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Septic Pumping Is Essential Septic System Maintenance

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 septic 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 realise that septic systems need to be regularly pumped and believe that if they haven’t had any problems then their system doesn’t need a pump out. 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. Nobody wants this to happen at their property, whether it is a private residence or commercial location so make sure that if you have a septic system that you have it regularly pumped. If you do not know if your system requires pumping please do contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you have. We have septic pumping scheduled for customers today in Dighton, Marion, New Bedford, 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 on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Voluntary Septic Assessments Provide Confidential Information On Your Septic System

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services conduct many septic inspections for people who are selling or sometimes buying property with a septic system. We also provide septic inspections for Condominium Buildings that are required to have septic inspections every 3 years. We also, however, provide voluntary septic assessments for property owners who are not ‘required’ to have an inspection but choose to have an assessment because they want to know the condition of their septic system. Many property owners are unaware that they have the ability to hire a licensed inspector to perform confidential voluntary septic assessments of their septic systems. These inspections are completed just as they would be according to the Title 5 Inspections required by the State of Massachusetts, but the findings are NOT reported to any other person, municipality or office outside of the homeowner. Once the inspection is complete, the homeowner will receive a thorough report from All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services along with an assessment of the findings and some recommendations on how to properly maintain or repair their septic system. The recommendations provided by All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are designed to increase longevity and prevent future issues, such as property damage, high cost repairs or system replacement. Today we are carrying out a voluntary septic assessment for a homeowner in Norton MA. We also have ‘regular’ Title 5 Septic Inspections in Berkley, Dighton, Carver, Taunton and Bridgewater MA. If you require a septic inspection or assessment or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/

To Avoid Septic Problems and Septic Failure Dont Forget Septic Pumping Is Essential Maintenance

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that septic pumping does not sound (or smell) very appealing but is an essential part of septic system maintenance. Even if your septic system has been used correctly and is operating perfectly you will still always need to have it pumped, usually every 3-5 years. Although your septic system can treat effluent the build up of solid waste can not be avoided and will need to be pumped. If you leave it too long there will be unpleasant and sometimes unsafe septic problems that could lead to a total system failure. To avoid this have your septic system pumped regularly. Today we have septic pumping scheduled in North Attleboro, Attleboro, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Dighton and Freetown MA. If you require a septic pump out or if you have any questions about septic pumping or septic systems please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Engineering Services Provided Including a Soil Test in Norton

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are regularly called by customers who require our septic engineering expertise. Whether they require a soil test, PERC test, septic design or land use planning we have the knowledge and experience to expertly provide our services. Today we are providing a variety of septic engineering services, including a soil test, to customers in Dighton, Norton, Berkley, Carver, West Bridgewater and Lakeville MA. If you require septic engineering or if you have any questions about the septic services that we can provide or septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Repairs Necessary Because of Storm Damage and For Other Reasons

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know, just like all other New Englanders, that storms and weather are a part of living in this region. However the severe storms that we have had recently have resulted in property damage and clean up which can affect septic systems just like other parts of your property. Just like with other parts of your home or business it is never wise to ignore signs of a problem and hope it might go away. Signs of a septic problem can include:

  • All of the drains from the house are slow
  • There is a persistent wet area over the leach field
  • Sewage is surfacing in the area of the septic tank or distribution box
  • There is sewage seeping through the foundation
  • The liquid level in the leach field is at the top of the crushed rock layer, the chambers or other underground structures
  • The vegetation over the leach field is greener and more lush than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • There is sewage odor in the yard at times or constantly
  • There is flow back from the leach field when the septic tank is pumped
  • The septic tank needs to be pumped frequently
  • The septic tank discharge baffle is damaged or missing
  • Rain water seems to take longer to disappear over the leach field than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • Well water is contaminated

Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers in Raynham, Dighton, Berkley, Taunton and Norton MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Septic Engineering Services Available including PERC Tests, Septic Design and Septic Improvements

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

If your Property Is Not On Town Sewer You Probably Have A Septic System

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that many people when they hear the word ‘sewer’ either think of old, large, dank, dark and smelly sewer systems under some city in Europe or adolescent turtles with unlikely names fighting bad guys through the sewer tunnel system. Neither image is particularly accurate for sewer systems in Massachusetts which service many homes across the state. However homes and properties that are not on the town sewer system still need to process their wastewater and the solution is usually an individual septic system. If you buy a property with a septic system and have never had one before this can be a daunting prospect. However All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services’ Preventative Maintenance Program is designed to give homeowners peace of mind because you then know that your system is being properly checked, maintained and monitored. This means that you do not have to worry about unexpected repairs or maintenance because we will take care of your septic system for you which means that repairs are much less likely to be necessary and problems will be located before they become a big concern. We schedule septic services for our customers on maintenance contracts on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on their septic system and the use that it gets. Today we have septic service appointments in Norton, Berkley, Dighton, East Bridgewater and Taunton MA. If you would be interested in our preventative maintenance program or if you have questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

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

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