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Basic Septic and Plumbing Maintenance

All Clear SepticWherever you live, you will have some form of plumbing, be it a septic system or a town or city-tied system.  Inevitably you will have some kind of problem with it.  Here are some tips and guidelines that will help you take care of the most basic issues yourself without having to call a plumber!  All-Clear Septic & Wastewater Services has put together this info to answer your questions and help you keep your septic system and plumbing working properly.

Before diving into what you should do to keep your septic system healthy, you should know why you need to spend a little time maintaining your system.  Simply following these steps will help prevent some fairly common errors which can lead to very expensive fixes.  Flushing the wrong things down the toilet or using the wrong additives can lead to costly repairs.  One of the biggest reasons to be sure you are keeping an eye on your system is the health of you and the people you live with.  Untreated waste can be dangerous and pose a health threat to people who come in contact with it.  It can also contaminate drinking water sources and groundwater.

Before going any further,  what you need to do is know what kind of system you have, and how to access it.  If you live in an urban area, you most likely have a city or town sewer-tied system.  Although  there is no tank or self-contained system you need to keep an eye on, it is still important to be careful what you put down your toilet and drains,since these systems also need to be maintained by the city to keep our environment healthy.   Be sure you don’t flush things which are not meant to be flushed, and keep harsh chemicals out of the drains. Some chemicals or cleaners may react badly with the pipes and cause premature deterioration which can lead to costly repairs.  If you have a septic system, there are many things you should be aware of to ensure your system is effective and does not contaminate the surrounding environment.  

Stay tuned for our next installment in maintaining your septic system.

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The History of All Clear Septic

All Clear SepticThe State of Massachusetts initiated a law in 1995, requiring all on-site sewage treatment systems (septic systems) to fall under specific guidelines. This was in response to concerns about the contamination of groundwater and local drinking water supplies as a result of antiquated septic systems and cesspools within Massachusetts.

The Code of Massachusetts Regulations (310 CMR, Section 15.00) states that Title 5 Inspection: “Protects you and your neighbors from public health threats. DEP, local Boards of Health and system owners all share the responsibility for the proper sitting, construction, upgrade and maintenance of on-site systems.”

In 1995, the year that the law was implemented, Al Rivet, the owner of All-Clear, entered the septic industry as a Title 5 Inspector. However, after he had performed thousands of inspections, Al discovered that there was a need for a company in Southcoast Massachusetts that could provide inspections, effectively troubleshoot septic systems and provide any preventative maintenance or repairs that were required. As a result, the incorporation of All-Clear as a septic and wastewater services company was established in 2004.

The service offerings available to our customers through All-Clear have grown over the years, as consumer needs were identified through hands-on experience. We proudly offer Title 5 Inspections, confidential septic evaluations, troubleshooting services, annual maintenance, septic pumping, remedial repairs and septic rejuvenations.

The only service NOT provided by All-Clear is the installation of new septic systems. We refrain from providing installations so that there would never be a conflict of interest for us to fail a passing system. Providing quality septic services that you can trust and professional customer care is our top priority.

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Frequently Asked Septic Questions!


What do I need to do to sell my house or build an addition on my home?

If you own a home that has a private septic system in the State of Massachusetts, you are required to have a State-Certified Title 5 Inspector perform an official Title 5 Inspection on your system prior to selling your home or building an addition.

What is a Title 5 Inspection?

Since 1995, the State of Massachusetts has required homeowners to have their private septic system check thoroughly by a State-Certified Title 5 Inspector. 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 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

Is it possible to get an inspection even if I am not selling my home?

Yes, this type of inspection is called a Voluntary Assessment. All of the same steps in the above inspection detail 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 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.

Can I get a Voluntary Assessment performed even if I don’t live in Massachusetts?

Yes, All-Clear is also certified to perform inspections in the State of Rhode Island.

Should I get my system pumped or cleaned before I get an inspection?

Absolutely not. The State of Massachusetts requires that your system be inspected under “normal use conditions” for a minimum of 2 weeks or more. If your system needs pumping during this period, we can arrange to have it done for you while the components of your system are exposed.

Will my landscaping be affected by the inspection?

