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Flooded Septic System Tips

hurricaneWith 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.

Destroyed systems

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.

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Upgrades and Risers for Your Septic System

septic risers and upgrades 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

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Realtors and Satisfied Customers Recommend All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Norton, Taunton, Dighton, Berkley, Rehoboth, and Raynham, MA.

We have an excellent reputation in this region for providing professional, thorough, and convenient Septic Inspections for our clients.  A large portion of our business comes from word of mouth either from satisfied previous customers, repeat customers, or from realtor referrals because realtors are confident recommending our service to their clients when they need septic inspections.  Realtors are happy to work with us on a repeat basis because they know that All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services will provide a quality inspection to their clients.

If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Regular Septic Maintenance Important for Septic System

septic maintenance All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that regular maintenance of a septic system will ensure the longevity of your system and also vastly reduce the likelihood of septic breakdowns and failures.

The most important maintenance for a septic system is regular septic pumping.  Pump outs are essential because your tank will eventually fill up and, as you can probably imagine, nothing good will ever come from a septic tank that is so full,  there is no where for your waste to go.

The frequency of pumpouts depends upon a number of factors including the size of your septic tank and the amount of wastewater that enters it.  For example, generally speaking, a retired couple use less water than a family of 5 with teenage children. However, if that couple regularly host large family gatherings or have extended family come to visit for a large amount of time then their water usage will increase again.

We would usually suggest that septic tanks are pumped every 3 – 5 years but of course this will vary, so if you are unsure, please do contact us for advice.  Property owners also need to be aware that if they have a garbage disposal (which they use) they will need to have their tank pumped annually because this vastly reduces the amount of time needed between pump outs.

Today we have septic pumping appointments for customers in North Attleboro, Wrentham, Mansfield, Foxboro, Bellingham, and Franklin, MA.  If you are unsure whether your system needs to be pumped or if you have any septic questions or need to schedule a septic pump out, please do contact our Norton office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Septic Problems Diagnosed and Fixed

All Clear Septic All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has been contacted on many occasions by property owners who have noticed problems such as a sewage smell in their home or have septic backup. They know that these are signs that they may have a septic problem but do not necessarily know what is causing the problem or how to fix it.

That is why they contact  All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services, a septic company who has extensive experience locating, repairing and fixing septic problems.  We not only repair the problem but also fix the underlying septic problem that is causing the issue and in that way we can be confident that the issue will not return.

We also provide septic education to our clients because often septic repairs can be avoided if the septic system is used correctly.

Today, we have septic repair appointments in Fall River, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Acushnet, Freetown, New Bedford, and Westport, MA.  If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions or concerns about your septic system please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Condominium Title 5 Septic Inspections

condominium All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today for customers that are moving home but also for a condo association who is required to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection once every 3 years because they have more than 5 units in the condominiums

. We will be conducting these septic inspections in North Attleboro, Wrentham, Norton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, MA.   If your require a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions about Septic Inspections please contact our Norton Office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Rhode Island Functional Inspections Today

septic inspections All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has Rhode Island Functional Inspections scheduled today in South Kingstown, Narragansett, Charlestown, Richmond, Westerly, and Hopkinton, Rhode Island.

 Functional inspections are usually performed when a property transfers, as a means to protect the consumer and identify systems in need of upgrade or repair. If you require a Functional Inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Schedule Your Septic Design Consultation

 All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have a septic design consultation today with a commercial property owner in Hopkinton, Rhode Island who is putting an addition onto their restaurant and requires a septic system to be correspondingly designed to cope with the additional usage that it will receive.

We have experience with designing septic systems for residential and commercial clients for different sized properties, so we can always provide a septic design that will meet the budget, environment, and usage needs of the client.

If you require a septic design or if you have any questions about septic designs please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

All Clear Septic Have Septic Inspections on Cape Cod Today

Cape Cod All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have septic inspections scheduled today in Brewster, Eastham, Falmouth, Mashpee, Orleans, and Bourne, MA.

We have been working on Cape Cod for many years and carry out thorough, professional and prompt septic inspections for our clients.

Septic Inspections are often necessary because a property is being sold and we get many of our septic inspection appointments through referrals from Realtors. We have an excellent reputation and Realtors are happy to work with us repeatedly because they know that they can rely on our service.

If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

Labor Day All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services wishes its clients, friends and families a Happy Labor Day.  On this day we honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of our country.  However, most of us will celebrate by not working and spending time with our loved ones.  We wish everyone a happy holiday and we will be back to work continuing to contribute to the economy and well being of the country……tomorrow.  You can reach us for all your septic needs at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com