The oldest pumping company in south east Massachusetts


  • Bring Septic tank covers to grade level
  • Title 5 Inspections
  • Repair & Install Title 5 Septic Systems
  • Septic and sewer lines snaked (cleaned)
  • Environment Safe Treatments
  • Serviced by modern vacuum pressure method
  • 30,000 gallon capacity - 500' hose available

Things every home owner should know about their septic

What you should know in order to identify and maintain your sewage system. Your onsite sewage disposal system can provide trouble free service for many years if maintained properly.


On-site waste water disposal systems such as septic systems or cesspools provide for the treatment and disposal of household waste water. Cesspools and septic systems have been known, with PROPER MAINTENANCE, to perform efficiently for many years.

Your on-site disposal system is just as important to you as your furnace. A new system of any type or repairs to the old one are very costly. Cost variation is due to the type of failure, proper maintenance is considerable less expensive.

A septic system has two major components: a septic tank and a leaching field. In the septic tank the lighter solids and grease (scum) in the wastewater float at the top and are captured and heavier solids (sludge) settle to the bottom. The effluent from the septic tank is distributed through the leaching field where it is treated by the biological organism present as it percolates into the soil. In a cesspool the walls of the pit are porous and serve the same function as a leaching field.


Mushy soil or stranding water above or near the septic tank, cesspool or leaching field. ·
Foul odor from leaching area,nearby streams, ect.
Any backup of sinks, toilets, or floor drains not caused by blockage of internal pipes within the house.
Slow flushing toilets.
Especially tall green grass above or near the leaching area, septic tank or cesspool.

The approximate composition of household sewage is 40% toilet, 15% laundry, 30% bathing, 10% kitchen and 5% miscellaneous.


Yearly inspection of your disposal system yourself can cut costs, providing you follow the correct inspection procedure. If help is needed contact your Board of Health. If you don’t know the location of your septic tank:

Contact your Board of Health to see if they have a plan on file.

If your plan is not on file:

Look for concrete or metal manhole cover. It is often located in an area of tall green grass, where there is a depression, where the grass does not grow, or where there is a rapid melting of snow.

If ground surface inspection is of no help: locate the building sewer (main house drain)
Record the location and give a copy to your local Board of Health.


1. Remove cover or covers.
2. With a rod or a stick, measure the scum and sludge layers, if they are more than 1/3 the volume of the septic tank or cesspool, it should be pumped out. Care should be taken to insure that sludge is removed from the bottom.
3. Be sure that both the inlet and outlet tees are in place and free of any solids.
4. For assistance on any cesspool or septic tank problem, call your local Board Of Health. Their Health Agent is available to help you.


POOR LOCATION for your leaching area. Soil is not porous enough, the water table is high or there is inadequate percolation of liquids through the soil. (Conserve water)

EXCESSIVE SOLIDS and grease in the cesspool, or if there is a septic tank, there could be an overflow of solids into the leaching area (pump the tank out more frequently)

POOR INSTALLATION: Drain pipes and distribution pipes not properly graded, or septic tank is not level. (Rebuild system)

DESIGNED too small for the present loading. (add additional leaching field area)

DRAIN PIPES may become clogged with solids, or roots may grow into the leaching area. (Use root killer, pump tank out more frequently)

GREASE CARRYOVER: Some septic tank additives cause grease to be carried over into the leaching field where it can clog the pores. (do not use septic systems additives.)


DO NOT use garbage disposals, as they are a leading factor of clogged systems.

DO NOT put solids or sanitary napkins, paper towels, grease, hair, oil (including cooking oil), colored toilet paper, tissues, or coffee grounds down the drain.

INSPECT on-site systems annually. Do not wait until you have a problem.

PUMP OUT your septic tank or cesspool approximintly every year.

CONSERVE WATER: excess water can create problems, install water saving devices wherever possible.

DO NOT put additives into your system. Medicines, paint, paint thinner, disinfectants, pesticides and acids will only kill the bacteria which are needed to decompose the organic matter.

DO NOT plant shrubs or trees with deep roots near your leaching area.

DO NOT allow heavy equipment to drive over the leaching area.

AVOID extreme peak flows by spacing out laundry loads, bathing and dish washing.

Maintaining your septic

Your septic tank includes a T-shaped outlet which prevents sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling into the drainfield area. Your tank should be pumped if the bottom of the scum layer is within six inches of the bottom of the outlet, if the top of the sludge layer is within 12 inches of the outlet, or if more than 25% of the liquid depth is sludge and scum.

To keep track of when to pump out your tank, write down the sludge and scum levels found by the septic professional.

The service provider should note repairs completed and the tank condition in your system’s service report. If other repairs are recommended, hire a repair person soon.

Inspect and Pump Frequently

The average household septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a septic service professional.

Household septic tanks are typically pumped every year.

Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components should be inspected more often, generally once a year.

A service contract is important since alternative systems have mechanized parts.


I wanted to take the opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for the excellent service that you provided me with replacing my septic system. Excellent job, I would prefer you than anyone else.

Brian R.


On behalf of the West Bridgewater Public Schools, I would like to thank you for quickly responding last month, it would have been a very difficult first day at the High School.

Patricia W. Oakley


Thanks a million for getting my Title 5 approved so quickly!

Terry P.


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Claude Dubord & Sons is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations

Address: 45 Mae Ave, Bridgewater, MA 02324

About Us

This company was started in 1942 which makes it the oldest pumping company in South Eastern Massachusetts. It is a third generation and still a family owned company.

Our company is based on the belief that our customers needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

Phone: 508-697-2621
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