs and D-Box repair. If you have an emergency septic repair that needs to be carried out on short notice or if you have a concern that your septic system is not operating correctly and think a repair may be necessary it inadvisable to wait. Please do contact our Norton office so we can answer any questions you may have or schedule an appointment on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are always happy to provide advice and information to property owners with septic systems. Here are some simple suggestions that will benefit your septic system:
DO call All Clear Septic and wastewater Services for a Voluntary Assessment of your septic system.
DO conserve water whenever possible as a means of reducing the volume of wastewater that will need to be treated and disposed.
DO make repairs to any faucets or toilets that are leaking.
DO make sure that you are only discharging biodegradable wastes into your system.
DO restrict or avoid use of your garbage disposal.
DO take the time to ensure that any down spouts or other surface water is diverted away from your drainfield.
DO keep the cover to your septic tank accessible by installing covers and risers for easier inspections and pumping.
DO get your septic tank pumped regularly and have it checked for any cracks or leaks.
DO have an effluent filter installed to prevent debris from entering your drainfield.
DO add a laundry filter to your washing machine.
DO put kitchen trash into a compost or throw it into the garbage – not down your drains.
DON’T flush products such as tampons, sanitary napkins, condoms, disposable diapers or wipes into your system.
DON’T empty oils or other types of kitchen grease down your drain.
DON’T dump any items that can disrupt the treatment process or contaminate groundwater, such as: paints, oils, thinners, pesticides, poisons or disinfectants.
DON’T build anything over your drainfield or dig in it for any reason.
DON’T plant any landscaping over your drainfield – except grass.
DON’T drive a vehicle over your drainfield or compact the soil in ANY way.
DON’T run purification back flush into the septic tank.
However, septic problems do occur, even if you do follow the above suggestions. If you have a septic problem or suspect that you require a septic repair, you should, though, never open your septic tank. While today’s systems are safe for you and your family, opening a tank without benefit of professional training can expose everyone to dangerous bacteria and gases. It is always advisable to contact a certified, professional service, such as All Clear Septic and wastewater Services, if you suspect any problems occurring within your system.
Today we are attending septic repairs in Upton, Sutton, Uxbridge, Millbury, Oxford and Blackstone MA. If you require a septic repair or have a concern about your septic system please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
A cesspool is a pit which acts as both a settling chamber for solids and a leaching system for liquids. The use of cesspools may overload the capacity of the soil to remove bacteria, viruses, and phosphorus, and to nitrify ammonia and organic nitrogen compounds.
A conventional septic system has a tank where solids can settle and begin to degrade, a distribution box, and a soil absorption system (SAS) that further treats the effluent by removing some of the bacteria, viruses, phosphorus, and nitrogen). To ensure that your cesspool is operating correctly it is highly recommended that it is regularly serviced and inspected.
If you require a cesspool service or are considering a cesspool replacement please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
Garbage Disposals are used in many households, but are they safe to use with your septic system. Good Question!
While many companies that sell garbage disposals will tell you they are fine to use with a septic system, the truth is they really aren’t.
You really shouldn’t be using a garbage disposal with your septic system. The way that the septic system is set up involves a large tank filled with water and the waste from your home. The solid waste settles to the bottom where bacteria go to work breaking it down. Then, there is the water waste layer that has the excess liquid going out to the drain field. Finally, at the top, there is a layer of scum that has built up.
In order to keep your septic system running smoothly, there are many items that should not be flushed or sent down the drains. This includes, diapers, wipes, bleach, harsh chemicals and sanitary products to name a few. The same is true with your garbage disposal. All the fats, grease, and other waste from the disposal are being added to the septic tank which can can cause problems and clogs and prevent it from working correctly.
Basically, you are overloading the waste that is being put into your septic tank and the naturally occurring bacteria will not be able to keep up with breaking it down. If you use a garbage disposal, you should have your tank pumped every year, rather than the normal 3-5 year range. It can wreak havoc with your septic system.
A better idea? Compost. Composting your kitchen waste is much better for your system and environmentally friendly. You can buy a cheap plastic composter or even make your own. Depending on the size, you can add all your kitchen waste as well as leaves and grass and have a great fertilizer ready for your garden or landscaping.
It’s a win win situation for your yard as well as your septic system.
Visit www.allclearseptic.com for all your septic system questions. They have a qualified staff ready to help you with all your septic needs from pumping and cleaning to design and installation. Give them a call at 508-763-4431.
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that since 1995, the State of Massachusetts has required homeowners to have their private sewage treatment system checked thoroughly by a State-Certified Title 5 Inspector when properties are sold, divided or combined, when there is a change in use, or an expansion of a facility, or when MassDEP or the local Board of Health requires an inspection. There are a few other instances when a Title 5 Inspection is required and for more information contact your local Board of Health.
Here is what you can expect from an official Title 5 Inspection – the inspector will:
- conduct an interview with the property owner
- research the paperwork for your property at your city’s Board of Health Department
- survey the general size of the building or list a summary of the number of bedrooms
- inspects the connection from the house/building to the system
- inspects the inlet/outlet of the septic tank
- examines the integrity of the tank
- measures the liquid/contents of the tank
- examines the integrity of the distribution box
- measures the liquid/contents of the distribution box
- checks the soil absorption system (SAS) condition
- checks the relation of the system’s water table to the SAS
- examines the integrity of the pipes using a special “sewer cam” (All Clear Septic and Wastewater Service’s specialty service, not required by the state)
- provides an official 17-page document to the local approving authority and the owner, including all findings and a detailed sketch of the system
Today we have Title 5 Inspections scheduled in Carver, Plymouth, Halifax, East Bridgewater, Hingham, Bourne, and Marshfield, MA. If you require a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions, please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services takes pride in the work that we do, utilizing specialized miniature equipment to locate specific areas of your system, such as a sewer cam, that is used to investigate the inside of your sewer lines and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field.
