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Septic Design Consultation by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have a design consultation in our Norton, MA, office with a customer today who needs a septic system design for his home in Bridgewater, MA, because he is adding an addition with two additional bedrooms.  We have extensive experience designing septic systems for clients which will work for their individual needs and environment.  An addition with extra bedrooms means that the water usage in the home will increase, so the septic system needs to be able to support this.  If you need to have a septic system designed, or if you have any questions about this process, please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Construction Experts in Large and Small Septic Repairs and Replacements

Down to Earth Down To Earth Construction Services has the knowledge, experience, and equipment, to perform both large septic repairs and replacements, and smaller septic repairs, including septic pump repairs and leach field repairs.  Many septic repairs can be carried out by our technicians quickly and with minimum disruption after they have diagnosed the problem and explained the solutions to the customer.  However, should a more extensive repair be necessary, we have the equipment for excavations and more extensive work, without having to rely upon contractors, which will cause delays and increase costs to the customer. If you have a septic repair that needs to be carried out, it is always inadvisable to wait to have it addressed because it can become a larger septic problem and more costly repair.  We are at customers for septic repairs, including septic pump repair, and a leach field repair today, in Bellingham, Franklin, Blackstone, Sharon, Upton, Uxbridge, and Wrentham, MA.  If you need to have a septic repair or have any questions please do contact our officeat 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Construction Experts in Title 5 Inspections

Down to Earth Down To Earth Construction Services has extensive experience providing Title 5 Inspections for customers in our region.  We are contacted to perform Title 5 Septic Inspections for both sellers and buyers when a property has a septic system.  We also carry out Title 5 Inspections for condo associations, because condominiums with five or more units must be inspected once every three years.  Those with four or fewer units must be inspected every three years, or within two years prior to the sale of one of the units. Today we have Title 5 septic inspections in Attleboro, North Attleboro, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Plainville, Wrentham, and Foxboro, MA, for both property transfers and condo associations.  If you need to schedule a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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How to Extend the Life of Your Septic Drain Field

drain fieldOne of the most important components of a septic system is the drain field. Also known as a “leach” field, sometimes just looking at the drain field can help you to determine the health of the septic system as a whole. It is important to take care of your drain field and ensure that it is properly protected from things that can hinder its effectiveness, as it is a vital part of the septic process.

What a Drain Field is and How It Works
The drain field is the part of your septic system where the waste water emerges after passing through your septic tank for the final phase in the cleansing and filtration process. Contaminants and other impurities are removed from the waste water by the drain field, making it safe to enter the local ground water.

The septic drain field removes any organic materials that might yet remain after the waste water has made its way through the septic tank. It utilizes a very basic, yet highly efficient, microbial ecosystem for this part of the process. A drain field consists of a specific layout of trenches that contain a series of perforated pipes that come from the septic tank. The waste water flows over gravel or other porous material, which is covered by a layer of soil to protect it from animals and surface runoff water.

Signs That Your Septic System Needs Help
While there are some fairly obvious signs that a septic system is in need of repair or has failed, such as sewage coming up inside the house through all the drains, showers and toilets, your drain field is also a sort of thermostat that lets you know how effective your septic system is functioning.

Take a look at your septic drain field:

  • If there are boggy or wet areas that just don’t seem to dry up and go away after runoff water from seasonal rain storms is gone, you might have a failed septic system.
  • If there are areas of the grass that is planted on top of your drain field that are particularly green or lush compared to the rest of the surrounding property, you might have a leak or back-up occurring in your drain field.
  • If you notice an unusual smell coming from your drain field, it’s time to call a septic system specialist.
  • If you see bits of organic material or other waste that would typically go down your home’s drains coming up through the drain field, chances are you are experiencing a clog or even a failed septic system.

These are just some of the signs and symptoms that you can look for when checking out your drain field. While some issues might just be indicative that you need to stay on top of drain field maintenance, most will have something directly to do with the health and effectiveness of your overall septic system. It pays to check out your drain field on a regular basis.

Drain Field Maintenance
There are a lot of things that can cause a septic system to malfunction or fail. Most septic system experts and service technicians will tell you that even if your home has been designed for use with a garbage disposal, that you should refrain from using one with a septic system. The reason is simple: just by using a garbage disposal, as opposed to composting organic waste from the kitchen or disposing of it in a trash can, a typical household will increase the amount of sludge and solids in their septic tank by over 50 percent.

Because seemingly small changes in use and habit can have such an impact on the overall health of your septic system, it is important to hire a professional septic service to provide regular check-ups and drain field maintenance. If maintained correctly, the average drain field should last somewhere between 25-30 years and still be functioning efficiently.

In addition to taking care of the landscape that is above your drain field, keeping trees and bushes away from the area to prevent the spreading of roots, there are things you can do inside your home that contribute to your septic drain field’s overall health. Some of these things are simple and even common sense for the most part; while others might be “news” to homeowners who are dealing with a septic system for the first time.

