All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services knows that regular maintenance of your septic system will keep your system working efficiently and can prevent costly repairs. These tips can help to maintain and 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
  • plastics
  • 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.
One of the biggest problems for septic systems is the garbage disposal.  Homeowners that have a septic system should avoid using their garbage disposal to prevent the introduction of unwanted solids into the system.  Even if your system is designed to accommodate a garbage disposal, it is important to use it moderately.  Composting is an alternate solution for homeowners that have a large volume of vegetable waste.
Do not use harsh chemical drain openers if you experience a clogged drain.  Septic system owners should use an alternative solution:  a 1:1:1 ratio of salt, baking soda and vinegar.  Follow this solution with boiling water or use a drain snake to clear out the clogs.  The chemicals that are used in today’s store-bought drain cleaners can cause serious problems within your septic system.
Other chemicals can be damaging to your system as well.  Instead of harsh cleansers, choose mild or natural cleaning supplies for your kitchen and bathrooms. Look for supplies that are “septic-safe” or that are marketed as being bio-degradable. These products will be approved for use in septic systems.
Antibacterial soaps and bleach can actually inhibit the enzymatic action that is required for the bacterial breakdown of solids within your septic tank.  Add a laundry filter to your washing machine and use natural cleaning supplies whenever possible.  If you have a water softener installed in your home, make sure that the salt recharge solution is redirected out of the septic tank.
With this information, you can continue to help maintain your septic system and keep it in good working order.  All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services also has septic services for clients who want regular maintenance for their septic system and to know that their system is in good working order.  We carry out septic services for clients on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on the clients and septic systems requirements. We have septic services scheduled today in Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Norton, Rochester, Taunton, and Lakeville, MA. If you would like to schedule a septic service for your septic system or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-763-4431 or visit