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

 

Septic Rejuvenation’s Benefits are Considerable

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services offers an exciting service to our customers that utilizes a patented technology to intermittently aerate the drainfield and surrounding soil. Septic Rejuvenation is used as an alternative to aerating the wastewater in the septic tank. It allows failed septic systems to rapidly rejuvenate, extending the lifespan of the drainfield and the septic system, while enhancing the treatment process.

Rejuvenation is currently being used by over 2,000 different septic service providers throughout the United States and Canada and has proven successful in a wide range of different climates and soil types. This technology has been applied in residential situations for both single and multi-family dwellings, as well as commercial situations, servicing hotels, laundrymats, grocery stores, food processing facilities, healthcare services, marinas, restaurants and more.

Some of the benefits associated with Septic Rejuvenation include:

  • rapid restoration of proper septic system functions
  • lower costs for installation, operation and maintenance
  • enhanced removal of pathogens, nitrogen, phosphorus and B.O.D.
  • minimal damage/disruption to existing property landscape
  • long term, cost-effective solution

We are providing septic system remediation through this rejuvenation process to a customer today in Smithfield RI. If you would be interested in this service or if you need septic system remediation please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

 

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Garbage Disposals and Your Septic System

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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.

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Septic First Maintenance Inspections in Rhode Island

first maintenance inspections All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic First Maintenance Inspections scheduled today in Tiverton, Little Compton, Portsmouth, Middletown, Jamestown, North Kingstown, and Narragansett, Rhode Island.

The purpose of a First Maintenance Septic Inspection is to establish what type of septic system you have, if the system poses any risk to public health, if there is any risk to the environment, and determine if any immediate corrective actions should be taken.

If you need a first maintenance inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Bacteria and Enzymes in Your Septic System

septic systemWhat makes a septic system work properly? Billions of naturally occurring microscopic bacteria and enzymes are responsible for a major part of the three-stage treatment that processes wastewater in a septic system.

The wastewater in the septic tank begins the process of decomposition by separating into layers.  Bacteria, which is naturally present in all septic systems, will begin to digest the solids which have settled to the bottom of the tank.  These naturally occurring bacteria will change up to 50% of these solids into liquids and gases.

There are all kinds of additives on the market advertised to improve the biological environment of your septic system, but most experts agree that they are not needed.  The best plan is to keep high doses of cleaners and bleaches out of your septic system which can kill off the beneficial bacteria.

Another important part of the process occurs in the drainfield.  The effluent, or wastewater from the septic tank enters the drain or leachfield and comes into contact with the biomat.  There are organisms living in the biomat which further digest the organic matter in the effluent and from there it reaches the soil where the last part of the process occurs.  Bacteria in the soil further treat the waste. It is important that the drainfield not be flooded.  Many of these bacteria found in the soil and biomat are aerobic or oxygen dependent.  If water floods a drainfield, they may die off and will not be replenished until the flooding is relieved.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services can answer all your septic system questions.  Call them at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com.   Ask them about their maintenance program and emergency services.  They have all the answers to your septic needs.

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Rhode Island Functional Inspections Today

septic inspections All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has Rhode Island Functional Inspections scheduled today in South Kingstown, Narragansett, Charlestown, Richmond, Westerly, and Hopkinton, Rhode Island.

 Functional inspections are usually performed when a property transfers, as a means to protect the consumer and identify systems in need of upgrade or repair. If you require a Functional Inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Schedule Your Septic Design Consultation

 All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have a septic design consultation today with a commercial property owner in Hopkinton, Rhode Island who is putting an addition onto their restaurant and requires a septic system to be correspondingly designed to cope with the additional usage that it will receive.

We have experience with designing septic systems for residential and commercial clients for different sized properties, so we can always provide a septic design that will meet the budget, environment, and usage needs of the client.

If you require a septic design or if you have any questions about septic designs please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

Labor Day All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services wishes its clients, friends and families a Happy Labor Day.  On this day we honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of our country.  However, most of us will celebrate by not working and spending time with our loved ones.  We wish everyone a happy holiday and we will be back to work continuing to contribute to the economy and well being of the country……tomorrow.  You can reach us for all your septic needs at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Cesspool Services by All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that all cesspools in Rhode Island pre-date 1968, the first year regulations for septic systems took effect. Cesspools are considered substandard systems. They don’t treat wastewater, they merely dispose of it. Cesspools concentrate the wastewater in one location, often deep within the ground and in direct contact with groundwater, causing groundwater contamination. This groundwater flows into drinking water wells and surface waters contributing to adverse public health and environmental impacts.

