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

All Clear Septic And Wastewater Services Provide Septic Education In Addition To Septic Services

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have septic service appointments today in Attleboro, Norton, Dighton, Berkley, Freetown, Swansea and Fall River MA. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have many clients on service maintenance schedules. We service our clients’ septic systems on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on their needs and those of their septic system. Proper servicing and maintenance of your septic system will ensure that it lasts longer and will not need unexpected repairs. There are also some steps that you and your family can take to help the longevity of your septic system:

  • 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

At All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services we provide septic education in addition to services to help our customers maintain their septic systems. If you need to schedule a service or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton Office 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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

 

Septic System Maintenance Is Necessary To Prevent Harm To The Environment And Threats To Public Health

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that when septic systems are properly designed, sited and maintained these systems provide an acceptable level of wastewater treatment and are a legitimate treatment and disposal option in areas where centralized sewers are not available. However often septic systems are viewed as temporary solutions until sewers are provided so they can be neglected and this may result in harm to the environment and threats to the public health. It is very important that a septic system is properly maintained and serviced to ensure that it continues to operate correctly. Today we have septic pumping appointments in Southborough, Wayland, Hudson, Berlin and Grafton MA. If you require a septic pump out or if you have any questions about your septic system or septic system maintenance please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

 

Septic Pumping Is An Important Part Of Your Septic System Maintenance

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are available to do the septic maintenance that everyone would rather took care of itself but unfortunately needs to be done and arranged.

Septic Pumping is an important part of your septic system maintenance. If you do not have this done your system will get clogged and full and when that happens it will cease to work efficiently and eventually fail. As you can probably imagine a failed septic system is not a pretty sight (or smell) and is often a very expensive thing to fix. This can be avoided if you not only have your septic system pumped regularly but also use a through and reputable company to do so. The frequency that your septic system should be pumped varies on a variety of factors including the size of your system and the amount it is used however it is recommended that it is pumped every 3-5 years. 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.

Today we have septic pumping scheduled in Attleboro, Norton, Seekonk, Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville and Acushnet, MA. If it has been over three years since your septic tank had a pump out please contact us for an evaluation and to arrange septic pumping if necessary on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Our Preventative Maintenance Program Makes Septic System Ownership Hassel Free

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services want to make septic system ownership as hassle free as possible for our clients so we created our preventative maintenance program. Our affordable Preventative Maintenance Program is designed to give our residential and commercial clients peace of mind in knowing that their septic system is being properly maintained, checked and monitored. This is important because a failing septic system can cause the following:

  • serious health risks to your family or neighbors
  • degrade the surrounding environment including groundwater, lakes and streams
  • reduce your property value
  • cost thousands of dollars to repair

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Service’s Preventative Maintenance 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 Preventative Maintenance Program customers with regular monitoring of the entire septic system – just leave the dirty work to us with confidence! With over 15 years of experience working in the local septic industry, we are the clear choice for your septic system maintenance and repair services. Today we have septic system services for clients in Holliston, Millis, Southborough, Canton, Sharon and Foxboro MA. If you would be interested in septic system services or if you have any questions about these services please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

 

Cape Cod Septic Cleaning

 

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic Cleaning scheduled in Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee, Falmouth, Barnstable and Dennis MA today.

 

To keep your septic system working correctly, to increase the longevity of your septic system and to decrease the likelihood of costly repairs it is advisable to maintain your septic system and to schedule septic cleaning. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services take 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 have questions about septic cleaning or you wish to schedule an appointment please do contact our Norton MA office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

do's and dont's

Do’s and Don’ts for Your Septic System

do's and dont's All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are always happy to provide advice and information to property owners with septic systems. Here are some simple suggestions that will benefit your septic system:

 

DO call All Clear Septic and wastewater Services 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.

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.

 

However, septic problems do occur, even if you do follow the above suggestions.  If you have a septic problem or suspect that you require a septic repair, you should, though, never open your septic tank. While today’s systems are safe for you and your family, opening a tank without benefit of professional training can expose everyone to dangerous bacteria and gases. It is always advisable to contact a certified, professional service, such as All Clear Septic and wastewater Services, if you suspect any problems occurring within your system.

Today we are attending septic repairs in Upton, Sutton, Uxbridge, Millbury, Oxford and Blackstone MA.  If you require a septic repair or have a concern about your septic system please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

garbage disposals

Garbage Disposals and Your Septic System

garbage disposals

 

Garbage Disposals are used in many households, but are they safe to use with your septic system.  Good Question!

While many companies that sell garbage disposals will tell you they are fine to use with a septic system, the truth is they really aren’t.

You really shouldn’t be using a garbage disposal with your septic system.  The way that the septic system is set up involves a large tank filled with water and the waste from your home.  The solid waste settles to the bottom where bacteria go to work breaking it down.  Then, there is the water waste layer that has the excess liquid going out to the drain field.  Finally, at the top, there is a layer of scum that has built up.

In order to keep your septic system running smoothly, there are many items that should not be flushed or sent down the drains.  This includes, diapers, wipes, bleach, harsh chemicals and sanitary products to name a few.    The same is true with your garbage disposal.  All the fats, grease, and other waste from the disposal are being added to the septic tank which can can cause problems and clogs and prevent it from working correctly.

Basically, you are overloading the waste that is being put into your septic tank and the naturally occurring bacteria will not be able to keep up with breaking it down.  If you use a garbage disposal, you should have your tank pumped every year, rather than the normal 3-5 year range.  It can wreak havoc with your septic system.

A better idea? Compost.  Composting your kitchen waste is much better for your system and environmentally friendly.  You can buy a cheap plastic composter or even make your own.  Depending on the size, you can add all your kitchen waste as well as leaves and grass and have a great fertilizer ready for your garden or landscaping.

It’s a win win situation for your yard as well as your septic system.  

Visit www.allclearseptic.com for all your septic system questions.  They have a qualified staff ready to help you with all your septic needs from pumping and cleaning to design and installation.  Give them a call at 508-763-4431.