All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have trained septic experts who can assist property owners with their septic engineering requirements. We can assist with services to improve or repair your property such as soil evaluations, septic design and land use planning, septic improvements such as installation of risers, covers or filters and construction layouts for large or small commercial developments. Today we are conducting a soil evaluation for a customer in Attleboro MA. The soil evaluation will determine if the client’s building site is suitable for a conventional septic system and is typically called a “perc test’ or “perk test” (a percolation test). Traditional septic systems only work if the soil in the leach area is sufficiently permeable that it can readily absorb the liquid effluent flowing into it. Also, there must be sufficient ‘good’ soil from the bottom of the leach pipes to the rock or impervious hardpan below, or to the water table. Less commonly, a site can fail because the soil is too permeable, allowing the effluent to reach the groundwater before it is fully treated. Very steep slopes are also unsuitable for a conventional leach field. The specific standards vary from town to town, but any of these characteristics can prohibit the use of a standard gravity-fed septic system. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have extensive experience with various types of septic system so there are always alternative systems that can be used if the perc test does show some unfavourable results for a conventional system. We also have extensive experience with towns in this region so we know the individual requirements for different towns. We have other septic engineering appointments today in Norton, Rehoboth, Raynham and Dighton MA. If you would be interested in our septic engineering services or if you have any questions about septic engineering please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have a septic repair scheduled today for a customer in Attleboro MA. We are replacing their distribution Box (D-Box). A D-Box is exactly as it sounds – it’s a box that moves, or distributes, treated wastewater from your septic tank into your leach field or drain field. It must be level and installed correctly or your watewater will not distribute evenly across your leach field and this can lead to over saturation and clogging which is not desirable. The d-box we are replacing was damaged when heavy equipment was mistakenly parked on top of it which broke and moved it. We have found that many property owners with septic systems while they know they have a septic tank sometimes forget that the leachfield and d-box are also essential parts of their septic system and must also be maintained. Here are a few simple tips to help you look after all parts of your septic system:
- 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 scheduled in Norton, Stoughton, Canton and Taunton MA and some of these repairs could have been avoided by following the above advice. If you have any questions about your septic system or if you need a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are experienced working with septic systems and because we have extensive knowledge of septic systems we can use this to diagnose septic problems to find the source of the problem and to carry out a septic repair when required. Today we are installing a septic alarm for a customer in Rochester MA who wants to have this safeguard inplace to notify them if they have a septic issue that needs to be addressed. This septic alarm is in place because their septic system has a septic pump which moves wastewater from the septic tank to the drain field or leach field. If the septic pump is not operating correctly the septic alarm will turn on. We also have an appointment for a customer in Westport MA who has noticed that their septic alarm is on and they need a septic specialist to locate the problem and fix their septic system. We have extensive experience repairing and replacing septic pumps including Blue Diamond, Hiblow and FujiClean pumps. If you require a septic repair, septic improvement or have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
“A cesspool is a pit which acts as both a settling chamber for solids and a leaching system for liquids. The use of cesspools may overload the capacity of the soil to remove bacteria, viruses, and phosphorus, and to nitrify ammonia and organic nitrogen compounds. A conventional septic system has a tank where solids can settle and begin to degrade, a distribution box, and a soil absorption system (SAS) that further treats the effluent by removing some of the bacteria, viruses, phosphorus, and nitrogen.”
Although cesspools are now out of date and there are more efficient and environmentally conscious alternatives Massachusetts does not require them to be replaced. They state that:
“Only those cesspools that exhibit signs of hydraulic failure, are located extremely close to private or public water supplies, or otherwise fail to protect or pose a threat to public health, safety or the environment will need to be upgraded (310 CMR 15.303). Also, cesspools must be upgraded prior to an increase in design flow (e.g., the addition of a bedroom to a home or seats to a restaurant).”
We provide cesspool services to customers so that they can ensure that their system continues to operate correctly. Today we have cesspool services scheduled in Rehoboth, Rochester, Lakeville, Freetown, Dighton and Norton MA. We do also provide cesspool replacements and have recently done so in Oxford, Southborough and Wrentham MA. If you have a cesspool and require services or replacement or if you have any questions please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have extensive knowledge of septic systems having worked within the septic industry for over 15 years in this region. We are always willing to share our knowledge to help our customers better use and maintain their septic systems. We have found that many people who have perhaps not lived in a home with a septic system, instead of town sewage, are unaware of some easy changes that they can make to ensure that their septic system continues to work correctly and to avoid costly repairs. We would suggest:
Septic System Do’s and Don’ts
Things you should do
DO call All-Clear 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.