The All-Clear team is very respectful to the landscaping of your home or property. In order to minimize the amount of physical work required to perform your inspection, we use state-of-the-art locating equipment that helps us to locate your system components within a 4-inch radius. We also use a specialized “sewer cam” to let us inspect your pipes without having to dig them up. Any sod that needs to be removed is cut carefully and laid on tarps so it can be neatly replaced when your inspection is complete.

What do I need to do after I get a new system installed?

You should first get a copy of the As-Built and Design Plans of your new system from the Health Department or the designer. These plans will help All-Clear to provide more effective service to your in the future, should any repairs be required. It is also helpful to have a diagram of your new septic system in the event of any future landscaping projects, parking places, driveways or other renovations to your home or property. You should also contact All-Clear to set up a Preventative Maintenance Plan to keep your new system running effectively and efficiently. Another great tip is to add a laundry filter to your washing machine to protect your new system.

How often do I need to get my septic tank pumped?

The answer to this question will depend greatly upon usage. On average, a family of four that lives in a three-bedroom house will need to get their tank pumped every 2-5 years. Your best bet is to find out more about the All-Clear Preventative Maintenance Program to stay on top of your system, helping you to get your tank pumped only as-needed.

Can I build over my septic tank?

Most municipal and State codes do not allow you to build anything on top of your septic tank. All-Clear does not advise building any pools, driveways, additions or other items over top of your tank. We also suggest strongly that you do not build or plant landscaping on top of your drainfield.

Should I open my septic tank if I think there is a problem?

You should 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. Your best bet is to contact a certified, professional service, such as All-Clear, if you suspect any problems occurring within your system.

Are there any important do’s or don’ts with regard to keeping the system trouble-free?

Yes, please view our Do’s and Don’ts page within our Education section. (LINK)

How much will it cost for services at All-Clear?

Please contact us direct for information about the services offered at All-Clear, as well as pricing information and our popular Preventative Maintenance Program.

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Septic System Tips for Proper Usage!

Do you have a new septic system, or are you moving to a house and have never had a septic system before?  Here are some tips you can follow to help keep your system working properly, provided by All-Clear Septic & Wastewater Services.  

  • The first and easiest thing you can do is schedule regular checks on your system with a licensed  septic system specialist.  Depending on the type and flow rate of the system, checkups can be scheduled anywhere from once every three months to three years. 


  • Pumping your system on a regular schedule is highly recommended.  The amount of use and size of the system will dictate the pumping schedule, but it is safe to say the more people using  the system, the more often you will need to have it serviced.

Watching your water use carefully will be a major factor in how well your septic system functions.  If you are able, use low-flow fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom. It  will considerably reduce overall usage and wear and tear on the system.

Try not to wash all your laundry on the same day.  Spread washes throughout the week.

Do not run your dishwasher and washing machine at the same time.  

Do not put anything but toilet tissue down the toilet.  A product labelled “flushable” may be ok for a sewer-tied system, but may not be ok for a septic system.

Do not drain hot tubs, pools, spas or other large-capacity water tank into the septic system. Pool chemicals can kill off beneficial bacteria in the system, and the massive rush of water can “flood” your leach field, rendering the system ineffective until it has properly drained.

Ensure risers are installed and easily accessible to septic system maintenance professionals.

Ensure all rainwater and drainage is directed away from the leach field to prevent flooding the system.

Use shallow-rooted grass, flowers and shrubs when landscaping on or around your system.  This will help prevent damage from deep-growing root systems.

Stop or reduce use of garbage disposal.  These can quickly create a blockage in your septic system and leach field, as well as introduce large quantities of grease and other solids which will require more frequent pumping and system maintenance.

Do not flush household cleaning chemicals or put them down the drain.  These can potentially kill the beneficial bacteria or cause significant damage to the system itself.  These can also pollute the groundwater if done in sufficient quantity or concentration.

Do not build structures or park vehicles on the tank or leach field.  This could cause damage to the system and compact the soil which prevents liquids from leaching into the earth freely.

Do not use septic system additives unless directed by your septic system maintenance professional.  These may cause issues with the system or eliminate the healthy bacteria within the tank.  Only use additives if they are approved by your septic system maintenance professional for your specific septic system.

