Septic Services On A Quarterly, Biannual Or Annual Basis

Down to Earth Construction Services has septic service appointments for clients in Rehoboth, Rochester, Seekonk, Freetown, Attleboro and Dighton MA today. We service our clients’ septic systems on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis. The regularity depends on various factors including the type of septic system and its usage. We have separate plans for customers with ‘summer’ homes who are not using their septic system all year round so therefore their septic needs are different. If you need to arrange a septic service or have any questions about septic services please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

 

Down To Earth Construction Services Fix Septic Problems So You Don’t Have Frightening Septic Surprises This Halloween

Down to Earth Construction Services is here to provide assistance if a spooky noise is coming from your Septic System. Your Septic System probably does not have a ghost, even on Halloween, so we would suggest you call our Norton office  on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com to discuss your concerns and we can arrange an onsite appointment if necessary. Our experienced technicians and inspectors can quickly locate and fix septic problems so you do not need to be scared of any frightening surprises from your septic system this Halloween. We already have septic repair appointments scheduled in Wayland, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Marlborough and Holliston MA so if you need to speak to us please do contact our office.

 

 

Septic System Installation From Beginning to End

Down to Earth Construction Services are installing a septic system for a client in Attleboro MA this week. Down to Earth Construction Services provided the septic system design initially and were then able to continue with the septic system installation. We have the experience, knowledge, equipment and personnel to lead our clients through the process from beginning to end including design, excavation, installation and landscaping. If you require a new septic system or want to discuss the possibility of a septic system installation with one of our experienced engineers please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

 

Providing Environmentally Conscious Septic Designs

Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic design consultation in our Norton office for a client with a property in Swansea MA. We have extensive experience working with clients in this area which means that we have the septic solutions for customers who have properties in close proximity to the ocean, waterfronts or wetlands. We know the regulations that cover these septic circumstances and can therefore provide septic designs that are tailored to overcome these obstacles. Our septic system designs are environmentally conscious whilst also being cost effective and efficient septic systems.

If you require a septic design or if you have any questions about septic designs please do contact our Norton MA office on on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

Leach Field Problem Solved in Attleboro, MA

 

Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted by a customer who has a leach field problem at their Attleboro, MA property. A leachfield or a Soil Absorption System (SAS) is part of an on-site system: the area of ground and system of subsurface pipes or chambers into which partially treated wastewater from the septic tank or I/A system is discharged for final treatment and absorption by soil. Unfortunately a driveway was placed incorrectly over their leachfield. As stated by the Massachusetts Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:

“Title 5 precludes using area under a driveway for a soil absorption system unless restrictions on the land leave no other feasible option. Impervious areas such as driveways or parking lots restrict air passing through the soils. In addition, the weight of the cars can compact the soil and may break distribution pipes. Lack of oxygen prevents the degradation of the septic tank effluent in the soil, and compaction reduces flow, making the system likely to clog and fail. Soil absorption systems which are placed under driveways are required, by 310 CMR 15.240 (7), to be vented to the atmosphere. Additional standards apply to system components in areas where automobile or other heavy equipment is anticipated.”

In this instance venting will not be sufficient so we are relocating their leach field to a more efficient location which will remove this problem and enable the property owners to keep their driveway in its present site. We have all of the equipment and expertise to ensure that this work is done correctly to reduce the likelihood of any further problems. If you require a septic repair, for a leachfield or another component, please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 where we will be happy to help.

 

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Flooded Septic System Tips

hurricaneWith Two Major Hurricanes behind us,  What should you do with flooded septic systems

With hurricane season still upon us,  it’s a good time to brush up on the proper care of septic systems during flooding events.

Before the Storm

Once heavy rains start to fall and a flood is underway, try  to cease water usage going to the system. Depending on the elevation of the septic tank and floodwaters, the tank can be used as a holding tank. The amount of damage to the system is related to the elevation of the flooding over the system combined with the length of time the system is flooded.

Make sure all inspection ports, lids and covers are properly capped and in place. Pumps and controls in the system can be removed and stored; remember to shut off electricity to the system. There should be no connections between the floor or foundation drains in the house and the system where water can drain through the system.

After the storm

After the floodwaters recede, the system shouldn’t be used until the soil has adequately dried to allow sewage to be absorbed without backing up, which could take several weeks. Homeowners should conserve water during that time.

Now is the time to call Septic Preservation Services to evaluate your system and let you know the condition and what steps you should be taking before using the system.

A comprehensive system inspection and assessment should also be conducted before putting the system back in use. This means opening all parts of the system — sewage tanks, drop boxes, anywhere there is access to system components — and assessing whether sediment or vegetative debris has entered the system. All sewage tanks should be pumped and cleaned out.

The tanks should be evaluated for watertightness and structural defects due to the flooding. Debris in the drop boxes should be removed. If there are pumps and a pressure distribution system, the distribution laterals should be jetted and cleaned. Pumps and controls should be reinstalled, recalibrated and tested.

The evaluation should include making sure wastewater moves between the parts of the system as intended. This may involve running a hydraulic load test on the soil treatment part of the system.

About a month after the system is restarted, Septic Preservation  willschedule a follow-up visit to check for proper operation. Any pumps and controls should be checked and the pump calibrations re-evaluated to make sure they are delivering the correct amount of effluent.

Septic tank manhole covers should be secured and inspection ports should be free of blockage and damage. Make sure there’s no damage caused by animal intrusion in the soil treatment a

Inspections also should include a look at the vegetation over the septic tank, and any erosion damage should be repaired with sod or seeding to provide good plant cover.

If sewage backed up inside the home, homeowners should thoroughly disinfect the house, but they should avoid flushing disinfectants down the drain.

Destroyed systems

Floodwaters can cause components of a septic system to be partially or completely washed away. The owner of such a system shouldn’t assume that soil or other fill can be added and new system components constructed.

Heavy rains can cause slides to partially or completely cover septic system components with rock, mud or silt. These slides can affect the operational integrity of the system, especially the soil treatment systems.

Special care should be taken to keep vehicle and equipment traffic off the soil treatment system to avoid compaction.

If the soil treatment system is saturated or has standing water long after other areas have dried out, there may be a long-term problem related to the flood.

With luck, we won’t have to worry about a major hurricane impacting New England but preventative steps may be able to help save your septic system.

Septic Preservation Services is ready and able to answer all your questions on prevention and are the first call to action in case of a major disaster.  You can reach them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

Parts of this article were published in Pumper Magazine on September 7, 2017.  Visit www.pumper.com for more septic news.

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