Things you should NOT do
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 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.
Unfortunately not following these suggestions can result in septic problems. We were contacted by a customer who needed a septic repair and we found that discharge from a laundry machine, as pictured, was causing the problem.
This is why, as recommended above, it is important to install a lint filter on your washer to keep this from clogging your septic system. We have other septic repairs today in Swansea, Rehoboth, New Bedford, Westport and Mattapoisett MA today. If you require a septic repair or if you have a septic concern and have questions please do contact us and we will be happy to help on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have extensive experience working with customers to repair their septic systems as problems arise.
This week we are inspecting a septic tank for a customer in Rochester MA and then repairing or plugging the weep hole as necessary. We will also install an alarm float and tree and 2 new cement covers. We also have additional septic repairs scheduled for customers in Mattapoisett, Marion and Fairhaven MA.
If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system or concerns please do contact our Norton, MA office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
Today is the day we celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12th 1492. While there are not many homes still around from that period some of us do still live in older homes, some of which have older cesspools rather than modern septic systems or town sewage. A cesspool is a pit which acts as both a settling chamber for solids and a leaching system for liquids. The use of cesspools may overload the capacity of the soil to remove bacteria, viruses, and phosphorus, and to nitrify ammonia and organic nitrogen compounds. Massachusetts does not require that cesspools be replaced however cesspools that exhibit signs of hydraulic failure, are located extremely close to private or public water supplies, or otherwise fail to protect or pose a threat to public health, safety or the environment will need to be upgraded. Also, cesspools must be upgraded prior to an increase in design flow (e.g., the addition of a bedroom to a home or seats to a restaurant).
We have extensive experience working with customers who have cesspools either upgrading them if they are in failure or servicing them to ensure that they continue to operate correctly. Today we are replacing a cesspool for a customer in Swansea MA and have cesspool services in Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Dighton and Taunton MA. If you have a home with a cesspool and either need it to be replaced or need it services please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic repairs and improvement and upgrade appointments today for customers in New Bedford, Westport, Mattapoisett, Marion, Fall River, Freetown, and Acushnet, MA.
We are installing a riser and cover for one client because it will make their septic system more accessible and it will also be safer and more attractive. Our risers and covers are strong and durable and once installed the homeowners will be able to provide easy access to the system for future repairs, upgrades, and cleaning services, eliminating the need to dig and excavate the system each time it needs to be pumped.
We are also installing an effluent filter in the outlet tee of another customer’s septic tank to extend the life of their system. Due to the high cost associated with replacing a septic system, this seemingly small upgrade to a system will prove to be cost effective over time.
If you require a septic repair or would be interested in septic system improvements please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services provides septic system upgrades to customers who wish to improve the effectiveness of their septic systems and save thousands $ over the lifetime of their septic system. We can install septic system risers and covers so your septic system is more accessible and it is also much more safe and attractive. These goals can be achieved through the use of strong, durable risers and system covers. Once installed, homeowners can provide easy access to their septic system for future repairs, upgrades or cleaning services, eliminating the need to dig and excavate the system each time it needs to be pumped.
We also provide effluent filter installation and maintenance. People in the septic industry, including engineers, scientists, and educators, suggest that property owners install an effluent filter in the outlet tee of their septic tank to extend the life of their system. Coupled with a regular maintenance program, such as All Clear Septic and Wastewater’s Preventative Maintenance Program, and professional pumping, your septic system could actually last indefinitely. Due to the high cost associated with replacing a septic system, this seemingly small upgrade to your system will pay off in a big way.
Today, we are installing a septic system effluent filter for a customer in Attleboro, MA. We are also installing a riser on the inlet and outlet of tank and dbox for a customer in Acushnet as required by the town Board of Health agent. We have extensive experience in the region with with local town BOH agents and homeowners to ensure that their properties are compliant and safe, in addition to providing financially, and efficiency beneficial upgrades. If you would be interested in septic system upgrades or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton, MA office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com