You Need To Protect Your Septic System’s Leach Field

Down to Earth Construction Services are experienced repairing all parts of your septic system. We have found that many property owners who have a septic system are aware that their system has a septic tank but are often unaware of their systems’ leach field, its purpose or its location. This makes it much more likely that they will inadvertently damage it. Although your septic system leach field (also called a drain field or absorption field) generally does not require maintenance, you should adhere to the following rules to protect and prolong its functional life:

  • Do not drive over the absorption field with cars, trucks, or heavy equipment.
  • Do not plant trees or shrubbery in the absorption field area, because the roots can get into the lines and plug them.
  • Do not cover the absorption field with hard surfaces, such as concrete or asphalt. Grass is the best cover, because it will help prevent erosion and help remove excess water.
  • Do divert surface runoff water from roofs, patios, driveways, and other areas away from the absorption field.

Today we are providing leach field repairs and replacement. For one customer in Bellingham MA we are installing a White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator, an economical, environmentally sound and permanent alternative to drain field replacement. In nature, oxygen-using (aerobic) bacteria in the soil consume non-living organic material. This is the process nature uses to “recycle” wastes. We install the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator in the septic tank to create an oxygen rich environment and cultivate an extensive colony of these same soil bacteria. The result is nearly complete consumption of the organic materials entering the septic tank. At the same time, the bacteria are carried into the leach field where they consume the organic material that has accumulated in the underlying soil. The drain field regains and/or maintains is capacity to deliver effluent to the soil for purification. We are also repairing leach fields for customers in Blackstone, Upton and Wrentham MA. If you are concerned that your septic system is not operating correctly, you need to schedule a septic repair or if you have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://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

Your Leach Field Is As Important As Your Septic Tank To Your Septic System

Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted by a customer in North Attleboro who requires a leach field repair. Many septic system problems are actually problems associated with the leach field and not the septic tank. Most people who have a septic system know they have a septic tank and where it is located but many do not realize the importance of a leach field to their septic system. Here are some ways to avoid problems:

  • Never park a car or heavy equipment over your leach field.
  • Don’t have heavy items or traffic on your leach field
  • Have your septic tank pumped regularly (every 3-5 years usually). Sludge overload near the drain field can result in sulfite and bio-mat buildup
  • Don’t pour grease, oil or fats down your sink
  • Never plant any new trees or large plants or bushes near your leach field

 

We have other septic repairs scheduled in Plainville, Wrentham, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Norton MA. If you have a concern about your septic system or if you require a septic repair please contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit 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 Repairs Including a D-Box Replacement

Down to Earth Construction Services are regularly called out to client properties to provide septic system repairs. Today we have a d-box replacement for a customer in Attleboro MA. The d-box, or distribution box, essentially connects the septic tank to your leach field or drain field. It ensures that the separated effluent is evenly ‘distributed’ over your leach field where it harmlessly enters your soil. If your d-box is broken or incorrectly installed this process will not happen correctly which can result in bad smells or puddling in your yard resulting from your waste not being treated correctly. You could also see back ups in your interior plumbing, sewage smells or slow running drains. All of these are indicators that you have a septic problem which you should have addressed immediately. A small septic problem can quickly become a large and expensive septic repair or failure if it is ignored. We also have septic repairs today in Seekonk, Fall River, Swansea and Rehoboth MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Services Enable Our Clients To Not Worry About Their Septic

Down to Earth Construction Services knows that the words septic, sewer, sewage and effluent are not ones that most people use in day to day life and are they generally quite happy that this is the case. However at Down to Earth Construction Services we regularly discuss, at length, septic systems, sewage and effluent treatment because these are the words of our trade and we are proud of the work that we do. We enable homeowners to forget about their septic system and even though they use it everyday they don’t need to talk about it on a daily basis. Fortunately your septic system is not likely to require frequent maintenance as long as you are using it correctly. However for some property owners they like the peace of mind knowing that their system is being maintained but they would also prefer to not to have to do it themselves or take the time and expense of hiring a septic company everytime their system requires maintenance. This can be especially true for commercial property owners who have a septic system because a poorly operating septic system or one that breaks down or requires repair will cost money to fix and result in lost revenue while the system is not operational. This is why we have many clients on septic service plans which takes away the need to concern themselves about septic system maintenance and provides confidence that they are doing as much as possible to prevent future septic problems. We will service your septic system, usually on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis. The property owner will not even generally need to be present for the service so we can monitor and maintain a septic system with minimal disruption to our client. Today we have septic services scheduled for commercial and residential customers in Plainville, Wrentham, Franklin, Foxboro, Mansfield and Blackstone MA. If you would be interested in septic services or if you have any questions about services or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Repairs Provided Today Including A D-Box Replacement in North Attleboro

