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Cesspools Need Regular Maintenance

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services work with many customers that don’t have a conventional septic system on their property but instead have a cesspool. As stated on the Mass Gov website:

“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Although cesspools are now out of date and there are more efficient and environmentally conscious alternatives Massachusetts does not require them to be replaced.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 Available For Septic Inspections, Septic Repairs, Septic Pumping, Septic Cleaning and Septic Services This Winter

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that on days like today when it is cold and wet and snowy that winter is certainly still with us in New England and is likely to remain for a good few months to come. However that does not mean that at All Clear we put up a ‘closed’ sign and sit around the fire with our feet up. We still have plenty of septic work that we can do and are doing for customers in our area. We have septic inspections scheduled today in Acushnet, Berkley, Freetown, Fall River, Swansea and Dighton MA. As long as we can get to you and your septic is not buried under a foot of frozen snow and ice we can still carry out your septic inspection. If you require a septic system inspection, septic repairs, septic pumping, septic cleaning or any septic service this winter please do call All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services to find out how we can help you on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Cleaning Will Increase The Lifespan Of Your Septic System

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that to ensure that your septic system continues to work correctly and to increase the lifespan of your system it is advisable to maintain your it which includes cleaning and pumping to flush out sludge and scum, which do not drain like effluent. Today we have septic cleaning scheduled for customers in Dighton, Freetown, East Bridgewater, Norton, Taunton and Raynham MA. We utilize specialized miniature equipment to locate specific areas of your system, such as a sewer cam that is used to investigate the inside of your sewer lines, and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field. If you need to schedule a septic cleaning or have any questions please do contact our Norton, MA office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

A Title 5 Inspection Consists Of The Collection And Recording Of Information

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have licensed septic inspectors who are available to carry out Title 5 Septic Inspections for property owners who require an inspection. Often we are contacted by property owners who have a septic system and are planning to sell their home and need to have a Title 5 Inspection completed before they can transfer Title. Once a Title 5 inspection has been done it is valid for 2 years so there is no reason not to have it done as soon as you decide to sell your property. Often property owners do not know what an inspection entails. This information is from the Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and helps to explain what to expect:

“An inspection shall consist of the collection and recording of the following information:

(a)   a general description of the system components and layout;
(b)   quantification of the source/type of sanitary sewage.  This should include type of use (domestic or commercial/industrial) as well as the design flow and whether or not the facility being served is occupied at the time of the inspection;
(c)   an analysis of the factors set forth in 310 CMR 15.303 (failure criteria) and, if the system has a design flow of 10,000 gpd or greater, 15.304 (threats to public health and environment);
(d)   water use records for the previous two years for facilities served by public water supply, if available from the supplier;
(e)   a description of the septic tank including:
1.   approximate age, size, and condition of the tank;
2.   distance between bottom of grease/scum layer and the bottom of the outlet baffle;
3.   distance between the top of the scum layer and the top of the outlet tee;
4.   thickness of the grease/scum layer;
5.   depth of the sludge layer and distance from sludge to outlet tee;
6.   physical condition of inlet and outlet tees;
7.   any evidence of leakage into or out of tank; and
8.   any evidence of backup of effluent.
9.   a characterization of the distribution box, and of dosing tanks with pumps, if any, including: a.   any evidence of solids carryover; b.   leakage into or out of the distribution box; c.   whether the flow is equally divided; and d.   any evidence of backup.
10.   a description of the condition of the soil absorption system including: a.   any signs of hydraulic failure; b.   condition of surface vegetation; c.   level of ponding within disposal area; d.   encroachments into disposal area; and e.   other sources of hydraulic loading.
11.   the location of private water supply well (if any) in relation to system components; and
12.   a copy of pump-out records on file with the local Approving Authority.”

Today we are carrying out a Title 5 Septic Inspection for a family who is moving from a home in Attleboro MA. We also have other Title 5 Inspections in Norton, Dighton, Carver, Plymouth and Taunton MA. If you have a questions about septic inspections or if you need to schedule a Title 5 inspection please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

All Clear Septic And Wastewater Services Provide Septic Education In Addition To Septic Services

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have septic service appointments today in Attleboro, Norton, Dighton, Berkley, Freetown, Swansea and Fall River MA. All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have many clients on service maintenance schedules. We service our clients’ septic systems on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on their needs and those of their septic system. Proper servicing and maintenance of your septic system will ensure that it lasts longer and will not need unexpected repairs. There are also some steps that you and your family can take to help the longevity 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

At All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services we provide septic education in addition to services to help our customers maintain their septic systems. If you need to schedule a service or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton Office 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Happy Columbus Day from All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services wishes its customers and friends a Happy Columbus Day!

