Rochester Customer Requires Septic Repair Due to Overloading System

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has many years of experience working in the septic industry in this region. This means that we can use our accumulated knowledge and the skills that we have developed to repair septic problems that our customers have. What is sometimes even more important is that we can locate the cause of the problem and this sometimes means that we have to educate septic system owners in the best way to use their system to prevent problems happening in the future. For example today we have been to a customer property in Rochester MA and the mistake that they were making is that they were putting too much water into their septic system at one time. The decomposition process can become strained if there is too much excess water in the system, resulting in a variety of problems. Ideally, septic owners should only be using a maximum of 50 gallons of water per day, per person. The following averages for common household activities can help you keep track:

Dishwasher Cycle – 7 gallons
Washing Machine – 40 gallons per load (less with front-loader machines)
Toilet – 2 gallons per flush, 1.6 gallons for newer standard toilets
Shower – 2.5 gallons per minute (a 10 minute shower = 25 gallons)

It can be difficult to stay on top of usage, particularly for large families, but laying down some basic guidelines can help everyone to work together. New environmentally-friendly appliances, toilets and shower heads can help reduce usage without a lot of extra effort. Trying to spread laundry loads out over a week rather than doing it all on one day helps and not running many water using appliances all at once. A water meter can be helpful for households that feed off of a well. The government website http://www.energystar.gov also has a lot of helpful ideas and tips for reducing water usage. It is always a good idea to remember that a septic system is installed based upon the number of people that are anticipated to be using it. If your base number increases, you might need to upgrade to a larger system. In addition to our Rochester appointment we have other septic repairs scheduled today in Marion, Mattapoisett, Fall River and Fairhaven MA. If you have questions about your septic system or if you need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Good Luck Wont Prevent Septic Repairs Being Necessary – Especially on Friday 13th!

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are here to wish you good luck on this Friday 13th! Having a septic system that works correctly and efficiently takes more than good luck. It is wise to pay attention so you know the warning signs that could indicate that it is time to have your septic system serviced, repaired, cleaned or pumped. Maintaining your septic system could mean that you avoid costly repairs in the future and can extend the life of your system. Some signs that your system needs attention are water pooling on your leach field or above your septic tank, the grass on your leach field being considerably healthier than in the rest of your lawn, sewage smells in your home or sewage back up. We are conducting septic repairs to septic systems in North Reading, Middleton, Lynnfield, Boxford, Peabody, Chelmsford and Groveland MA and some of these repairs could have been avoided with regular maintenance. If you are concerned about your septic system or have questions please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Problems Should Not Be Ignored Because They Will Get Worse

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services give you a delayed pinch and a punch for the first of the month! The year is certainly marching along and we can’t quite believe that April is here already. Spring is on its way and property owners are starting to think about repairs and maintenance that have been put off over the winter. However if you have a concern about your septic system it is wise to have it addressed immediately and not leave it until your springtime maintenance. Indicators that you may have a septic problems include:

  • Pipe Gurgling Sounds
  • Toilet Flushing Issues
  • Slow Drains
  • Water Backup
  • Bad Odors
  • Greener Grass
  • Patches of Standing Water

If you have noticed one or more of these signs at your property please do consider calling to discuss your concerns with our experienced technicians. Today we have septic repair appointments in West Bridgewater, Hanover, Halifax, Middleboro, Lakeville, Taunton and Raynham MA. If you wish to schedule a septic repair or if you have septic problems or concerns please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Repairs Necessary Because of Storm Damage and For Other Reasons

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know, just like all other New Englanders, that storms and weather are a part of living in this region. However the severe storms that we have had recently have resulted in property damage and clean up which can affect septic systems just like other parts of your property. Just like with other parts of your home or business it is never wise to ignore signs of a problem and hope it might go away. Signs of a septic problem can include:

  • All of the drains from the house are slow
  • There is a persistent wet area over the leach field
  • Sewage is surfacing in the area of the septic tank or distribution box
  • There is sewage seeping through the foundation
  • The liquid level in the leach field is at the top of the crushed rock layer, the chambers or other underground structures
  • The vegetation over the leach field is greener and more lush than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • There is sewage odor in the yard at times or constantly
  • There is flow back from the leach field when the septic tank is pumped
  • The septic tank needs to be pumped frequently
  • The septic tank discharge baffle is damaged or missing
  • Rain water seems to take longer to disappear over the leach field than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • Well water is contaminated

Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers in Raynham, Dighton, Berkley, Taunton and Norton MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Leach Field Problem Identified and Repaired

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have been contacted by a client in North Attleboro who suspects that they have a leach field problem. They have noticed a sewage smell in their yard around the leach field area and there is a consistent wet, sogginess on the field. Other signs that you may have a problem can include lush vegetation over the leach field, frequent pumping of the tank being required, and/or slow drains.

Leach fields fail for two primary reasons. The main reason is referred to as biological clogging. This is the development of a biomat beneath the drainfield 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. The second primary reason is referred to as a mechanical failure. This could be a structural collapse of the leach field piping or chambers, root intrusion, or fine non-organic materials that are washed down to the bottom of the leach field and seal the soil.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have many years experience identifying and repairing leach field problems and will find locate and repair our client’s leach field problem. We have other septic repair appointments today in Wrentham, Middleboro, Mansfield and Norton MA. If you suspect that you have a septic problem or if you have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Services In Westport, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford and Fall River

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic services scheduled today in Westport, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford and Fall River MA. We go to our clients’ for services on a quarterly, biannually or annual basis and the regularity of our services are determined by a number of factors. These include the type of system and the usage it gets. For example we would not service a small cottage that is only used through the summer on a quarterly basis but a busy restaurant that is open year round might need that level of attention. Essentially our services are designed to do the septic maintenance for you so you do not need to be concerned about your septic system. You can leave those hassles to us – be honest not many people want to spend a lot of time thinking about their septic system. You can also be sure that we will monitor your entire septic system so we can catch any septic concerns before they become a problem which can be especially important for our commercial clients.  If you have a business with a septic system septic problems can lean to costs not only in repairs but also in lost business while the problem is dealt with so regular services make septic problems much less likely. When we come to a property as long as we can access the system we do not even usually need a property owner to be present for the service. We truly make it effortless to maintain your septic system. If you would be interested in having a septic service or you have more questions about it please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://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

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

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has a 24 Hour Emergency Service Available

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has a 24 Hour Emergency Service available. If you have an urgent septic problem call 508-763-4431. We understand that most septic problems don’t occur between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday, so we also offer 24/7 emergency services to our customers. We’ll be there when you need us anytime of day or night. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services also schedule septic repairs and have appointments today in Raynham, West Bridgewater, Berkley, Acushnet and Norton MA. Our trained septic professionals will evaluate the problem and make any necessary repairs. Whenever possible, our goal is to provide our customers with options for repair that will yield high-quality results at a cost-effective price which could save you money later on and prevent septic failure. We have experience with large and small septic repairs including septic pump repairs, sewage grinder pump repair, leach field/ drainfield repairs and D-Box repair. If you have an emergency septic repair that needs to be carried out on short notice or if you have a concern that your septic system is not operating correctly and think a repair may be necessary it inadvisable to wait. Please do contact our Norton office so we can answer any questions you may have or schedule an appointment on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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