When Do You Need A Title 5 Septic Inspection?

Down to Earth Construction Services has Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled for customers today in Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Fall River, Marion and Freetown MA.

 

Massachusetts requires that you have a Title 5 Septic Inspection in the following instances:

  • 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

 

A large portion of the inspections that we conduct are for property owners who are selling their property which has a septic system, either a commercial or residential. This is because most sellers have not bought their property in the last two years so do not have a current Title 5 Inspection for their property. The good news is that once it has been done it is valid for 2 years so once you have decided you are selling your property it is always a good idea to have the inspection done early in the sale process. You know it is likely that you will sell in two years so it will remain current and you will not have to worry about it causing delays later when you have sale deadlines. An inspection may highlight a problem and you will have time to fix it and once your property has passed its septic inspection that is another selling point. If you require a Title 5 Septic inspection, for any reason, or have questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com



Cesspool Maintenance Is Important To Ensure You Do Not Pollute Your Environment

Down to Earth Construction Services has cesspool maintenance appointments today in Mattapoisett, Marion, Fairhaven, Swansea, Fall River and Freetown MA. A cesspool is any pit or container that receives wastewater from a house or building. The term “cesspool” is usually used to refer to an open pit that is lined with rocks or concrete, but an underground tank or holding container that is not connected to a drainfield can also be defined as a cesspool. The main function of cesspools is the storage of wastewater. 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. Cesspools are only found servicing older properties because other more efficient means of waste treatment are now available. We provide cesspool services and repairs and have also provided cesspool replacement when required. We recently replaced a cesspool for a customer in Southborough MA because it was starting to pollute the local groundwater. Ongoing cesspool maintenance by having it serviced and having pumpouts is especially important because to sustain the integrity of the environment you need to ensure your cesspool is operating correctly and the surrounding area is not saturated. If you have any questions about cesspools or wish to schedule a cesspool service please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Repairs Including an Outlet Baffle and D-Box Repair

Down to Earth Construction Services have experience with all parts of a septic system and today have a septic repair scheduled which is specifically to repair an outlet baffle and D-Box for a customer in Mattapoisett. It is essential that all parts of a septic system are working correctly to ensure that the entire system is doing the job that it is supposed to including the septic tank, d-box, leach field and outlet baffle. A septic system that is failing is a large problem which can cause a serious health threat to your family and neighbors, degrade the environment, especially lakes, streams and groundwater, reduce the value of your property, be very expensive to repair and put thousands of water supply users at risk if you live in a public water supply watershed and fail to maintain your system. If you have a septic system you should be observant and if you notice signs that you have a septic problem you should not ignore them in the hope that the problem will fix itself. A septic problem if left will not get better and while you procrastinate it can become a much larger, more difficult and more expensive problem to fix. Signs that you could have a septic problem are:

 

  • sewage surfacing over the drainfield (especially after storms)

  • sewage back-ups in the house

  • lush, green growth over the drainfield

  • slow draining toilets or drains

  • sewage odors

 

Today we also have septic repair appointments for customers in Marion, Fall River, Fairhaven, Freetown and Acushnet MA. If you think that you may have a septic problem or have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Septic Inspections For Property Sales And Property Renovations

Down to Earth Construction Services has hundreds of septic inspections scheduled each year, often with property owners who have a septic system and need their system to be inspected before they can proceed with the sale of that property. However we do have inspections scheduled for other reasons. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Fall River, Acushnet and Swansea MA and one of those is not for a client who is selling their property. Instead they have been renovating their property and require an inspection because their extensive renovations require a building permit. As explained on the Mas Gov Website:

 

‘These situations require a system inspection only if the modification requires a building permit or occupancy permit. For example:

  • adding a bedroom to a house

  • adding seats to a restaurant

  • changing the type of business operating at a commercial location.

Check with your Building Department or Board of Health to find out if your modification meets these requirements.

 

Any change in the footprint of a building also requires an inspection to determine the location of the system, to ensure that construction will not be located on top of any system components or on the reserve area. Check with your local Board of Health.’

 

For more information see https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system

 

If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems, Title 5 or Septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


