Midway Though The Year Make The Most Of The Daylight With Septic Maintenance

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that today we are midway through the year with the most hours of daylight that we will see in 2018. Today we have the most time to ensure that we are keeping up with our home maintenance and this is especially important for your septic system. Following good septic maintenance practices and advice will ensure that you don’t have ‘dark days’ with your septic system.

Septic System Do’s and Don’ts

Things you should do

  • DO get your septic tank pumped regularly and have it checked for any cracks or leaks.
  • 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 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.

Following the above advice will help ensure that you do not do anything that will result in needing a septic repair however it will not stop essential septic maintenance being necessary. Today we have septic pumping scheduled for customers in Carver, Middleboro, Lakeville, Freetown, Taunton and Norton MA. Septic pumping is essential septic maintenance that you should not neglect and even if you have no signs of a septic problem your system should always be pumped, usually every 3-5 years but this does vary on a variety of factors. If you wish to schedule a septic system pump out or if you have any septic maintenance or septic system questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/

Heavy Use Of Garbage Disposals Can Result In A Septic Breakdown

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are called out to customer properties on a regular basis to provide a septic repair when the septic breakdown could have been avoided if the property owner had better information on how to use their septic system. Today we have a septic repair appointment in Rochester MA which could have been avoided if the homeowner had been using their garbage disposal less frequently. One of the biggest problems for septic systems is a garbage disposal. Homeowners that have a septic system should avoid using their garbage disposal to prevent the introduction of unwanted solids into the system which can result in a septic breakdown. Even if your system is designed to accommodate a garbage disposal, it is important to use it moderately. Composting is an alternate solution for homeowners that have a large volume of vegetable waste. This is the reason that many homes with septic systems do not have a garbage disposal because it is difficult to monitor what is going into it and regulate the use. We have other septic repair appointments today in Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Plainville and North Attleboro. If you require a septic repair or have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Signs That You Need A Septic Repair Should Not Be Ignored

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that the smell of sewage in your home or yard is not pleasant and is also unlikely to go away without a professional assistance. This is a sign that you have a septic problem and your system will likely need some septic attention whether that means a septic pumping or a septic repair to fix the underlying cause of the issue and prevent it from happening again. Indicators that you may have a septic problem can include:

  • Rotten egg odor/ sewage smell coming from your plumbing/ yard or the septic tank
  • Sinks and baths draining slowly or or gurgling
  • Sewage backing up
  • Wastewater appearing on the ground above your drain field
  • Much greener and lusher grass over your drain field compared to the rest of your yard

Today we have septic repair  appointments for customers in Cranston, Cumberland, Lincoln, Johnston, North Smithfield and Foster RI. If you have a concern about your septic system, if you have any septic system questions or if you need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Your D-Box Must Be Operating Correctly To For Your Septic System To Work

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has an appointment today for a customer in Acushnet MA who needs a septic repair because their D-Box (distribution box) is not operating correctly. A D-Box is an essential component of a conventional septic system. As the name suggests it ‘distributes’ in this case wastewater from the septic tank which has already partially treated the wastewater into the leach field. A septic system consists a septic tank and a drain field which are connected through the distribution box. Wastewater flows from your property to the septic tank. The septic tank treats the wastewater by holding it in the tank long enough for solids and liquids to separate. The wastewater forms three layers inside the tank. Solids lighter than water (such as greases and oils) float to the top forming a layer of scum. Solids heavier than water settle at the bottom of the tank forming a layer of sludge. This leaves a middle layer of partially clarified wastewater. The layers of sludge and scum remain in the septic tank where bacteria work to break the solids down. The sludge and scum that cannot be broken down are retained in the tank until the tank is pumped. The layer of clarified liquid flows from the septic tank to the drainfield via the D-Box which uniformly distributes the wastewater into the drainfield. A standard drain field (also known as a leach field, disposal field, or a soil absorption system) is a series of trenches or a bed lined with gravel or course sand and buried one to three feet below the ground surface. Perforated pipes or drain tiles run through the trenches to distribute the wastewater. The drainfield treats the wastewater by allowing it to slowly trickle from the pipes out into the gravel and down through the soil. The gravel and soil act as biological filters. Clearly it is essential that all components of the septic system are working correctly for it to process your waste. We will ensure that the D-Box is either repaired or replaced so our customer can be confident that their system is working efficiently. We have other septic repair appointments today in Deighton, Plainville, North Attleboro and Raynham MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Leach Field Repair Provided in Westport MA

