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Title 5 Septic Inspection Required For Property in Hingham MA

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that selling property requires a lot of paperwork, time and money. If you have a property with a septic system that is just one more thing that needs to be addressed. If your property is in Massachusetts Title 5 require that the property’s Septic System has a septic inspection, with a few exceptions, notably if you have had an inspection within the last two years that inspection is still valid. For more information see https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system. We have a Title 5 septic inspection today in Hingham MA. Some towns, including Hingham, have websites with additional information with regards to Title 5 Septic Inspections which can be a useful resource for property sellers also. Hingham Town state that the minimum requirements for a Title 5 Inspection are as follows:

“The following are the minimum requirements necessary to complete an inspection. Meeting these minimum criteria, however, should not be construed as completion of an acceptable inspection if, through reasonable effort, a complete inspection of all components of the system is feasible. Furthermore, if a complete inspection cannot be performed, the inspector must provide adequate documentation of the specific conditions which must provide adequate documentation of the specific conditions which prevented a complete inspection and should indicate on the inspection form what was done to try to locate components, determine high groundwater, etc.

  1. The inspector must note the general conditions of the property to identify any obvious signs of failure. These would include, but not be limited to, backup of sewage to the facility, effluent ponding, breakout to the surface of the ground or to surface waters, and other occurrences which professional judgment would deem indications of failure.
  2. All components prior to the leaching facility must be located and inspected. In a conventional component system, this would generally require inspection of the septic tank and distribution box. If a cesspool system, all cesspools in the system must be exposed for inspection.
  3. Determine high groundwater elevation at the site.

Soil Absorption System
It is extremely important that the inspector locate the leaching system, however, excavation of the soil absorption system, once it is located, is typically NOT required.”  – See for more information https://www.hingham-ma.gov/200/Title-5-Regulations

We also have additional Title 5 Septic Inspections today in Scituate, Hanover, Plymouth, Carver and Middleboro MA. If you require a septic inspection on your property, residential or commercial, or if you need more information please do contact us at our Norton Office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

Don’t Forget About Your Septic System’s Leach Field

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services are often called to a client’s property when they require repairs because damage has been done to their septic system’s leach field (also called a drain field). We find that many property owners who know they have a septic system and know they have a septic tank forget, or do not know,  that another essential part of their septic system is a leach field. Septic leach fields are used to remove contaminants and impurities from the liquid that emerges from the septic tank. A septic tank, the septic drain field, and the associated piping compose a complete septic system. The septic drain field is effective for disposal of organic materials readily catabolized by a microbial ecosystem.

Some advice to keep your leach field operating correctly is:

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.
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.

We have a leach field repair scheduled today in Wayland MA. We also have septic repair appointments in Millis, Sharon, Canton and Norton MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact us on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com

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Distribution Box Needs Septic Repair in Westport, MA

septic systemAll Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have extensive experience in the field of septic systems and as a result of this experience and the excellent reputation we have in the region we are often called out for septic system repairs. Today we have a distribution box repair scheduled in Westport MA.

A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield, all connected by pipes, called conveyance lines.

Your septic system treats your household wastewater by temporarily holding it in the septic tank where heavy solids and lighter scum are allowed to separate from the wastewater. This separation process is known as primary treatment. The solids stored in the tank are decomposed by bacteria and later removed, along with the lighter scum, by a professional septic tank pumper.

After partially treated wastewater leaves the tank, it flows into a distribution box, which separates this flow evenly into a network of drainfield trenches. Drainage holes at the bottom of each line allow the wastewater to drain into gravel trenches for temporary storage. This effluent then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified (secondary treatment). A properly functioning septic system does not pollute the groundwater.

Your entire system must be working correctly for your septic system to do its job so if just one part is malfunctioning you need to have it repaired.

If you think you may have a septic septic problem and either need to discuss your concerns with one of our staff or schedule an appointment please do contact our Norton Office in 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

Small Changes and Actions Can Help Prevent Septic Problems Like Installing A Lint Filter On Your Washer

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have extensive knowledge of septic systems having worked within the septic industry for over 15 years in this region. We are always willing to share our knowledge to help our customers better use and maintain their septic systems. We have found that many people who have perhaps not lived in a home with a septic system, instead of town sewage, are unaware of some easy changes that they can make to ensure that their septic system continues to work correctly and to avoid costly repairs. We would suggest:

Septic System Do’s and Don’ts

Things you should do
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 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 not following these suggestions can result in septic problems. We were contacted by a customer who needed a septic repair and we found that discharge from a laundry machine, as pictured, was causing the problem.