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

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Realtors and Satisfied Customers Recommend All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Norton, Taunton, Dighton, Berkley, Rehoboth, and Raynham, MA.

We have an excellent reputation in this region for providing professional, thorough, and convenient Septic Inspections for our clients.  A large portion of our business comes from word of mouth either from satisfied previous customers, repeat customers, or from realtor referrals because realtors are confident recommending our service to their clients when they need septic inspections.  Realtors are happy to work with us on a repeat basis because they know that All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services will provide a quality inspection to their clients.

If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Keep Your Septic System Operating Properly with Septic Cleaning

septic system cleaningAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic cleanings scheduled in Acushnet, Taunton, Dighton, Lakeville, Freetown, and Rochester, MA .

 It is essential to have your septic system pumped and cleaned regularly to ensure it keeps operating correctly.  The timing of your cleanings will depend on a variety of factors including the size of your tank and the amount of use it gets, but generally septic tanks should be cleaned every 3 years, or annually if you have a waste disposal.

Essentially all of the wastewater from your sink, shower, bath, toilet, washing machine etc leave your house and combine in your septic tank.  But once there, it separates into heavy sludge which sinks to the bottom of your tank, proteins, fats and oils become a floating scum layer and in the middle is the liquid effluent.  It is the effluent that drains into your leachfield or drainfield.

Even with a healthy and correctly operating septic system the sludge layer will build up, which therefore, requires septic cleaning to remove it and ensure that your system continues to operate correctly.  At All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services we utilize specialized miniature equipment to locate specific areas of your system, such as a sewer cam that is used to investigate the inside of your sewer lines, and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field to ensure that we perform a thorough septic cleaning.

If you have any questions about septic cleaning or if you wish to schedule an appointment please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Importance of Regular Septic Pumping and Maintenance

septic maintenance and pumping All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that regular maintenance is the single most important consideration in making sure your septic system, whether it is a conventional septic system, an innovative/alternative system, or a cesspool, works well over time.

Regular pumping helps prevent solids from escaping into the drainfield and clogging soil pores.  It is advisable to have your septic pumped every 3 – 5 years depending on various factors, including the size of your tank and the water usage of your property.  If you have a garbage disposal you will need to have your system pumped much more regularly, ideally annually.

Surprisingly, some property owners with septic systems do not realize that septic systems need to be regularly pumped and believe that if they haven’t had any problems then system doesn’t need pump outs.  Unfortunately, this is a serious and sometimes costly misconception.  As your system is used, solid materials settle to the bottom of the tank, forming a sludge layer.  Grease and lightweight materials float to the surface of the septic tank as scum. Normally, properly designed tanks have enough space for up to three to five years’ safe accumulation of sludge. When the sludge level increases beyond this point, sewage has less time to settle properly before leaving the tank.  As the sludge level increases, more solid wastes escape into the soil absorption system (SAS).  If the SAS becomes so clogged that it cannot absorb liquid at the rate at which it enters the tank, the plumbing will “back up” or unsanitary wastewater will bubble to the surface.

We have septic pumping scheduled for customers today in Dighton, Marion, Mattapoisett, Westport, and Fall River, MA.  If you wish to schedule a septic pump out or if you have any questions about septic system maintenance, septic pumping or your septic system, please do contact our Norton, MA office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Prevention is Key to Avoid Septic System Problems

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic repairs in Norton, Attleboro, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Dighton, Berkley, and Taunton MA, today.  We have found that a lot of people are having gatherings at this time of year, graduation, wedding and birthday celebrations, to name only a few.  While most event preparations are taken care of, what many owners do not consider when they are having an event at home, is the strain that a large number of people for a short period of time can put on a small septic system.  We are looking after septic repairs that occur for many reasons but some are for excessive use which has overloaded a system . Septic back up in your toilets and sewage smells are indications that you have a septic problem.  Before you plan a large event, please do call our office where we can answer any questions that you may have and suggest solutions, which may be a lot more cost effective and pleasant, than dealing with a septic repair later on.  However, if you do need a septic repair or have concerns please do call our Norton, MA office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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