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Water Usage Habits Important for Septic System

laundry All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic repairs scheduled today for customers in Canton, Stoughton, Bridgewater, Sharon, Norton, and Mansfield, MA.   In addition to the repair itself, we will provide advice and education, if necessary, to the property owner that may help prevent another repair being necessary in the future.

We have found that many people with septic systems are unaware that you may need to change your water usage habits to keep  your system operating correctly.  A common mistake that many septic system owners make is to put too much water into the system.  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, and cost.  A water meter can be helpful for households that feed off of a well.  The government website energystar.gov also has a lot of helpful ideas and tips for reducing water usage. Remember, 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.

 

If you have questions about your septic system or if you require a septic repair, please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Meet Jamie Graffam from Septic Preservation Services

Septic Preservation ServicesMeet Jamie Graffam of Septic Preservation Services.  He is a service tech at SPS and has been a member of the team for 3+ years.  He has completed the U.R.I. course for septic inspections as well as several other courses to help him with his service tech responsibilities.

Jamie served 4 years in the Marine Corps after high school and then searched from big business to big business looking for the right fit in a company.  He found that fit with Septic Preservation Services.  He loves being part of the SPS team and particularly likes working outside.

Personally Jamie is engaged to his fiancee Jen, and has two daughters, Keeghan and Kilee.  He is happy to announce that Keeghan will be making him a grandfather early next year.

You never know what you’ll come across in the septic business, and Jamie shared this humorous story with us.

In the course of his duties, Jamie had opened an air box on a septic system, only to find a Momma and a baby snake “I’m not afraid of snakes, but when they catch me off guard, they do startle me a bit”. He removed Mom and took her to the nearby woods to release her, and then returned to remove the baby snake, but as he is kneeling down and catching the snake, his phone vibrates, (fellow SPS team member, Jim Boucher), and really gave him a good scare, (thinking Momma snake had returned to get her baby).  He then realized, to his relief,  it was only his phone.  He answered his phone, laughing,  and had a good story to share with Jim.

Jamie is another member of the skilled and caring team at Septic Preservation Services.  Let them help you make sense of your septic system and answer any questions or concerns you may have.  You can reach them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Specialized Septic Equipment for Septic Cleaning

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services pride themselves on providing quality service to our customers. Unfortunately, there are quick service companies, septic pumping and cleaning companies, that might seem to save money up front, but will actually cost property owners down the road.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services utilizes 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. We know that we provide a thorough cleaning for your septic system. Getting your tanks cleaned on a regular basis will help to improve the efficiency of your septic system and keep it running smoothly.

 Today, we have septic cleaning appointments for customers in Carver, Middleboro, Rochester, and Lakeville, MA.  If you need a septic cleaning or have any questions about septic cleaning, please do contact our Norton, MA office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Meet Elizabeth Alves of Septic Preservation Services

Elizabeth AlvesMeet Elizabeth Alves of Septic Preservation Services.  Liz started working at Septic Preservation Services in April of 2015.  She has been a member of the team for 2 years and is Division Manager of the All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services Division of SPS.  She is Title 5 licensed and is certified to perform inspections in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Her favorite part of her job is working with customers and helping them solve their septic issues.  Liz is fluent in Portuguese and this is extremely helpful with Portuguese speaking clients.  She is also a notary republic.

Personally, Liz resides in Attleboro with her husband and three children.  She is active in a  Portuguese Heritage Group in Stoughton and performs at Portuguese Carnival Dances where she sings and plays the guitar.  She really enjoys this in her leisure time and is also involved in an All Girl dancing and singing group in East Providence.

Liz started at SPS as a novice but has really enjoyed learning the ins and outs of the septic business to better help her clients.  Liz recalls jumping right into the training during her first days on the job.  She was excited to volunteer for the hands-on learning activities but was a little surprised when she came across her first activity with a odorous septic tank.  She was a little taken back by the smell but continued on, determined to complete the task.

You can reach Liz and all the rest of the team at All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Septic Repairs by All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have septic repairs scheduled today in Attleboro, North Attleboro, Norton, Mansfield, Wrentham, Foxboro, Sharon, and Stoughton, MA.  These repairs include septic pump repair, D-Box repairs, digging a trench for a conduit from a maintenance shed to a pump chamber, and leach field repairs.  If you suspect that your septic system is not operating correctly or if you need septic repairs please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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24/7 Emergency Services by All Clear Septic and Wastewater

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services wishes all mothers a belated Happy Mother’s Day for yesterday.  All Mothers would rather be smelling flowers on Mother’s Day than sewage, but often repairs are necessary when we least want them.  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. Our professional team of licensed and certified technicians 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 have septic repairs happening today in Bolton, Clinton, Hudson, Berlin, Northborough, and Boxborough, MA.  If you have any questions or if you need to schedule a repair please do contact us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Confined Space Program Training by All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic repairs and replacements scheduled today in Wrentham, Bellingham, Blackstone, Upton, Uxbridge, Franklin, and Foxboro, MA.  We will be carrying out Pump Replacement, Float Replacement, Tank Plumbing, and Tank Maintenance, for our customers.  To ensure that our field personnel are safe, they have all had confined space program training and will follow the program where there is confined space exposure, such as in these tasks.  For example, they will have confined space tripods, lanyards and harnesses for confined space entry, and complete pre-entry confined space checklists.  If you need to have septic repairs or if you have any questions, please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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How to Extend the Life of Your Septic Drain Field

drain fieldOne of the most important components of a septic system is the drain field. Also known as a “leach” field, sometimes just looking at the drain field can help you to determine the health of the septic system as a whole. It is important to take care of your drain field and ensure that it is properly protected from things that can hinder its effectiveness, as it is a vital part of the septic process.