If you still have questions or need service, call All-Clear TODAY at (508) 763-4431!

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Septic System Cleaning and Pumping!


Part of any good Preventative Maintenance Program is to ensure that your septic system is properly cleaned and is pumped on a regular basis. It is important to know the facts about septic cleaning and pumping to avoid making costly mistakes.


Getting your tanks cleaned on a regular basis will help to improve the efficiency of your septic system and keep it running smooth. It is important to select your service provider carefully to ensure that you get quality work.  Be sure that when comparing prices that you compare apples to apples.  Some differences that may effect cost are the size of the tank, how deep the covers are buried, and if there is a filter to clean.

All-Clear takes pride in the work that we do, utilizing specialized equipment to locate specific areas of your system, such as a sewer camera that is used to investigate the inside of your sewer lines, and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field.


pumpingSome pumping services will tell you that you need to get your septic system pumped every 6 months or on an annual basis. The truth is that a properly maintained septic system should only be pumped based on the accumulation of sludge and scum, which is typically every 2-5 years.  Pumping too frequently is costly and removes the “good” bacteria that keep the system running smoothly.

If you would like a system evaluation and to know how often you should be pumping, give All-Clear a call for an evaluation and to set up quick and easy pumping arrangements.


All-Clear can get you started on the road to a healthier septic system for your residential or commercial property through our Preventative Maintenance Program. We are so confident in the services offered through this program that we offer a unique “Pass or It’s FREE Guarantee” on Title 5 Inspections to all of our customers that are in the Preventative Maintenance Program and have followed up with all of our recommendations. We also provide a 50% discount off of all Title 5 Inspections for our up-to-date Preventative Maintenance Program customers. Call us today at 508-763-4431 to get more information about our programs and services.

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Septic Rejuvenation!


All-Clear also offers an exciting new service to our customers that utilizes a patented technology to save failed septic systems.  This method is used as an alternative to replacing the septic system. It allows failed septic systems to rapidly rejuvenate, extending the lifespan of the drainfield and the septic system, while enhancing the treatment process.

Rejuvenation is currently being used by over 2,000 different septic service providers throughout the United States and Canada and has proven successful in a wide range of different climates and soil types, with over 1,000 installations in New England.   This technology has been applied in residential situations for both single and multi-family dwellings, as well as commercial situations, servicing hotels, grocery stores, food processing facilities, healthcare services, marinas, restaurants, breweries, car washes and more.

Some of the benefits associated with Septic Rejuvenation include:

  • rapid restoration of proper septic system functions
  • lower costs for installation, operation and maintenance
  • enhanced removal of pathogens, nitrogen, and B.O.D.
  • minimal damage/disruption to existing property landscape
  • long term, cost-effective solution


The technology we use at All-Clear has been studied over an extended period of time. Rejuvenation has been proven effective, tested by leading universities, leaders in the septic industry and third-party organizations. The process is simple, yet revolutionary. It is similar to composting and has the ability to rejuvenate septic systems that are severely failed within just a few months.




Regardless of your type of septic system, from chambers to stone & pipe, drip and everything in between, our rejuvenation technology can help get your system back on track and running efficiently. The effectiveness of this method has been proven, documented and approved by the MA DEP and RI DEM.


For more information about our revolutionary Septic Rejuvenation services or to schedule an evaluation with one of our licensed and certified technicians, call All-Clear at 508-763-4431. Ask about our Maintenance Prevention Program, designed to keep your septic system running properly to avoid costly repairs and emergency services in the future.

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All Clear Septic Consulting and Emergency Services


In addition to Title 5 Inspections, septic repairs and cleaning services, All-Clear also provides professional consultations to property owners, both residential and commercial.

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.


Do you have a difficult septic problem? Have you called other services that were unable to solve your issues? All-Clear can help to answer all of your septic related questions and help you find solutions that will get your septic system back on track and running properly. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment that can help us to quickly identify and accurately pinpoint the problems that are plaguing your system. At All-Clear, questions are always FREE. Give us a call at 508-763-4431 to ask a question, call us out for a consultation or set up an appointment for an evaluation or inspection.


