Septic Repairs Can Often Be Avoided By Using Your System Correctly

Down to Earth Construction Services know that septic systems have to be used correctly for them to continue to work efficiently and function as they should. A large part of this is is just knowing what is being introduced to your septic system and making sure that anything that goes into it is appropriate and wont adversely affect your system. All wastewater makes its way to your septic system and everything that goes into your sink, toilet, washing machine and shower/bath will also get introduced into your septic system. Keep the following items out of your septic system to prevent problems:

 

  • paper towels

  • kitty litter

  • plastics

  • cooking oils or grease

  • disposable diapers

  • feminine hygiene products

  • any/all latex products

  • hazardous chemicals, pesticides and latex-based paints

  • water purification back flush

 

It is important to note, however, that each system is unique. Check with your septic system installer or manufacturer for a complete list of items that should not make their way into your system for maximum efficiency. There are also many other things that should stay out of your system and there is no way that we can list all of the items. We have found toys, dead fish, clothing and jewellery in septic systems and all of these items were causing a problem that led to us investigating the cause. Simply put if you are not sure do not put it in your wastewater. We have septic repairs scheduled today in Carver, Middleboro, Marshfield, Marion and Rochester MA. One of these repairs is necessary because the homeowner was unaware of the large volume of sand that was being introduced to their septic system via the washing machine and shower by their teenage children. It is wise to make sure that your entire family and visitors know that you have a septic system and there are certain, easily followed guidelines to follow to make sure you do not require a septic repair from our talented technicians. If however you do suspect that you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Septic Tank Installation in Middleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services Septic are always willing to provided to information to property owners who have septic systems. One piece of advice is always to not build over your septic system because it can impair your system and can be problematic if you should ever have a septic problem. This is certainly true for our customer today who has a home in Middleboro MA. We are having to move their deck to install a new septic tank for them. Unfortunately when they installed their back deck their contractor did not consider the septic tank underneath which has made a simple septic tank installation much more expensive and it will take longer because their deck needs to be removed to do the installation. Fortunately for our customer Down to Earth Construction Services have the tools and experience to do the removal, excavation and installation. We have recently installed other septic systems including new septic tanks for customers in Westport, Attleboro and Norton MA. If you require a new septic system, septic tank or any other septic work we are more than capable of assisting you and if you have any septic system questions or wish to schedule an appointment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Septic Repair To Replace Septic Tank Baffles In Middleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted by a a property owner in Middleboro MA who needs a septic repair which entails having their septic tank baffles replaced. Broken septic tank baffles result from sulfuric acid eating away at concrete baffles or rust eating away at steel baffles. A septic tank has an inlet and outlet baffle. Usually these baffles are made from concrete and are part of the tank construction. The inlet baffle slows the flow of liquid entering the tank and decreases the turbulence allowing the solids to settle in the bottom of the tank. The outlet baffle helps to retain the solids and prevent them from leaving the tank and travelling to your drain field. A tank without an outlet baffle can compromise the longevity of your septic system and cause premature failure. We are experienced working with all parts and types of septic system so can quickly and with minimum disruption replace our client’s damaged baffles. We also have other septic repair appointments scheduled today in Carver, Bridgewater, Taunton, Raynham and Norton MA. If you require a septic repair or have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services



We Provide Septic Education and Information In Addition To Septic Inspections And Other Septic Services

Down to Earth Construction Services helps many property owners who are selling their home or commercial property with septic inspections which are usually required if you have a septic system and are selling your property in Massachusetts. We are also always willing to provide information and support to the new property owners who may not have had a septic system previously. There are definitely some dos’ and don’ts’ that apply when you own a septic system that are not generally too difficult to follow but if you don’t you might end up needing a septic repair to fix a problem that you have unknowingly created.

