Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic system installation starting today in Sharon, MA for a property that is being sold and has failed its Title 5 septic Inspection. The homeowner was not required to have their septic system replaced but have chosen to do so to better enable them to sell their property quickly and at a higher price. We provided the initial septic design and are now doing the septic installation having ensured all relevant local permits have been pulled and regulations followed. We have extensive experience providing septic system installations for customers from initial septic system design to excavation to installation and finally landscaping. We have recently completed septic installations for other customers in Oxford, Ranham and Norton MA. If you require a septic system installation or if you have any questions about septic installations please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit
Down to Earth Construction Services carry out many Title 5 septic inspections for property owners in Massachusetts. Title 5 is the regulation of the Massachusetts State Environmental Code 310 CMR 15.000 which protects communities and environments from the potential hazards of on-site wastewater disposal systems (septic systems). Septic systems are to be properly located, built and maintained to effectively treat wastewater so as not to cause health risks to humans and animals or environmental problems which can result from the pathogenic elements as well as harsh pollutants present in wastewater.
The most common instance for a Title 5 Inspection to be requested from us is when a home or commercial property is being sold and it is required that a septic inspection be carried out. Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled in Sharon, Mansfield, Foxboro, Norton, Wrentham and Plainville MA. The seller is typically responsible for arranging and completing the septic system inspection with a licensed Massachusetts Title 5 Inspector.
The times that Title 5 requires a septic inspection are as follows:
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 infomation see the Mass Gov Website
If you require a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems or septic inspections please contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down To Earth Construction Services
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
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
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
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
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
Down to Earth Construction Services know that condominium septic systems have to be inspected every three years in Massachusetts. As stated on the Mass Gov website:
Condominiums with 5 or more units – all systems must be inspected every 3 years.
Condominiums with fewer units must either inspect all systems every 3 years, or the system serving the unit being transferred must be inspected within 2 years prior to transfer.
For more information see https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system
Today we have septic Inspections scheduled for properties, including one condominium, in Stoughton, Taunton, Norton, Bridgewater, Lakeville, Sharon and Raynham MA. If you require a Septic Inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems or septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services are pleased that winter and its weather are just a distant memory and we can enjoy our New England summer. But we all know that just because it is summer that doesn’t mean that we can totally forget about what mother nature can bring and summer storms are always a possibility. However if you are planning to move house and have a septic inspection scheduled you do not need to worry if it seems that the weather will make it impossible for us to carry out your Title 5 Inspection. On the Mass Gov website it states that:
“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
We have Title 5 inspections scheduled today in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Marlborough, Oxford and Upton MA. 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 http://www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services has a septic installation starting today in Attleboro MA. Two years ago we provided our client with a septic inspection when they were selling another property and because they were impressed with the level of service that we provided at that time they chose to use our services for their septic installation. A large percentage of our business some from word of mouth, referrals and repeat business because we provide excellent, knowledgeable and professional septic services and our customers are happy to use us repeatedly and recommend our service to their friends and family. We have recently completed other septic installations in Foxboro, Rehoboth and North Attleboro. If you require a septic installation or if you have any questions about septic installations please contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com