Condominium Septic Systems Should Have Septic Inspections Once Every 3 Years

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services  wishes everyone a very happy 2018! This year promises to be even more successful than the last and we are already very busy with septic appointments for our customers. Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled for customers in Hingham, Scituate, Hanover, Marshfield and Hanson MA. Most of our septic inspections are required because a property owner is selling a home or business that has a septic system and is not on town sewer. However today we are also doing a Title 5 Inspection for a Condominium Association who are not selling a property. This is because Condos with more than 5 units must have an inspection every 3 years. As stated on Mas Gov:

“The condominium association is responsible for the inspection, maintenance and upgrade of the system or systems serving the units, unless the association’s governing documents provide otherwise.

Condominium systems should be inspected once every 3 years. Condominium developments with 4 or fewer units should also have their system inspected every 3 years, or within 2 years prior to the sale of one of the units.”

For more information see https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system

If you need a Title 5 Septic Inspection for any reason or have questions about septic system please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Wishing All A Happy New Year

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services would like to thank all of our customers, vendors and friends for a very successful year. We have conducted more Septic Inspections, Septic Pumping and Cleaning, Septic Services and Septic Repairs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island than ever before.

Highlights include:

  • Significant increases in septic inspections including both Title 5 Septic Inspections in Massachusetts and Rhode Island Functional Septic Inspections. We conducted inspections throughout the southern New England increasing our region and volume in towns including; Plainfield, Sturbridge, Rowley, Seekonk, and Eastham MA; Burrillville, Middletown, Exeter, North Kingstown, Little Compton and Westerly RI. Many of these inspections were at state properties including Westport, Scituate and Brewster.
  • Getting approval to teach septic savvy in RI and MA for training credits Class. This class includes; how septic systems work; why septic systems fail, and what your options are once your septic system fails; Information on septic inspection, septic repairs, septic replacement, septic installations and advanced treatment units for wastewater treatment
  • Welcoming new new employees that will assist with septic inspections, functional inspections, septic repairs, septic installations, and septic designs from Norton, Attleboro and Acushnet MA, Cumberland and North Smithfield RI and Biddeford ME

We are looking forward to expanding upon our success in 2018. Happy Holidays from All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services!

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services Have A 24 Hour Emergency Septic Service

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services hopes all of our customers, associates and friends had a wonderful Christmas Day and are enjoying the holiday season. We will be available 24 hours a day for emergency septic issues but our Norton office will be closed this week so our staff can enjoy the holidays with their families. If you have a septic emergency please do contact us on 508-763-4431 otherwise we will see you in the New Year!

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services Can Provide Septic Designs For An Entirely New Septic System Or Improve/Expand An Exiting Septic System

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have qualified and experienced septic system engineers who can assist you with septic designs, either to improve or expand upon an existing septic system or to design an entirely new septic system either to replace a failed septic system or for a new build. Today we have a septic system design meeting with a commercial property owner in Westport MA who needs specific septic designs for that property. We have extensive experience throughout the region providing septic system designs for both residential and commercial properties and have recently provided designs for properties in Carlisle, North Reading, Marshfield and Wayland MA. If you need a septic system design or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Our Preventative Maintenance Program Gives Our Residential And Commercial Clients Peace Of Mind

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic System Services scheduled on Cape Cod today in Brewster, Dennis, Chatham, Yarmouth, Orleans and Eastham MA. If you require a service on your septic system it is always advisable to use a septic company that has extensive experience with your type of septic system and working in your region so you can be confident that they will provide you with a thorough service. Proper preventative maintenance can extend the life of your septic system. Systems that are not regularly maintained will average less than 20 years, however studies conducted by field professors, scientists and engineers reveal that proper maintenance can help a septic system to last indefinitely. This can save the homeowner thousands of dollars over a lifetime.
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services offers an affordable Preventative Maintenance Program designed to give our residential and commercial clients peace of mind in knowing that their septic system is being properly maintained, checked and monitored. If you have a home or business on the Cape and need to schedule a service for your septic system or have questions about our Preventative Maintenance Program please do contact our Norton Office. We are a reliable, thorough and professional Septic Company who have experience working on Cape Cod on many types of septic system for more information please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Consider Your Septic System When Planning Holiday Events At Home

All Clear Septic And Wastewater Services are looking forward to the upcoming holidays. Holidays usually mean good food and spending time with friends and family. However if you are hosting large gatherings it is a good idea to consider your septic system’s limitations when you plan a large event at your home. We have one customer who has a small property with a correspondingly small septic system. However they regularly host large gatherings of friends and family which puts a huge strain on their septic system. They have found that it is more cost effective to hire portable toilets for their events than to have their septic system pumped much more regularly due to the excessive use it gets when more people are using the system. This also reduces the likelihood of associated repairs and failures caused by a septic system that has not been pumped when required. If you are planning a large Christmas Party this holiday season at home or have a lot of extra guests staying at your home for an extended period of time consider your septic system. Sometimes it is worth getting portable toilets in for your party but if you do not make sure you know when your system was last pumped and consider having another pump out after the holidays. Also spread washing loads out over a week rather than doing multiple loads of laundry in one day which can also overload your septic. If you are unsure we are always happy to discuss your concerns. When you have a septic system it will always need to be pumped on a regular basis. We would suggest this is every 3-5 years but this can vary dramatically depending on the size of your septic system and the water usage. Today we have septic pumping scheduled in Chelmsford, Acton, Boxford, Ayer, Stow and Boxborough MA. If you wish to schedule septic pumping or if you have any questions regarding pump outs or your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Confidential Voluntary Septic Assessments Of Customer’s Septic Systems Carried Out Today

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has Septic Inspections scheduled today in Peabody, Lynnfield, Reading, Middleton, Boxford and Medford MA. These inspection appointments also include voluntary septic assessments. Many property owners are unaware that they have the ability to hire one of our licensed inspectors to perform Confidential Voluntary Assessments of their septic systems. These inspections are completed just as they would be according to the Title 5 Inspections required by the State of Massachusetts, but the findings are not reported to any other person, municipality or office outside of the homeowner. Once the inspection is complete, the homeowner will receive a thorough report from All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services along with an assessment of the findings and some recommendations on how to properly maintain or repair their septic system. The recommendations provided by All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are designed to increase longevity and prevent future issues, such as property damage, high cost repairs or system replacement. If you wish to schedule a septic inspection, a voluntary septic assessment or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

What Happens On A Massachusetts Septic Inspection?

All Clear Septic And Wastewater Services has Septic Inspections scheduled today in Fall River, Fairhaven, West Port, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Marion and Rochester Massachusetts. As listed on the Massachusetts Official Website Of The Executive Office Of Energy and Environmental Affairs:

“An inspection shall consist of the collection and recording of the following information:
(a)   a general description of the system components and layout;
(b)   quantification of the source/type of sanitary sewage.  This should include type of use (domestic or commercial/industrial) as well as the design flow and whether or not the facility being served is occupied at the time of the inspection;
(c)   an analysis of the factors set forth in 310 CMR 15.303 (failure criteria) and, if the system has a design flow of 10,000 gpd or greater, 15.304 (threats to public health and environment);
(d)   water use records for the previous two years for facilities served by public water supply, if available from the supplier;
(e)   a description of the septic tank including:
1.   approximate age, size, and condition of the tank;
2.   distance between bottom of grease/scum layer and the bottom of the outlet baffle;
3.   distance between the top of the scum layer and the top of the outlet tee;
4.   thickness of the grease/scum layer;
5.   depth of the sludge layer and distance from sludge to outlet tee;
6.   physical condition of inlet and outlet tees;
7.   any evidence of leakage into or out of tank; and
8.   any evidence of backup of effluent.
9.   a characterization of the distribution box, and of dosing tanks with pumps, if any, including: a.   any evidence of solids carryover; b.   leakage into or out of the distribution box; c.   whether the flow is equally divided; and d.   any evidence of backup.
10.   a description of the condition of the soil absorption system including: a.   any signs of hydraulic failure; b.   condition of surface vegetation; c.   level of ponding within disposal area; d.   encroachments into disposal area; and e.   other sources of hydraulic loading.
11.   the location of private water supply well (if any) in relation to system components; and
12.   a copy of pump-out records on file with the local Approving Authority.”

All Clear Septic and Wastewater’s Massachusetts licensed inspectors regularly carry out these inspections for our clients. We have a number of licensed inspectors so we can usually schedule an inspection at a time that is convenient to our clients. Many of our customers are in the process of selling their property so they need to be confident in the service that we provide and our professional, punctual and thorough inspections. If you have a questions about septic inspections or if you need to schedule an inspection please do contact our Norton Office 508-763-4431 or visit 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

Septic Pumping Is Essential Every 3 – 5 Years To Ensure That Your Tank Does Not Overflow

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services can help you ensure that your septic system continues to operate correctly by pumping your septic tank. Septic pumping is essential every 3 – 5 years to ensure that your tank does not overflow. As you can imagine it is not advisable to leave pumping too late late because the results can be unpleasant and expensive to fix. The regularity that your tank needs to be pumped will vary from various factors including water usage and the size of your tank. For example a family with 5 members including teenagers will typically use more water and therefore need more their tank pumped sooner than a home of a retired couple. However this too can very dramatically if that couple have extended family visiting for a prolonged period. Essentially if you are unsure please do call our office where we will be happy to answer any questions. Today we are pumping septic systems for customers in Holliston, Millis, Bellingham, Franklin, Wrentham and Foxboro MA. If you need to schedule a septic pump out appointment or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton, MA office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com