All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has an appointment today for a customer in Acushnet MA who needs a septic repair because their D-Box (distribution box) is not operating correctly. A D-Box is an essential component of a conventional septic system. As the name suggests it ‘distributes’ in this case wastewater from the septic tank which has already partially treated the wastewater into the leach field. A septic system consists a septic tank and a drain field which are connected through the distribution box. Wastewater flows from your property to the septic tank. The septic tank treats the wastewater by holding it in the tank long enough for solids and liquids to separate. The wastewater forms three layers inside the tank. Solids lighter than water (such as greases and oils) float to the top forming a layer of scum. Solids heavier than water settle at the bottom of the tank forming a layer of sludge. This leaves a middle layer of partially clarified wastewater. The layers of sludge and scum remain in the septic tank where bacteria work to break the solids down. The sludge and scum that cannot be broken down are retained in the tank until the tank is pumped. The layer of clarified liquid flows from the septic tank to the drainfield via the D-Box which uniformly distributes the wastewater into the drainfield. A standard drain field (also known as a leach field, disposal field, or a soil absorption system) is a series of trenches or a bed lined with gravel or course sand and buried one to three feet below the ground surface. Perforated pipes or drain tiles run through the trenches to distribute the wastewater. The drainfield treats the wastewater by allowing it to slowly trickle from the pipes out into the gravel and down through the soil. The gravel and soil act as biological filters. Clearly it is essential that all components of the septic system are working correctly for it to process your waste. We will ensure that the D-Box is either repaired or replaced so our customer can be confident that their system is working efficiently. We have other septic repair appointments today in Deighton, Plainville, North Attleboro and Raynham MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have Title 5 Septic Inspections for people selling their properties today in Fairhaven, New Bedford, Fall River, Mattapoisett and Marion. We also have a septic inspection scheduled in Westport Ma because their property has had an increase in flow so an inspection was required. As stated on the Mas Gov website:
“Changes of Use and Increases in Flow
These situations require a system inspection only if the modification requires a building permit or occupancy permit. For example:
- adding a bedroom to a house
- adding seats to a restaurant
- changing the type of business operating at a commercial location.
Check with your Building Department or Board of Health to find out if your modification meets these requirements.
Any change in the footprint of a building also requires an inspection to determine the location of the system, to ensure that construction will not be located on top of any system components or on the reserve area. Check with your local Board of Health.”
For more infomation see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system
If you require a septic inspection for any reason or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have septic pumping appointments in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Northborough, Sterling and Maynard today. All septic systems must be pumped to continue to operate correctly and it is usually recommended that you have your system pumped every 3-5 years depending on a variety of factors including the size of your system and the amount of wastewater that is being processed. We are also however pumping a septic system for a property in Stow today that has its septic tank pumped annually. This is because they have, and use, a garbage disposal so their system must be pumped more regularly. In addition to annual pumping making their system work correctly annual pumping has the extra benefit that they also don’t need to have their system inspected within two years of their transfer if they sell their home, they have a 3 year time limit. As stated in the Mas Gov website:
“An inspection up to 3 years before the time of transfer is valid if the inspection report includes records demonstrating that the system has been pumped at least once a year during that time.”
For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system
If you require septic pumping, septic inspection or have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services were contacted by a customer in Westport, MA who had noticed sewage smells and damp patches in their backyard over their leach field so were concerned that they may have a septic problem. Further discussion revealed that they had noticed slow drains and much greener grass in their backyard for a while but had not realised that these are also signs of a septic problem. The reason for their leach field failure is biological clogging. This is the development of a biomat beneath the leachfield that eventually prevents the liquid or effluent from entering the underlying soil. This biomat is a combination of fine organic solids that have been carried out of the septic tank and the remnants of anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria originate in the human intestinal tract and enter the septic system with the waste products. 95% of all leach field failures are biological. We will repair their leach field by installing the White Knight system. The White Knight system creates an aerobic environment within the septic system and provides a large surface area for the growth of a specialized bacterial colony. As the bacteria multiply, they consume the organic material coming into the septic tank. At the same time, a great many of these bacteria are carried into the leach field and begin to consume the organic material that is clogging the soil. As a result, the underlying soil begins to regain its porosity, which in turn allows the effluent to pass through. After installation our client will have to discontinue use of a garbage disposal system, refrain from introducing any harsh chemicals into the septic system, use liquid detergents for washing dishes and clothes, refrain from flushing any and all non-organic products down the drains, refrain from the heavy use of bleach products and refrain from flushing paper towels or wipes down the drains. If they do their their leach field will remain operating correctly. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Fairhaven and Fall River MA. If you have concerns that your septic system is not working correctly or wish to schedule 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 has extensive experience operating in the septic industry in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We have built an excellent reputation and established relationships and gained the trust of our clients. This may seem unnecessary for a septic company however we service clients’ septic systems and many of our them have had services with us for many years. We carry out septic system services on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis and we regularly do these services when our clients are not at home. They know that they can trust us to do a professional, timely and thorough service on their septic system. Clients who join our Preventative Maintenance Program have peace of mind in knowing that their septic system is being properly maintained, checked and monitored. We service commercial or residential properties for our customers throughout the region. Today we have septic services scheduled in Hingham, Hanover, Marshfield, Halifax, Plymouth, Hanson and East Bridgewater. If you need to schedule a septic system service or you have questions about septic system services please do contact our Norton office on at 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have a professional team of licensed and certified technicians who 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 understand that septic problems crop up at any time so you need a septic company that can be available when you have a problem. Some septic issues can not wait and you need a septic professional who can provide a septic repair on short notice. We have septic repairs scheduled today for customers in Wrentham, Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Uxbridge and Millis MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system or concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic inspections scheduled for customers in Rhode Island. Whether you are selling or buying a home or a commercial property that is supported with its own septic system or if you just want to know the status of your septic system we are able to provide you with thorough and professional septic inspections. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Portsmouth, Barrington, Middletown, Little Compton, Tiverton and Jamestown RI. If you have questions or concerns about septic systems or which to arrange a septic inspection please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services welcome in this new month with a pinch and a punch! It is the second half of the year already and we are as busy as we have ever been with septic inspections, septic pumping and cleaning, septic services and septic repairs. While we welcome the business we also try to educate our clients so that they use their septic systems correctly and can prevent the necessity of using our septic repair services. Many septic repairs that we are called out to could have been avoided of the property owner had been using their septic system correctly. Here are a few suggestions to follow to help ensure your system continue to work as it should:
Things you should do:
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 for some of our customers this information comes too late and we have septic repairs scheduled for customers today who could in some instances have avoided their septic breakdown by following the above advice. Today we are at customer properties in Hingham, Marshfield, Hanover, Hanson, Halifax and East Bridgewater MA for septic repairs. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions or concerns about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services would like to remember all of the veterans who have served our country on Memorial Day. We respect the sacrifice that they have made for our country and we offer a veterans discount. If you require septic services or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services is replacing a D-Box for a customer today in Westport, MA. A septic distribution box (D-Box) is a container used to receive septic system effluent from a septic tank and to re-distribute the effluent into a network of attached drainfield or soakaway bed absorption trenches and pipes. The D-box works by gravity, flowing effluent into the drainfield (or leach field) piping network. It must be installed correctly to ensure that it distributes evenly. You must also maintain your septic system and the best way to do this is to have your system regularly pumped and to use your septic system correctly. The following are some steps that you can take to ensure that you maintain 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 for customers today in Mattapoisett, Marion, Onset, Lakeville, Freetown and New Bedford, MA. Many of these repairs could have been avoided if the property owners had followed some of the above advice. If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com