Laundry machine discharge

This is why, as recommended above, it is important to install a lint filter on your washer to keep this from clogging your septic system. We have other septic repairs today in Swansea, Rehoboth, New Bedford, Westport and Mattapoisett MA today. If you require a septic repair or if you have a septic concern and have questions please do contact us and we will be happy to help on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

A Septic System Repair May Be Necessary If Even One Part Of Your Septic Systems Is not Working

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have septic system repairs scheduled in Johnston, Glocester, North Smithfield, Cumberland, Lincoln and Cranston RI today.

A conventional septic system includes a septic tank, distribution box, and soil absorption system (SAS) or leach field. The septic tank separates the solid and liquid wastes and the SAS provides additional treatment before distributing the wastewater to the ground. Any of these parts of the septic system could require repairs and we are experienced in diagnosing and repairing all of these septic system parts. Your entire septic system needs to be working correctly for your system to be able to efficiently treat the waste that leaves your property.

If you think you need a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our office on 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

 

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Leach field Do’s and Don’ts by All Clear Septic

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has septic repairs today for customers who have called our office with various different septic problems caused by different septic system issues.  Our first appointment is for a client in Rochester, MA who needs a septic repair because they have damaged their leachfield when heavy equipment was parked on it for a construction project. The property owners were unaware that it is inadvisable to park or pave over any part of a leach field.  Heavy packing of the earth over the distribution lines will have a negative impact on effectiveness.  Building over leach fields can compact soils or damage the underground apparatus and cause the septic system to fail.  It is also not recommended to plant large trees, shrubs or bushes on the leach field.  Woody plantings like trees or shrubs can damage the underground apparatus and vegetable or fruit gardens could be contaminated if placed too close.  For these reasons, landscaping the area with native plants is a very appropriate and beautiful way to utilize the space while also protecting it.  We are, therefore, repairing their leach field damage.  We also have other septic repairs today in Acushnet, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Lakeville, MA.  If you need a septic repair or have any questions about septic repairs please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Leach Field or Drain Field Repair

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services often has calls relating not just to septic tanks but also leach fields or drain fields which are a necessary part of your septic system.  A leach field is the area through which effluent from the septic tank is dispersed into the soil to be filtered.   In the leach field, the effluent moves through the pipes and seeps into the surrounding soil.  The soil filters out suspended solids and organic matter.  Bacteria in the soil then decomposes harmful microorganisms and other organic components.  Clay particles trap viruses which eventually die.  Treated effluent continues downward as it percolates through the layers of soil.  Leach fields are not always built the same way or the same size.  Things like soil types, topography, trees, and nearby wells can all dictate the size and design specifics of a leach field.  Failure of a leach field is often caused by plugging caused by a failed septic tank.  Particles of nondecomposed septic material escape the septic tank outlet baffle and decrease the permeability of the leach field soil.  Over time the effluent water, often containing dangerous bacteria, may seek relief by bubbling up to the surface since it no longer can be absorbed properly downward into the ground.  Offensive odors usually accompany this event.  If you have puddling on your leach field or very green and lush growth over it, these are indications that you may have a problem that should be looked at.  All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has experience with septic system repairs including leach field repairs.  We have septic repair appointments today in Hingham, Scituate, Marshfield, East Bridgewater, Plymouth, Carver, and Middleboro, MA.  If you need to make an appointment or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com

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Leach Field Problems

leach field problems All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services have an appointment today for a customer in in Clinton, MA who has reported a Leach Field problem.  They have noticed extensive puddling on top of their leach field which is comparatively green and lush compared to the rest of their yard.  This is an indication that there is a problem and we can certainly confirm the problem, determine the reason for the leach field failure, and then carry out remediation to fix the leach field problem. We have extensive experience working to solve these issues and can usually fix leach field problems quickly and with minimum disruption.  We also have repairs scheduled today in Berlin, Sterling, Marlborough, Southborough, Ayer, Grafton and Stow, MA.  These range from septic pump repairs to D-Box repairs to septic alarm investigations.  If you are concerned that your septic system is not operating correctly please do contact our office to discuss your concerns or to make an appointment.  You can reach us at 508-763-4431 or visit www.allclearseptic.com