All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services offers a Preventative Maintenance Program that can help you stay on top of your septic system to help prevent emergency situations. We have septic service appointments today in Lakeville, Mansfield, Norton, Carver, East Bridgewater, Mattapoisett, and Marion, MA. If you would be interested in having the maintenance of your septic system looked after on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis, depending on your needs and your septic system, please do contact our office and ask one of our team members about the various programs available for our customers. You can reach us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that regular maintenance of your septic system will keep your system working efficiently and can prevent costly repairs. These tips can help to maintain and 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
- kitty litter
- 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.
One of the biggest problems for septic systems is the garbage disposal. Homeowners that have a septic system should avoid using their garbage disposal to prevent the introduction of unwanted solids into the system. 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.
Do not use harsh chemical drain openers if you experience a clogged drain. Septic system owners should use an alternative solution: a 1:1:1 ratio of salt, baking soda and vinegar. Follow this solution with boiling water or use a drain snake to clear out the clogs. The chemicals that are used in today’s store-bought drain cleaners can cause serious problems within your septic system.
Other chemicals can be damaging to your system as well. Instead of harsh cleansers, choose mild or natural cleaning supplies for your kitchen and bathrooms. Look for supplies that are “septic-safe” or that are marketed as being bio-degradable. These products will be approved for use in septic systems.
Antibacterial soaps and bleach can actually inhibit the enzymatic action that is required for the bacterial breakdown of solids within your septic tank. Add a laundry filter to your washing machine and use natural cleaning supplies whenever possible. If you have a water softener installed in your home, make sure that the salt recharge solution is redirected out of the septic tank.
With this information, you can continue to help maintain your septic system and keep it in good working order. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services also has septic services for clients who want regular maintenance for their septic system and to know that their system is in good working order. We carry out septic services for clients on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on the clients and septic systems requirements. We have septic services scheduled today in Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Norton, Rochester, Taunton, and Lakeville, MA. If you would like to schedule a septic service for your septic system or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
Heavy rains can cause septic issues. Significant rainfall can quickly flood the ground around the leach field or drainfield leaving it saturated and making it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system. When the water has nowhere to go, it can eventually travels backward through the plumbing system and back into drains and toilets and into your home. When the drainfield becomes flooded, it can also lead to untreated sewage flowing into the groundwater and local streams. This can lead to environmental contamination.
There are things you can do to help minimize any damage to the way your septic system functions and keep everything functioning smoothly.
Before it starts to rain:
- Prevention is always the best bet. Make sure your septic system is properly maintained, and is regularly pumped. Septic problems can be worse if your tank needs to be pumped or the system has not been properly maintained.
- Keeping water away from the home and the drain field is key. Rain gutters are important. Make sure all gutters drain away from the drainfield area so as not to saturate the area, and make sure you clean the gutters in the fall and spring to help the water drain properly.
- Maintenance of your drain field is essential. Do not drive any heavy equipment or other vehicles that could compact the soil over the drainfield. This can compromise the soil absorption field’s ability to treat wastewater. Also, plant only grass above the drainfield or groundcover with shallow roots. Do not plant any trees or vegetation with deep roots which could harm the leach field.
During the rainstorm:
- If you begin to notice that your drainfield is flooded, be alert to drains that are not draining quickly, toilets that flush slower or make strange sounds, or water that is backing up into your basement. To take pressure off your system and allow it to recoup, use it less. If possible, reduce or eliminate water going down the drains until the drainfield dries out. Hold off on laundry until the water recedes. Try to cut back on showers, and dishwashing and flush the toilet only when necessary. It should only be a day or two until the rain stops and the sun dries up some of the excess water.
After the Storm
- If the water does not recede and you suspect that your septic system is still not working properly, it’s time to call in a professional. All Clear Septic is able to quickly come out and check your system and offer a solution. It may include pumping the system or repairs may be needed. Do not wait to have your system checked. This could greatly increase your chances of major septic repairs or septic system failure.
- All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services also has a great septic maintenance program. Take the worry out of your septic system and call All Clear at 508-763-4431 and let them put you on their maintenance program. This can help you extend the life of your system. Visit www.allclearseptic.com for more information.
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services provide septic repairs, maintenance and services to our customers with septic systems. We also provide advice and information to our customers to help them use and maintain their septic systems correctly However before you start consider the following:
- Grow grass or small plants (not trees or shrubs) above your septic system to hold the drain field in place. Water conservation through creative landscaping is a great way to control excess runoff.
- Install water-conserving devices in faucets, showerheads and toilets to reduce the volume of water running into the septic system.
- Repair dripping faucets and leaking toilets
- Divert roof drains and surface water from driveways and hillsides away from the septic system. Keep sump pumps and house footing drains away from the system as well.