 In contrast, conventional septic systems place the wastewater well above the level of soils saturated by groundwater and they disperse this effluent over a large area, which results in substantial removal of pathogens and other pollutants.

Therefore, property owners with cesspools are recommended to have them regularly serviced to ensure that they do not fail and continue to operate correctly

.Today we have cesspool services in Scituate, West Greenwich, Coventry, and Cranston, Rhode Island. If you require a cesspool service or if you have any questions about cesspools or cesspool replacement please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Septic System Maintenance Tips in Rhode Island

Rhode IslandSeptic systems are very common throughout Rhode Island. If you are a homeowner and have one of these on-site sewage systems, you are probably very aware of the maintenance and diligence that is required to properly maintain a septic system. If you are new to septic systems, it can be a bit overwhelming to get a handle on all the dos and don’ts.

This article will attempt to give you an overall understanding on how septic systems work in Rhode Island, what you can do to help keep your system running efficiently and when it’s time to call a professional to help you service your system. Whether you have a septic system in Cumberland, Woonsocket, Providence or somewhere in between, these tips will help you to increase the longevity and efficiency for many years to come.

How Septic Systems Work

Most of the septic systems found throughout Rhode Island consist of a specific set of equipment, which includes a septic tank, a leaching field and a distribution box. The wastewater that comes from your home is held temporarily within the septic tank, which is where the waste solids become separated from the water. Bacteria decomposes the solids, which are later pumped out by a professional septic system company.

The partially treated water leaves the tank and then moves on into the distribution box. Once inside the box, the water is distributed evenly into the leaching field. The water drains into trenches that are filled with gravel through holds in the distribution box, which are then used to help further treat the wastewater. The wastewater then seeps slowly into the soil of your leach field for a secondary purifying treatment.

Today there are some alternative systems that use different substrates than soil or gravel. One option is to use sand instead of soil. Another is to use peat. Whichever type of system you are currently using, you need to ensure that you properly maintain a septic system so that it does not pollute the groundwater. Don’t just change from soil to sand, peat or any other type of substrate unless you consult with a septic system professional to make sure that the change will work well with your current system.

How to Properly Maintain a Septic System

The best thing you can do for your septic system is to provide proper care and maintenance. There is a lot of responsibility on the part of the homeowner to ensure that the system is not being abused so that it will run properly. Regular visits from your septic system professional to inspect your equipment, check your levels and pump your system if necessary, will help keep things in proper working order.

Water conservation is the number one way to protect your system. Take some simple steps to ensure that you are limiting your use of water. The more you save, the less will end up in your system. Water-saving devices, such as low-flow toilets and shower heads are extremely helpful. Check for leaks in faucets and toilets on a regular basis and refrain from running a load of dishes and clothing unless you have a full load.

Chemicals can be extremely dangerous to a septic system. Don’t ever put any chemicals or paint thinners down your drains. These chemicals will kill off the microbes that naturally occur within your system and prevent it from functioning properly. Other things, such as food waste, fat and grease are also damaging to your system and should not be put down the drain. Unless your system has been designed to accommodate a garbage disposal, you should not use one with a septic system.

Maintain your leach field as well by ensuring that nothing is planted or growing over the area except for grass. It goes without saying that you should never pour concrete or asphalt over a leach field. Parking or driving vehicles over the leach field can ultimately compact the soil and crush the piping, rendering it useless to the treatment process.

When to Call a Professional

If you notice any problems within your septic system, such as drains that drain slower than usual, gurgling sounds or a foul odor around the house, you need to call a septic system service professional. Another sign is a very lush and green patch of grass within the drainage field, signaling that the grass is receiving more liquid and nutrients than usual. The technician will inspect your equipment, test the drain field and check to ensure that it is all draining properly and will check inside your home to make sure your plumbing is functioning well.

In the State of Rhode Island, some locations  require what are known as Rhode Island Town Inspections. These locations include South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Jamestown and Charlestown. The local town ordinances require both residential and commercial property owners to submit inspections of their septic systems on a regular basis.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services provides all of these services and more. They are fully licensed to provide Rhode Island Town Inspections and Massachusetts Title 5 Inspections.   All Clear utilizes state-of-the-art tools and fully trained and certified professionals to provide the best possible services to their customers at a very affordable and competitive rate. So whether you are in Rhode Island or Southeastern Massachusetts, call  All Clear Septic for pricing, information or to set up an appointment at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com