Most of the behaviors and habits that homeowners need to remember with regard to taking care of their septic system and drain field maintenance have more to do with water use and disposal habits than anything else. Be aware of the amount of water that you are using in your home. Avoid doing activities that use a lot of water all at the same time, such as washing dishes and doing several loads of laundry. In fact, it is better to do a load of laundry a day than it is to save it all up for the weekend.

Get Professional Drain Field Maintenance Service
For homeowners living in the Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod or Rhode Island areas, as well as Maine and New Hampshire, contact Septic Preservation Services.   With over 15 years of direct experience working with commercial and residential customers in the Southcoast region, SPS is the clear choice for preventative maintenance, septic system service, drain field maintenance and septic repairs.

Septic Preservation Services is licensed and certified to provide Title 5 Inspections in Massachusetts and required Rhode Island Town Inspections.  In addition,  SPS can do a private assessment of your septic system to help you know the age, effectiveness and efficiency of your current equipment to help determine whether its time to upgrade or set up a new septic drain field. Call Septic Preservation today at 877-378-4279 or visit to get started!

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Components of a Title 5 Septic Inspection

Down to EarthDown to Earth Construction Services has Septic Inspections scheduled today for customers in Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Fairhaven, Lakeville, and Norton, MA.  The following is included in a Massachusetts Title 5 Septic Inspection:


  • General layout of the system components (location of the building sewer, septic tank or cesspool, distribution box and leaching field);
  • Type of use (e.g., house, school, retail space), Title 5 design flow, and whether the facility is presently occupied;
  • Analysis of the criteria specified in Title 5 that indicate system failure, and, for large systems, those which indicate threats to public health and the environment;
  • Water use records from the previous two years, if available;
  • A description of the septic tank, including its condition, approximate age, thickness of grease/scum layer, and other relevant information;
  • A characterization of the distribution box and dosing tanks with pumps, if any, such as condition and evidence of solids carryover or backup; and
  • The condition of the soil absorption system including, any signs of hydraulic failure.


If you need to arrange a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our office a t 508-622-5759 or visit

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Septic System Installation in Marlborough

Down to EarthDown To Earth Construction Services has a septic system installation starting today in Marlborough, MA.  We have the experience, knowledge, equipment, and local expertise to ensure that your septic installation is done professionally, quickly, and correctly, with minimum disruption. We have recently done other septic system installations for both commercial customers with restaurants and retail properties, and for condo and multi family dwellings in addition to private single family homes.  If you need to schedule a septic system installation or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Upgrading Septic System Today

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services is upgrading a septic system that failed its Title 5 Inspection for a customer today in Clinton, MA . As stated by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:


“Once an official inspection is performed on a system, the results must be submitted to the Board of Health within 30 days. Whether or not the homeowner decides to sell, a failed system typically must be upgraded within two years, unless the local Board of Health or MassDEP authorizes an alternative schedule.”


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If you need to repair, upgrade or replace your septic system or have any questions regarding Title 5 Inspections or the requirements of Title 5 please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Let Down to Earth Construction Maintain Your Septic System

Down to EarthDown to Earth Construction Services have experience helping clients maintain their septic systems to help ensure that they can avoid unexpected and costly septic repairs . We have a septic system service plan that is tailored to our customers’ individual needs and those of their septic system.  We service septic systems on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis.  We schedule appointments in advance but our customers do not generally need to be present for the service so we service septic systems with minimum disruption.  Today we have septic services scheduled in Canton, Sharon, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, Mansfield, and Norton, MA.  If you need to schedule a septic service or if you have any questions about septic services please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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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. Septic Preservation 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, Septic Preservation 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. SPS 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 SPS, 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 Septic Preservation along with an assessment of the findings and some recommendations on how to properly maintain or repair their septic system. The recommendations provided by SPS 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 Septic Preservation Services can help you with all of your Title 5 Inspection and Rhode Island Town Inspections needs. Give us a call at 877-34-78-4279 for pricing, information or to set up an appointment for an inspection of your residential or commercial property.

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Septic Design, Excavation and Installation

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services are starting a septic installation for a client today in Marshfield, MA.  A client with a commercial property has added an addition to their restaurant which includes additional seating, so it is necessary  to install a septic system to accommodate these changes. We have extensive experience with both private and commercial septic system installation for clients throughout the region and have recently installed septic systems in Acushnet, Canton, Clinton, Rehoboth, and Norton, MA.  We were able to design the appropriate septic system and then install the septic system for our client.  We have the expertise and equipment to do the septic design, excavation and installation without having to reply upon contractors.  We are, therefore, confident that all the work is carried out professionally, correctly, and with minimum disruption.  If you need a septic installation or have any questions about septic installations please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit