We Try To Make Septic Inspections As Simple As Possible

Down to Earth Construction Services know that a large portion of the septic inspections that we conduct are for people who are selling their property. In the State of Massachusetts it is required that a property have had a septic system inspection within the last two years before transfer can take place (obviously only if they have an individual septic system servicing that property). So generally unless the owner is selling a very new home or has only purchased the home in the last two years a septic inspection is required. For more information see the Mass Gov Website

We know that selling property is not an easy time, generally, so we endeavour to make the process as simple as possible. We will schedule your septic system inspection at a time that suits your timetable, when possible, and will be punctual, professional and thorough. We will also do simple things such as when we are investigating your system any earth that we dig up we will put on a tarp to enable us to more simply clean up after our visit. We know that when you are selling your home you want the lawn to look its best. It is small actions such as these coupled with our excellent reputation that results in much of our business coming from referrals from Realtors themselves because they have worked with us in the past and are happy to refer us to their clients because they would like to work with us again. Today we are providing septic inspections for customers in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Marlborough and Bellingham MA. If you require a septic system inspection or if you have questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

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 your cesspool replaced we also have extensive experience with cesspool replacement. Today we have cesspool services and are starting a cesspool replacement in Berkley, Norton, Taunton, Dighton and Attleboro 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 Designs For Residential and Commercial Property

Down to Earth Construction Services have qualified and experienced septic system engineers who can assist you with septic 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 Franklin, MA who needs specific septic system designs for that property. We have extensive experience throughout the region providing septic designs for both residential and commercial properties and have recently provided septic system designs for properties in Holliston, Mattapoisett and Wayland 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 www.downtoearthconst.com

What To Expect When You Have A Title 5 Inspection

Down to Earth Construction Services know that most people will only ever need to have a Title 5 Inspection (sometimes called a Title V Inspection) done when they sell a home with a septic system and, unless they move a lot, they are unlikely to need to have one done many times. Therefore it stands to reason that most people do not know what to expect when they schedule a septic inspection or even how to prepare for one. We have had more than one customer assume that a septic system should be pumped before an inspection takes places so that we can ‘see’ what we are inspecting. The is absolutely not the case. The State of Massachusetts requires that your system be inspected under “normal use conditions” for a minimum of 2 weeks or more. We regularly pump septic systems for customers after they have had their Title 5 septic inspection once it has passed however. Today we have Title 5 Inspection appointments scheduled in Stoughton, Canton, Sharon, Mansfield and East Bridgewater MA. This is what our customers can expect from their an official Title 5 Septic Inspection – the inspector will:

 

  • conduct an interview with the property owner

  • research the paperwork for your property at your city’s Board of Health Department

  • survey the general size of the building or list a summary of the number of bedrooms

  • inspects the connection from the house/building to the system

  • inspects the inlet/outlet of the septic tank

  • examines the integrity of the tank

  • measures the liquid/contents of the tank

  • examines the integrity of the distribution box

  • measures the liquid/contents of the distribution box

  • checks the soil absorption system (SAS) condition

  • checks the relation of the system’s water table to the SAS

  • examines the integrity of the pipes using a special “sewer cam” (our specialty service, not required by the state)

  • provides an official 17-page document to the local approving authority and the owner, including all findings and a detailed sketch of the system

 

If you require a Title 5 Inspection or 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


Septic Installation in Acushnet MA

Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic installation starting today in Acushnet MA. We have been working with septic systems and installing different types of septic systems in this industry for over 25 years. Of course this is beneficial to our clients because customers have different types of septic system installed for a variety of reasons including price, environmental concerns and limitations, town and state requirements and efficiency and we have experience installing many of these systems. It is always advisable to use a company who has experience installing not just septic systems but the specific type of system you require because that will help prevent delays and expenses created by a system being installed incorrectly. We have recently installed septic systems for customers in Southborough, Fairhaven and Upton MA. If you have questions about septic system installation or septic systems generally please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Repairs Including A Baffle Replacement in North Attleboro

Down to Earth Construction Services have the experience and knowledge to identify and repair septic problems when they arise for our customers. Today we are replacing an outlet baffle for a customer in North Attleboro, MA. The outlet baffle directs the flow of effluent from the tank to the drainfield or leach field; it prevents the scum layer from going straight into the outlet pipe and causing drainfield clogs and premature system failure. Our customer had noticed sewage smells coming from their septic system and chose to contact us to investigate the issue. We were able to determine that the cause was a defective outlet baffle and will be able to replace the baffle and therefore ensure that the smell will disappear but more importantly there won’t be any larger and more serious problems created by this issue. We also have septic repairs including a septic pump repair today in Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone and Foxboro MA. If you are concerned that you require 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 Can Provide Septic Repairs Including Leach Field Repairs

Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted by a client in Sharon MA who suspects that they have a leach field problem so they require a septic repair. 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

Safety Is A Priority For Down To Earth Construction Services When Providing Our Septic Services

Down to Earth Construction Services are committed to both the safety of our technicians and customers. We therefore hold monthly safety meetings with our safety manager and our technicians to discuss safety concerns and questions. We also cover any accidents or near misses and how to prevent future issues. We discuss the equipment that is being ordered including warning tape and safety glasses and training that has been completed including orientation safety training and confined space training. We also always have an in depth safety topic to discuss which this month was driving which is especially pertinent at this time of year with school buses being back on the road, children walking and cycling to school and people rushing to get children to school on time. We covered pedestrian safety, school bus safety and reiterated company driving policies. Our technicians are on the road daily going from one job site to another often early in the morning or finishing late, in unfamiliar locations and in residential neighbourhoods so we want to ensure that they, and our customers, are safe. Today we have technicians providing septic services throughout the region from Clinton to Marshfield and Wayland to Fairhaven. They provide essential septic repairs, septic services, septic inspections and septic installations to our customers so we want them to arrive in a safe and timely manner. If you require any septic services or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact us at our Norton office where we are always happy to provide assistance on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


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

Excess Water In Your Septic System Can Result In Septic Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services regularly attend septic problems that could have been avoided if the property owner had better information and knowledge about how to ‘live’ in a home which has its own septic system and is not on town sewer. A mistake that many septic system owners make is to put too much water into the system. The decomposition process can become strained if there is too much excess water in the system, resulting in a variety of septic 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. A water meter can be helpful for households that feed off of a well. The government website http://energystar.gov also has a lot of helpful ideas and tips for reducing water usage.

 

Always 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 are providing a septic repair for a large family with a home in Rochester MA today and the root cause of their septic problems was that they were having a large laundry day once a week instead of spreading loads out over an entire week. This strained their system too much and has resulted in a repair being necessary. We have other septic repairs today in Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Swansea and Freetown MA. If you require 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