Don’t Forget About Your Septic System’s Leach Field

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are often called to a client’s property when they require repairs because damage has been done to their septic system’s leach field (also called a drain field). We find that many property owners who know they have a septic system and know they have a septic tank forget, or do not know,  that another essential part of their septic system is a leach field. Septic leach fields are used to remove contaminants and impurities from the liquid that emerges from the septic tank. A septic tank, the septic drain field, and the associated piping compose a complete septic system. The septic drain field is effective for disposal of organic materials readily catabolized by a microbial ecosystem.

Some advice to keep your leach field operating correctly is:

DO take the time to ensure that any down spouts or other surface water is diverted away from your drainfield.
DO keep the cover to your septic tank accessible by installing covers and risers for easier inspections and pumping.
DO have an effluent filter installed to prevent debris from entering your drainfield.
DON’T build anything over your drainfield or dig in it for any reason.
DON’T plant any landscaping over your drainfield – except grass.
DON’T drive a vehicle over your drainfield or compact the soil in ANY way.

We have a leach field repair scheduled today in Wayland MA. We also have septic repair appointments in Millis, Sharon, Canton and Norton MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact us on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

It Might Be Time For Septic Pumping If Your System Has Not Had A Pump Out In The Last Three Years

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services understand that many people had friends and family visit for the holidays and other people had large parties at their homes. The holidays are a wonderful time of year to catch up with people and eat good food but once everyone has returned home it is time for cleaning up and getting back to normal routines. What many people will not consider is that over the holidays if you have lots of guests staying in your home for an extend period of time or a large party your septic system will have been working harder than usual and if you have a small system or you have not had septing pumping recently it may be time for a septic pump out. Regular pumping helps prevent solids from escaping into the drainfield and clogging soil pores. While pumping frequency depends on the various factors including the size of your tank and the use it gets it is recommended that systems be pumped at least once every three years for homes not having a garbage disposal. If the home’s system has a garbage disposal, it should be pumped annually. Today we have septic pumping scheduled in Uxbridge, Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin and Upton MA. If you are unsure if you need septic pumping or if you have questions about your septic system or want to schedule a pump out please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

A Septic Distribution Box Or D-Box Receives Effluent From A Septic Tank And Re-distributes It To The Drainfield

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is replacing a D-Box for a customer today in Bridgewater, MA. A septic distribution box  (D-Box) is a container used to receive septic system effluent from a septic tank and to re-distribute the effluent into a network of attached drainfield or soakaway bed absorption trenches and pipes. The D-box works by gravity, flowing effluent into the drainfield (or leach field) piping network. It must be installed correctly to ensure that it  distributes evenly. You must also maintain your septic system and the best way to do this is to have your system regularly pumped and to use your septic system correctly. The following are some steps that you can take to ensure that your system can work correctly:

  • Minimize the use of the garbage disposal
  • Do not put grease down your drains
  • Spread loads of laundry out over time rather than doing multiple loads in a short period of time, and use liquid detergents rather than powdered detergents
  • Avoid excessively long showers
  • Avoid leaving tap water running when shaving, brushing teeth or doing other personal or household tasks
  • Do not flush medications, harmful chemicals, excessive amounts of bleach, harsh drain cleaners or degreasers
  • Have the septic tank pumped at least every three years
  • Do not add any septic systems cleaners, enzymes or additives
  • Remove water conditioning backwash discharges from the septic system
  • Do not plant trees and shrubs over leach fields
  • Do not flush personal products, paper towels, wipes or diapers
  • Do not clean or rinse paint brushes in the sinks
  • Equip all hot tubs, spas, whirlpool baths, etcetera with drain limiting valves that will only allow five gallons per minute to drain from fixture
  • Do not drive vehicles over leach fields

We also have septic repairs for customers today in Hanson, Hanover, Middleboro, Stoughton and Taunton MA. Many of these repairs could have been avoided if the property owners had followed some of the above advice. If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has a 24 Hour Emergency Service Available