All Clear Septic, septic system pump chamberDown to Earth Construction Services is replacing a D-Box for a customer today in North Attleboro, MA. A septic distribution box  (D-Box) is a container used to receive septic system effluent from a septic tank and to re-distribute the effluent into a network of attached drainfield or soakaway bed absorption trenches and pipes. The D-box works by gravity, flowing effluent into the drainfield (or leach field) piping network. It must be installed correctly to ensure that it  distributes evenly. However to keep your system working correctly you must also maintain it and the best way to do this is to have your system regularly pumped and to use your septic system correctly. The following are some steps that you can take to ensure that you maintain your septic system:

 

  • Minimize the use of the garbage disposal

  • Do not put grease down your drains

  • Spread loads of laundry out over time rather than doing multiple loads in a short period of time, and use liquid detergents rather than powdered detergents

  • Avoid excessively long showers

  • Avoid leaving tap water running when shaving, brushing teeth or doing other personal or household tasks

  • Do not flush medications, harmful chemicals, excessive amounts of bleach, harsh drain cleaners or degreasers

  • Have the septic tank pumped at least every three years

  • Do not add any septic systems cleaners, enzymes or additives

  • Remove water conditioning backwash discharges from the septic system

  • Do not plant trees and shrubs over leach fields

  • Do not flush personal products, paper towels, wipes or diapers

  • Do not clean or rinse paint brushes in the sinks

  • Equip all hot tubs, spas, whirlpool baths, etcetera with drain limiting valves that will only allow five gallons per minute to drain from fixture

  • Do not drive vehicles over leach fields

 

We also have septic repairs for customers today in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton and Southborough MA. Many of these repairs could have been avoided if the property owners had followed some of the above advice. If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact Norton our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


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Down To Earth Construction Services Provide A Range Of Septic Services Including Title 5 Inspections

down to earthDown to Earth Construction Services assist property owners with septic systems in a variety of ways. As you would expect we are experienced with septic installation and the associated tasks including septic design, excavation, landscaping, soil testing and perc testing. We also work with customers who already have septic systems with septic repairs, septic adjustments, septic improvements, septic services and septic upgrades. However we can also assist property owners who are selling their home or business or buying one with a septic system. It is required in Massachusetts that before a property is transferred it needs to have had a Title 5 Inspection so unless you have bought that property within the last two years most people need to schedule an Inspection. We are have experienced Title 5 Inspectors who can come to your property and provide a thorough, professional and convenient inspection. Today we have Title 5 Inspections scheduled in Bridgewater, Taunton, Raynham, Norton, Mansfield and Attleboro MA. If you require any septic services, Title 5 Inspections or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact us at our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Septic Repairs Including Leach Field Repair

Down to Earth Construction Services has septic repairs including a leach field repair scheduled today in Dighton, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Raynham, Attleboro and Norton MA. We have experience working with the entire septic system so whether you have a problem with your leach field or drain field, D-Box, Septic Tank or something in between we will be able to locate the problem, determine the source of the problem and repair it as quickly and economically as possible. If you have any questions about your septic system or if you need to schedule an appointment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Our Monthly Safety Meeting Ensures That In Our Busiest Season Safety Is Not Compromised

Down to Earth Construction Services takes the safety of its employees and customers extremely seriously. Our May monthly safety meeting was designed to prepare our workforce for the coming busy season and to review common hazardous exposures, discuss safety controls and review dig-safe importance. Traditionally we are always busier in the months from Spring – Fall with septic service contracts, septic repairs resulting from those services, work delayed due to weather, increased real estate movement and with the usual new customers and referrals. However this increased workload should not mean that safety is at all compromised and our monthly meetings are there to ensure that does not happen. The meeting specifically addressed topics including driving safety, infectious disease controls, ergonomics, preventing falls and confined space entry controls. We have an excellent reputation in New England and want to maintain that by ensuring that our staff receive the best possible training. If you have questions about septic systems or wish to make an appointment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com