All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has conducted thousands of septic inspections and is urging homeowners not to park on the septic system. Parking on your septic system can cause damage to septic system components as well as compact the soil over your leach field. This damage may lead to premature failure of your septic system. If you would like a septic inspection or to discuss your septic system please call our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services conducts hundreds of title 5 septic inspections, RI functional inspections, RI first maintenance inspections, and septic repairs every year. According to government regulators at RI DEM and MA DEP as well as septic experts from multiple universities, water softeners should not discharge into your septic system. Salt is used to flush the contaminants from the filter and is discharged into the septic system. This salt will kill favorable bacteria and may lead to premature failure of your septic system. For a septic inspection or consultation please call our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is urging our customers in Wareham, Dartmouth, Lakeville, Norton, and throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island to conserve water. While we are in a drought and conserving water is green the importance for septic systems is much greater. High water usage can contribute to premature failures of septic systems as each septic system is only designed for a fixed amount of water on a daily basis. If you have concerns or questions please call our office for a consultation or septic inspection at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
How often should you pump out your septic tank? Good question. The rule of thumb is usually every 2-5 years but the makeup of your household and your habits play a big part in this equation.
When a septic tank is operating properly, solids are contained and accumulate and must be eventually pumped out. If the solids are not accumulating in the tank and are washing out into the leaching field, there is a problem with the system and the household is possibly using too much water.
The amount of solids that accumulates in the tank depends on the size of the household, the habits of the members of the household and the water usage. Every household is different. Having a professional check the sludge levels on a regular basis can help you gauge if the 2- 5 year schedule is good for your household or if more frequent pumping is needed.
Having your effluent filter checked for clogging can give you an idea of the maintenance needs of your system. The filter is designed to stop solids from entering the leaching field but how quickly is it filling up? If too quickly, you should review family and household water use habits.
The most reliable method for determining if your system needs to be pumped is regular inspection of the septic system including measuring the solids in the tank and distribution box. Our maintenance plan gives you a report regularly of the solids accumulation in your system and coincides with a pumping recommendation.
The best idea is to have a professional check the septic system on a regular basis. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has a great maintenance program for your septic system and a team of professionals to help determine what your pumping schedule should be.
Call All Clear at 508-763-4431 to enroll in the maintenance program. Prevention is key to preventing a failed septic system.
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All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is committed to helping the community and our veterans. If you are a veteran in need of a septic inspection All Clear Septic and Wastewater will help you with the cost of the septic inspection as well as any subsequent repairs. No Matter if you live in Westport, Dartmouth, Lakeville, Rochester, Coventry, Portsmouth, Attleboro, or anywhere throughout Massachusetts or Rhode Island, please call our office for your septic inspection or septic repair needs at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has hired a new septic inspector but we are still looking for another new team member to conduct title 5 septic inspections, RI septic inspections, RI functional inspections, and RI first maintenance inspections. This individual will be trained to be a professional and conduct septic inspections throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has hired a new team member. Alec has joined our team and is excited to conduct septic inspections. Throughout the first part of his training Alec will be trained to perform Title 5 septic inspections, RI septic inspections, functional inspections, and first maintenance inspections. He will be training with our professional licensed title 5 septic inspectors throughout southeastern MA and RI. Whether you’re in Rochester, Taunton, Norton, Plainville, Attleboro, MArion, Middleboro, Portsmouth, or Seekonk please welcome Alec to our team of septic inspectors.
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Water is one of the most important things to us here on Planet Earth. Not only does it support life in many forms, but it is also instrumental to our environment in a number of distinct ways. However, when it comes to the proper care of your septic system, water can quickly become the enemy if you don’t understand the role it plays in proper sewage treatment. Excessive water can cause your septic system to fail.
How It Works
A typical septic system has three primary parts, which include the septic tank, the drainfield and the soil. The purpose of the tank is to separate the solid waste from the wastewater, store that waste and then partially decompose it as much as possible. The liquid wastewater, which comes from your laundry, kitchen, bath and toilet, flows into the tank and can stay there for as long as 24-hours before passing on into the drainfield.
This 24-hour time period, which is known as “retention” time, is necessary to allow the solids to properly separate from the liquids in a “sludge” layer and allow lighter particles to float to the top in a “scum” layer. This process works to prevent the drainfield from becoming clogged.
However, if too much water flows into the system from excessive use, the soil under the septic system will not be able absorb all of the water that is used in the home and the rush of wastewater won’t provide enough retention time for the sludge and scum layers to separate. Water conservation is key to prevent the risk of this type of system failure.
Septic System Water Conservation
Getting your family to reduce the amount of water used might sound like a daunting task, but with a little bit of education, preventative maintenance, the installation of a few basic tools and determination on your part, it will all soon become second nature.
Step One – Fix ALL leaks in your home immediately: a slow-dripping faucet can waste as much as 70 gallons of water per year.
Tip: Check for a toilet leak by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank. Watch to see if the color appears in the bowl. Leaky toilets can waste over 50 gallons of water a day!
Step Two – Install water-saving shower heads, taps and toilets, which can save as much as 12 gallons, 5 gallons and up to 25 gallons respectively, per person each day.
Tip: If you can’t afford to replace your toilets, add a displacement device to your tank, which can save you between 3-25 gallons per person each day.
Step Three – Change the way you do laundry: only do a full load, which will save 20 gallons of water per load, and never use your washing machine and dishwasher at the same time.
Tip: Instead of washing 4 loads of laundry on a Saturday, try spreading out your laundry over a 2-3 day period, only doing 1 or 2 loads each day.
Step Four – Plan ahead: if you are having a party or expecting guests, reduce your water usage a few days before they arrive for adequate septic system water conservation.
Tip: Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator to save water wasted by letting the tap run while waiting for the water to get cold.
Step Five – Divert other waste water from your septic system, such as roof drains, as well as water from hot tubs and water softeners.
Tip: Speak to your All-Clear technician about creating a drywell for your water softener system, which is required by Massachusetts law.
When Should I Call a Professional?
Odors, wet spots, standing liquid and even sewage could surface or appear in the area of your drainfield. Fixtures will drain slowly, you might hear gurgling sounds in your pipes and your plumbing could backup. If any of these conditions occur, you should call a professional septic service to address these issues before they worsen.
Call All-Clear Septic & Wastewater for a professional consultation and evaluation of your current septic system. Additional features and upgrades can be added, such as effluent filters and drywells, which can enhance the performance of your septic system and keep it running effectively and efficiently. Contact us at 508-763-4431 and make sure to ask about our Preventative Maintenance Program, which is available for all types of septic systems.We are also available 24/7 in the event of emergency septic system services.
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All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is looking forward to working with home owners in Seekonk, Westport, Dartmouth, Hanover, Hanson, Halifax, Pembroke, Plymouth, and Rochester complete their title 5 septic inspections next week.
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All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is equipped and approved to assist all Portsmouth RI residence comply with the required septic inspections in the town of Portsmouth RI.
Give us a call if you live in Portsmouth, RI or anywhere else in Rhode Island or Massachusetts at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com