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has a 24 Hour Emergency Service available. If you have an urgent septic problem call 508-763-4431. 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. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services also schedule septic repairs and have appointments today in Raynham, West Bridgewater, Berkley, Acushnet and Norton MA. Our trained septic professionals will evaluate the problem and make any necessary repairs. Whenever possible, our goal is to provide our customers with options for repair that will yield high-quality results at a cost-effective price which could save you money later on and prevent septic failure. We have experience with large and small septic repairs including septic pump repairs, sewage grinder pump repair, leach field/ drainfield repairs and D-Box repair. If you have an emergency septic repair that needs to be carried out on short notice or if you have a concern that your septic system is not operating correctly and think a repair may be necessary it inadvisable to wait. Please do contact our Norton office so we can answer any questions you may have or schedule an appointment on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Septic System Advise To Keep Your Septic System Working Correctly

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are always happy to answer questions or give septic system advise to customers about their septic systems. We know that many people who have a property with a septic system remain unaware that there are some simple suggestions to follow that will make your septic system continue to operate correctly and prevent the need for septic repairs. Conventional septic systems can function very well with minimal care. In fact, most septic tanks will only require an inspection and pumping out every three to five years if they are used properly. However to ensure that this is the case a few good things to remember are:

  • Have your septic system inspected and pumped every 3 to 5 years. If the tank fills up with an excess of solids, the wastewater will not have enough time to settle in the tank. These excess solids will then pass on to the leach field, where they will clog the drain lines and soil.
  • Know the location of your septic system and drain field/ leach field, and keep a record of all inspections, pumpings, repairs, contract or engineering work for future references. Keep a sketch of it handy for service visits.
  • Take leftover hazardous chemicals to your approved hazardous waste collection center for disposal. Use bleach, disinfectants, and drain and toilet bowl cleaners sparingly and in accordance with product labels.
  • Your toilet or sink is not a trash can so don’t dump non-biodegradables (cigarette butts, diapers, feminine products, etc.) or grease down your sink or toilet. Non-biodegradables can clog the pipes, while grease can thicken and clog the pipes. Store cooking oils, fats, and grease in a can for disposal in the garbage.
  • Do not put paint thinner, polyurethane, anti-freeze, pesticides, some dyes, disinfectants, water softeners, and other strong chemicals into the system. These can cause major upsets in the septic tank by killing the biological part of your septic system and polluting the groundwater. Small amounts of standard household cleaners, drain cleansers, detergents, etc. will be diluted in the tank and should cause no damage to the system.
  • Excessive laundry loads with your washing machine does not allow your septic tank time to adequately treat wastes and overwhelms the entire system with excess wastewater.
  • Do not use chemical solvents to clean the plumbing or septic system. “Miracle” chemicals will kill microorganisms that consume harmful wastes. These products can also cause groundwater contamination

If you do think that your septic system needs a repair or maintenance please do contact us where we will be happy to answer any questions you have and make an appointment if necessary. Today we have septic repair appointments including a d-box repair and septic pump repair in Chelmsford, Carlisle, Maynard, Boxborough, Acton and Stow MA. You can contact us on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Organic Clogging Matt Can Cause A Leach Field To Fail

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are often called by homeowners who have signs of a septic issue but do not know what has caused the problem or how to fix it. The picture shows an organic clogging matt that caused a customer’s leach field to fail. We were able to restore the leach field for our customer and suggest changes that they could make that would help prevent this from reoccurring such as; more regular septic pumping and cleaning; a lint filter on their washer and stopping Oil, Grease and Fat being put down the drain. We have other septic repair appointments today in Stow, Hudson, Marlborough, Berlin, Bolton and Wayland MA. If you have a septic concern or need to schedule a septic repair appointment please contact us on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Organic Clogging Mat

Small Changes and Actions Can Help Prevent Septic Problems Like Installing A Lint Filter On Your Washer

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have extensive knowledge of septic systems having worked within the septic industry for over 15 years in this region. We are always willing to share our knowledge to help our customers better use and maintain their septic systems. We have found that many people who have perhaps not lived in a home with a septic system, instead of town sewage, are unaware of some easy changes that they can make to ensure that their septic system continues to work correctly and to avoid costly repairs. We would suggest:

Septic System Do’s and Don’ts

Things you should do
DO call All-Clear for a Voluntary Assessment of your septic system.
DO conserve water whenever possible as a means of reducing the volume of wastewater that will need to be treated and disposed.
DO make repairs to any faucets or toilets that are leaking.
DO make sure that you are only discharging biodegradable wastes into your system.
DO restrict or avoid use of your garbage disposal.
DO take the time to ensure that any down spouts or other surface water is diverted away from your drainfield.
DO keep the cover to your septic tank accessible by installing covers and risers for easier inspections and pumping.
DO get your septic tank pumped regularly and have it checked for any cracks or leaks.
DO have an effluent filter installed to prevent debris from entering your drainfield.
DO add a laundry filter to your washing machine.
DO put kitchen trash into a compost or throw it into the garbage – not down your drains.

