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Properly Maintaining Your Septic System

septic maintenanceA septic system that has been designed, built and maintained properly will effectively and efficiently reduce or eliminate most of the waste, health and environmental threats that can come as a result of household wastewater. However, despite a good design and quality workmanship, septic system care should include participation in a preventative maintenance program.

Regular maintenance is important to prevent septic system failure, which can be dangerous and costly to repair. Your septic system needs to be monitored by a professional inspector and service company to ensure that it is performing adequately for the number of persons living in your home and the amount of daily use.

Make sure to speak with a trusted septic service professional before making any changes to your system or usage patterns to ensure that you are working within the parameters of your system’s design and capabilities.
Proper septic system care will save you money in the long run.  A septic system that has failed will be very expensive to repair or replace and unfortunately, poor maintenance and care is usually the reason why most systems fail.

Signing up for a preventative maintenance program, such as the one offered by Septic Preservation Services is worth the cost associated with the service when you think about how much it would cost to replace the entire system after a failure. Your septic service professional will inspect and monitor your residential septic system to ensure that is in good working order.

Pumping should occur approximately every three to five years.   Your preventative maintenance program serviceman will let you know when your system needs to be pumped and will give you tips on how to properly maintain your septic system in the mean time.

Pumping will depend on the quality of your septic system, the number of people living in your home and the size of your tank and drainfield. A system that has failed can considerably lower your property value and could become a health and legal liability.
The health and welfare of you, your family, your guests, your neighbors and everyone in your community depends on your ability to maintain septic system care.  Because your septic system does the dirty job of processing and eliminating human waste from your home, improper maintenance can cause a lot of unhealthy problems.

A well-running septic system will work to prevent the spread of disease and infection. Regular septic system maintenance will ensure that the dangerous pathogens from your wastewater doesn’t reach the local groundwater supply. Other dangerous things that can be found in household wastewater include phosphorus, nitrogen and disease-causing bacteria.

Studies show that 25% of all homes in the United States use a septic system. Approximately 4 billion gallons of wastewater is dispersed below the surface each and every day. Septic systems that aren’t effectively treating the sewage in the drainfield can become a health hazard and a threat to drinking water, contaminating wells and surface waters. This can pose a threat of infection and disease not just to humans, but also to animals living in the area.

Surface waters, such as rivers, lakes and ponds, that become contaminated by improperly treated sewage can cause a variety of infectious diseases. Eye and ear infections are common, as are acute gastrointestinal illnesses. Diseases like hepatitis can also be spread throughout communities and to recreational water users and swimmers in this manner.
Now that we know why you should maintain your septic system, it’s time to talk about how to get the job done. We have already talked about getting in touch with your septic service provider to find out about a preventative maintenance program. Remember, Septic Preservation Services services customers all throughout  Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine.  Their highly trained and experienced staff can help you with septic system care  all over the South Coast region.

You should also take the time to learn all you can about proper use of your septic system, how much water you should be using, ways to reduce the amount of water you put into your septic tank each day, things you should never flush down the toilet and other helpful tips. Your septic system service provider can help get you started with a clean and functional system and can help you develop good habits that will keep your system running effectively and efficiently.

Please call Septic Preservation Services at 877-378-4279 with all your septic questions and to set up a maintenance program.  Visit for more information.

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Septic Pumps and Septic Alarms

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services are installing a septic pump and septic alarm for a customer in Uxbridge, MA.  A septic pump moves wastewater from a septic pump tank to a drainfield, and septic systems with these pumps should also have a septic alarm.  The septic alarm will usually go off if wastewater is not being pumped to the drainfield as it should be.  It will signal if water has risen to an irregular level indicating a septic problem.  Down to Earth Construction Services has, in stock, many septic pumps with septic alarms, so if you need to have your pump replaced or if you need a septic alarm, we can install one on short notice.  We have installed septic pumps and septic pump alarms for customs recently in Berlin, Holliston, Carver, Oxford, Clinton, Marion and Marshfield, MA.  If you need a septic pump or septic pump and septic alarm repair or installation, please do contact our office to schedule an appointment at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Septic Repairs with Down To Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services  has Septic Repairs scheduled for customers in North Attleboro, East Bridgewater, Raynham, West Bridgewater, Norton, Plainville and Attleboro, MA.  For one customer we are replacing the D-Box or Septic Distribution Box. The D-Box or Distribution Box regulates the dispersion of treated effluent.  If it is clogged, titled, or operating incorrectly you will need to have it repaired because it will result in septic problems.  Down to Earth Construction Services have extensive experience replacing and repairing D-Boxes so if you think you need a septic repair or replacement of your distribution box or if you have any questions, please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Cesspool Services and Replacement in Massachusetts Today

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has cesspool services and a cesspool replacement scheduled today in Stoughton, Bridgewater, Canton, Taunton, Berkley and Carver, MA.  As written on the Massachusetts Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:


“A cesspool is a pit which acts as both a settling chamber for solids and a leaching system for liquids. 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. A conventional septic system has a tank where solids can settle and begin to degrade, a distribution box, and a soil absorption system (SAS) that further treats the effluent by removing some of the bacteria, viruses, phosphorus, and nitrogen.”


