Safety When Operating Equipment For A Septic Installation, Repairs and Other Work Is Our Priority

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


The Smell Of Sewage Could Indicate You Have A Septic Problem

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


Look After Your Septic System Bacteria Or You May Require A Septic Repair

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

Title 5 Septic Inspections When you Are Buying Or Selling A Home Do Not Need To Be Another Problem

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

Voluntary Septic Assessment Carried out Today in Norton MA

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.


Septic System Design For Acushnet Client

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

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Down To Earth Construction Services Provide A Range Of Septic Services Including Title 5 Inspections

down to earthDown 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


Septic Services For Commercial and Residential Customers

Down to Earth Construction Services is fortunate to have many long term customers who we have developed excellent working relationships with. This may seem unusual for a septic company but in addition to installing, repairing and inspecting septic systems we also provide preventative maintenance programs for our customers which many property owners choose to take after having a system installed and continue to receive for many years because they are so pleased with the service that they receive. We monitor and maintain our customers’ septic systems so they can be confident that their septic system is working correctly and will continue to do so. Nobody likes to have to deal with a septic breakdown but this is especially true for commercial business owners who lose revenue when they are unable to open due to a septic problem. That is why our customers include many local restaurants, takeaways, condominiums, coffee shops and fast food restaurants. We service our customers septic systems discreetly and quickly without causing any downtime in operation which is, of course, essential. We also service residential customers properties and the regularity of our services depends on the septic system and the use it gets. We have customers who have a 2nd home on the coast who don’t use their system all year round so they do not need their system to be serviced as frequently as a busy fast food restaurant. We generally see our customers on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis, as required. In actuality we don’t even need to ‘see’ our clients when we carry out a service because we can usually access the septic system without the property owners assistance. If you would be interested in hassle free septic system preventative maintenance please do contact our Norton office for details on our septic services or to make an appointment. Today we already have septic services for commercial and residential customers in Attleboro, East Bridgewater, Mansfield, Norton, Stoughton and Sharon MA. You can reach our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

Dont Ignore The Signs Of A Septic Problem

Down to Earth Construction Services know, just like all other New Englanders, that storms and weather are a part of living in this region. However winter, storms and severe weather may result in property damage 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 septic 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 i n 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 who have contacted us when they have noticed indicators of a septic problem in East Bridgewater, Mansfield, Sharon, Stoughton and Attleboro MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Safety Meeting to Ensure Our Septic Technicians and Customers are Safe

Down to Earth Construction Services had its monthly safety meeting today. The safety of our employees and customers is of the utmost importance to us so we ensure that we stay ahead of safety training, safety procedures and that our equipment is safe and our employees know how to use it correctly. Even though it is raining today part of our safety commitment is ensuring that our staff are safe whatever the weather so today our meeting covered heat stress and sun exposure training to ensure that our staff know how to work safely when the sun does show itself. We also focused on trailer safety for open, closed and equipment trailers including correct loading, tie down and visual inspections. This is very important because especially when we are doing excavation with large equipment or a septic installation with the necessary machines and equipment we need to be certain that it is moved safety to the site and also used correctly and safely. We have recently completed septic system installations in Bridgewater, Wayland, Clinton and Southborough. If you need septic services or have any questions about septic systems or the services we provide please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com