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Septic First Maintenance Inspections in Rhode Island

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic first maintenance inspections today for customers in Cranston, Barrington, Johnston, Coventry, Scituate, Smithfield, and Glocester, RI.  A First Maintenance Inspection provides baseline information about your system . To prepare for the inspection, it’s a good idea to collect information about the system and past maintenance, and if possible, locate and unearth the septic tank/cesspool cover to save costs.  The Inspector will complete a report that describes the system, identifies maintenance requirements, and recommends a schedule for the next inspection and pump out.  The inspection report is a 3 part form.  The Inspector will forward one part to the Town, one part to the property owner and keep one part . If you need to schedule a first maintenance inspection or if you have any questions about the inspection please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

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Importance of Septic Tank Pumping

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has appointments for septic pumping today in Attleboro, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Fall River, Swansea, Westport, Mattapoisett, and Marion, MA.  If your property has a septic system, an essential part of your systems’ maintenance is regular septic pumping.  The regularity of the pumping depends on various factors, including the size of your tank and the usage of your system.  However, on average, tanks need to be pumped every 3 – 5 years.  If you need septic pumping or you have questions about septic pumping please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit


Rainy Weather and Your Septic System

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Heavy rains can cause septic issues.   Significant rainfall can quickly flood the ground around the leach field or drainfield leaving it saturated and making it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system. When the water has nowhere to go, it can eventually travels backward through the plumbing system and back into drains and toilets and into your home.   When the  drainfield becomes flooded, it  can also lead to untreated sewage flowing into the groundwater and local streams.   This can lead to environmental contamination.

There are things you can do to help minimize any damage to the way your septic system functions and keep everything functioning smoothly.

Before it starts to rain:

  • Prevention is always the best bet.  Make sure your septic system is properly maintained, and is regularly pumped.  Septic problems can be worse if your tank needs to be pumped or the system has not been properly maintained.
  • Keeping water away from the home and the drain field is key.   Rain gutters are important. Make sure all gutters drain away from the drainfield area so as not to saturate the area, and make sure you clean the gutters in the fall and spring to help the water drain properly.
  • Maintenance of your drain field is essential.  Do not drive any heavy equipment or other vehicles that could compact the soil over the drainfield. This can compromise the soil absorption field’s ability to treat wastewater. Also, plant only grass above the drainfield or groundcover with shallow roots.  Do not plant any trees or vegetation with deep roots which could harm the leach field.

During the rainstorm:

  • If  you begin to notice that your drainfield is flooded, be alert to drains that are not draining quickly, toilets that flush slower or make strange sounds, or water that is backing up into your basement.   To take pressure off your system and allow it to recoup, use it less.  If possible, reduce or eliminate water going down the drains until the drainfield dries out.  Hold off on laundry until the water recedes.  Try to cut back on showers, and dishwashing and flush the toilet only when necessary.  It should only be a day or two until the rain stops and the sun dries up some of the excess water.

After the Storm

  • If the water does not recede and you suspect that your septic system is still not working properly, it’s time to call in a professional.  All Clear Septic is able to quickly come out and check your system and offer a solution.  It may include pumping the system or repairs may be needed.   Do not wait to have your system checked.  This could greatly increase your chances of major septic repairs or septic system failure.
  • All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services also has a great septic maintenance program.  Take the worry out of your septic system and call All Clear at 508-763-4431 and let them put you on their maintenance program.  This can help you extend the life of your system.  Visit for more information.
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Selling a Home- Need a Title 5 Inspection?