To sell a property you need a Title 5 Inspection to be done. Title 5 does not require that cesspools be replaced however as stated on the Massachusetts Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:


“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 (310 CMR 15.303). Also, cesspools must be upgraded prior to an increase in design flow (e.g., the addition of a bedroom to a home or seats to a restaurant”.
We are replacing a cesspool for a customer because it has hydraulic failure. If you are concerned that your cesspool needs replacing or you require a cesspool service please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Title 5 Inspections in Massachusetts

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has Title 5 Septic Inspections today in Franklin, Foxboro, Sharon, Wrentham, Plainville, Norton and Bellingham, MA.  If you are selling a property  in Massachusetts and it has a septic system, you will need to have a current title 5 Inspection before you will be able to transfer title. Down to Earth Construction Services would recommend that you do not wait to get this inspection done, because it may cause delays later on when there may be time constraints. We have worked with many realtors and have an excellent reputation to complete  inspections thoroughly and quickly on your schedule.  If you need to arrange an appointment or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Flushable Wipes

flushable wipesFlushable Wipes!  Wipes are everywhere and are the ultimate convenience.  There are baby wipes for changing diapers and general cleanups, kitchen wipes,  make-up wipes, wipes with bleach, floor wipes, pet wipes, bathroom wipes and even flushable wipes.  They make our life easier especially on the go, but should we be flushing any of these down the toilet, even the ones that claim to be flushable?

Studies have been done to test flushable wipes to see how quickly they biodegrade, and while they may break down faster than non flushable wipes, they do not break down as quickly as they should.  Wipes have the potential to plug the sewer line between the house and tank and build up at the inlet of the septic tank.

Wipes can build up in the septic tank and reduce the ability of the solids to breakdown and allow just liquid to discharge to  leach field.  This can cause failure of the septic system.  The antibacterial agents on the wipes can also harm the helpful bacteria in your septic tank.

The best advice is to throw all the wipes, even the flushable ones in the garbage.   The only thing that should be put in your toilet is toilet paper.  One-ply is the best and trying to get everyone in the family to conserve the amount of toilet paper being used will keep your septic system running smoothly.

Septic Preservation Services has a great maintenance program and can answer all your septic questions. Call them at 877-378-4279 or visit

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Leach field or Drainfield Problems

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services are available if you think you have a septic problem. If you have a septic system, there are various signs that you may have a leach field or drainfield problem. These can include:


  • Standing water on top of your leach field
  • Especially lush or green grass on top of your leach field in comparison to the rest of your yard
  • Water or sewage backing up into your home
  • Toilets not flushing or flushing slowly


There are various causes for these problems including:


  • Compacting of the leach field which can happen with cars or livestock using it
  • Excessive water usage
  • The tank not being pumped
  • Engineering or installation problems

Down to Earth Construction services has appointments for drainfield/ leach field repairs today in Attleboro and Dighton, MA. We have recently assisted customers with drainfield problems in Seekonk, Rehoboth, Sharon, Blackstone, Southborough, Upton, Bolton and Holliston, MA. We have experience determining the problem and fixing it with minimum disruption and in a timely manner. If you have concerns about your septic system or wish to arrange an appointment please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Septic Service Contract with Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has Septic Service appointments today in Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Middleboro, Rochester and Fall River, MA.  We arrange Septic Services for clients based on their needs and those of their Septic Systems.  These can be on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis. Like any system a septic system benefits from regular maintenance. If you have a septic service contract with Down to Earth Construction Services you no longer have to worry about that necessity.  In the majority of cases you do not even need to be home for us to carry out your service. We will, of course, notify you when we will arrive and schedule it at a different time if requested.  We will leave notification that we have been and contact you should there be any concerns. If you want to be confident that your septic system is working correctly and extend the lifespan of your septic system without having to work on your septic system yourself or having to remember to schedule services, consider a septic service contract with Down to Earth Construction Services.  If you have any questions or wish to either schedule a one off service or go on a plan please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit