Schedule Your Title 5 Inspection with All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Freetown, Acushnet, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, Westport and New Bedford, MA.  When a property in Massachusetts with a septic system is sold, a Title 5 Inspection will usually need to be done by a licensed inspector.  We have extensive experience doing septic inspections for single family and multi family homes and commercial properties.  If you need a Title 5 Inspection to be done, do not delay in having it carried out because it is valid for 2 years and once completed you do not need to be worried that it could cause delays in the sale process.  If you need to schedule a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

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Tips for Commercial Septic System Property Owners

commercial septic systemMost of the customer care information that you will find online with regard to septic systems is geared toward residential consumers.

Commercial septic system users have a completely unique set of guidelines, care tips and maintenance schedules that they need to adhere to in order to keep their systems in healthy running order. There are many commercial businesses that use septic systems including restaurants, schools, hospitals, beauty shops and laundry facilities.

Wastewater and Water Usage

One of the biggest concerns for both residential and commercial clients is water usage and the amount of wastewater it adds to the system. Commercial systems that discharge less than 10,000 gallons of sanitary wastewater each day fall under the Massachusetts Title 5 regulation and all of the associated requirements. This includes Title 5 Inspections and rules regarding cleaning, usage and pumping, as well as repairs or upgrades of failed systems.

However, commercial systems that discharge industrial wastewater or anything other than sanitary wastewater must first store the non-sanitary wastewater in an industrial wastewater holding tank. These businesses must apply for a permit to use the industrial wastewater holding tank. Any sanitary wastewater from these same commercial businesses can continue to be discharged into an on-site system. The point is just to separate the non-sanitary wastewater from the on-site system for proper processing.

Industry-Specific Issues

Certain types of commercial businesses must address specific issues that are related to their unique industry. For example, according to Massachusetts State Law, printers, photo processors and dry cleaners must be certified under the Environmental Results Program (ERP), which is a program for streamlined permitting and compliance, due to the types of chemicals and industrial waste produced by their facilities. Other types of businesses will have other types of requirements under the law.

Beauty Shops

Under Massachusetts law, these facilities are able to utilize a septic system for toilet waste and regular shampoo water as long as they are using less than the 10,000 gallons per day limit. Wastewater that comes from chemical treatments, such as hair color, perms, straighteners, etc., must be store in an industrial wastewater holding tank with a permit from MassDEP. To faciliate this, beauty shop owners can choose to direct all sinks to the holding tank or use a special sink that has been separately plumbed for use with chemical treatments to ensure that the wastewater goes to the holding tank.


As long as it remains under the 10,000 gallon per day threshold, hospitals can send all sanitary wastewater from sinks, showers, toilets and laundry to a septic system. In most cases, however, hospitals will use much more than 10,000 gallons per day. Lab waste is considered to be industrial wastewater and must be stored in a MassDEP permitted holding tank.

Laundry Facilities

Again, as long as sink and toilet waste are sanitary and under the 10,000 gallons per day maximum, this type of business can send their wastewater to an on-site septic system. However, any wastewater from the laundry itself must be stored in a permitted MassDEP industrial wastewater holding tank. Businesses that offer both laundry and drycleaning services must fall under the regulation of a Dry Cleaner and are required to be certified under the ERP.

Office Buildings

As long as no chemicals or otherwise considered industrial wastewater is being produced, most office buildings are eligible to use an on-site septic system for sanitary wastewater that results from toilet waste, sinks and showers as long as it is under the 10,000 gallons per day limit. In this case, no other permitting or certification would be required.


Sanitary wastewater under 10,000 gallons per day can be discharged into a septic system if it comes from sink or toilet waste. Due to the food preparation and cooking that goes on in this type of business, all restaurants are required by Massachusetts State Law to install grease traps that can handle the wastewater that comes from the food preparation stations in the kitchen. All restaurant grease traps should be inspected on a monthly basis and must be cleaned once the grease level hits 25% of capacity or every three months.

Grocery Stores

As long as they use less than 10,000 gallons of water per day, grocery stores can discharge the wastewater from sinks and toilets to a septic system. Food preparation areas must have grease traps installed and, as with restaurants, should be inspected monthly and cleaned every three months or when the grease level reaches 25% of capacity.

Call a Professional Service

If you run a commercial business in the State of Massachusetts, you should contact a professional septic system service to ensure that you are working within the parameters of local law. All-Clear Septic & Wastewater has over 15 years of experience servicing, inspecting, repairing and cleaning septic systems for commercial and residential customers all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island.   Call us today at 508-763-4431 for a professional consultation and evaluation of your septic system and help you stay on top of it all with our Preventative Maintenance Program. Visit

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Septic Functional Inspection

All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic Functional Inspections today in Charlestown, South Kingstown, Hopkinton, Narragansett, Richmond and West Greenwich, RI.  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

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Happy Valentine’s Day from All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services wishes its customers and friends a Happy Valentine’s Day!  On a day when love is in the air you do not want to be concerning yourself with septic maintenance, so consider having All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services give your septic system a service for you.  We are doing septic system services today for customers in Norton, Attleboro, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Dighton, Berkley and Mansfield, MA.  We service septic systems on a quarterly, biannual, or annual basis.  Septic system owners do not even usually need to be present for the service. We can take that chore away so you can focus on more pleasant things on Valentine’s Day.  For more information or to schedule a septic system service please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

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Leach Field Problems

leach field problems All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have an appointment today for a customer in in Clinton, MA who has reported a Leach Field problem.  They have noticed extensive puddling on top of their leach field which is comparatively green and lush compared to the rest of their yard.  This is an indication that there is a problem and we can certainly confirm the problem, determine the reason for the leach field failure, and then carry out remediation to fix the leach field problem. We have extensive experience working to solve these issues and can usually fix leach field problems quickly and with minimum disruption.  We also have repairs scheduled today in Berlin, Sterling, Marlborough, Southborough, Ayer, Grafton and Stow, MA.  These range from septic pump repairs to D-Box repairs to septic alarm investigations.  If you are concerned that your septic system is not operating correctly please do contact our office to discuss your concerns or to make an appointment.  You can reach us at 508-763-4431 or visit

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Title 5 Septic Inspections

septic system pumping All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Sutton, Oxford, Millbury, Spencer, Uxbridge, Sturbridge and Paxton, 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.


For more information see The Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for Massachusetts.
If you need a septic inspection or you have questions about septic inspections or Title 5 please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

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All Clear Schedules Septic Pumping

septic system pumping All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have septic pumping scheduled for customers in Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Stoughton, Canton, Bridgewater and Carver, MA.  It is recommended that to ensure your septic system continues to operate correctly and efficiently,  you should have your system pumped regularly.  This would be approximately every 3 years but will vary depending on a variety of factors including the size of your septic system and water usage.  If you need to schedule a septic pump out or if you have any questions please do contact us at 508-763-4431 or visit

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Properly Maintaining Your Septic System

septic maintenanceA septic system that has been designed, built and maintained properly will effectively and efficiently reduce or eliminate most of the waste, health and environmental threats that can come as a result of household wastewater. However, despite a good design and quality workmanship, septic system care should include participation in a preventative maintenance program.

Regular maintenance is important to prevent septic system failure, which can be dangerous and costly to repair. Your septic system needs to be monitored by a professional inspector and service company to ensure that it is performing adequately for the number of persons living in your home and the amount of daily use.

Make sure to speak with a trusted septic service professional before making any changes to your system or usage patterns to ensure that you are working within the parameters of your system’s design and capabilities.
Proper septic system care will save you money in the long run.  A septic system that has failed will be very expensive to repair or replace and unfortunately, poor maintenance and care is usually the reason why most systems fail.

Signing up for a preventative maintenance program, such as the one offered by All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is worth the cost associated with the service when you think about how much it would cost to replace the entire system after a failure. Your septic service professional will inspect and monitor your residential septic system to ensure that is in good working order.

Pumping should occur approximately every three to five years.   Your preventative maintenance program serviceman will let you know when your system needs to be pumped and will give you tips on how to properly maintain your septic system in the mean time.

Pumping will depend on the quality of your septic system, the number of people living in your home and the size of your tank and drainfield. A system that has failed can considerably lower your property value and could become a health and legal liability.
The health and welfare of you, your family, your guests, your neighbors and everyone in your community depends on your ability to maintain septic system care.  Because your septic system does the dirty job of processing and eliminating human waste from your home, improper maintenance can cause a lot of unhealthy problems.

A well-running septic system will work to prevent the spread of disease and infection. Regular septic system maintenance will ensure that the dangerous pathogens from your wastewater doesn’t reach the local groundwater supply. Other dangerous things that can be found in household wastewater include phosphorus, nitrogen and disease-causing bacteria.

Studies show that 25% of all homes in the United States use a septic system. Approximately 4 billion gallons of wastewater is dispersed below the surface each and every day. Septic systems that aren’t effectively treating the sewage in the drainfield can become a health hazard and a threat to drinking water, contaminating wells and surface waters. This can pose a threat of infection and disease not just to humans, but also to animals living in the area.

Surface waters, such as rivers, lakes and ponds, that become contaminated by improperly treated sewage can cause a variety of infectious diseases. Eye and ear infections are common, as are acute gastrointestinal illnesses. Diseases like hepatitis can also be spread throughout communities and to recreational water users and swimmers in this manner.
Now that we know why you should maintain your septic system, it’s time to talk about how to get the job done. We have already talked about getting in touch with your septic service provider to find out about a preventative maintenance program. Remember, All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services services customers all throughout  Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Their highly trained and experienced staff can help you with septic system care  all over the South Coast region.

You should also take the time to learn all you can about proper use of your septic system, how much water you should be using, ways to reduce the amount of water you put into your septic tank each day, things you should never flush down the toilet and other helpful tips. Your septic system service provider can help get you started with a clean and functional system and can help you develop good habits that will keep your system running effectively and efficiently.

Please call All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services at 508-763-4431 with all your septic questions and to set up a maintenance program.  Visit for more information.

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First Maintenance and Routine Maintenance Inspections

All Clear Septic All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic First Maintenance Inspections today in Smithfield, Glocester, Lincoln, Exeter, North Kingstown, West Greenwich, Richmond and Narragansett, RI.  A maintenance inspection is used to determine the need for pumping and to identify minor problems before they become serious health and environmental hazards or cost prohibitive to repair.  There are two maintenance inspection subtypes: a first maintenance inspection and a routine maintenance inspection.  The first maintenance inspection consists of procedures that are designed to help an inspector locate the system components; the routine maintenance inspection assumes that the components have already been located. If you need to arrange a maintenance inspection or have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit

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Septic Problems Lead to Septic Repair

septic system rejuvenationAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have septic repairs including septic pump repair and leach field (drainfield) repair today in Foxboro, Sharon, North Attleboro, Wrentham, Franklin and Bellingham, MA.  If you are experiencing septic problems and think that you may need septic repairs please do contact us.  Some indications of a septic system not operating correctly can be sewer smells in your home, septic backup, slow running drains, and a very green or lush drainfield.  Our experienced technicians can diagnose a septic problem quickly and then carry out the repair because we have worked with many types of septic systems and know the problems that can occur with them.  For more information or to schedule an appointment please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit