Protecting Your Septic System During the Winter Months

winter septic systemHow can you protect your septic system during the winter months?  Freezing can become an issue when the temperatures start to drop. The most vulnerable components are the pipes leading from the house into the septic tank.  Leaky fixtures such as faucets and toilets can keep a steady drip through the pipes which could freeze, blocking the pipes.  Other components which can potentially freeze are the tank, pipes leading to the drainfield and the drainfield itself.

Snow itself is a great insulator over your septic tank and leachfield.  Make sure you do not drive over your tank and leachfield.  Compacted snow can drive down the frost and increase your chances of freezing.  Driving over your leachfield and septic system is never a good idea in any season.  It can lead to damage to your system.    Grass is always a good choice for over your septic system or mulch if grass is not available.  It is a great insulator without deep roots to interfere with or damage your system.

Systems which are in use have a lesser possibility of freezing since liquid is always flowing through the system.  Homes which are used seasonally or sporadically have  a greater risk for freezing since the system is dormant much of the time.

Fixing leaky faucets and toilets before winter sets in can greatly lessen your chances of freezing occurring and also conserve water.  This can save you from costly repairs down the road.

If you suspect you have a problem, call a professional right away.  Septic Preservation Services has 24 emergency services for help with any septic emergency.  They can evaluate your system and make repairs if needed.   They also offer a great maintenance program to keep your septic system running smoothly year round.  Call them with all your questions at 877-378-4279 or visit

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Septic System Design Consultation

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction has a septic system design consultation today in its Norton, MA office for a commercial customer located in Marshfield, MA.  We have the experience to design a septic system for a customer specific to their individual requirements and environment. We also have an excellent relationship with the region’s towns and their individual requirements so we can ensure that your system is legally correct and environmentally conscious.  We have recently designed and installed septic systems in Clinton, Wayland, Berlin and East Bridgewater, MA.  If you have any questions or need a septic system design please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Performs Title 5 Septic Inspections

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction has Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Acushnet, Freetown, Dighton, Berkley, Marion, Rochester and Carver, MA.  If you are selling a property in Massachusetts with a septic system you are likely to need a Title 5 Inspection.  These inspections are valid for 2 years so it is advisable to have the inspection done early in your sale to help prevent delays that could occur later on.  If you need to schedule a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down To Earth Experienced with Cesspools

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction is experienced working with property owners who have cesspools.  We regularly have cesspool service appointments for customers who need to maintain their cesspools so they operate correctly.  Title 5 does not require that cesspools are replaced.  As stated on the Official website of the executive office of energy and environmental affairs for Massachusetts:


“Only those cesspools that exhibit signs of hydraulic failure, are located extremely close to private or public water supplies, or otherwise fail to protect or pose a threat to public health, safety or the environment will need to be upgraded (310 CMR 15.303). Also, cesspools must be upgraded prior to an increase in design flow (e.g., the addition of a bedroom to a home or seats to a restaurant).”


Today Down to Earth Construction has cesspool services scheduled in Stoughton, Sharon, Canton, Foxboro, Bridgewater, Raynham and Taunton, MA.  We are also starting a cesspool replacement for a customer whose cesspool needed to be upgraded because of a home addition increasing the number of bedrooms in the home.
If you have a cesspool for your property and it needs service, or you are concerned it may be in failure, please do contact our office to either answer any questions you may have or to make an appointment.  You can reach us at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Experienced with All Types of Septic Repairs

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have extensive experience working with different types of septic systems.  We have the equipment and knowledge to repair and service septic systems with a variety of septic problems, whether they are small fixes or require extensive excavation, engineering and replacement.  We have an appointment today for a customer with a leach field problem in Norton, MA.  This may have been caused by the age of the field, compacting of the drain field by cars or even livestock, too much water run off or too much water usage.  The customer had noticed that they had a consistent puddling on top of their leach field and the field itself was unusually green and lush compared to the surrounding yard.  We will be able to repair this leach field after inspection of the issue.  We also have other septic repairs scheduled in Attleboro, Plainville, Lakeville and Stoughton, MA.  If you are concerned that you may need a septic repair or have questions about your septic system please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Title 5 Inspections with Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have septic inspections today in Acushnet, Freetown, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion, Carver and Middleboro, MA.  If you are selling a property in Massachusetts with a septic system, you are likely to need a Title 5 Inspection to be carried out.  Inspections required in connection with a property transfer generally are good for two years.  If a property is sold more than once in the two-year period, the single inspection is valid for all transfers.  When a system is pumped on an annual basis and the pumping records are available, an inspection is valid for three years.  So unless you are selling within 2 years of buying the property or you have had it pumped annually you will need a Septic Inspection to be done before you can transfer Title. If you want to schedule a septic inspection or if you have any further questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Tips for Commercial Septic System Property Owners

Commercial septic system

Most of the customer care information that you will find online with regard to septic systems is geared toward residential consumers.

Commercial septic system users have a completely unique set of guidelines, care tips and maintenance schedules that they need to adhere to in order to keep their systems in healthy running order. There are many commercial businesses that use septic systems including restaurants, schools, hospitals, beauty shops and laundry facilities.

Wastewater and Water Usage

One of the biggest concerns for both residential and commercial clients is water usage and the amount of wastewater it adds to the system. Commercial systems that discharge less than 10,000 gallons of sanitary wastewater each day fall under the Massachusetts Title 5 regulation and all of the associated requirements. This includes Title 5 Inspections and rules regarding cleaning, usage and pumping, as well as repairs or upgrades of failed systems.