Our professional team of licensed and certified technicians are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just call our Emergency Service Center day or night at 508-763-4431 and we will send someone out to take care of your emergency septic problems right away.

All-Clear also offers a Preventative Maintenance Program that can help you stay on top of your septic system to prevent emergency situations in the future. Ask one of our team members about the various programs available for our customers.

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Join Our Realtor Loyalty Program!


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We acknowledge and appreciate the referrals we get from out REALTOR® professionals!  Nurturing a strong relationship between REALTORS ® and the septic professionals creates a winning combination for all sellers.

To thank you for your referrals, we have created the REALTOR® Loyalty Program. 

You may receive periodic educational information by email, video and mailers.  This information is designed to help you not only learn more about our services, but help your clients more!

We will also thank your with a $25 prepaid Visa card for each referral that results in new business for All-Clear Septic and Septic Preservation Services!

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Realtor Loyalty Program!

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Did you know 50% of all septic system inspections fail??

What does this mean for you and your seller?

Sellers need to address this issue prior to putting their house on the market, or at least within the first few weeks.  A house will sell much quicker with a Title 5 Certificate of Compliance and be much more attractive to buyers.

What happens if your septic system fails Title 5?  Now is the time to address the issues with either a repair or installation of a new septic.  Many buyers will be unable to purchase a home with a failed septic and this limits their scope.  Encouraging your sellers to take  care of the situation prior to putting their house on the market will mean a better selling price in the end.

Turn to us, your septic experts, for all of the answers Septic Preservation and All Clear Septic Services joined forces to become your foremost resource providing comprehensive and quality septic services from start to finish.

Providing Residential and Commercial:

•    MA Title 5 Inspections
•    Small and large repairs
•    Full system replacement
•    Engineering soil evaluation, perc testing
•    Preservation and remediation

We acknowledge and appreciate the referrals we get from out REALTOR® professionals!  Nurturing a strong relationship between REALTORS ® and the septic professionals creates a winning combination for all sellers.

To thank you for your referrals, we have created the REALTOR® Loyalty Program. 

You may receive periodic educational information by email, video and mailers.  This information is designed to help you not only learn more about our services, but help your clients more!

We will also thank your with a $25 prepaid Visa card for each referral that results in new business for All-Clear Septic and Septic Preservation Services!

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Septic System Inspections and Assessments!


Proper septic system inspection is the best way to prevent property owners from having to face unexpected and costly repairs. An inspector can determine whether you are disposing of sewage and gray wastewater in a safe and legal manner.


Since 1995, the State of Massachusetts has required residential and commercial property owners to pass a Title 5 Inspection of their on-site sewage treatment systems before they can sell the property. Specific guidelines were set to prevent the contamination of local drinking water supplies and groundwater as a result of outdated or ineffective septic systems or cesspools. All-Clear offers Massachusetts Title 5 Inspections, using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, giving you a thorough inspection at a price you can afford.


In addition to the Massachusetts Title 5 Inspection, All-Clear is also licensed to perform Rhode Island Town Inspections. These inspections are required by many towns throughout Rhode Island, including Charlestown, Jamestown, North Kingstown and South Kingstown. Because it is a part of the local town ordinance, residential and commercial property owners living in these areas are required to submit to these regular inspections of their septic systems. All-Clear uses state-of-the-art tools to provide these services to our customers at an affordable rate.


Many property owners are unaware that they have the ability to hire a licensed inspector, such as All-Clear, to perform Confidential Voluntary Assessments of their septic systems. These inspections are completed just as they would be according to the Title 5 Inspections required by the State of Massachusetts, but the findings are NOT reported to any other person, municipality or office outside of the homeowner.

Once the inspection is complete, the homeowner will receive a thorough report from All-Clear along with an assessment of the findings and some recommendations on how to properly maintain or repair their septic system. The recommendations provided by All-Clear are designed to increase longevity and prevent future issues, such as property damage, high cost repairs or system replacement.


Our licensed and certified inspectors and technicians at All-Clear can help you with all of your Title 5 Inspection and Rhode Island Town Inspections needs. Give us a call at 508-763-4431 for pricing, information or to set up an appointment for an inspection of your residential or commercial property.

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