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Your Leach Field Is As Important As Your Septic Tank To Your Septic System

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have been contacted by a customer in Hingham MA who requires a leach field repair. Many septic system problems are actually problems associated with the leach field and not the septic tank. Most people who have a septic system know they have a septic tank and where it is located but many do not realize the importance of a leach field to their system. Here are some ways to avoid problems:

  • Never park a car or heavy equipment over your leach field.
  • Don’t have heavy items or traffic on your leach field
  • Have your septic tank pumped regularly (every 3-5 years usually). Sludge overload near the drain field can result in sulfite and bio-mat buildup
  • Don’t pour grease, oil or fats down your sink
  • Never plant any new trees or large plants or bushes near your leach field

We have other septic repairs scheduled in Canton, Mansfield, Sharon, Hanson and Halifax MA. If you have a concern about your septic system or if you require a septic repair please contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Signs That Your Septic System Needs Pumping Should Not Be Ignored

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic pumping scheduled for customers in Norwell, Marshfield, Halifax, Carver, Middleboro and West Bridgewater MA today. Signs that your septic system may need a septic pump out include your toilets backing up when there is no apparent reason for it and sewage smells coming from your plumbing. If there is overflow by your tank this is also a sign your system needs maintenance. Some septic systems even have an alarm which could be a noise or a light to indicate that it is time for septic pumping. All of these can be signs that a pump out could be necessary and it is always worth investigating because you may have a problem or need septic pumping. Most homeowners with a septic system are aware that it will need pumping every 3 -5 years but this can vary depending on various factors including the size of your tank and the water usage. For example if you have a garbage disposal which you use regularly you will need to have your septic tank pumped annually. Please be aware of the signs that your system needs pumping and if you have any questions, concerns or need to schedule septic pumping please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

What To Expect When You Have A Title 5 Inspection

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that most people will only ever need to have a Title 5 Inspection (sometimes called a Title V Inspection) done when they sell a home with a septic system and, unless they move a lot, they are unlikely to need to have one done many times. Therefore it stands to reason that most people do not know what to expect when they schedule a septic inspection or even how to prepare for one. We have had more than one customer assume that a septic system should be pumped before an inspection takes places so that we can ‘see’ what we are inspecting. The is absolutely not the case. The State of Massachusetts requires that your system be inspected under “normal use conditions” for a minimum of 2 weeks or more. We regularly pump septic systems for customers after they have had their Title 5 septic inspection once it has passed however. Today we have Title 5 Inspection appointments scheduled in Stoughton, Canton, Sharon, Hanover, Hingham, Norwell and Halifax MA. This is what our customers can expect from their official Title 5 Septic Inspection – the inspector will:

  • conduct an interview with the property owner
  • research the paperwork for your property at your city’s Board of Health Department
  • survey the general size of the building or list a summary of the number of bedrooms
  • inspects the connection from the house/building to the system
  • inspects the inlet/outlet of the septic tank
  • examines the integrity of the tank
  • measures the liquid/contents of the tank
  • examines the integrity of the distribution box
  • measures the liquid/contents of the distribution box
  • checks the soil absorption system (SAS) condition
  • checks the relation of the system’s water table to the SAS
  • examines the integrity of the pipes using a special “sewer cam” (All Clear Septic and Wastewater specialty service, not required by the state)
  • provides an official 17-page document to the local approving authority and the owner, including all findings and a detailed sketch of the system

If you require a Title 5 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/

Regular Septic Maintenance Is Essential To Keep Your Septic System Working

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that if a septic system is used correctly and maintained it should process your wastewater effectively and efficiently without interference. However if you neglect regular septic maintenance it will undoubtedly stop working effectively and could eventually fail which is a unpleasant and costly and either means a septic repair or even septic system replacement. Regular septic maintenance does not need to happen that often. It is generally recommended that a septic system is pumped every 3-5 years. The exact regularity of your septic pumps outs is determined by a variety of factors including your water usage and size of your tank. For example a retired couple living in a large 5 bedroom family home with occasional family visitors will not need to have their tank pumped as often as they did when they have 4 teenagers living at home. You will, however, need to have you septic system pumped annually if you use a garbage disposal. Today we have septic pumping scheduled in Norwell, Hingham, Marshfield, Scituate, Hanover, Plymouth and Halifax MA. If you require septic pumping or have any questions about septic systems or septic maintenance please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://allclearseptic.com/education/

