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Septic System Inspections and Assessments!


Proper septic system inspection is the best way to prevent property owners from having to face unexpected and costly repairs. An inspector can determine whether you are disposing of sewage and gray wastewater in a safe and legal manner.


Since 1995, the State of Massachusetts has required residential and commercial property owners to pass a Title 5 Inspection of their on-site sewage treatment systems before they can sell the property. Specific guidelines were set to prevent the contamination of local drinking water supplies and groundwater as a result of outdated or ineffective septic systems or cesspools. All-Clear offers Massachusetts Title 5 Inspections, using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, giving you a thorough inspection at a price you can afford.


In addition to the Massachusetts Title 5 Inspection, All-Clear is also licensed to perform Rhode Island Town Inspections. These inspections are required by many towns throughout Rhode Island, including Charlestown, Jamestown, North Kingstown and South Kingstown. Because it is a part of the local town ordinance, residential and commercial property owners living in these areas are required to submit to these regular inspections of their septic systems. All-Clear uses state-of-the-art tools to provide these services to our customers at an affordable rate.


Many property owners are unaware that they have the ability to hire a licensed inspector, such as All-Clear, to perform Confidential Voluntary 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 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 are designed to increase longevity and prevent future issues, such as property damage, high cost repairs or system replacement.


Our licensed and certified inspectors and technicians at All-Clear can help you with all of your Title 5 Inspection and Rhode Island Town Inspections needs. Give us a call at 508-763-4431 for pricing, information or to set up an appointment for an inspection of your residential or commercial property.

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This blog was posted on on September 17, 2015.

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Septic System Cleaning and Pumping!


Part of any good Preventative Maintenance Program is to ensure that your septic system is properly cleaned and is pumped on a regular basis. It is important to know the facts about septic cleaning and pumping to avoid making costly mistakes.


Getting your tanks cleaned on a regular basis, will help to improve the efficiency of your septic system and keep it running smooth.  It is important to select your service provider carefully to ensure that you get quality work.  Be sure that when comparing prices that you compare apples to apples.  Some differences that may effect cost are the size of the tank, how deep the covers are buried, and if there is a filter to clean.

All-Clear takes pride in the work that we do, utilizing specialized equipment to locate specific areas of your system, such as a sewer camera that is used to investigate the inside of your sewer lines, and jetting equipment to clean the pipes within the leach field.


pumpingSome pumping services will tell you that you need to get your septic system pumped every 6 months or on an annual basis. The truth is that a properly maintained septic system should only be pumped based on the accumulation of sludge an scum, which is typically every 2-5 years.  Pumping too frequently is costly and removes the “good” bacteria that keep the system running smoothly.

If you would like a system evaluation and to know how often you should be pumping, give All-Clear a call for an evaluation and to set up quick and easy pumping arrangements.


All-Clear can get you started on the road to a healthier septic system for your residential or commercial property through our Preventative Maintenance Program. We are so confident in the services offered through this program that we offer a unique “Pass or It’s FREE Guarantee” on Title 5 Inspections to all of our customers that are in the Preventative Maintenance Program and have followed up with all of our recommendations. We also provide a 50% discount off of all Title 5 Inspections for our up-to-date Preventative Maintenance Program customers. Call us today at 508-763-4431 to get more information about our programs and services.

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This blog was posted on on September 9, 2015.

Septic System Rejuvenation!


All-Clear also offers an exciting new service to our customers that utilizes a patented technology to save failed septic systems.   This method is used as an alternative to replacing the septic system.   It allows failed septic systems to rapidly rejuvenate, extending the lifespan of the drainfield and the septic system, while enhancing the treatment process.

Rejuvenation is currently being used by over 2,000 different septic service providers throughout the United States and Canada and has proven successful in a wide range of different climates and soil types, with over 1,000 installations in New England.  This technology has been applied in residential situations for both single and multi-family dwellings, as well as commercial situations, servicing hotels, grocery stores, food processing facilities, healthcare services, marinas, restaurants, breweries, car washes and more.

Some of the benefits associated with Septic Rejuvenation include:

  • rapid restoration of proper septic system functions
  • lower costs for installation, operation and maintenance
  • enhanced removal of pathogens, nitrogen, and B.O.D.
  • minimal damage/disruption to existing property landscape
  • long term, cost-effective solution


The technology we use at All-Clear has been studied over an extended period of time. Rejuvenation has been proven effective, tested by leading universities, leaders in the septic industry and third-party organizations. The process is simple, yet revolutionary. It is similar to composting and has the ability to rejuvenate septic systems that are severely failed within just a few months.




Regardless of your type of septic system, from chambers to stone & pipe, drip irrigation,  and everything in between, our rejuvenation technology can help get your system back on track and running efficiently. The effectiveness of this method has been proven, documented and approved by the MA DEP and RI DEM.


For more information about our revolutionary Septic Rejuvenation services or to schedule an evaluation with one of our licensed and certified technicians, call All-Clear at 508-763-4431. Ask about our Maintenance Prevention Program, designed to keep your septic system running properly to avoid costly repairs and emergency services in the future.

