Cesspool Services and Cesspool Replacement In Massachusetts

Down to Earth Construction Services know that the word ‘cesspool’ does not conjure up pleasing images and if you are considering buying a property that word can certainly put a damper on enthusiasm you might have for it. However with the proper maintenance a cesspool is not the problem that you may fear. A cesspool is a pit which acts as both a settling chamber for solids and a leaching system for liquids. In Massachusetts a cesspool is not always required to be replaced. Infact as stated on the Mas Gov website:

 

‘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” For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/title-5-faq


However a cesspool does generally require more ongoing maintenance than a conventional septic system and the use of cesspools may overload the capacity of the soil to remove bacteria, viruses, and phosphorus, and to nitrify ammonia and organic nitrogen compounds. Down to Earth Construction Services do provide property owners with cesspool services to ensure that they continue to operate correctly and efficiently. However if you decide to have you cesspool replaced we also have extensive experience with cesspool replacement. Today we have cesspool services and are starting a cesspool replacement in Wrentham, Upton, Marlborough, Bolton and Clinton MA. If you have a cesspool and have questions or if you need a cesspool service or replacement please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Engineering Services Provided In Addition To Septic Installation For Many New Build Properties

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

Septic Repair On A D-Box In Norton, MA

Down to Earth Construction Services has an appointment today for a customer in Norton MA who needs a septic repair because their D-Box (distribution box) is not operating correctly. A D-Box is an essential component of a conventional septic system. As the name suggests it ‘distributes’ wastewater from the septic tank which has already partially treated the wastewater into the leach field. A septic system consists a septic tank and a drainfield which are connected through the D-Box. Wastewater flows from your property to the septic tank. The septic tank treats the wastewater by holding it in the tank long enough for solids and liquids to separate. The wastewater forms three layers inside the tank. Solids lighter than water (such as greases and oils) float to the top forming a layer of scum. Solids heavier than water settle at the bottom of the tank forming a layer of sludge. This leaves a middle layer of partially clarified wastewater. The layers of sludge and scum remain in the septic tank where bacteria work to break the solids down. The sludge and scum that cannot be broken down are retained in the tank until the tank is pumped. The layer of clarified liquid flows from the septic tank to the drainfield via the D-Box which uniformly distributes the wastewater into the drainfield. A standard drain field (also known as a leach field, disposal field, or a soil absorption system) is a series of trenches or a bed lined with gravel or course sand and buried one to three feet below the ground surface. Perforated pipes or drain tiles run through the trenches to distribute the wastewater. The drainfield treats the wastewater by allowing it to slowly trickle from the pipes out into the gravel and down through the soil. The gravel and soil act as biological filters. Clearly it is essential that all components of the septic system are working correctly for it to process your waste. We will ensure that the D-Box is either repaired or replaced so our customer can be confident that their system is working efficiently. We have other septic repair appointments today in Dighton, Plainville, North Attleboro and Raynham MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic system please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Safety Is Not Left To Luck At Down To Earth Construction Services

Down to Earth Construction Services is wishing for good luck and good fortune on this Friday 13th! Luckily there is not much call for walking under ladders or dealing with black cats in our business but we do not leave the safety of our technicians or clients to ‘luck’. We have monthly safety meetings and regular training, checks and unannounced safety audits by our safety manager to ensure that we remain safe and importantly our customers are safe too. Our septic expertise covers southern Massachusetts and make sure that we are safe and comply with regulations in all of the towns we work within. Today we have septic inspectors in Holliston, Bellingham, Wrentham, Foxboro, Franklin and Plainville MA. If you require a septic inspection 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

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

Septic System Installation in Attleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services has a septic system installation starting today in Attleboro MA. We were contacted by a property owner who had recently inherited an older property with a failing cesspool which was processing the home’s wastewater. To enable them to easily and quickly sell the property for a good price they decided that it would be advantageous to replace the cesspool for a new, efficient septic system. A cesspool is a pit which acts as both a settling chamber for solids and a leaching system for liquids. A conventional septic system has a tank where solids can settle and begin to degrade, a distribution box, and a soil absorption system (SAS) that further treats the effluent by removing some of the bacteria, viruses, phosphorus, and nitrogen. We have the equipment and expertise to replace a cesspool with a septic system without having to rely upon subcontractors for equipment or operators. We can therefore ensure that all of the work is done to our own high standards. If you require a septic system installation, need to replace a cesspool or if you have any questions about septic systems or cesspools please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com where we would be happy to help you.

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

April Showers Do Not Stop Septic Inspections

Down to Earth Construction Services love the spring and all the new growth that it brings. However essential to this is rain and even when it’s wet or cold outside we are still able to perform many septic services for our clients including septic inspections. We have been working in New England for many years so we have experience working in the many different weather conditions that are thrown at us, sometimes on the same day! In this time we have gained an excellent reputation for the quality of our work and the reliability of our service. This is essential when a large potion of our work comes from word of mouth and referrals from other satisfied customers. Today we have septic inspections for customers who are selling homes in Middleboro, West Bridgewater, Taunton, Carver, Marion and Rochester MA. Some of these inspections have come from referrals from our client’s realtors who have recommended our services to their sellers. We have worked with many realtors in this region and they are happy to refer our services to their clients because they know that Down to Earth Construction Services provide reliable, through and professional inspections for their clients punctually on their schedule. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Commercial Septic System Design

Down to Earth Construction Services have qualified and experienced septic system engineers who can assist you with septic system designs, either to improve or expand upon an existing septic system or to design an entirely new septic system either to replace a failed septic system or for a new build. Today we have a septic system design meeting with a commercial property owner in Seekonk, MA who needs specific septic system designs for that property. We have extensive experience throughout the region providing septic system designs for both residential and commercial properties and have recently provided designs for properties in Swansea, Berlin and Oxford MA. If you need a septic system design 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.

Primary Reasons For Leach Field Failure are Biological Clogging and Mechanical Failure

Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted by a client in Berkley MA who suspects that they have a leach field problem. They have noticed a sewage smell in their yard around the leach field area and there is a consistent wet, sogginess on the field. Other signs that you may have a problem can include lush vegetation over the leach field, frequent pumping of the tank being required, and/or slow drains.

Leach fields fail for two primary reasons. The main reason is referred to as biological clogging. This is the development of a biomat beneath the leachfield that eventually prevents the liquid or effluent from entering the underlying soil. This biomat is a combination of fine organic solids that have been carried out of the septic tank and the remnants of anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria originate in the human intestinal tract and enter the septic system with the waste products. 95% of all leach field failures are biological. The second primary reason is referred to as a mechanical failure. This could be a structural collapse of the leach field piping or chambers, root intrusion, or fine non-organic materials that are washed down to the bottom of the leach field and seal the soil.

Down to Earth Construction Services have many years experience identifying and repairing leach field problems and will find locate and solve our client’s leach field problem. We have other septic repair appointments today in Dighton, Raynham, Rehoboth and Lakeville MA. If you suspect that you have a septic problem or if you have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com