We have septic cleaning appointments today in Lakeville, Middleboro, Berkley, Sharon, West Bridgewater, and Raynham, MA.
If you wish to schedule septic cleaning or have questions about this service please do contact our Norton office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
The majority of our inspections are done on behalf of a client who is selling their property and are required to have an inspection done on their septic system. However, some inspections are done, including one of our septic ‘inspections’ today, when a property is not being sold. This type of inspection is actually called a Voluntary Assessment. All of the same steps as an inspection will be taken, however the 17-page document will NOT be sent to your local approving authority – it is for your information only.
A Voluntary Assessment is a great way to find out more about your own septic system. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services highly recommends this to our clients, as a means of properly maintaining, upgrading, and repairing your system to prolong its life.
Ask us about additional services we can provide to ensure the proper working of your septic system and if you wish to schedule an inspection or voluntary assessment. If you have any questions, please do contact our Norton Office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic First Maintenance Inspections scheduled today in Tiverton, Little Compton, Portsmouth, Middletown, Jamestown, North Kingstown, and Narragansett, Rhode Island.
The purpose of a First Maintenance Septic Inspection is to establish what type of septic system you have, if the system poses any risk to public health, if there is any risk to the environment, and determine if any immediate corrective actions should be taken.
If you need a first maintenance inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
With Two Major Hurricanes behind us, What should you do with flooded septic systems
With hurricane season still upon us, it’s a good time to brush up on the proper care of septic systems during flooding events.
Before the Storm
Once heavy rains start to fall and a flood is underway, try to cease water usage going to the system. Depending on the elevation of the septic tank and floodwaters, the tank can be used as a holding tank. The amount of damage to the system is related to the elevation of the flooding over the system combined with the length of time the system is flooded.
Make sure all inspection ports, lids and covers are properly capped and in place. Pumps and controls in the system can be removed and stored; remember to shut off electricity to the system. There should be no connections between the floor or foundation drains in the house and the system where water can drain through the system.
After the storm
After the floodwaters recede, the system shouldn’t be used until the soil has adequately dried to allow sewage to be absorbed without backing up, which could take several weeks. Homeowners should conserve water during that time.
Now is the time to call Septic Preservation Services to evaluate your system and let you know the condition and what steps you should be taking before using the system.
A comprehensive system inspection and assessment should also be conducted before putting the system back in use. This means opening all parts of the system — sewage tanks, drop boxes, anywhere there is access to system components — and assessing whether sediment or vegetative debris has entered the system. All sewage tanks should be pumped and cleaned out.
The tanks should be evaluated for watertightness and structural defects due to the flooding. Debris in the drop boxes should be removed. If there are pumps and a pressure distribution system, the distribution laterals should be jetted and cleaned. Pumps and controls should be reinstalled, recalibrated and tested.
The evaluation should include making sure wastewater moves between the parts of the system as intended. This may involve running a hydraulic load test on the soil treatment part of the system.
About a month after the system is restarted, Septic Preservation willschedule a follow-up visit to check for proper operation. Any pumps and controls should be checked and the pump calibrations re-evaluated to make sure they are delivering the correct amount of effluent.
Septic tank manhole covers should be secured and inspection ports should be free of blockage and damage. Make sure there’s no damage caused by animal intrusion in the soil treatment a
Inspections also should include a look at the vegetation over the septic tank, and any erosion damage should be repaired with sod or seeding to provide good plant cover.
If sewage backed up inside the home, homeowners should thoroughly disinfect the house, but they should avoid flushing disinfectants down the drain.
Floodwaters can cause components of a septic system to be partially or completely washed away. The owner of such a system shouldn’t assume that soil or other fill can be added and new system components constructed.
Heavy rains can cause slides to partially or completely cover septic system components with rock, mud or silt. These slides can affect the operational integrity of the system, especially the soil treatment systems.
Special care should be taken to keep vehicle and equipment traffic off the soil treatment system to avoid compaction.
If the soil treatment system is saturated or has standing water long after other areas have dried out, there may be a long-term problem related to the flood.
With luck, we won’t have to worry about a major hurricane impacting New England but preventative steps may be able to help save your septic system.
Septic Preservation Services is ready and able to answer all your questions on prevention and are the first call to action in case of a major disaster. You can reach them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
Parts of this article were published in Pumper Magazine on September 7, 2017. Visit www.pumper.com for more septic news.
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic repairs and improvement and upgrade appointments today for customers in New Bedford, Westport, Mattapoisett, Marion, Fall River, Freetown, and Acushnet, MA.
We are installing a riser and cover for one client because it will make their septic system more accessible and it will also be safer and more attractive. Our risers and covers are strong and durable and once installed the homeowners will be able to provide easy access to the system for future repairs, upgrades, and cleaning services, eliminating the need to dig and excavate the system each time it needs to be pumped.
We are also installing an effluent filter in the outlet tee of another customer’s septic tank to extend the life of their system. Due to the high cost associated with replacing a septic system, this seemingly small upgrade to a system will prove to be cost effective over time.
If you require a septic repair or would be interested in septic system improvements please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com