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This blog was posted on on August 26, 2015.

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Septic Systems- Preventative Maintenance!


Proper preventative maintenance can extend the life of your septic system. Systems that are not regularly maintained will average less than 20 years, however studies conducted by field professors, scientists and engineers reveal that proper maintenance can help a septic system to last indefinitely. This can save the homeowner thousands of dollars over a lifetime.

All-Clear Septic & Wastewater Services offers an affordable Preventative Maintenance Program designed to give our residential and commercial clients peace of mind in knowing that their septic system is being properly maintained, checked and monitored. We are so confident in our ability to effectively maintain your septic system, that we offer a “Pass or It’s FREE Guarantee” on Title 5 Inspections to all of our Preventative Maintenance Program customers that are in the program and have followed our recommendations. We also give our up-to-date Preventative Maintenance Program customers a 50% discount off of all Title 5 Inspections at All-Clear.


A failing septic system can cause the following:

  • serious health risks to your family or neighbors
  • degrade the surrounding environment including groundwater, lakes and streams
  • reduce your property value
  • cost thousands of dollars to repair

All-Clear’s Preventative Maintenance Contracts are available for specific types of septic systems, including:

  • conventional septic systems
  • pressure distribution systems
  • innovative and alternative systems, such as FAST Systems, Eljen Systems, Presby Systems and Oakson Systems

All-Clear provides our Preventative Maintenance Program customers with regular monitoring of the entire septic system – just leave the dirty work to us with confidence! With over 15 years of experience working in the local septic industry, All-Clear is the clear choice for your septic system maintenance and repair services.

Call us today at 508-763-4431 or visit for all your septic needs.  We offer 24- hour emergency service!

This blog was posted on on August 20, 2015.


Septic System Do’s and Don’ts!



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.

CLICK HERE for more information about All-Clear’s Preventative Maintenance Contract that can help you prevent problems before they even occur!



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.

CLICK HERE for more educational information from All-Clear the septic system experts, that will help you keep your septic system running effectively and efficiently.

These are all great tips right off their website.  Visit for all your septic needs, or call 508-763-4431.

This blog was posted on on August 13, 2015.

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How Much Water Should a Household Use?

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How much water does an average household use?  This can be important to your septic system since excess water can strain the decomposition process and result in a variety of problems.

Here are some averages to keep you on track:

Dishwasher cycle- 7 gallons

Washing Machine- 40 gallons per load (front-loaders use less)

Toilet- 2 gallons per flush, 1.6 gallons for newer standard toilets

Shower- 2.5 gallons per minute (10 minutes- 25 gallons)

It can be difficult to keep track of usage. A water meter can be useful for houses with a well.  Purchasing water-friendly appliances, toilets and shower-heads can also help.

Remember: a septic system is installed based upon the number of people that are anticipated to be using it.  If your base number increases, you might need to upgrade to a larger system.

The average household uses about 300 gallons per day.  This is based on a 4-person household.  Each person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day.

There are many ways to conserve water saving yourself money and being more eco-friendly.

Dripping faucets are another potential waste of water.  Even small leaks can waste a lot of water.  Hot water leaks are a waste of water and energy.

Leaks inside the toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day.

The solution is to fix the leak and save yourself money and water.

In the bathroom, take showers instead of tubs.  Turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth.

In the kitchen and laundry, wait for a full load before running the dishwasher and washing machine.  Pre-rinsing your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher wastes water.

The more water you can conserve, the less water running into your septic system and the healthier it will be.

All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services can answer all your septic questions and help you keep your system running efficiently.  Call 508-763-4431 or visit

This blog was posted on on August 5, 2015.

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Beyond BOLD Media and Septic Preservation enjoy Scenic Sail!

Beyond BOLD Media was graciously offered a relaxing sailboat ride on Wednesday night  by Bob Silva and Roberta Murphy of Septic Preservation.    The weather was perfect, winds were steady  and the sunset Septic Preservationwas beautiful.  Kate Lanagan MacGregor, Sonia Amaral, Kevin Thompson and Marie Greany of Beyond BOLD Media joined Bob and Roberta for a great night together.  They left from the Cove Restaurant in Fall River and sailed under the Braga Bridge headed to the Mt. Hope Bridge.  It was truly a fabulous night and Beyond BOLD Media is grateful to Bob and Roberta for the opportunity to spend some great time together out in the harbor on a beautiful night.

Beyond BOLD Media and Septic Preservation have enjoyed a great business relationship, but it was nice to enjoy some casual time together. It truly was a magical night!

Septic Preservation Services specializes in residential and commercial septic system inspections, repair, recovery and preservation.  Call them today for any Septic questions or concerns at 866-378-4279 or

This blog was posted on on July 29, 2015.

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Septic System Pump Chamber Basics!

Are you buying or selling a house and find that your septic system is having issues pumping waste to thenew-leach-field-300x224 septic tank? Does your new system require a pumping system?  How does a septic pumping system work?  All-Clear Septic & Wastewater Services has put together this basic information to answer your questions.

A septic pumping system is put into place when a standard gravity feed system will not work due to the quality of soil near the property or the available area is uphill from the septic tank.  Different pumps can be used depending on the property.  Great care must be taken to ensure the correct pump is used in each situation and is robust enough to handle the anticipated volume to be moved.  It could be raw sewage must be pumped to the septic tank itself, treated wastewater is being pumped to the leaching area or a pressurized system is put into place where the effluent is pumped significantly above the tank.

The pump itself should reside within its own separate tank or compartment within a tank.  The goal is to prevent any raw sewage solids from clogging the pump or transferring into the leaching areas. An effluent filter may be placed in the line of the system.

With the pumping system properly installed in the tank, there are matters of pipe elevations and  slope and length between the pump and the “drop box”.  This all needs to be configured so the wastewater does not travel back down the inlet pipe, is moved equally among the various leaching septic system pump chamber basic areas and is not unnecessarily deteriorated by the force of the water being pumped in.  There are several techniques to do this.

The leaching area in which the water is pumped to can also be configured in several ways.  The engineer must be aware of the soil composition so any chance of erosion, contamination or flow back to the property can be avoided.  There are many ways this can be accomplished including multiple fields and location depending on the size of the lot they have to work with.

The ultimate decision to include a pump system will be made by the engineer in conjunction with local inspectors and regulators.  You should always follow these recommendations in order to ensure there are no preventable failures in your systems and waste is moved and treated as effectively as possible.

If you have questions or are looking for more information regarding your septic system or want to read the whole white paper on this subject, visit or call All Clear Septic & Wastewater Services at 508-763-4433.

This blog was posted on on July 22, 2015.

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How a Septic System Functions!

Septic Preservation Services preparing a new System for Installation!

Septic Preservation Services preparing a new System for Installation!

What exactly is a septic system and how does it work?  Here is an abbreviated version or overview of modern Septic System components and how they work provided by All-Clear Septic and Wastewater Services.

A septic system is used to process and clean waste water from houses and larger facilities.  A septic system needs enough open land for the treated water to pass through the ground and be reabsorbed into nature.

The primary component in a septic system is a holding tank.  This tank is generally buried underground and connected to waste water inputs by pipes flowing from the building’s waste system.  The tank acts as a settling area  for solids to be collected, and a pass-through for water to move to the distribution box and soil absorption.

In the tank, live beneficial bacteria  help to break down organic waste in the system.  This enables the septic system to go years, in some cases, without the need to service the system.  To help the bacteria work, newer systems are equipped with aerators which add oxygen to the tank, which is a critical component needed by the bacteria to help break apart waste.

For systems with a soil absorption system, processed water in the tank passes through a pipe to the distribution box, which sends water to the various sections of the leaching system.  The leaching system is the mechanism by which treated water is returned to the soil in a safe and ecologically friendly manner.  A leaching system may be one of several different styles with pits, trenches or a field being the most popular systems.  A leaching field is an area of soil and gravel or sand with excellent drainage through which treated waste water is able to be absorbed into the ground and continue the cleansing process through a natural ecological system.

Septic systems should be professionally pumped out on a regular basis to remove solids which build up on the bottom.  Pumping also removes improperly flushed materials that cannot be broken down naturally.

Septic systems are designed to handle  a specific volume or waste per day from the building it is connected to.  Residential systems are built with the number of bedrooms and occupants as the primary factors in calculating the required size of the system.

This is a simplifed version of a septic system.  Visit and click on the education tab for a more thorough explanation.

The septic professionals at All-Clear have years of experience in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and Hawaii in all aspects of septic engineering, inspection, installation, repair and maintenance! Don’t wait for your septic to fail, call 508-763-4431 today!


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All Clear Septic Title V Inspection!

Watch this great video by Kate Lanagan MacGregor from BOLD Moves Real Estate as a technician from All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services performs a Title V Inspection.  

All Clear Septic Services performs a detailed and  thorough MA  Title V Inspection.  All of the septic system covers are opened prior to the inspection.  The technician begins by measuring the grade depth of all covers.  The measurement is taken from the top of the tank to the soil surface.  Next the condition of the inlet and outlet pipes is assessed.  The overall liquid level is checked and measurements of the solids at the bottom of the tank and the scum layer at the top are taken.

Next is the evaluation of the condition of the distribution box.  Waste water from the tank is very corrosive and runs through the distribution box.  Over time the concrete may break down due to the corrosive nature of the liquid running through it.  The addition of a filter on the outlet pipe of the tank and/or the addition of a vent on the distribution box are very beneficial in preserving the life of this component.

How can you help prevent this?  Risers installed to bring the tank covers to grade can help.  Having covers to grade makes a routine maintenance program easier.  Instituting a routine maintenance program is very important for the overall health of your septic system.

Luckily for the homeowner in this video, this system passed.  Let us help you develop a routine maintenance program so you will pass your MA Title 5 Inspection.

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