What a Drain Field is and How It Works
The drain field is the part of your septic system where the waste water emerges after passing through your septic tank for the final phase in the cleansing and filtration process. Contaminants and other impurities are removed from the waste water by the drain field, making it safe to enter the local ground water.

The septic drain field removes any organic materials that might yet remain after the waste water has made its way through the septic tank. It utilizes a very basic, yet highly efficient, microbial ecosystem for this part of the process. A drain field consists of a specific layout of trenches that contain a series of perforated pipes that come from the septic tank. The waste water flows over gravel or other porous material, which is covered by a layer of soil to protect it from animals and surface runoff water.

Signs That Your Septic System Needs Help
While there are some fairly obvious signs that a septic system is in need of repair or has failed, such as sewage coming up inside the house through all the drains, showers and toilets, your drain field is also a sort of thermostat that lets you know how effective your septic system is functioning.

Take a look at your septic drain field:

  • If there are boggy or wet areas that just don’t seem to dry up and go away after runoff water from seasonal rain storms is gone, you might have a failed septic system.
  • If there are areas of the grass that is planted on top of your drain field that are particularly green or lush compared to the rest of the surrounding property, you might have a leak or back-up occurring in your drain field.
  • If you notice an unusual smell coming from your drain field, it’s time to call a septic system specialist.
  • If you see bits of organic material or other waste that would typically go down your home’s drains coming up through the drain field, chances are you are experiencing a clog or even a failed septic system.

These are just some of the signs and symptoms that you can look for when checking out your drain field. While some issues might just be indicative that you need to stay on top of drain field maintenance, most will have something directly to do with the health and effectiveness of your overall septic system. It pays to check out your drain field on a regular basis.

Drain Field Maintenance
There are a lot of things that can cause a septic system to malfunction or fail. Most septic system experts and service technicians will tell you that even if your home has been designed for use with a garbage disposal, that you should refrain from using one with a septic system. The reason is simple: just by using a garbage disposal, as opposed to composting organic waste from the kitchen or disposing of it in a trash can, a typical household will increase the amount of sludge and solids in their septic tank by over 50 percent.

Because seemingly small changes in use and habit can have such an impact on the overall health of your septic system, it is important to hire a professional septic service to provide regular check-ups and drain field maintenance. If maintained correctly, the average drain field should last somewhere between 25-30 years and still be functioning efficiently.

In addition to taking care of the landscape that is above your drain field, keeping trees and bushes away from the area to prevent the spreading of roots, there are things you can do inside your home that contribute to your septic drain field’s overall health. Some of these things are simple and even common sense for the most part; while others might be “news” to homeowners who are dealing with a septic system for the first time.

Most of the behaviors and habits that homeowners need to remember with regard to taking care of their septic system and drain field maintenance have more to do with water use and disposal habits than anything else. Be aware of the amount of water that you are using in your home. Avoid doing activities that use a lot of water all at the same time, such as washing dishes and doing several loads of laundry. In fact, it is better to do a load of laundry a day than it is to save it all up for the weekend.

Get Professional Drain Field Maintenance Service
For homeowners living in the Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod or Rhode Island areas, contact All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services.   With over 15 years of direct experience working with commercial and residential customers in the Southcoast region, All Clear is the clear choice for preventative maintenance, septic system service, drain field maintenance and septic repairs.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is licensed and certified to provide Title 5 Inspections in Massachusetts and required Rhode Island Town Inspections.  In addition,  All Clear can do a private assessment of your septic system to help you know the age, effectiveness and efficiency of your current equipment to help determine whether its time to upgrade or set up a new septic drain field. Call All Clear today at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com to get started!

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Septic System Concerns by All Clear

All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are regularly called by property owners who have a problem within their home that they believe originates with their septic system, but need our help to firstly confirm its a septic issue, to then locate the problem, and finally to repair their system.  There are many different symptoms of a septic problem that include slow-flushing toilets, slow drainage, or water backing up into sinks, showers or tubs, gurgling drainpipes, or even sewage backing up in toilets and sinks.  These can be indications of septic system problems, such as clogs or a full septic tank.  We are doing septic repairs including d-box and riser repairs, and septic pumps repairs, today in Franklin, Foxboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Wrentham, North Attleboro, and Sharon, MA.  If you you have concerns about your septic system, have questions, or wish to schedule an appointment please do contact our office at 508-763-3-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.comAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services