Down to Earth Construction Services are regularly called by customers who require our septic engineering expertise. Whether they require a soil test, PERC test, septic design or land use planning we have the knowledge and experience to expertly provide our services. Today we are providing a variety of septic engineering services, including a soil test, to customers in Dighton, Rehoboth, Norton, Berkley, Carver, West Bridgewater and Lakeville MA. If you require septic engineering or if you have any questions about the septic services that we can provide please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services know that septic systems are rated according to their bedroom capacity. When someone says the septic system is “rated” for four bedrooms, it means that the system will handle the waste generated by four bedrooms. It has nothing to do with a number of bathrooms in a home. When you stop to think about it this does make sense because a septic system gets used by people in the property which is better determined by the number of bedrooms and not the number of bathrooms. However property owners must be aware that their system can be overextended either when you have many more people visiting your home or living in it for an extended period of time. Likewise if many appliances are used at one time – dishwasher, washing machine, shower this can also overload a septic system. The decomposition process can become strained if there is too much excess water in the system, resulting in a variety of problems. If you add a bedroom to your home or your septic system is not supporting the volume of wastewater produced you will need a septic system upgrade to a larger septic system. We have extensive experience with septic system installations and can ensure that you will get a septic system that will be appropriate to your requirements. We have recently provided septic system installations for properties in Uxbridge, Mattapoisett and East Bridgewater MA.Today we are starting a septic system upgrade in Norton MA. If you require a septic system installation or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services knows that septic systems are a complete mystery to many of us and, to be honest, that really is not a problem most of the time. Even if you have a septic system as long as you are maintaining it and know how to ‘use’ it you really don’t need to know the specifics. However it is always advisable to stay observant and aware and if you are unsure if you have a problem or have a septic concern run it past a septic professional. At Down to Earth Construction Services we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have and discuss your septic concerns and make suggestions. If it becomes apparent that you need a septic repair we can schedule an appointment. Once we have assessed the condition of your septic system, we will present you with a range of options designed to correct any identified issues. These may include one or more of the following:
Replacement of damaged or missing baffle
Installation of effluent filter and service riser
Installation of pumping access riser and cover
Installation of curtain drains
Replacement of deteriorated components
Repair or replacement of damaged components
Removal of accumulated solids in leach field piping
Removal of plant and tree roots in leach field piping
Installation and service of the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator
Diversion of water softener/conditioner backwash discharges
Detailed explanation of our Septic Use Guidelines
Today we have septic repair appointments in Attleboro, Norton, Mansfield, Sharon, Stoughton and Bridgewater MA. If you have a septic concern or wish to schedule a septic repair appointment please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have the equipment and training to safely carry out all of your septic installation and septic repair requirements no matter what tools are needed for the job. For example in our June monthly safety meeting we covered cut off saw safety and chain saw safetey. These are two tools that you would not perhaps immediately associate with septic work but we do use them and therefore we take seriously the safety of our technicians and customers when they are being operated. Whether our technicians are out in the field using heavy excavators for the excavation work required for a large septic installation or in the office writing reports or producing septic designs we want our staff and customers to be safe. Today we have a septic installation starting in West Bridgewater and initially our technicians will need to use the chainsaw to clear undergrowth back. If you require a septic installation, septic design, septic repair or any other septic work or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services know that septic systems always need to be maintained and occasionally you may also have a septic problem come up that needs to be addressed. Ignoring a septic concern until you have the time or money to deal with it will often mean that it could become a bigger septic problem which is never a good thing. A small concern of septic sewage smells coming from your plumbing if addressed quickly can sometimes be easily, quickly and inexpensively fixed. However if you ignore signs of a septic problem your small issue could become a large septic failure which could be an expensive and disruptive repair. Today we are at a customer site in Bridgewater MA providing a simple repair that could have been a much bigger and more expensive septic problem to fix if the home owners had ignored the sewage smells coming from their system much longer. We also have septic repairs scheduled for other customers in Mansfield, Taunton, Norton, Sharon and Canton MA. If you have questions about your septic system or need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have found that many property owners, even those with septic systems, are not aware that for your septic system to work properly there needs to be a balance of bacteria which help breakdown waste so it can be processed. It is important to not disrupt this balance because then your septic system will not operate correctly. Important things to remember are:
Drain Openers – 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.
Cleaning Supplies – 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 – These 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.
