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Regular Septic Maintenance Important for Septic System

septic maintenance All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that regular maintenance of a septic system will ensure the longevity of your system and also vastly reduce the likelihood of septic breakdowns and failures.

The most important maintenance for a septic system is regular septic pumping.  Pump outs are essential because your tank will eventually fill up and, as you can probably imagine, nothing good will ever come from a septic tank that is so full,  there is no where for your waste to go.

The frequency of pumpouts depends upon a number of factors including the size of your septic tank and the amount of wastewater that enters it.  For example, generally speaking, a retired couple use less water than a family of 5 with teenage children. However, if that couple regularly host large family gatherings or have extended family come to visit for a large amount of time then their water usage will increase again.

We would usually suggest that septic tanks are pumped every 3 – 5 years but of course this will vary, so if you are unsure, please do contact us for advice.  Property owners also need to be aware that if they have a garbage disposal (which they use) they will need to have their tank pumped annually because this vastly reduces the amount of time needed between pump outs.

Today we have septic pumping appointments for customers in North Attleboro, Wrentham, Mansfield, Foxboro, Bellingham, and Franklin, MA.  If you are unsure whether your system needs to be pumped or if you have any septic questions or need to schedule a septic pump out, please do contact our Norton 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

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Proper Preventative Maintenance Can Extend the Life of Your Septic System

All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that proper preventative maintenance can extend the life of your septic system. Systems that are not regularly maintained will average less than 20 years, however studies conducted by field professors, scientists and engineers reveal that proper maintenance can help a septic system to last indefinitely. This can save a homeowner thousands of dollars over a lifetime.

 

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services offers an affordable Preventative Maintenance Program designed to give our residential and commercial clients peace of mind in knowing that their septic system is being properly maintained, checked and monitored. Our commercial customers know that any down time that their business has due to septic problems not only cost them in repair costs but also in lost business so preventative maintenance makes economic sense. Today we have septic service appointments for customers on our preventative maintenance program in Norwell, Hingham, Scituate, Hanover, Marshfield and Hanson MA.

 

If you would be interested in our Preventative Maintenance Program or if you wish to schedule a septic service appointment please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Importance of Regular Septic Pumping and Maintenance

septic maintenance and pumping All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that regular maintenance is the single most important consideration in making sure your septic system, whether it is a conventional septic system, an innovative/alternative system, or a cesspool, works well over time.

Regular pumping helps prevent solids from escaping into the drainfield and clogging soil pores.  It is advisable to have your septic pumped every 3 – 5 years depending on various factors, including the size of your tank and the water usage of your property.  If you have a garbage disposal you will need to have your system pumped much more regularly, ideally annually.

Surprisingly, some property owners with septic systems do not realize that septic systems need to be regularly pumped and believe that if they haven’t had any problems then system doesn’t need pump outs.  Unfortunately, this is a serious and sometimes costly misconception.  As your system is used, solid materials settle to the bottom of the tank, forming a sludge layer.  Grease and lightweight materials float to the surface of the septic tank as scum. Normally, properly designed tanks have enough space for up to three to five years’ safe accumulation of sludge. When the sludge level increases beyond this point, sewage has less time to settle properly before leaving the tank.  As the sludge level increases, more solid wastes escape into the soil absorption system (SAS).  If the SAS becomes so clogged that it cannot absorb liquid at the rate at which it enters the tank, the plumbing will “back up” or unsanitary wastewater will bubble to the surface.

We have septic pumping scheduled for customers today in Dighton, Marion, Mattapoisett, Westport, and Fall River, MA.  If you wish to schedule a septic pump out or if you have any questions about septic system maintenance, septic pumping or your septic system, please do contact our Norton, MA office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Do's and Don'ts

Septic System Do’s and Don’ts

Do's and Don'ts All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have many years experience working with customers to locate and fix their septic problems, whether they are large or small.  Our customers will often come to us with a symptom of a septic problem, such as sewage smells in the home, or septic backups in the toilet, but not know what has caused this problem and how to fix it.  We will, of course, locate and fix the problem, but we will also endeavor to find the source of the septic problem to ensure that it will not happen again. 

This will often come in the form of education for a home owner.  If you move from a home which is connected to town sewer to a home with its own septic system, we have found that many property owners do not realize they need to modify their behaviour accordingly.  Here are some septic systems ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’

 

  • 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 do all your laundry on one day.  Spread your laundry loads throughout the week
  • 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.

 

Today we have septic repairs at customers’ properties in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, Sharon, Bellingham, and Blackstone, MA.  Some of these repairs could have been avoided if they had followed the above guidelines.

 

If you have a septic problem and need to make an appointment, or have any questions, it is inadvisable to wait. Please do contact our Norton MA office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Preventative Maintenance Program by All Clear Septic

septic system maintenance All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that proper preventative maintenance can extend the life of your septic system. Septic systems that are not regularly maintained will average less than 20 years, however studies conducted by field professors, scientists, and engineer,s reveal that proper maintenance can help a septic system to last indefinitely. This can save the homeowner thousands of dollars over a lifetime.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services offers an affordable Preventative Maintenance Program designed to give our residential and commercial clients peace of mind in knowing that their septic system is being properly maintained, checked, and monitored.  We are so confident in our ability to effectively maintain your septic system, that we offer a “Pass or It’s FREE Guarantee” on Title 5 Inspections to all of our Preventative Maintenance Program customers that are in the program and have followed our recommendations.  We also give our up-to-date Preventative Maintenance Program customers a 50% discount off of all Title 5 Inspections.

We have experience servicing various types of septic system including Singulair Service, FAST Service, Jet System Service, and Fuji Clean Service.  Today, we have a Singulair Service for a customer in Freetown, MA, where we will be doing a full service and aerator.  We also have septic service and preventative maintenance appointments in Berkley, Fall River, Westport, New Bedford, and Fairhaven, MA.  

The regularity of serving depends on the septic system and the use it gets.  For example, a small summer cottage on the cape that is only used seasonally will not need as many services as a large 5 bedroom family home or a restaurant.  If you would be interested in septic system services or have any questions please do contact our Norton MA office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Garbage Disposals and Your Septic System

garbage disposals All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that although the majority of septic system owners do not have a garbage disposal, some do, and if it is not used correctly, it can lead to some severe septic problems.  One very important thing to note is that if you have a garbage disposal, the matter going down the disposal has to go somewhere — and when your property has a septic system, it all ends up in the septic tank.  Some of the matter can be broken down by the bacteria in the septic tank, but both the broken-down matter and un-broken-down matter accumulate over time.  Along with causing extra pumpings, a septic tank full of leftovers can overthrow your system’s bacterial balance, making it less efficient in treating wastewater.  Your septic system will not function at its peak.

 

It is therefore, very important to not overuse your garbage disposal.  Using your disposal daily can have adverse effects on your septic system, but occasional or infrequent use lessens that potential.  Little pieces of food washed off your plate are perfectly okay to go down the drain.  But if you have a large amount of leftovers, scrape most of the food into the trash can, and then rinse the smaller remains in the sink.

 

When you have a septic system and a garbage disposal:

 

  • DO act like it’s not there.
  • DON’T use it like a trash can.
  • DO pump out your tank more frequently if the garbage disposal is used heavily.
  • DON’T stuff food, veggie peels, egg shells, etc. down the disposal.
  • DO consider starting a compost pile for peelings, spoiled food, etc.
  • DON’T pour grease or oils down the drain
  • DON’T use the garbage disposal to clean out your refrigerator

 

When we pump out a tank that has heavy garbage disposal use, it is very obvious inside the tank and often there is literally a pile of food under the inlet pipe of the tank.  If you do have a garbage disposal that is regularly used, we would recommend annual septic pump outs, when other properties without, can usually have septic pumping every 3 – 5 years. Today we have septic pumping appointments in Hudson, Berlin, Clinton, Boxborough, Sterling, Stow, and Bolton, MA.  If you need to schedule septic pumping or if you have any questions, please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Tips for Septic System Maintenance

tipsAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are happy to provide septic education to enable property owners with septic systems to use them correctly and avoid actions that can lead to septic problems and breakdowns.  The tips below can help to extend the life of your septic system and save you thousands of dollars in repairs or replacement costs in the future.

Keep the following items out of your septic system to prevent problems:

 

  • paper towels
  • Cat litter
  • plastics
  • cooking oils or grease
  • disposable diapers
  • feminine hygiene products
  • any/all latex products
  • hazardous chemicals, pesticides and latex-based paints
  • water purification back flush

 

It is important to note, however, that each system is unique. Check with your septic system installer or manufacturer for a complete list of items that should not make their way into your system for maximum efficiency.

 

When you combine this knowledge with our Maintenance Prevention Program, you create a day-to-day environment that will help you to properly support and maintain your septic system. We have septic system services for customers today in Norwell, Scituate, Hanover, Hanson, East Bridgewater, and Marshfield, MA. If you wish to schedule a septic service or if you have any questions about septic services or septic system maintenance please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Let All Clear Septic Pump and Maintain Your Septic System

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have septic pumping appointments scheduled today for customers in Carver, Middleboro, Rochester, and Bridgewater, MA . Keeping your septic system clean and healthy is the best way to avoid costly repairs to your septic system whether it is a septic tank, cesspool, or some other style system.  All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services helps to ensure your septic system remains as healthy as possible through periodic pumping and system checks.  Our professionally trained staff is there to identify potential issues before they become big problems.  To prevent problems, we ensure the solids in your system are cleared out and remain at a level consistent with a healthy system.  We also check and clear filters if one is present to be sure it doesn’t let any solids into the soil absorption system.  The health of the system can also be improved through the addition of bacteria products to your system by our professional staff.  These bacteria help break down the organic solids in your tank which reduces buildup over time, reduces odors, and keeps your pipes clean.  This is an additional service that our experienced staff can provide.  With proper maintenance, these additives can ensure the success and health of your system.  If you need to arrange a septic pump out or if you have questions about septic system additives please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Septic Pumping is Part of Septic System Maintenance

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows how important septic maintenance is to ensure that your septic system continues to operate efficiently and correctly.  If you neglect routine septic system maintenance, your system may fail and you will have a large and costly septic problem.  The most essential part of septic system maintenance is that your septic tank will need a septic pump out on a regular basis.  The amount of time between pump outs can vary depending on a variety of factors, including your septic system size and usage, but it is recommended to be done usually every 3 -5 years.  We have septic pumping scheduled for customers today in Hingham, Scituate, Hanover, Hanson, East Bridgewater, Marshfield, and Plymouth, MA.  If you need to schedule septic pumping or if you have any questions please do ask. You can reach us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com