Title 5 Allows 2 Years For A Septic Repair or Upgrade If Your Home Fails A Septic Inspection

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that if you own a home with a septic system or cesspool and plan to put it up for sale, add a bedroom, or change its use, you will need to get a system inspection. Title 5 of the State Environmental Code protects us by requiring inspection of private sewage disposal systems. Local boards of health receive these inspection reports. Most systems will pass inspection. Title 5 requires the replacement or upgrade of systems that fail. If your system fails inspection, Title 5 allows up to 2 years to complete repairs or an upgrade. For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/consumer-protection-tips-septic-system-inspections-and-repairs Today we have septic repairs scheduled for a client who is planning to sell their home in Acushnet MA but failed their septic inspection. We also have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled in Norwell, Halifax, Hanson, East Bridgewater and Middleboro MA. If you require a septic inspection, septic repair 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

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

Avoid Septic Repairs By Following A Few Suggestions

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

Septic Repairs Including A Leach Field Repair In Massachusetts

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that property owners with septic systems will not always immediately know when they have a septic problem. A common sign that you may have a septic issue is if you have much greener and healthier grass on your leach field than elsewhere in your yard. While a home owner may be congratulating themselves on their improved gardening skills they may not realise that they need a leach field repair because this is a result of their leach field not being able to process their wastewater as it should and therefore it’s starting to contaminate their yard. The main reason for a leach field to fail is referred to as 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. The second primary reason is referred to as a mechanical failure. This could be a structural collapse of the leach field piping or chambers, root intrusion, or fine non-organic materials that are washed down to the bottom of the leach field and seal the soil. Today we have septic repairs, including a leach field repair, scheduled in Plymouth, Norwell, Halifax, Marshfield, Hingham and Scituate MA. If you suspect you need a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems or specifically leach fields please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

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Cesspools Must Be Properly Maintained To Operate Correctly Or They May Need To Be Replaced

All Clear Septic and Wastewater ServicesAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have been contacted by a customer in Hingham MA who require a cesspool replacement. We also have cesspool services scheduled today in Scituate, Hanover, Hanson, Marshfield, Halifax and East Bridgewater MA. As stated on Mas Gov:

“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.”

To sell a property you need a Title 5 Inspection to be done. Title 5 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 (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”.

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

Our office in Norton is actually serviced by a cesspool and not a septic system or town sewer. We treat our system monthly with bacteria to keep it ‘healthy’ and operating correctly. Certainly a cesspool, if maintained, does not need to be a problem for your property.

If you are not on town sewer and have a cesspool which you are concerned may need replacing or simply needs servicing please contact our office to answer your questions or schedule an appointment on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Do You Need To Include Septic Pumping In Your Spring Maintenance?

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services finds that in April we all start to think about spring cleaning and spring maintenance for our property. If you have a septic system regular maintenance is essential for it to keep working correctly. Fortunately septic pumping, which is the most important maintenance for a septic system, is not usually required annually (unless you have a garbage disposal). It is recommended that you have your septic system pumped every 3-5 years so if it has been a few years since you have had yours done or you can’t remember when it was done last now may be a good time to consider having your system pumped or call us so we can help you determine what would be your best course of action. Signs that you septic system is due for a pump out can include:

  • Septic Back up. If you have sewage backup in your property this could indicate that your septic tank is full or reaching capacity
  • Pooling water. If it hasn’t recently rained yet you are still seeing pools of liquid on your leach field this could be a sign that your system is full. When your tank reaches capacity, solid waste can clog the drain field piping system and force liquid to the surface
  • Slow drains or slow flushing toilets are an indicator that your system is reaching capacity
  • Sewage Odors or smells in your home or yard
  • An overly healthy lawn. If your grass is much greener or lusher than the rest of your yard over the leach field you may have a tank that needs pumping

 

Today we are providing septic pumping for customers in Plymouth, Marshfield, Carver, Sandwich, Bourne and Halifax MA. If you wish to schedule septic pumping or if you are unsure whether your system needs a pump out please do contact our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com where we will be happy to help you.

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