We regularly attend septic repairs for customers who could have avoided a septic breakdown by following the above advice. Today we have septic repair appointments in Dighton, Berkley, East Bridgewater, Middleboro, Norton and Attleboro MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com
Down To Earth Construction Services knows that purchasing a home is an incredibly stressful thing to do. Whether it is your first home or your fifteenth there is always a lot of moving parts to coordinate and this is doubly true if you are also selling a property at the same time. If the property your are buying or selling also has a septic system you are required in Massachusetts to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection on that system before Title transfer can take place. As stated on the Mas Gov website:
“The property owner or operator is responsible for arranging the inspection. The buyer and seller may change the responsibility for arranging the inspection prior to title transfer, provided that this change is put in writing and that the inspection still occurs within the specified timeframes.
The purpose of the inspection is to determine if the system in its current condition can protect public health and the environment. The inspection does not guarantee that the system will continue to function adequately, or that the system will not fail at a later date. This is particularly important if you plan to increase the flow to the system.
The inspection includes determining the location and condition of cesspools, septic tanks and distribution boxes. Often, this will not require extensive excavation.”
For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system
We know that when you are selling or buying a property schedules have to be kept and hold ups can cause repercussions with sales and purchases. That is why we would always recommend that if you are selling a home with a septic system that you have your Title 5 Septic Inspection done as soon as possible. You do not need to wait until you have a buyer. The inspection will be valid for two years and once your system has passed the inspection you can stop your septic from being a cause of concern or negative for prospective buyers. Today we have Title Septic 5 Inspections in Middleboro, East Bridgewater, Marshfield, Carver, Lakeville and Norton MA. If you require a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services has septic Inspections scheduled today in Bridgewater, Mansfield, Sharon, Franklin and Foxboro MA. If you have a septic system it is required in Massachusetts that you have your septic inspected:
Within 2 years before a sale. If weather conditions prevent inspection at the time of a sale, the inspection must take place within 6 months afterward.
When there is a proposed change to the facility which requires a building or occupancy permit.
Any change in the footprint of a building, to make sure that new building construction will not take place on top of any system components or on the system’s reserve area.
For large systems with a design flow of 10,000 to 15,000 gallons per day or more at full build-out, on the basin schedule shown in 310 CMR 15.301(6), and every five years thereafter.
Every 3 years for shared systems.
When the property is divided, or ownership of 2 or more properties is combined.
When MassDEP or the local Board of Health orders an inspection
For more information see https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system
Most of the inspections that we carry out for property owners are for people who are selling their property and need their septic to be inspected before Title transfer can take place. However what some people do not realize is that we also carry out voluntary septic assessments. Property owners can hire a licensed inspector to perform Confidential Voluntary Septic 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 along with an assessment of the findings and some recommendations on how to properly maintain or repair their septic system. The recommendations provided by Down to Earth Construction Services are designed to increase longevity and prevent future issues, such as property damage, high cost repairs or system replacement.
In addition to the above inspections we also have a voluntary septic assessment scheduled for a customer today in Norton MA.
If you require a septic inspection or voluntary septic assessment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com where we will be happy to help you.
Down to Earth Construction Services are providing a septic system design for a customer in Acushnet MA. All Septic Systems are designed specifically for their own site and have variances which make them unique but most systems are based on the same principles. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield. 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. The solids stored in the tank are decomposed by bacteria and later pumped out. 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. We have many years experience working in this region and know not only the state septic requirements but also those of the individual towns that we work in. Therefore we can help prevent delays for our customers which often happens if a septic design is not correct or doesn’t follow town BOH regulations. We have recently provided septic designs for customers in Carver, West Bridgewater, Oxford and Attleboro MA. If you need a septic system design or if you have septic questions please do contact our Norton office in 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services assist property owners with septic systems in a variety of ways. As you would expect we are experienced with septic installation and the associated tasks including septic design, excavation, landscaping, soil testing and perc testing. We also work with customers who already have septic systems with septic repairs, septic adjustments, septic improvements, septic services and septic upgrades. However we can also assist property owners who are selling their home or business or buying one with a septic system. It is required in Massachusetts that before a property is transferred it needs to have had a Title 5 Inspection so unless you have bought that property within the last two years most people need to schedule an Inspection. We are have experienced Title 5 Inspectors who can come to your property and provide a thorough, professional and convenient inspection. Today we have Title 5 Inspections scheduled in Bridgewater, Taunton, Raynham, Norton, Mansfield and Attleboro MA. If you require any septic services, Title 5 Inspections or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact us at our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com