All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services can see the snow is falling outside and we expect around 12 inches at our Norton MA Office today. We always have plenty of work todo however even if we are not out in the field. For example one of our technicians is going to be repairing and refurbishing septic pumps today in our onsite workshop. We work with many septic pump brands including HiBlow, Blue Diamond and FujiClean Septic Pumps. Septic pumps are sometimes required within a property’s septic system. Some septic systems can operate with gravity alone or, where topographic considerations require, with inclusion of a septic pump. If you require a septic repair or if you have questions about your septic system or septic pump please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
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
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services has hundreds of septic inspections scheduled each year, often with property owners who have a septic system and need their system to be inspected before they can proceed with the sale of that property. However we do have inspections scheduled for other reasons. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Sturbridge, Brookfield, Oxford, Spencer, Paxton, Ware and Hubbardston MA and one of those is not for a client who is selling their property. Instead they have been renovating their property and require an inspection because their extensive renovations require a building permit. As explained on the Mas Gov Website:
‘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 information see https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system
If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems, Title 5 or Septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit http://www.allclearseptic.com
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services know that when you combine knowledge with All Clear’s Preventative Maintenance Program, you create a day-to-day environment that will help you to properly support and maintain your septic system. The tips below can help to extend the life of your septic system and save you thousands of dollars in repairs or replacement costs in the future.
Keep the following items out of your septic system to prevent problems:
- paper towels
- kitty litter
- cooking oils or grease
- disposable diapers
- feminine hygiene products
- any/all latex products
- hazardous chemicals, pesticides and latex-based paints
- water purification back flush
It is important to note, however, that each system is unique. Check with your septic system installer or manufacturer for a complete list of items that should not make their way into your system for maximum efficiency.
If you have questions about your septic system or our Preventative Maintenance Program please do see our website ‘Septic Systems 101’ information tab.