Things you should NOT do
DON’T flush products such as tampons, sanitary napkins, condoms, disposable diapers or wipes into your system.
DON’T empty oils or other types of kitchen grease down your drain.
DON’T dump any items that can disrupt the treatment process or contaminate groundwater, such as: paints, oils, thinners, pesticides, poisons or disinfectants.
DON’T build anything over your drainfield or dig in it for any reason.
DON’T plant any landscaping over your drainfield – except grass.
DON’T drive a vehicle over your drainfield or compact the soil in ANY way.
DON’T run purification back flush into the septic tank.

 

Unfortunately not following these suggestions can result in septic problems. We were contacted by a customer who needed a septic repair and we found that discharge from a laundry machine, as pictured, was causing the problem.

Laundry machine discharge

This is why, as recommended above, it is important to install a lint filter on your washer to keep this from clogging your septic system. We have other septic repairs today in Swansea, Rehoboth, New Bedford, Westport and Mattapoisett MA today. If you require a septic repair or if you have a septic concern and have questions please do contact us and we will be happy to help on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Cleaning and Septic Pumping Are Both Required For Your Septic System To Work Correctly

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services understand that part of any good Preventative Maintenance Program is to ensure that your septic system is properly cleaned and pumped on a regular basis.  However it is also important to know the facts about septic cleaning and pumping to avoid making costly mistakes.

Inside your septic tank solid waste matter sinks to the bottom and grease and oils float to the top. Treated liquid waste flows through pipes into a drain field. If too much solid waste accumulates, it clogs the drainpipes, prevents liquids from escaping, and leads to sewage backups into your home and a health hazard because waste is not treated before exiting your septic system. A properly maintained septic system should only have a septic pump out every 2-5 years, as needed, to avoid removing the “good” bacteria and keep the system running smoothly. Septic Pumping will ensure that your septic system does not ‘fill up’ with waste.

Getting your tanks cleaned on a regular basis will help to improve the efficiency of your septic system and keep it running smoothly. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services takes pride in the work that we do, utilizing specialized miniature equipment to locate specific areas of your system, such as a sewer cam that is used to investigate the inside of your sewer lines, and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field. It is important to understand that septic pumping does not always mean that your system will also be cleaned and leaving solid buildup in the septic tank or not having your leach field pipes jetted can mean that even if your system is pumped blockages can still occur which can result in septic system failures and potentially unpleasant, expensive and harmful repercussions.

This is a leach field being jetted which is part of a thorough septic cleaning.

 

Today we have septic cleaning appointments in Marshfield, Norwell, Hingham, Hanson, East Bridgewater and Plymouth MA. If you are interested in septic cleaning or septic pumping or have any questions about the process please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

 

Using Specialized Equipment Such As A Sewer Cam And Jetting Equipment For Your Septic Cleaning

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic cleaning scheduled in Barrington, Little Compton, Tiverton, Portsmouth and Middletown RI today. Getting your septic tank cleaned on a regular basis will help to improve the efficiency of your septic system and keep it running smoothly. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services takes pride in the work that we do, utilizing specialized miniature equipment to locate specific areas of your system, such as a sewer cam that is used to investigate the inside of your sewer lines, and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field. If you need to schedule a septic cleaning or have any questions please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

A Septic System Repair May Be Necessary If Even One Part Of Your Septic Systems Is not Working

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have septic system repairs scheduled in Johnston, Glocester, North Smithfield, Cumberland, Lincoln and Cranston RI today.

A conventional septic system includes a septic tank, distribution box, and soil absorption system (SAS) or leach field. The septic tank separates the solid and liquid wastes and the SAS provides additional treatment before distributing the wastewater to the ground. Any of these parts of the septic system could require repairs and we are experienced in diagnosing and repairing all of these septic system parts. Your entire septic system needs to be working correctly for your system to be able to efficiently treat the waste that leaves your property.

If you think you need a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com