Our Septic Inspections May Cover More Than You Expect

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic inspections scheduled today in Hudson, Wayland, Marlborough, Berlin, Bolton and Clinton MA. Our septic inspections are very thorough and are conducted using state of the art color sewer camera equipment. Not only do we inspect the septic system, we also educate you about the proper care and use of the system. We will check the following conditions:

  • Condition of septic tank
  • Effluent level in tank
  • Need for pumping
  • Condition of tank baffles
  • Condition of effluent lift pump (non-gravity systems)
  • Condition of effluent pump chamber
  • Condition of pipe from tank to field
  • Condition of the distribution box
  • Soil clogging in drainfield
  • Tree or plant root intrusion
  • Accumulation of solids in leach field

We will check for the following symptoms of a failing septic system:

  • Slow draining pipes from house
  • Persistent wet areas over the drainfield
  • Sewage surfacing in the area of the septic tank of the D-box
  • Sewage seeping through the foundation
  • Elevated liquid level in drainfield
  • Vegetation over leach field being greener or more lush than rest of yard
  • Sewage odor in yard
  • Effluent flowing back from leach field to septic tank
  • We will provide you with guidelines to help you maximize the life of the septic system.

If you require a septic inspection ir if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

Septic Inspection and Well Water Sample Taken in Norton, MA

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services often provides septic inspections for customers whose property is not on town sewer. Septic Inspections are required:

  • Within 2 years before a sale. If weather conditions prevent inspection at the time of a sale, the inspection must take place within 6 months afterward.
  • When there is a proposed change to the facility which requires a building or occupancy permit.
  • Any change in the footprint of a building, to make sure that new building construction will not take place on top of any system components or on the system’s reserve area.
  • For large systems with a design flow of 10,000 to 15,000 gallons per day or more at full build-out, on the basin schedule shown in 310 CMR 15.301(6), and every five years thereafter.
  • Every 3 years for shared systems.
  • When the property is divided, or ownership of 2 or more properties is combined.
  • When MassDEP or the local Board of Health orders an inspection.

Most regularly we carry out septic inspections for customers who are selling their property which has a septic system which has not been tested in the last two years. Today in addition to providing the usual septic inspection we are also taking a well water sample for a customer in Norton, MA. As stated on the Mass Gov website:

“There is one specific situation in which the inspector CAN determine that the system passes without the need for Further Evaluation. In the event that the septic tank and soil absorption system are located less than 100 feet, but 50 feet or more from a private well, the inspector may facilitate obtaining a well water analysis of the private well. If the analysis is conducted at a laboratory that is certified by the Department and the results of the analysis indicate an absence of fecal coliform bacteria and indicate the levels of ammonia nitrogen and nitrate nitrogen are equal to or less than 5 ppm, and provided no other failure criteria are triggered, then the system can receive a PASSING evaluation without the need for further evaluation by the Board of Health”

At All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services we have been providing septic inspections in the region for many years and we can provide the additional services such as taking a well water sample and taking it to be tested. We have other septic inspections today, in addition to the Norton inspection, in Lakeville, Attleboro, Taunton Raynham and Mansfield MA. If you require a thorough septic inspection or have questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

Winter Weather Can Create Septic Problems

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know, just like all other New Englanders, that storms and weather are a part of living in this region. However the severe winter storms can result in property damage which can affect septic systems just like other parts of your property. Just like with other parts of your home or business it is never wise to ignore signs of septic problems and hope they might go away. Signs of a septic issue can include:

  • All of the drains from the house are slow
  • There is a persistent wet area over the leach field
  • Sewage is surfacing in the area of the septic tank or distribution box
  • There is sewage seeping through the foundation
  • The liquid level in the leach field is at the top of the crushed rock layer, the chambers or other underground structures
  • The vegetation over the leach field is greener and more lush than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • There is sewage odor in the yard at times or constantly
  • There is flow back from the leach field when the septic tank is pumped
  • The septic tank needs to be pumped frequently
  • The septic tank discharge baffle is damaged or missing
  • Rain water seems to take longer to disappear over the leach field than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • Well water is contaminated

Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers in Middleboro, Dighton, Berkley, Rochester, Freetown and Carver MA and some of these septic problems could have been avoided if the property owner had been more aware of the signs to look for that indicate a potential septic issue. If you require a septic repair or if you have concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact our Norton office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

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Septic Pumping Is Necessary To Empty Your Septic Tank Of Sludge and Scum

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that to ensure that your septic system continues to work correctly and to increase the lifespan of your septic system it is advisable to maintain your septic system. Septic pumping is essential maintenance that will remove sludge and scum from your septic tank which does not drain like effluent into your leach field system and get purified as it ‘percolates’ into your soil. Today we have septic pumping scheduled for customers in Holliston, Southborough, Grafton, Upton, Millis and Uxbridge MA. It is recommended that you have your septic tank pumped every 3 -5 years but this does depend on various factors including the size of your septic tank and the property’s water usage. Also if you have a garbage disposal you will need to have your tank pumped annually. If you are unsure if your tank needs pumping please do call our office where we will be happy to discuss your options and if you need to schedule septic pumping or if you have any septic questions please do contact our Norton, MA office on 508-763-4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services for an evaluation and to set up quick and easy pumping arrangements.

Leach Field Repair in North Attleboro MA

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are experienced diagnosing and repairing septic systems and leach fields/ drainfields. We have been called in for a leach field repair in North Attleboro MA which has been caused by irregular pumping of their septic system. A septic tank should be pumped every 3 – 5 years depending on various factors including water usage and tank size. 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. The property owner called us concerned because they had liquid puddling on their leach field and sewage smells coming from it. We were able to educate the customer to help ensure that their problem will not reoccur and begin their leach field repair. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in Holliston, Sharon, Canton, Franklin, Bellingham and Blackstone MA. If you are concerned that you may need a septic system repair, leach field or drainfield repair, septic pump repair or d-box repair please do contact our office to discuss your concerns and to make an appointment if necessary on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

Septic Designs For Commercial and Residential Customers

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are experienced working with both commercial and residential customers in this region. This is important because the septic system for a busy restaurant will necessarily be different to that for a small seasonal holiday cottage. Both of these customers septic systems will work on the same basic principles however. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield. Your septic system treats your household wastewater by temporarily holding it in the septic tank where heavy solids and lighter scum are allowed to separate from the wastewater. The solids stored in the tank are decomposed by bacteria and later pumped out. After partially treated wastewater leaves the tank, it flows into a distribution box, which separates this flow evenly into a network of drainfield trenches. Drainage holes at the bottom of each line allow the wastewater to drain into gravel trenches for temporary storage. This effluent then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified. The size and system itself will have variances however which will be specific to the requirements of our customer. These will vary depending on a variety of factors including the environment, the use of the system and budget of our client. Today we have a septic design meeting with a commercial customer whose property is located in Hingham MA. We have recently provided septic designs for residential and commercial customers in Marshfield, Berlin and East Bridgewater MA. If you require a septic design or if you have any questions about septic designs or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

Be Confident With Your Septic Repairs

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has over a decade of experience in the septic industry in this region. That is extremely important because septic rules and regulations not only vary state to state but also town to town. You want to be confident that you are using a septic company that knows and follows the requirements for your town or you may have unexpected costs and delays. Clearly septic knowledge of many types of septic system and many years of experience working with those septic systems is also beneficial particularly if you have a septic problem that you need to be located and then repaired. When you call All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services out for a septic repair we will initially assess the condition of your septic system and then we will endeavour to present you with a range of options designed to correct any identified issues.

These may include one or more of the following:

  • Replacement of damaged or missing baffle
  • Installation of effluent filter and service riser
  • Installation of pumping access riser and cover
  • Installation of curtain drains
  • Replacement of deteriorated components
  • Repair or replacement of damaged components
  • Removal of accumulated solids in leach field piping
  • Removal of plant and tree roots in leach field piping
  • Diversion of water softener/conditioner backwash discharges
  • Detailed explanation of our Septic Use Guidelines

Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers in Fall River, New Bedford, Westport, Mattapoisett, Marion and Acushnet MA. If you require a septic repair or are concerned that your septic system may have a problem please do contact our Norton office and talk to our knowledgeable staff on 508 763 4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/septic-system-repairs-and-troubleshooting/

Septic System Maintenance Is Necessary To Avoid Repairs and Failures

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that even though it is only January 2nd it suddenly feels like the holidays were a long time ago and we are all getting back into the swing of things. This means that property maintenance that you have perhaps been putting off over the holiday period should now be looked at and not postponed anymore. Septic System Maintenance is really not something that should be put off for too long because if left it can lead to large and expensive repairs being necessary or even a septic failure. The most important septic maintenance is septic pumping. The average recommended pumping frequency is between 3 and 5 years, depending on the tank size and number of occupants. The longer you wait between pumping the greater the likelihood that you may have a septic problem and you will shorten the lifespan of your system and eventually it will fail. As wastewater enters your septic tank from your property, the solid matter will be held in the tank and break down into “sludge” over time, while the liquids continue on to the absorption area (leach field / drain field). 

Sludge is never meant to exit your septic tank, so it must be pumped out on a regular basis — you don’t want the sludge to accumulate to the point where it starts exiting the tank towards the absorption area or backing up into your property. Once this happens pumping will not rectify the issue and you will be looking at additional costs to repair your system and if left too long you may have to replace your septic system or at least parts of it which is both expensive and disruptive. We have septic pumping scheduled today for customers who are choosing to keep on top of their septic system maintenance  in Maynard, Stow, Hudson, Boxborough, Bolton and Marlborough MA. If you require septic pumping or if you are not sure if it is time or if you have any questions please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services for an evaluation and to set up quick and easy pumping arrangements.

Septic Repairs on Leach Field in Westport MA

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is experienced working with entire septic systems which includes the septic tank but also the leach field or drainfield, d-box (distribution box) and any other associated parts such as a septic pump, if used. Many property owners who have a septic system to treat their wastewater forget that an essential part of their septic system is the leach field, or drain field. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield, all connected by pipes, called conveyance lines. Your home’s wastewater flows into your septic tank where it is held and solids sink to the bottom and lighter scum floats to the top. The solids and scum are decomposed by bacteria and periodically pumped. The treated wastewater or effluent flows through the distribution box into your drainfield or leach field where it then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified (secondary treatment). There are steps that you can take to ensure that your entire septic system continues to operate correctly including:

  • Minimize the use of the garbage disposal (if you have one)
  • 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

Unfortunately a property owner in Westport, MA called us because they had not considered their leach field when planting multiple trees in their yard and they now have leach field problems. We are providing leach field repairs and a septic system education to hopefully ensure that they can prevent similar breakdowns in the future. We have other septic repairs scheduled today in Acushnet, Marion, Mattapoisett and Freetown MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

Septic Repairs Including A Sewage Grinder Pump Repair in Acushnet MA

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have been called to a customer’s property in Acushnet MA to repair their sewage grinder pump. This doesn’t sound especially appealing but has an important role in their septic system so needs to be operating correctly. A sewage grinder pump is a wastewater conveyance device. Waste from water-using household appliances (toilets, bathtubs, washing machines etc) flows through the home’s pipes into the grinder pump’s holding tank. Once the wastewater inside the tank reaches a specific level, the pump will turn on, grind the waste into a fine slurry and pump it to the septic tank. We have extensive experience with septic systems and repairing different elements of them including d-boxes, septic pumps and drain fields. We can also provide septic upgrades and improvements such as the addition of risers, covers and effluent filters. When your septic system is more accessible, it is also much more safe and attractive. We are also at a customer property in Attleboro MA installing a septic system cover today in addition to providing septic repairs in Rochester and Lakeville MA. If you require a septic repair or if you are interested in septic improvements please do contact our Norton office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services