For example if you have just bought a new house a lot of people want to then start decorating and putting their own stamp on their new home. When you are cleaning up after decorating you must always remember to clean your brushes and paint trays in a bucket and not to dispose of that water down your drain and definitely don’t dispose of paint down your drain. We know that one of the benefits of latex paint is the ease of its cleanup with soap and water. This might cause you to think that it is okay to pour latex paint down the drain or your clean up water. This is not true. While your septic system can usually handle small amounts of latex paint, it should be avoided when possible. Septic systems use naturally occurring, living organisms to break down, digest and treat solid and liquid waste that is introduced into the septic tank. Toxic household chemicals can kill these organisms, resulting in a failure of your septic system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that while common culprits include oil-based paints, solvents and cleaning products that are labeled as poison or hazardous, even latex paint cleanup should be minimized. Latex paints may contain toxic substances, including ethylene glycol or acetate, according to the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse. So be cautious when you clean your brushes because even small amounts of latex paint may be detrimental to your septic system.Your septic system is primarily designed to break down, digest and treat organic materials. The organisms that live in your septic system typically cannot digest the solid materials present in latex paint. These solids will settle to the bottom of your septic tank, where they can result in a thick, gray putty-like material.

Here is a list of septic system dos and dont’s:

Things you should do

DO conserve water whenever possible as a means of reducing the volume of wastewater that will need to be treated and disposed.
DO make repairs to any faucets or toilets that are leaking.
DO make sure that you are only discharging biodegradable wastes into your system.
DO restrict or avoid use of your garbage disposal.
DO take the time to ensure that any down spouts or other surface water is diverted away from your drainfield.
DO keep the cover to your septic tank accessible by installing covers and risers for easier inspections and pumping.
DO get your septic tank pumped regularly and have it checked for any cracks or leaks.
DO have an effluent filter installed to prevent debris from entering your drainfield.
DO add a laundry filter to your washing machine.
DO put kitchen trash into a compost or throw it into the garbage – not down your drains.

Things you should NOT do
DON’T flush products such as tampons, sanitary napkins, condoms, disposable diapers or wipes into your system.
DON’T empty oils or other types of kitchen grease down your drain.
DON’T dump any items that can disrupt the treatment process or contaminate groundwater, such as: paints, oils, thinners, pesticides, poisons or disinfectants.
DON’T build anything over your drainfield or dig in it for any reason.
DON’T plant any landscaping over your drainfield – except grass.
DON’T drive a vehicle over your drainfield or compact the soil in ANY way.
DON’T run purification back flush into the septic tank.

Today we have septic inspections for property owners who are selling their homes and one for a new home buyer in Middleboro, Taunton, Norton, Raynham, Dighton and Attleboro MA. If you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Title 5 Allows 2 Years For A Septic Repair or Upgrade If Your Home Fails A Septic Inspection

Down to Earth Construction Services knows that if you own a home with a septic system or cesspool and plan to put it up for sale, add a bedroom, or change its use, you will need to get a system inspection. Title 5 of the State Environmental Code protects us by requiring inspection of private sewage disposal systems. Local boards of health receive these inspection reports. Most systems will pass inspection. Title 5 requires the replacement or upgrade of systems that fail. If your system fails inspection, Title 5 allows up to 2 years to complete repairs or an upgrade. For more information on Title 5 requirements see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/consumer-protection-tips-septic-system-inspections-and-repairs Today we have septic repairs scheduled for a client who is planning to sell their home in Acushnet MA but failed their septic inspection. We also have Septic Inspection appointments in Sharon, Lakeville, Norton, Taunton, East Bridgewater and Middleboro MA. If you require a septic inspection, septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


D-Box Replacement Today in Rochester, MA

Down to Earth Construction Services have experience with all parts of your septic system including the septic tank, leach field or drain field, septic pumps and the D-Box. Today we are replacing a D-Box for a customer in Rochester MA. The distribution box or D-Box must be installed correctly or it will not function properly. We have extensive experience installing, replacing and repairing d-boxes so you can be sure that the work will be done quickly, correctly and with as little disruption as possible. This is always important but especially for our commercial customers for whom delays or problems will cause lost earnings. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in Carver, Middleboro, Freetown Berkley and Norton MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system, whether it supports a commercial property or a residential home please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit the Down to Earth Construction Services website.