However, commercial systems that discharge industrial wastewater or anything other than sanitary wastewater must first store the non-sanitary wastewater in an industrial wastewater holding tank. These businesses must apply for a permit to use the industrial wastewater holding tank. Any sanitary wastewater from these same commercial businesses can continue to be discharged into an on-site system. The point is just to separate the non-sanitary wastewater from the on-site system for proper processing.

Industry-Specific Issues

Certain types of commercial businesses must address specific issues that are related to their unique industry. For example, according to Massachusetts State Law, printers, photo processors and dry cleaners must be certified under the Environmental Results Program (ERP), which is a program for streamlined permitting and compliance, due to the types of chemicals and industrial waste produced by their facilities. Other types of businesses will have other types of requirements under the law.

Beauty Shops

Under Massachusetts law, these facilities are able to utilize a septic system for toilet waste and regular shampoo water as long as they are using less than the 10,000 gallons per day limit. Wastewater that comes from chemical treatments, such as hair color, perms, straighteners, etc., must be store in an industrial wastewater holding tank with a permit from MassDEP. To faciliate this, beauty shop owners can choose to direct all sinks to the holding tank or use a special sink that has been separately plumbed for use with chemical treatments to ensure that the wastewater goes to the holding tank.


As long as it remains under the 10,000 gallon per day threshold, hospitals can send all sanitary wastewater from sinks, showers, toilets and laundry to a septic system. In most cases, however, hospitals will use much more than 10,000 gallons per day. Lab waste is considered to be industrial wastewater and must be stored in a MassDEP permitted holding tank.

Laundry Facilities

Again, as long as sink and toilet waste are sanitary and under the 10,000 gallons per day maximum, this type of business can send their wastewater to an on-site septic system. However, any wastewater from the laundry itself must be stored in a permitted MassDEP industrial wastewater holding tank. Businesses that offer both laundry and drycleaning services must fall under the regulation of a Dry Cleaner and are required to be certified under the ERP.

Office Buildings

As long as no chemicals or otherwise considered industrial wastewater is being produced, most office buildings are eligible to use an on-site septic system for sanitary wastewater that results from toilet waste, sinks and showers as long as it is under the 10,000 gallons per day limit. In this case, no other permitting or certification would be required.


Sanitary wastewater under 10,000 gallons per day can be discharged into a septic system if it comes from sink or toilet waste. Due to the food preparation and cooking that goes on in this type of business, all restaurants are required by Massachusetts State Law to install grease traps that can handle the wastewater that comes from the food preparation stations in the kitchen. All restaurant grease traps should be inspected on a monthly basis and must be cleaned once the grease level hits 25% of capacity or every three months.

Grocery Stores

As long as they use less than 10,000 gallons of water per day, grocery stores can discharge the wastewater from sinks and toilets to a septic system. Food preparation areas must have grease traps installed and, as with restaurants, should be inspected monthly and cleaned every three months or when the grease level reaches 25% of capacity.

Call a Professional Service

If you run a commercial business in the State of Massachusetts, you should contact a professional septic system service to ensure that you are working within the parameters of local law. Septic Preservation Services has over 15 years of experience servicing, inspecting, repairing and cleaning septic systems for commercial and residential customers all over Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.  Call us today at 877-378-4279 or visit  for a professional consultation and evaluation of your septic system and help you stay on top of it all with our Preventative Maintenance Program.

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Septic System Installation by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic system installation in Holliston, MA starting today.  Down to Earth Construction Services did the initial septic design for our client and have the skills, tools, and equipment for the septic engineering and excavating that a septic system installation requires.  We have installed septic systems for commercial properties, single and multifamily homes, and condominiums in Berlin, Upton, Clinton, Southborough and Bridgewater, MA recently.  If you need a new septic system or need to replace an old or failing septic system, please do contact us to discuss your options or to make an appointment.  You can reach us at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Down to Earth Construction Services

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services wishes Happy Valentines Day to all of our customers and friends.  Love might be in the air today but what you don’t want is the smell of sewage to be in the air too.  Regular maintenance and servicing of your septic system can help ensure that you won’t have any smelly surprises from your septic system because a repair is necessary.  Down to Earth Construction Services are carrying out septic services for customers in Blackstone, Bellingham, Franklin, Foxboro, Mansfield and North Attleboro today.  We can schedule appointments on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis ,depending on our customers needs and those of their septic system.  If you don’t want to have the worry of looking after a septic system, contact our office so we can explain our services and how they will benefit you.  You can reach us at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Experts in Septic Repairs

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have septic system repairs, including septic pump repairs and drainfield repairs scheduled today in Dighton, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Raynham, Swansea, Berkley and Taunton, MA.  Our technicians can quickly diagnose your septic problem and repair your septic system because we have the experience and tools to recognize and fix many different problems. We can also suggest courses of action that may prevent these repairs from being necessary again in the future.

If a septic system is not used correctly, repairs and sometimes septic system failures can happen and often some simple changes can avoid this.  Property owners need to be aware of all the liquids and solids that are introduced into their septic system. Some of these are obviously not a good idea including clothing, toys, diapers and household objects such as scouring pads. However, some may be slightly less obvious including oils, fats and grease, ‘flushable’ wipes, sanitary items, some cleaning products.  Be careful of what you introduce to your septic system and you may avoid some costly septic system repairs, but if you do need an appointmen,t please do contact our office.  It is always inadvisable to wait to have a septic problem looked at, and we can schedule appointments on short notice.  Call us at 508-622-5759 or visit