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services were contacted by a customer in Westport, MA who had noticed sewage smells and damp patches in their backyard over their leach field so were concerned that they may have a septic problem. Further discussion revealed that they had noticed slow drains and much greener grass in their backyard for a while but had not realised that these are also signs of a septic problem. The reason for their leach field failure is biological clogging. This is the development of a biomat beneath the leachfield that eventually prevents the liquid or effluent from entering the underlying soil. This biomat is a combination of fine organic solids that have been carried out of the septic tank and the remnants of anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria originate in the human intestinal tract and enter the septic system with the waste products. 95% of all leach field failures are biological. We will repair their leach field by installing the White Knight system. The White Knight system creates an aerobic environment within the septic system and provides a large surface area for the growth of a specialized bacterial colony. As the bacteria multiply, they consume the organic material coming into the septic tank. At the same time, a great many of these bacteria are carried into the leach field and begin to consume the organic material that is clogging the soil. As a result, the underlying soil begins to regain its porosity, which in turn allows the effluent to pass through. After installation our client will have to discontinue use of a garbage disposal system, refrain from introducing any harsh chemicals into the septic system, use liquid detergents for washing dishes and clothes, refrain from flushing any and all non-organic products down the drains, refrain from the heavy use of bleach products and refrain from flushing paper towels or wipes down the drains. If they do their their leach field will remain operating correctly. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Fairhaven and Fall River MA. If you have concerns that your septic system is not working correctly or wish to schedule a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Repairs And Septic Emergencies Taken Care Of

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have a professional team of licensed and certified technicians who are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just call our Emergency Service Center day or night at 508-763-4431 and we will send someone out to take care of your emergency septic problems right away. We understand that septic problems crop up at any time so you need a septic company that can be available when you have a problem. Some septic issues can not wait and you need a septic professional who can provide a septic repair on short notice. We have septic repairs scheduled today for customers in Wrentham, Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Uxbridge and Millis MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system or concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Avoid Septic Repairs By Following A Few Suggestions

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services welcome in this new month with a pinch and a punch! It is the second half of the year already and we are as busy as we have ever been with septic inspections, septic pumping and cleaning, septic services and septic repairs. While we welcome the business we also try to educate our clients so that they use their septic systems correctly and can prevent the necessity of using our septic repair services. Many septic repairs that we are called out to could have been avoided of the property owner had been using their septic system correctly. Here are a few suggestions to follow to help ensure your system continue to work as it should:

Things you should do:

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 for some of our customers this information comes too late and we have septic repairs scheduled for customers today who could in some instances have avoided their septic breakdown by following the above advice. Today we are at customer properties in Hingham, Marshfield, Hanover, Hanson, Halifax and East Bridgewater MA for septic repairs. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions or concerns about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Repairs Including a D-Box Repair in Westport

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is replacing a D-Box for a customer today in Westport, 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 you maintain 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

We also have septic repairs for customers today in Mattapoisett, Marion, Onset, Lakeville, Freetown and New Bedford, 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 http://www.allclearseptic.com

We Carry Out Many Septic Repairs Including Sewage Pump Repairs and Leach Field Repairs

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic repairs scheduled today including a sewage pump repair and leach field repairs in Fall River, New Bedford, Seekonk, Swansea, Westport, Marion and Mattapoisett MA. We strive to provide our customers with professional, thorough, environmentally responsible and cost effective solutions to their septic problems. If you require a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Pumps Installed, Replaced and Repaired

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have experienced technicians who not only work in the field installing and replacing septic pumps when necessary but they also repair and refurbish septic pumps in our onsite workshop. We work with many septic pump brands including HiBlow, Blue Diamond and FujiClean. We keep instock different types and sizes of septic pump so we know that we will have the specific pump that is required for our customers when it is needed. Septic pumps are sometimes required within a property’s septic system. Some septic systems can operate with gravity alone or, where topographic considerations require, with inclusion of a septic pump. Today we are replacing a septic pump for a customer in Lakeville MA. We also have other septic repairs including a septic pump repair in Taunton, Freetown, Rochester and Rehoboth MA. If you need a septic pump repair or septic system repair appointment please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com. It is always inadvisable to wait to have a septic problem looked at and we can schedule appointments on short notice.