- Do not plant trees within 30 feet of your system or park/drive over any part of the system. Tree roots will clog your pipes, and heavy vehicles may cause your drain field to collapse.
All these are home maintenance tasks that can help your septic system and reduce the likelihood of you needing septic repairs. We have septic pumping and cleaning appointments today for customers in North Attleboro, Sharon, Taunton, Norton, Wrentham, Bridgewater, and Mansfield, MA. Even when you properly use and maintain your septic system it will need pumping every 3 – 5 years depending on factors including tank size and water usage. If you need to schedule septic pumping or cleaning or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services wishes its friends and customers Happy St Patrick’s Day! While we would all like to have the luck of the Irish and find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, it doesn’t always happen. Therefore prevention can sometimes be beneficial to ensure that you you do not need a pot of gold later on to fix expensive septic repairs that can arise from a poorly maintained septic system. It is essential that septic systems are pumped regularly. The duration necessary between septic pump outs will vary depending on numerous factors, tank size, and water usage, but it is suggested that it should be done every 3 years. We have septic pumping appointments today in Oxford, Sutton, Millbury, Spencer, Paxton, Sturbridge, and Brimfield, MA. If you need to schedule septic pumping or if you have any questions please do contact us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic ad Wastewater Services have septic service appointments for customers in Berlin, Clinton, Sterling, Bolton, Stow, Hudson, Maynard, and Marlborough, MA today. Our customers are confident that we will maintain their septic system with regular septic services so they do not need to worry about maintenance and unexpected repairs and septic failures. We have services scheduled on a quarterly, biannual, or annual basis, depending on the customer and septic system requirements. If you would like to schedule a septic service or have any questions, please do contact our Norton, MA office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic cleaning scheduled in Lakeville, Taunton, Middleboro, Fall River, Westport, Bridgewater, and Stoughton, MA. To ensure that your septic system continues to work correctly and to increase the lifespan of your septic system, it is advisable to maintain your septic system. This includes cleaning and pumping to flush out sludge and scum, which don’t drain like effluent. If you need to schedule a septic cleaning or have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
Septic system odors can have many causes. Some can be minor, others more serious. In cold weather, the causes can vary. Pinpointing the source of the smell is usually the first step. Downdrafts from the vent pipe on the roof may cause odor, but would vary with weather conditions and wind and subside as the day warms.
There could be a problem with a frozen drainfield, blocked tank inlet or outlet, or other blocked pipes. Backup may occur in the home if this is the case. Check the lowest drain in the system first. Call a professional right away if you suspect this is the problem.
Long, persistent odors and wet spots over the tank and drainfield could mean septic system failure. Check for effluent outside and wet spots where the grass may be particularly lush.
Does it smell right near the house? Broken pipes or leaky pipes could account for this. Effluent could be leaking out of the pipe and running along the pipe trench rather than through the pipe itself. Blocked pipes could also be the problem forcing the sewage back toward the home.
The best course of action is to call a professional right away. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have 24 hour emergency services as well as trained septic professionals to evaluate the problem and make any necessary repairs, which could save money down the road and prevent septic failure.
Call them at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
How can you protect your septic system during the winter months? Freezing can become an issue when the temperatures start to drop. The most vulnerable components are the pipes leading from the house into the septic tank. Leaky fixtures such as faucets and toilets can keep a steady drip through the pipes which could freeze, blocking the pipes. Other components which can potentially freeze are the tank, pipes leading to the drainfield and the drainfield itself.
Snow itself is a great insulator over your septic tank and leachfield. Make sure you do not drive over your tank and leachfield. Compacted snow can drive down the frost and increase your chances of freezing. Driving over your leachfield and septic system is never a good idea in any season. It can lead to damage to your system. Grass is always a good choice for over your septic system or mulch if grass is not available. It is a great insulator without deep roots to interfere with or damage your system.
Systems which are in use have a lesser possibility of freezing since liquid is always flowing through the system. Homes which are used seasonally or sporadically have a greater risk for freezing since the system is dormant much of the time.
Fixing leaky faucets and toilets before winter sets in can greatly lessen your chances of freezing occurring and also conserve water. This can save you from costly repairs down the road.
If you suspect you have a problem, call a professional right away. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has 24 emergency services for help with any septic emergency. They can evaluate your system and make repairs if needed. They also offer a great maintenance program to keep your septic system running smoothly year round. Call them with all your questions at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Septic Cleaning scheduled in Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee, Falmouth, Plymouth and Carver, MA. To keep your septic system working correctly, to increase the longevity of your septic system, and to decrease the likelihood of costly repairs, it is advisable to maintain your septic system and to schedule septic cleaning. If you have questions about septic cleaning or you wish to schedule an appointment please do contact our office at508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com