All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are repairing a Septic System today for a customer in Northborough, MA. As your Septic System ages it may need repairs and maintenance, but looking after your septic system can prevent some maintenance and repairs from being necessary, and certainly extend the life of your septic system. We have recently found that manufacturers have increasingly promoted ‘flushable’ wipes to households but these should not be flushed because they will clog up your septic system. Pop off toilet ‘wand’ pads are also new and advertised as flushable but should not be flushed and if used excessively could damage your septic system. Ideally you would be able to read the label if you are unsure but unfortunately manufacturers are misleading with their advice in the aim of selling more product, so we suggest if you are not sure, trash it don’t flush it. If you need more information or need to schedule a Septic System Repair or maintenance,: contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Title 5 Inspections scheduled in Bourne, Plymouth, Carver and Hanson, MA today. If you are planning to move home, live in Massachusetts and have a Septic System, it is likely that you will need a Title 5 Inspection. We have experience working with many realtors in MA and are regularly referred by realtors to their clients because they know we provide a quality, quick and professional service. If you need to schedule an appointment please contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services hopes all of our customers who were out early doing some Black Friday Shopping last week got some bargains! We understand that Septic Cleaning and Septic Pumping may not be on top of your list of things to buy this season, but we do recommend that you make sure that you regularly maintain your Septic System to prevent any problems happening later on. We have customers scheduled for septic pumping and septic cleaning today in Smithfield, Hopkinton and Foster RI. If you need to schedule maintenance for your Septic System please contact our offices at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
Fall weather is in the air and Thanksgiving is almost here, you’re probably already making your own plans for this year’s holiday gatherings. When the holidays roll around and family comes into town – you’ll want to make sure that you pay special attention to guests in your home and how they could impact your septic system. Here are some septic maintenance reminders for the holidays.
Have your tank pumped out before company arrives.
If you’re having family in town or having a large event, you may want to consider having your tank pumped out before they get into town. Your tank is used to operating at a certain level based on its size and the size of your home. If you’re expecting out of town guests for an extended stay you’ll want to make sure that your septic system is operating optimally to avoid embarrassing backups or drainfield failures.
Remind them about septic system “rules”.
Although it might be a sensitive subject, try to educate your guests about the rules with septic systems, such as not flushing feminine products or other items down the toilet and putting food solids and grease into the garbage rather than dumping them down the drain. These things will help you to avoid backups and malfunctions and keep your system running optimally, no matter how many guests you have. Limiting the use of your garbage disposal or not using it at all is a good idea with so many different foods at the holidays.
When you have guests in the town, the last thing you want to worry about is a septic system malfunction. A regular maintenance check before your guests arrive could save you lots of money compared to a septic repair and also help make their stay more enjoyable.
Also, it might be a good time to review your water usage and consider changing over to High Efficiency toilets, sinks, and Energy Star appliances. Efficient use of water can improve your septic system’s operation and reduce the risk of failure.
Everyone always looks forward to the holidays and getting together with family and friends. Do your self a favor and call All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services for a maintenance check to make sure your septic system is ready for the holidays and you can relax and enjoy the holiday season.
Call them at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are getting excited for the coming holiday. We know our customers are also looking forward to Thanksgiving and food preparation is well underway for thanksgiving meals. We would like to remind our customers to remember that it is very inadvisable to put any type of cooking oil, fat or grease down the sink to enter your septic system. If you regularly introduce cooking fats, oils and grease into your septic system it could result in a septic system failure. Just remember when you are making your beautifully juicy turkey dinne,r do not pour the fat, oil or grease down your sink. We have been conducting Septic Repairs in Hingham, Berlin, and Wayland, MA that could have been easily avoided with a little knowledge and preventative measures. Call us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com for all your septic questions.
