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

Septic Repairs Are Often Required Because Poor Choices Are Made When ‘Flushing’

Down to Earth Construction Services would prefer to provide education to its customers, where possible, to prevent them from having to call us out for unnecessary septic repairs which could have been avoided if the property owner knew more about how to use their septic system. One of the main things that homeowners need to consider is what not to introduce to their septic system. Somethings seem clear – do not flush clothing, cat litter, toys, tools, diapers. These are all items that can clog your system which can possibly lead to a breakdown and will certainly result in your needing to have your system pumped more regularly than usual. However what may not seem as obvious are other items that should not be flushed either such as ‘flushable’ wipes, feminine hygiene products, fats, oils and grease. These are also items that can clog your system and fill it up too quickly. Also household cleaners, bleach, paint and some medications like acne lotions should not be introduced to your septic system because they can harm the biological activity that is essential for your septic system to operate correctly. We have septic repairs scheduled today in Fairhaven, Fall River, Rochester, Lakeville, Seekonk and Swansea MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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.

Leach Field Repair In Rochester MA Necessary

Down to Earth Construction Services know that in the beautiful New England Summer many people are out in their yards planting and gardening. Unfortunately when you are planting large shrubs or trees in your yard if you do so on your leach field you can unknowingly create a septic problem. The roots and sometimes weight of plants can actually damage your drain field which means that your septic system is no longer working correctly.  Septic systems do an amazing job of returning liquids to the soil for purification but the whole system needs to be functioning correctly for this to happen. When septic system failure occurs, the conditions they create are dangerous. These can include:

 

  • Hazardous sewage surfacing in yard

  • Health hazards to children and pets

  • Noxious odors over large areas

  • Polluted streams and ponds

  • Sewage back-up in buildings

  • Contaminated wells

  • Breeding areas for mosquitoes


Today we are at a customer’s home in Rochester, MA repairing their leach field which has been damaged when they planed an orchard over it last year. The roots combined with heavy machinery being parked on the drainfield during construction have both lead to the structural collapse of the leach field piping. A strong sewage odor and dampness over their yard was luckily a sign of a septic problem that the homeowners did not ignore. We can repair the damage so they do not have to worry about the consequences of an inoperative septic system. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in Rochester, Seekonk, Fairhaven, Fall River and Mattapoisett MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do call us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Know What To Expect When You Have A Title 5 Septic Inspection

Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 Septic Inspections today for customers in Berkley, Dighton, Norton, Rochester, Seekonk and Rehoboth MA. Included in a Title 5 Septic Inspection is:

 

  • General layout of the system components (location of the building sewer, septic tank or cesspool, distribution box and leaching field)

  • Type of use (e.g., house, school, retail space), Title 5 design flow, and whether the facility is presently occupied

  • Analysis of the criteria specified in Title 5 that indicate system failure, and, for large systems, those which indicate threats to public health and the environment

  • Water use records from the previous two years, if available

  • A description of the septic tank, including its condition, approximate age, thickness of grease/scum layer, and other relevant information

  • A characterization of the distribution box and dosing tanks with pumps, if any, such as condition and evidence of solids carryover or backup

  • The condition of the soil absorption system including, any signs of hydraulic failure

 

If you need to schedule a Title 5 septic inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


To Avoid A Septic Problem Be Aware Of What Should Not Be Flushed

Down to Earth Construction Services provide advice to their customers to ensure that they use their septic systems correctly and are therefore less likely to have a septic system problem. It is important to take good care of your septic system so you should know which items should never be flushed down the drain or toilet. This is because these things can overtax or destroy the biological digestion taking place within the system or clog pumps and pipes which will result in a septic problem.

Take care not to flush the following:

  • hair combings, dental floss, gauze bandages or disposable diapers
  • sanitary napkins, tampons, cigarette butts, or condoms
  • fat, grease or oil, coffee grounds, paper towels or cat litter
  • chemicals that could contaminate surface and groundwater, such as paints, varnishes thinners, waste oils, photographic solutions, or pesticides

Unfortunately we have attended many septic repairs that could have been avoided if this advice had been followed. Today we have septic repair appointments in Dighton, Rochester, Rehoboth, Berkley, Lakeville and Middleboro MA. If you require a septic repair, think you may have a septic problem or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Do Not Ignore Signs That You May Need A Septic Repair

Down to Earth Construction Services have been called out to a property in Rochester MA to locate a septic problem, determine the cause of the septic issue and then provide a septic repair. The property owner has noticed a few signs that they may have a septic problem so have sensibly contacted us to investigate the problem rather than ignore it and hope it might go away, which in our experience never happens and sometimes results in a much larger septic problem and more expensive repair. Signs that you may have a septic problem include:

 

1. Pipe Gurgling Sounds

2. Toilet Flushing Issues

3. Slow Drains

4. Water Backup

5. Bad Odors

6. Greener Grass

7. Patches of Standing Water

 

We have other septic repairs scheduled today in Freetown, Lakeville, Acushnet, Marion and Norton MA. If you have noticed any signs that you have a septic problem please do contact our office to discuss your concerns or schedule an appointment on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Septic System Installation Starting With A Septic Design

Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic system installation starting today in Acushnet MA. We initially provided our client with the septic system design for their project and will now continue with the installation starting with the excavation and completing the work with landscaping their property so we can keep the evidence of our work as minimal as possible. We can help our clients through the entire process from design to installation and continuing on to regular septic services ensuring that their new system will continue to operate efficiently and correctly for many years to come. We have extensive experience installing septic systems for clients in this region and have recently installed systems in Marlborough, Wayland and Rochester MA. If you need a septic system design, installation or service or if you have any questions about our services or septic systems please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Alarm Installation in Rochester MA

Down to Earth Construction Services know that a septic alarm going off is a cause for concern and property owners should contact a septic professional to investigate the cause for the alarm and to action anything that needs attention, whether that means a pump out is required or a repair is necessary to a septic pump or other component. Not only do we provide assistant to septic homeowners who have a septic alarm that has been activated but we also install septic alarms for customers who want to assurance that it provides. Today we are installing a septic alarm for a customer in Rochester MA. If you have a septic alarm that requires attention or if you would like to have a septic alarm please do contact our Norton Office where we will be happy to answer any questions you have and schedule an appointment if required on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Septic System Services Let Property Owners Relax And Put Their Feet Up

Down to Earth Construction Services know that most property owners who have a septic system do not want to spend a lot of time, money or effort maintaining or even thinking about their septic system. Therefore we provide regular septic system services for our customers so they can put their feet up and no longer worry about septic system maintenance. Septic services are an ideal way for property owners to be totally confident that their septic system maintenance is being done without have to concern themselves about it. We maintain, check and monitor the septic system and notify our customer if we find anything that may be a problem in the future which can prevent small septic problems becoming large and expensive septic failures. We provide preventive maintenance services to both commercial and residential customers all over the region. Today we have septic system services scheduled for customers in Acushnet, Lakeville, Carver, Berkley and Rochester MA. If you would be interested in a septic service or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com