Commercial and Residential Septic Services

Down to Earth Construction Services has extensive experience operating in the septic industry in Massachusetts. We have built an excellent reputation and established relationships and gained the trust of our clients. This may seem unnecessary for a septic company however we service clients’ septic systems and many of our them have had services with us for many years. We carry out septic system services on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis and we regularly do these services when our clients are not at home. They know that they can trust us to do a professional, timely and thorough service on their septic system. Clients who join our Preventative Maintenance Program have peace of mind in knowing that their septic system is being properly maintained, checked and monitored. We service commercial or residential properties for our customers throughout the region. Today we have septic services scheduled in East Bridgewater, Marshfield, Carver, Middleboro, Lakeville and Taunton MA. If you need to schedule a septic system service or you have questions about septic system services please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Repairs And Septic Emergencies Taken Care Of

Down to Earth Construction Services have a professional team of licensed and certified technicians who are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just call our Emergency Service Center day or night at 508-763-4431 and we will send someone out to take care of your emergency septic problems right away. We understand that septic problems crop up at any time so you need a septic company that can be available when you have a problem. Some septic issues can not wait and you need a septic professional who can provide a septic repair on short notice. We have septic repairs scheduled today for customers in Sharon, Mansfield, Middleboro, Taunton, Foxboro and Norton MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system or concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

It’s Summer And We Are Busy With Septic Repairs

Down to Earth Construction Services can’t believe that it’s the middle of summer already. This year seems to be flying by and our technicians are busier than ever. Unfortunately a lot of our repair call outs are from homeowners who have unknowingly caused their septic system problem. Where possible we try to educate home owners in the best way to use their septic system to try to prevent future problems while also finding the cause of the septic problem and fixing it. A few suggestions to keep your septic system working correctly are:

 

  • Pumping. Septic tanks generally should be pumped out every three to five years, depending on how regularly the system is used and/or how many people are using it. Regular pumping ensures that solids will not flow from the septic tank into the drainfield.

  • Use less water. Reducing the amount of wastewater entering your on-site sewage system may increase its lifespan. Excessive water use is a main cause of system failure. Use water-saving bathroom and kitchen fixtures (faucets, showers, toilets). Run and drain appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, one at a time. Spread laundry over the entire week and avoid partial loads. Fix all faucet and toilet leaks promptly.

  • Limit garbage disposal use. A garbage disposal adds solids and grease to your system, which could lead to drainfield failure.

  • Direct water from downspouts and roofs away from the drainfield. Additional water from these sources may prevent your drainfield from working properly.

  • Install risers for easier access. Risers from the tank lids to the soil surface make maintenance easier.

  • Don’t use septic tank additives or “miracle” system cleaners. Some of these chemicals can actually harm your system by allowing solids to flow into and clog the drainfield. The chemicals can also contaminate ground and surface water.

  • Don’t dispose of water from hot tubs into your septic system. Large volumes of water are harmful to the system, and the chlorine can destroy important bacteria in the system.

  • Don’t flush solid wastes into the system. These include diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, tampons, condoms, and grease.

  • Don’t put strong chemicals, such as cleaning products, down the drain. Household chemicals — such as drain cleaners, paint thinners and floor cleaners — can destroy important bacteria in your septic tank and contaminate ground and surface water. Laundry additives like bleach and fabric softener can also have a negative effect on the bacteria in your tank.

  • Don’t construct patios, carports or use landscape plastic over the drainfield. Grass is the best cover for your septic tank and drainfield. Soil compaction and paving prevent oxygen from getting into the soil. This oxygen is needed by bacteria to break down and treat sewage.

  • Don’t park cars, trucks or heavy machinery on the septic tank and drainfield areas. The weight can lead to crushed or broken pipes and soil compaction. Compacted soils cannot absorb water from the drainfield. A broken underground pipe can lead to an expensive repair.


Today we have septic repair appointments scheduled for customers in Carver, Middleboro, Marshfield, Canton, Holliston and Lakeville MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Repair For a Home In Norton MA

Down to Earth Construction Services know that it is sometimes hard to know what you can and can’t do when you own a property which is serviced by its own septic system. We are called out to many septic repairs that result from the property owner inadvertently doing something that has caused a problem. For example today one of our septic repairs at a home in Norton MA resulted from a homeowner not realizing that drain openers can cause significant problems with your septic system if they are used in excess. Don’t use harsh chemical drain openers if you experience a clogged drain. Septic system owners should use an alternative solution of a 1:1:1 ratio of salt, baking soda and vinegar. Follow this solution with boiling water or use a drain snake to clear out the clogs. The chemicals that are used in store-bought drain cleaners can cause serious problems within your septic system. We have other septic repair appointments in Berkley, Dighton, Taunton, Freetown and Middleboro MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com