Down to Earth Construction Services know that a property does not need to be way out in the county side to need to have a septic system. Before I moved into a home with a septic system I had certainly always just assumed that if a property was in a town or city it would be on town sewer. However I lived in two homes in the city of Attleboro MA both of which were certainly not in the countryside and both of which had septic systems because they were not on town sewer. I discovered that this was not unusual and certainly not the daunting prospect it first seemed when my realtor mentioned it. Increasingly as more and more property is built in New England the number that do not have access to town sewer is rising. Therefore the number of septic installations for new properties is also increasing. Down to Earth Construction Services certainly carry out many septic system installations in the region each year and the number is steadily growing. We also provide the septic engineering which is required before an installation can take place including septic design, soil testing and perc tests. An essential part of a septic system is the leach field and the soil in the leach area needs to be sufficiently permeable so that it can readily absorb the liquid effluent flowing into it. A site must also not have soil that is too permeable, allowing the effluent to reach the groundwater before it is fully treated. Very steep slopes are also unsuitable for a conventional leach field. Also, there must be at least a few feet of good soil from the bottom of the leach pipes to the rock or impervious hardpan below, or to the water table. The perc test provides the data to determine the suitability of a site for a septic system. In general, soils with high sand and gravel content drain the best and soils with a high clay content or solid rock are the worst. Most soils fall somewhere in the middle with a mix of course sand and gravel particles, small silt particles and tiny clay particles. Today we are conducting a perc test for a customer in Attleboro MA who is considering a building plot and needs to know its suitability for a septic system before proceeding. Even if a conventional septic system is not possible, depending on the perc test results, at Down to Earth Construction Services we have experience with alternative septic systems when it seems that a conventional system may not work. We are also providing septic engineering services to customers today in Norton, Seekonk, Rehoboth and Freetown MA. If you require septic engineering or have any questions about septic systems please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have experienced technicians who not only work in the field installing and replacing septic pumps when necessary but they also repair and refurbish them in our onsite workshop. We work with many pump brands including HiBlow, Blue Diamond and FujiClean. We keep instock different types and sizes of septic pump so we know that we will have the specific pump that is required for our customers when it is needed. Septic pumps are sometimes required within a property’s septic system. Some septic systems can operate with gravity alone or, where topographic considerations require, with inclusion of a septic pump. Today we are replacing a septic pump for a customer in Rochester MA. We also have other septic repairs including a septic pump repair in Freetown, Lakeville and Rehoboth MA. If you need a septic system pump repair or septic repair appointment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com. It is always inadvisable to wait to have a septic problem looked at and we can schedule appointments on short notice.
Down to Earth Construction Services are replacing a D-Box for a customer today in Freetown, MA. A septic distribution box (D-Box) is a container used to receive septic system effluent from a septic tank and to re-distribute the effluent into a network of attached drainfield or soakaway bed absorption trenches and pipes. The distribution box works by gravity, flowing effluent into the drainfield (or leach field) piping network. It must be installed correctly to ensure that it distributes evenly. You must also maintain your septic system and the best way to do this is to have your system regularly pumped and to use your septic system correctly. The following are some steps that you can take to ensure that you maintain your septic system:
Minimize the use of the garbage disposal
Do not put grease down your drains
Spread loads of laundry out over time rather than doing multiple loads in a short period of time, and use liquid detergents rather than powdered detergents
Avoid excessively long showers
Avoid leaving tap water running when shaving, brushing teeth or doing other personal or household tasks
Do not flush medications, harmful chemicals, excessive amounts of bleach, harsh drain cleaners or degreasers
Have the septic tank pumped at least every three years
Do not add any septic systems cleaners, enzymes or additives
Remove water conditioning backwash discharges from the septic system
Do not plant trees and shrubs over leach fields
Do not flush personal products, paper towels, wipes or diapers
Do not clean or rinse paint brushes in the sinks
Equip all hot tubs, spas, whirlpool baths, etcetera with drain limiting valves that will only allow five gallons per minute to drain from fixture
Do not drive vehicles over leach fields
We also have septic repairs for customers today in Acushnet, Fall River, Fairhaven and Lakeville MA. Many of these repairs could have been avoided if the property owners had followed some of the above advice. If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down To Earth Construction Services has over 25 years experience in the septic industry in this region. You always want to be confident that you are using a septic company that knows and follows the requirements for your town or you may have unexpected costs and delays. Clearly septic knowledge of many types of septic system and many years of experience working with those septic systems is also beneficial particularly if you have a septic problem that you need to be located and then repaired. When you call Down to Earth Construction Services out for a septic repair we will initially assess the condition of your septic system and then we will endeavour to 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 repairs scheduled for customers in Swansea, Seekonk, Marion, Fall River and Freetown MA. If you require a septic repair or are concerned that your septic system may have a problem please do contact our Norton office and talk to our knowledgeable staff on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down To Earth Construction Services wishes everyone a very happy 2018! This year promises to be even more successful than the last and we are already very busy with septic appointments for our customers. Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled for customers in Rochester, Freetown, Lakeville, Berkley and Dighton MA. Most of our septic inspections are required because a property owner is selling a home or business that has a septic system and is not on town sewer. However today we are also doing an inspection for a property owner in Acushnet MA who has requested a voluntary septic assessment.
