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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

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Flushable Products Could Hurt Your Septic System

All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are repairing a Septic System today for a customer in Middleboro, MA.  As your septic system ages it may need repairs and maintenance but looking after your septic system can prevent some maintenance and repairs from being necessary, and can certainly extend the life of your septic system.  We have recently found that manufacturers have increasingly promoted ‘flushable’ wipes to households, but these should not be flushed if you have a septic system because they will clog up it up.  Pop off toilet ‘wand’ pads are also new and advertised as flushable but should not be flushed and if used excessively could damage your septic system.  Ideally you would be able to read the label if you are unsure, but unfortunately manufacturers are misleading with their advice in the aim of selling more product, so we suggest if you are not sure, trash it don’t flush it . If you need more information or need to schedule a septic system repair or maintenance contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Preventative Maintenance Program with All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services 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

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Regular Septic System Maintenance By All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services 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
  • 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.

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

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Rainy Weather and Your Septic System

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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.
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Spring Septic System Tips

All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll 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

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll 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

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Let All Clear Septic Put You on Their Maintenance Schedule

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services 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