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic Repairs scheduled for customers in Westport and New Bedford, MA today. If you have unpleasant odors in your home, slow flowing water from your shower or sinks, decreased flushing of your toilets, wet patches or water accumulating on your leach field, or very green grass on your leach field, when the rest of your garden is not the same, these are all signs that your septic system may not be operating correctly. We would recommend that you do not ignore or put off repairs to your system because this could lead to more costly repairs later. If you think that you may need our services, call our office for advice and to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic First Maintenance Inspections scheduled today in Charlestown, Richmond and South Kingstown RI. Regular maintenance of your septic system will keep your system working efficiently and can prevent costly repairs. Inspections also can save you money by preventing unnecessary pump-outs, and a well-maintained system helps protect water quality. The First Maintenance Inspection provides baseline information about your system. If you want to schedule a First Maintenance Inspection for your property please contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Title 5 Inspections Scheduled for Uxbridge, Blackstone, Sutton and Upton MA. Generally septic systems are required to be inspected prior to transfer of the title to a property, and prior to a change of use or expansion of a building(s) served by the septic system. There are some other instances inspections are required so if you are unsure, contact our offices or your local town offices for more information. If you do need to schedule a Title 5 Inspection in Massachusetts, contact our office to make an appointment. Call us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is licensed to do Septic First Maintenance Inspections in Rhode Island. At the First Maintenance Inspection, the inspector locates the tank and other system components and gathers information about its condition and its use. The purpose is to:
-Determine need for system upgrade or replacement
-Obtain baseline information about the system
-Set a routine maintenance schedule
Regular maintenance of your septic system will keep your system working efficiently and can prevent costly repairs. Inspections can also save you money by preventing unnecessary pump-outs, and a well-maintained system helps protect water quality. The First Maintenance Inspection provides baseline information about your system.
If you need to schedule a First Maintenance Inspection please contact our office. We have appointments already scheduled next week in Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield and South Kingstown RI.
You can reach us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
Published in Onsite Installer Magazine
Written by Sarah Heger
Chemicals used in many drain cleaners kill the essential bacteria needed by septic systems.
Septic systems rely on natural bacteria to treat wastewater. Harsh chemicals used in many drain cleaners kill the essential bacteria needed by septic systems.
Chemical drain cleaners are among the most dangerous of all cleaning products to human health. Most contain corrosive ingredients such as sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide (lye) and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) that can permanently burn eyes and skin. Some can be fatal if ingested. Cleaning products are required by law to include label warnings if harmful ingredients are included which are:
|Signal word||Toxicity if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin|
|Caution||One ounce to one pint may be harmful|
|Warning||One teaspoon to one ounce may be harmful or fatal|
|Danger||One taste to one teaspoon is fatal|
In a study by Gross (1987), a lab study found significant decreases in concentrations of coliform bacteria at very low Drano concentrations. Just 0.1 mg of Drano per liter of septic tank effluent reduced the concentration of coliforms tenfold; 1.3 mg is enough to kill most bacteria, and at 3 mg/L they are destroyed. Three mg/L corresponds to 11.3 grams in a 1,000-gallon septic tank. Also, there was as a slight decrease in pH at higher concentrations of Drano. This amount could possibly be used by a homeowner in a short time period when unclogging a drain. The bacteria population recovers to its original concentration within 48 hours following the addition of the Drano.
Alternatives for customers
Prevent drains from becoming blocked in the first place by having really good catch basins in all drains from sinks, showers, tubs, laundry, etc. This is easily done with inexpensive metal or plastic drain screens. Large food scraps, along with fat, oils and grease should be collected and disposed of with the solid waste or composted when possible, and not dumped down the drain.
The most likely spot for a sink drain to clog is about 6 inches below the drain opening in the trap. If a clog occurs, many times the plumbing under a sink can be removed and manually cleaned. In other instances a plunger may also help to clear the obstruction or a drain auger or snake is used to manually remove the material causing the slow or blocked drain. If the blockage isn’t near enough to the sink to reach with a snake, look for other places to gain entry to the pipe. There should be clean-out ports that can be unscrewed to gain access to pipes for auguring. If it’s a tough hair or scale-type clog, it may be worth it to call in a professional with better equipment to handle those types of blockages.
As a last resort, chemical drain cleaners may be used, but they must be enzyme-based rather than caustic cleaners. Earth Friendly or Naturally Yours are two brands of enzyme-based drain cleaners. Homeowners can make their own: Put 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, 6 cups of vinegar down the drain. Let stand for an hour or so & then pour kettle of boiling water down your drain. This can be done every 6 months to a year. It does no damage and can help to keep drains clear.
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services can answer all your septic questions. Call them at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com