As Stated on MA Gov website:
“A system owner may choose voluntarily to have an assessment of the condition of the system even if there is no requirement for an inspection. Results of these voluntary assessments are solely for the use of the owner, and do not need to be submitted to local Boards of Health or MassDEP.”
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Many property owners are unaware that they have the ability to 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 are designed to increase longevity and prevent future issues, such as property damage, high cost repairs or system replacement.
If you need a Title 5 Septic Inspection or have questions about voluntary septic assessments or septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services are looking forward to the upcoming holidays. Holidays usually mean good food and spending time with friends and family. However if you are hosting large gatherings it is a good idea to consider your septic system’s limitations when you plan a large event at your home. We have one customer who has a small property with a correspondingly small septic system. However they regularly host large gatherings of friends and family which puts a huge strain on their septic system. They have found that it is more cost effective to hire portable toilets for their events than to have their septic system pumped much more regularly due to the excessive use it gets when more people are using the system. This also reduces the likelihood of associated repairs and failures caused by a septic system that has not been pumped when required. If you are planning a large Christmas Party this holiday season at home or have a lot of extra guests staying at your home for an extended period of time consider your septic system. Sometimes it is worth getting portable toilets in for your party but if you do not make sure you know when your system was last pumped and consider having another pump out after the holidays. Also spread washing loads out over a week rather than doing multiple loads of laundry in one day which can also overload your septic. If you are unsure we are always happy to discuss your concerns. If you do have a septic problem arise we are working over the holidays so please do contact us if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment. Today we have septic repair appointments in Lakeville, Freetown, Rochester and Berkley MA. If you wish to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions regarding your septic system you can reach us at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services provides septic system services to our clients who have chosen to take away the any uncertainly of septic system ownership. We will maintain and service your septic system on a regular basis to ensure that it keeps operating correctly and to reduce the likelihood of any expected repairs or failures. The regularity of services depends on a variety of factors including the septic system and the usage it receives. A small beach cottage that only gets used in summer months will not need to be serviced as often as a busy restaurant for example. We usually schedule services either on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis. Today we have septic system services in Rehoboth, Norton, Seekonk, Rochester and Freetown MA. If you would be interested in septic system services or if you have any questions please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have extensive experience working within the field of septic systems. We are often contacted by property owners who need a specific engineering repair and have therefore chosen to contact Down to Earth Construction Services because we have the expertise to replace, repair or upgrade a septic system in a timely manner at a cost effective price. Today we have a D-Box or Distribution Box replacement for a customer in Freetown MA. A conventional septic system is composed of the septic tank and the drain field. The drain field is where the last stage of wastewater treatment system takes place. It is the area of effluent purification and distribution. An essential part of the drain field is the distribution box. The distribution box or d-box regulates the dispersion of effluent. To operate correctly a d-box must be properly installed a remain unglogged and level. If the d-box is tilted or clogged, it will only distribute the effluent on one part of the drain field which it will eventually result in the bursting out or overloading of the effluent onto the surface of the yard. This, as you can imagine, can have unpleasant results including sewage smells and puddling of waste in your yard. We have other septic repairs taking place today in Berkley, Mattapoisett and Marion MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services has septic service appointments for clients in Rehoboth, Rochester, Seekonk, Freetown, Attleboro and Dighton MA today. We service our clients’ septic systems on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis. The regularity depends on various factors including the type of septic system and its usage. We have separate plans for customers with ‘summer’ homes who are not using their septic system all year round so therefore their septic needs are different. If you need to arrange a septic service or have any questions about septic services please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services is experienced diagnosing problems and repairing septic systems and leach fields/ drainfields. We have been called in for a leach field repair in Acushnet MA which has been caused by irregular pumping of the septic system. A septic tank should be pumped every 3 – 5 years depending on various factors including water usage and tank size. If the tank fills up with an excess of solids, the wastewater will not have enough time to settle in the tank. These excess solids will then pass on to the leach field, where they will clog the drain lines and soil. The property owner called us concerned because they had liquid puddling on their leach field and sewage smells coming from the drainfield.
We also have other septic repairs today in Middleboro, Taunton, Freetown, Lakeville and East Bridgewater MA.
If you are concerned that you may need a septic system repair, leach field or drainfield repair, septic pump repair or d-box repair please do contact our Norton office to discuss your concerns and to make an appointment if necessary on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com