All Clear

Septic Riser Installed in Acushnet MA

All ClearDown to Earth Construction Services are assisting a customer in Acushnet MA today with septic system improvements. We are installing a riser to their septic system. When your septic system is more accessible, it is also much safer and more attractive. Once installed our strong, durable risers and system covers provide property owners with easy access to their septic system for future repairs, upgrades or cleaning services, eliminating the need to dig and excavate the system each time it needs to be pumped. Another septic improvement that we can provide to our customers is to install an effluent filter in the outlet tee of their septic tank which will extend the life of their system. Due to the high cost associated with replacing a septic system seemingly small upgrades to your system can be financially beneficial. We also have septic repairs for customers today in Fall River, Fairhaven and Mattapoisett MA. Keeping up with your septic system maintenance and repairs is always a good idea because if you neglect your septic system a small problem can quickly become a much larger and more expensive problem to fix so it is never a good idea to procrastinate. If you would be interested in septic improvements, if you require a septic repair or if you simply have septic questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Keep Track Of Your Water Usage To Help Prevent Septic Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services has many years of experience working in the septic industry in this region. This means that we can use our accumulated knowledge and the skills that we have developed to repair septic problems that our customers have. What is sometimes even more important is that we can locate the cause of the septic problem and this sometimes means that we have to educate septic system owners in the best way to use their system to prevent problems happening in the future. For example today we have been to a customer property in Acushnet MA and the mistake that they were making is that they were putting too much water into their system. The decomposition process can become strained if there is too much excess water in the system, resulting in a variety of problems. Ideally, septic owners should only be using a maximum of 50 gallons of water per day, per person. The following averages for common household activities can help you keep track:

Dishwasher Cycle – 7 gallons
Washing Machine – 40 gallons per load (less with front-loader machines)
Toilet – 2 gallons per flush, 1.6 gallons for newer standard toilets
Shower – 2.5 gallons per minute (a 10 minute shower = 25 gallons)

It can be difficult to stay on top of usage, particularly for large families, but laying down some basic guidelines can help everyone to work together. New environmentally-friendly appliances, toilets and shower heads can help reduce usage without a lot of extra effort. Trying to spread laundry loads out over a week rather than doing it all on one day helps and not running many water using appliances all at once. A water meter can be helpful for households that feed off of a well. The government website http://www.energystar.gov also has a lot of helpful ideas and tips for reducing water usage. It is always a good idea to remember that a septic system is installed based upon the number of people that are anticipated to be using it. If your base number increases, you might need to upgrade to a larger system. We have other septic repairs scheduled today in Marion, Mattapoisett, Fall River and Fairhaven MA. If you have questions about your septic system or if you need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Title 5 Inspections For Properties With Septic Systems

Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 Inspections scheduled today in Rehoboth, Seekonk, Mattapoisett, Acushnet and Norton MA. In Massachusetts a septic inspection is required in the following instances:

 

  • 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

 

Today we have Title 5 Inspections scheduled by property owners, both commercial and private who are selling their properties. We also have septic inspection scheduled for a customer who has requested an inspection for a property that they are considering purchasing. Whatever the reason that you require a septic inspection please do contact us to schedule an appointment and if you have any questions about Title 5 Septic inspections we will be happy to answer them. You can contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Commercial Septic System Design Provided For Norton Property

Down to Earth Construction Services are providing a septic system design for a customer in Norton MA. Our customer requires a design for a septic system that will service a busy restaurant that is close to wetland. Our client has come to us because we have extensive experience working in this region and specifically in Norton on septic systems. We know the state and town requirements and can therefore ensure that our septic design will meet all expectations both financially and environmentally and be within code. We have designed other septic systems recently for both commercial and private customers in Marshfield, Holliston and Mattapoisett MA. If you require a septic 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

Septic Services Help Ensure Your Home Smells Of Roses And Not Sewage On Valentines Day!

Down to Earth Construction Services wishes all of its customers and friends Happy Valentines Day! We know that the smell of a sewer is not terribly romantic and we would all much rather smell Roses on Valentines Day so we would recommend that you have your septic system regularly serviced to ensure that these odors do not invade your home. We have septic services including Singulair Service, FAST Service, Advanced Treatment Unit Service, Jet System Service and Wastewater Services scheduled today in Fairhaven, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Westport and Fall River MA. If you need to schedule a septic system service or you have concerns about your septic system that you wish to discuss further please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Winter Weather Can Disrupt Title 5 Inspections

Down to Earth Construction Services were as surprised as many of our customers about the amount of snow that fell in this region overnight. Unfortunately some of the Title 5 Inspections that we had scheduled in Marion, Mattapoisett, Swansea, Fairhaven and Fall River could not take place because our customers could not get to the site or the septic system could not be accessed. However whether our inspector or customer can not get to the location of the inspection due to weather conditions or if the septic system is not accessible or for another reason there is no need for property owners to panic when they need the septic inspection for a property sale. Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs know that we live in a state where the weather can, a regularly does, effect plans. Therefore it is stated on the Mas Gov website:

 

“If weather conditions prevent an inspection before a sale, Title 5 allows the inspection to be done up to 6 months afterwards, provided that the seller notifies the buyer in writing of the need to complete the inspection.” For more information see:

https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system

 

If for any reason the inspection can not take place we will always endeavour to reschedule the inspection as quickly as possible at a time that is convenient. If you have any questions or wish to schedule a septic inspection please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com