All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Lynnfield, Medford, North Reading, Boxford, Middleton, Bedford, Carlisle, and Boxborough, MA.  If you are selling a property, either commercial property or private residence, with a septic system, you are likely to need a septic inspection before you can complete the sale.  If you are unsure whether you need an inspection, have any other questions about Title 5 Septic Inspections, or wish to schedule an appointment please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

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Leach Field or Drain Field Repair

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services often has calls relating not just to septic tanks but also leach fields or drain fields which are a necessary part of your septic system.  A leach field is the area through which effluent from the septic tank is dispersed into the soil to be filtered.   In the leach field, the effluent moves through the pipes and seeps into the surrounding soil.  The soil filters out suspended solids and organic matter.  Bacteria in the soil then decomposes harmful microorganisms and other organic components.  Clay particles trap viruses which eventually die.  Treated effluent continues downward as it percolates through the layers of soil.  Leach fields are not always built the same way or the same size.  Things like soil types, topography, trees, and nearby wells can all dictate the size and design specifics of a leach field.  Failure of a leach field is often caused by plugging caused by a failed septic tank.  Particles of nondecomposed septic material escape the septic tank outlet baffle and decrease the permeability of the leach field soil.  Over time the effluent water, often containing dangerous bacteria, may seek relief by bubbling up to the surface since it no longer can be absorbed properly downward into the ground.  Offensive odors usually accompany this event.  If you have puddling on your leach field or very green and lush growth over it, these are indications that you may have a problem that should be looked at.  All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has experience with septic system repairs including leach field repairs.  We have septic repair appointments today in Hingham, Scituate, Marshfield, East Bridgewater, Plymouth, Carver, and Middleboro, MA.  If you need to make an appointment or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

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All Clear Septic Addresses Septic Concerns

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services septic system repairs today in Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton, Middletown, Jamestown, Narragansett, and North Kingstown, RI for customers who have contacted us because they are concerned that their septic system may not be operating correctly.  It is wise to have septic concerns addressed promptly, because if you ignore indications that there may be a problem with your septic system, it could become a much more costly septic repair or failure in the future.  Signs of a problem may include:   slow draining toilets and sinks, gurgling noises within the plumbing, sewage odors inside, continuing drainage backups, or bacteria in the well water.  If any of these symptoms exist, check for more pronounced indications of a septic system failure.  Check the absorption field for unusually strong odors.  The typical visually identifiable sign of a septic failure is lush patches of grass or areas in which the plants are flourishing much more than other areas.  Another indicator of a septic failure is the presence of pooled effluent on the surface of the yard.  If this has happened, it means the surrounding soil has become saturated with untreated waste material.  If you have these signs or any other concerns that your septic system needs a repair, please do contact our office for more information or to make an appointment at 508-763-4431 or visit

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Septic Repairs By All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have extensive experience working with many types of septic systems, so we can quickly and accurately determine the cause of a septic problem and repair it.  We have septic system repairs today in Brewster, Dennis, Chatham, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Eastham, Mashpee, and Falmouth, MA.  We can fix large and small septic problems including D-Box repairs, septic alarm repairs, leach field problems and drainfield repairs and septic pump repairs.  If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

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Title 5 Requirements by All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Title 5 septic inspections today in Ayer, Acton, Northborough, Boxborough, Stow, Grafton, Hudson, and Berlin, MA.  On site septic system inspections are required:


In general:

  • When properties are sold, divided or combined.
  • When there is a change in use or an expansion of a facility.
  • When MassDEP or the local Board of Health requires an inspection.
  • Title 5 requires inspections for large systems, shared systems, and condominiums on a periodic basis.
  • Systems located in cities and towns with MassDEP-approved inspection programs are required to comply with local inspection requirements

There are exceptions and you can contact your local board of health or see the Massachusetts “Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs”.  If you wish to schedule a Title 5 Inspection please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

do's and dont's

How to Clean Your Home with Products Safe for Septic Systems

One of the most important ingredients in your septic tank system is the microorganisms that live in the tank. These naturally-occurring microorganisms work to break down waste solids and process the sludge and wastewater in your system. Unfortunately, many of the chemicals and cleaning agents used in our everyday lives are harmful to the microorganisms. Homeowners that have a septic system, should refrain from using dangerous products that could potentially make their way into the septic tank and kill off these helpful microorganisms. Here are some tips that will help you to choose the best possible products for your home that are also safe for septic systems.

Chemical Cleaners 101
Part of septic tank care is knowing what you can put down the drain, and what you can’t. Septic systems in Massachusetts are vulnerable to failure caused by user error. The best way to stay on top of your septic system and ensure that it is working effectively and efficiently to process and remove waste is to get a preventative maintenance program from your local septic system service provider. A professional, experience technician can help to keep your system running in tip top shape and give you advice on proper septic tank care.

To determine whether or not a cleaning product is dangerous to your septic system, read the label. Many cleaning products are required to use the words “dangerous” or “poisonous” on their labeling to advise consumers of the danger associated with using or misusing the product. The word “warning” on a label indicates a moderate level of hazard associated with the product and the word “caution” is dangerous to an even lesser degree.

Your best bet is to choose cleaning products that say “septic friendly,” but they can be hard to find. Choose products that contain active ingredients that are bio-based or natural, as opposed to chemical-based cleaners. For example, citrus, vegetable, pine oils and seed-based cleaners are a better choice than chemical options. Don’t trust advertising claims that call products “green” or even “environmentally certified,” as many of those claims are exaggerated and have nothing to do with being safe for septic use.

Disinfectants 101
Another product that people who have septic systems in Massachusetts need to be aware of is disinfectant. While these products are extremely helpful in reducing exposure to germs, bacteria, viruses and other potentially hazardous and infectious microorganisms, they will also kill the helpful microorganisms inside your septic tank.

Limit the use of disinfectants to surfaces, such as counter tops, trash cans and tables, rather than in sinks or toilets, areas that could cause these products to make their way into your septic system. Natural fruit or vegetable based all-purpose cleaners should be used in these vulnerable areas.

Homemade Solutions
There are a lot of homemade solutions that can be used to clean your home instead of chemical-based products. In addition to being beneficial to septic tank care and being safe for septic systems, these homemade solutions go a long way toward reducing the amount of chemical exposure to your family. Even families without septic systems are turning to these tried and true homemade solutions and are moving away from chemical-based cleaners.

  • Vinegar is a very effective cleaner for most household surfaces. It can be used to remove stains from tile or porcelain, eliminate hard water stains from shower doors and is an excellent choice for cleaning a smelly dishwasher or washing machine. It is the best choice for cleaning a toilet bowl. Just pour two cups of vinegar into the bowl and allow it to sit overnight. Scrub with a brush and flush.
  • Lemon juice is a natural wonder, due to its acidic qualities. It is also a natural disinfectant and will leave your home smelling fresh and clean. It can be used to clean counter tops, toilet bowls, sinks and kitchen appliances. Add two cups of lemon juice to a bucket of hot water and scrub. It can also be used in the toilet similar to the vinegar solution for an alternative cleaning option.
  • Baking soda works to both clean and deodorize your home naturally. It is safe for septic systems and is one of the best cleaners to use for those who are concerned about septic tank care. Just sprinkle baking soda onto counter tops, in sinks, onto the toilet bowl or anywhere else that needs cleaning. Scrub with a sponge or brush and wipe or rinse away with water.

Preventative Maintenance Program
Once you learn how to read the labels and how to avoid using potentially damaging chemicals in your home, the best thing to do for septic systems in Massachusetts is to join a preventative maintenance program with a trusted, professional septic system service company. Septic Preservation Services has been serving customers throughout the Southcoast region since 1995.

In addition to a comprehensive preventative maintenance program,  Septic Preservation Services also offers Massachusetts Title 5 inspections, Rhode Island town inspections, confidential septic evaluations, trouble shooting services, remedial repairs and septic design and installation.  Homeowners with septic systems in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire can trust the knowledge and experience of the technicians at Septic Preservation Services. Call SPS at 877-378-4279 or visit for pricing, information or to set up an appointment for an inspection of your residential or commercial property.

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Rhode Island Functional Inspections

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Functional Inspections today in North Smithfield, Cumberland, Johnston, Lincoln, Glocester, Cranston, and Scituate, Rhode Island.  The functional septic inspection is used to determine whether a system is adequate to serve the wastewater disposal needs of the household.  The functional inspection is especially intended for use during a property transfer as a means to protect the consumer and identify systems in need of upgrade or repair.  If you need to schedule a functional inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit