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.

Some Septic System Advice For The Holiday Party Season

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that it is almost the weekend any many people have Holiday parties planned with their friends and family and people visiting from out of town. Of course nobody wants to be concerned about their septic systems over the holidays but it’s a good idea to be conscious of your water usage, especially when you have large parties or people staying at your home for an extended period of time. For example when you have a septic system and are not on town sewer it is recommended to spread laundry loads out over a week rather than do multiple loads on one day which can overload your system. In the same vein try to spread out bath and showers, especially if you have a lot of visitors. We know one family who have large parties but only have a small home rent an outdoor toilet for their events to avoid overloading their home’s septic system. If your septic system is designed and sized for a small family but the number of people using it over the holidays increases just try to be aware of your water usage to prevent problems occurring. If you have any questions about your septic system or if you have any concerns please do contact us at our Norton office on 508 763 4431 or visit
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We Can Provide Septic Services For Many Types Of System Including Sand Filter Services

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have experience with many types of septic system, including septic inspection, septic repair, septic pumping and cleaning and septic maintenance. We have recently provided a Sand Filter Service for a customer in Attleboro MA. The reasons for having a sand filter include having a high groundwater, shallow bedrock, minimal soil availability or poor soil. We have also provided maintenance including Singulair Services, FAST Services, Advanced Treatment Unit Services, Jet System Services and FujiClean System Services to other customers throughout the region. If you have a Sand Filter or other septic system and think that this would be a good septic solution for you or if your septic system needs a service please contact our Norton office to schedule a service or for any septic assistance on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

Septic Repairs Didn’t Make Anyones Christmas List But Are Sometimes Necessary

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services hopes everyone got what they wanted from Santa Claus this year and had a wonderful holiday with their friends and family. We are certain that septic repairs were not at the top of anyone’s Christmas list but sometimes they have to be done and putting them off until they become a bigger problem is never a good idea. A small concern of septic smells coming from your plumbing if addressed quickly can sometimes be easily, quickly and inexpensively fixed. However if you ignore signs of a septic problem your small issue could become a large septic failure which could be an expensive and disruptive repair. If you have questions about your septic system or if you suspect you need a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

Do You Know What Is Included in a Title 5 Inspection?

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Title 5 Inspection appointments today for customers in Marlborough, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Sterling and Northborough MA. Included in a Title 5 Septic Inspection is:

  • General layout of the system components (location of the building sewer, septic tank or cesspool, distribution box and leaching field)
  • Type of use (e.g., house, school, retail space), Title 5 design flow, and whether the facility is presently occupied
  • Analysis of the criteria specified in Title 5 that indicate system failure, and, for large systems, those which indicate threats to public health and the environment
  • Water use records from the previous two years, if available
  • A description of the septic tank, including its condition, approximate age, thickness of grease/scum layer, and other relevant information
  • A characterization of the distribution box and dosing tanks with pumps, if any, such as condition and evidence of solids carryover or backup
  • The condition of the soil absorption system including, any signs of hydraulic failure

If you need to schedule a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions please do contact us at our Norton office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

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

Staying On Top Of Your Septic Pumping Can Help You Avoid Septic Problems

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services not only inspects septic systems and repairs septic systems but also provides essential septic system maintenance – perhaps most importantly septic pumping. Septic Systems must be pumped periodically to remain operating correctly. Even if your system seems to be working correctly you do not want to wait it until it shows evidence of septic problems before you choose to pump your system. By then you could have a large septic problem which may require an expensive septic repair whereas staying on top of your septic pumping schedule will ensure that you are doing the most important part of maintaining your septic system. Septic systems do not need to be pumped that often, if fact if you pump too often you can harm your septic system by removing the beneficial bacteria that is required to process your waste. A properly maintained septic system should only be pumped every 2-5 years, as needed, to avoid removing the “good” bacteria and keep the system running smoothly. You only need to have your system pumped annually if you have a garbage disposal. Today we have septic pumping appointments in Bridgewater, Carver, Plymouth, Hingham, Halifax and Scituate MA. If it has been over three years since you had your septic tank pumped, give All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services a call at our Norton 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.

Our Preventative Maintenance Program Gives Customers Peace of Mind

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that 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 homeowners thousands of dollars over a lifetime.

We offer 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. Today we have septic services for those customers in Rowley, North Reading, Middleton, Acton, Lynnfield and Westford MA.

Our Preventative Maintenance Program Contracts are available for specific types of septic systems, including:

  • conventional septic systems
  • pressure distribution systems
  • innovative and alternative systems, such as FAST Systems, Eljen Systems, Presby Systems and Oakson Systems

We provide our customers on a service contract with regular monitoring of the entire septic system. They just have to leave the dirty work to us with confidence. Once an appointment has been scheduled our customers do not even usually need to be home for the service which makes septic system maintenance as hassle free as possible. If you would be interested in a septic service or if you have any questions about our Preventative Maintenance Program please contact us on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

Cesspool Maintenance Is Very Important For Your Environment

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has cesspool maintenance appointments today in Hubbardston, Paxton, Sterling, Clinton, Berlin and Bolton MA. A cesspool is any pit or container that receives wastewater from a house or building. The term “cesspool” is usually used to refer to an open pit that is lined with rocks or concrete, but an underground tank or holding container that is not connected to a drainfield can also be defined as a cesspool. The main function of cesspools is the storage of wastewater. The use of cesspools may overload the capacity of the soil to remove bacteria, viruses, and phosphorus, and to nitrify ammonia and organic nitrogen compounds. Cesspools are only found servicing older properties because other more efficient means of waste treatment are now available. We provide cesspool services and repairs and have also provided cesspool replacement when required. We recently replaced a cesspool for a customer in Sturbridge MA because it was starting to pollute the local groundwater. Ongoing cesspool maintenance by having it serviced and having pumpouts is especially important because to sustain the integrity of the environment you need to ensure your cesspool is operating correctly and the surrounding area is not saturated. If you have any questions about cesspools or wish to schedule a cesspool service please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

Do You Know When You Need to Have A Title 5 Inspection?

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Title 5 Inspection appointments scheduled today in East Bridgewater, Mansfield, Foxboro, Norton, Raynham and Sharon MA. In Massachusetts a septic inspection is required in the following instances:

  • 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

Today we have Title 5 Inspections scheduled by property owners, both commercial and private who are selling their properties. We also have a septic inspection scheduled for a customer who has requested an inspection for a property that they are considering purchasing. Whatever the reason that you require a septic inspection please do contact us to schedule a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections we will be happy to answer them. You can contact our Norton office on 508 763 4431 or visit All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services