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Midway Though The Year Make The Most Of The Daylight With Septic Maintenance

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that today we are midway through the year with the most hours of daylight that we will see in 2018. Today we have the most time to ensure that we are keeping up with our home maintenance and this is especially important for your septic system. Following good septic maintenance practices and advice will ensure that you don’t have ‘dark days’ with your septic system.

Septic System Do’s and Don’ts

Things you should do

  • DO get your septic tank pumped regularly and have it checked for any cracks or leaks.
  • 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 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.

Following the above advice will help ensure that you do not do anything that will result in needing a septic repair however it will not stop essential septic maintenance being necessary. Today we have septic pumping scheduled for customers in Carver, Middleboro, Lakeville, Freetown, Taunton and Norton MA. Septic pumping is essential septic maintenance that you should not neglect and even if you have no signs of a septic problem your system should always be pumped, usually every 3-5 years but this does vary on a variety of factors. If you wish to schedule a septic system pump out or if you have any septic maintenance or septic system questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/

Many Properties In Massachusetts Are Serviced By Septic Systems

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that many properties in Massachusetts are serviced by septic systems because they are not on town sewer. As you would expect many of these properties are in remote areas of the state where the closest ‘town’ is not that close at all. However what is perhaps surprising are the number of properties that are not remotely located but are also on a septic system to process their waste. Septic systems provide simple, effective onsite wastewater treatment. They allow wastewater to be processed onsite and treat the effluent naturally and allow water to seep into the ground. If properly installed and maintained individual septic systems offer Massachusetts property owners many environmental benefits in this beautiful state. However you do need to ensure that your septic system is maintained and is working correctly. If you are unsure if your system is working as it should you can arrange for a voluntary assessment of your septic system or if you are selling or buying a property with a septic system you will have a septic inspection to advise you of the current condition of the system and if there are any concerns. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Holliston, Millis, Bellingham, Franklin, Foxboro, Mansfield and Sharon Massachusetts. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/

Signs That You Need A Septic Repair Should Not Be Ignored

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that the smell of sewage in your home or yard is not pleasant and is also unlikely to go away without a professional assistance. This is a sign that you have a septic problem and your system will likely need some septic attention whether that means a septic pumping or a septic repair to fix the underlying cause of the issue and prevent it from happening again. Indicators that you may have a septic problem can include:

  • Rotten egg odor/ sewage smell coming from your plumbing/ yard or the septic tank
  • Sinks and baths draining slowly or or gurgling
  • Sewage backing up
  • Wastewater appearing on the ground above your drain field
  • Much greener and lusher grass over your drain field compared to the rest of your yard

Today we have septic repair  appointments for customers in Cranston, Cumberland, Lincoln, Johnston, North Smithfield and Foster RI. If you have a concern about your septic system, if you have any septic system questions or if you need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Cesspool Services and Cesspool Replacement In Massachusetts

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that the word ‘cesspool’ does not conjure up pleasing images and if you are considering buying a property that word can certainly put a damper on some enthusiasm you might have for it. However with the proper maintenance a cesspool is not the problem that you may fear. A cesspool is a pit which acts as both a settling chamber for solids and a leaching system for liquids. In Massachusetts a cesspool is not always required to be replaced. Infact as stated on the Mas Gov website:

‘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” For more information see:https://www.mass.gov/service-details/title-5-faq

However a cesspool does generally require more ongoing maintenance than a conventional septic system and 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. All Clear Septic and Wastewater services do provide property owners with cesspool services to ensure that they continue to operate correctly and efficiently. However if you decide to have you cesspool replaced we also have extensive experience with cesspool replacement. Today we have cesspool services and are starting a cesspool replacement in Wrentham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Attleboro, Norton and Swansea MA. If you have questions about your cesspool or if you need a cesspool service or replacement please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Your D-Box Must Be Operating Correctly To For Your Septic System To Work

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

Septic Inspections for Properties Being Sold and For Flow increases

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

Septic Pumping Is Sometimes Required Annually

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

Leach Field Repair Provided in Westport MA

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

Commercial and Residential Septic Services

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

Septic Cleaning and Septic Pumping In Attleboro MA

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have been called out to a customer property in Attleboro MA to provide septic cleaning and pumping. Septic pumping will remove all of the sludge from the property’s septic tank which can not be processed like the liquid waste is. However septic cleaning takes the pumping one step further and ensures that their septic system is not just pumped but it is also cleaned. We utilize specialized miniature equipment to locate specific areas of their system, such as a sewer cam which is used to investigate the inside of the sewer lines, and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field. When you have your septic system cleaned and pumped you are improving the efficiency of your system and making sure that it will keep running smoothly until your next pump out is due. Septic pumping is usually required every 3-5 years but this can vary depending on a variety of factors such as the size of the tank and the amount of wastewater that is being processed. If you have a garbage disposal you will need a septic pump out annually. Today we have additional septic cleaning and septic pumping appointments in Mansfield, Sharon, Stoughton, Canton and West Bridgewater MA. If you require septic pumping or septic cleaning or if you are unsure and have questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com