The Smell Of Sewage Could Indicate You Have A Septic Problem

Down to Earth Construction Services know that septic systems always need to be maintained and occasionally you may also have a septic problem come up that needs to be addressed. Ignoring a septic concern until you have the time or money to deal with it will often mean that it could become a bigger septic problem which is never a good thing. A small concern of septic sewage smells coming from your plumbing if addressed quickly can sometimes be easily, quickly and inexpensively fixed. However if you ignore signs of a septic problem your small issue could become a large septic failure which could be an expensive and disruptive repair. Today we are at a customer site in Bridgewater MA providing a simple repair that could have been a much bigger and more expensive septic problem to fix if the home owners had ignored the sewage smells coming from their system much longer.  We also have septic repairs scheduled for other customers in Mansfield, Taunton, Norton, Sharon and Canton MA. If you have questions about your septic system or need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


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

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


Dont Ignore The Signs Of A Septic Problem

Down to Earth Construction Services know, just like all other New Englanders, that storms and weather are a part of living in this region. However winter, storms and severe weather may result in property damage which can affect septic systems just like other parts of your property. Just like with other parts of your home or business it is never wise to ignore signs of a septic problem and hope it might go away. Signs of a septic problem can include:

All of the drains from the house are slow
There is a persistent wet area over the leach field
Sewage is surfacing in the area of the septic tank or distribution box
There is sewage seeping through the foundation
The liquid level in the leach field is at the top of the crushed rock layer, the chambers or other underground structures
The vegetation over the leach field is greener and more lush than over adjacent areas in the yard
There is sewage odor i n the yard at times or constantly
There is flow back from the leach field when the septic tank is pumped
The septic tank needs to be pumped frequently
The septic tank discharge baffle is damaged or missing
Rain water seems to take longer to disappear over the leach field than over adjacent areas in the yard
Well water is contaminated

Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers who have contacted us when they have noticed indicators of a septic problem in East Bridgewater, Mansfield, Sharon, Stoughton and Attleboro MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Keep Track Of Your Water Usage To Help Prevent Septic Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services has many years of experience working in the septic industry in this region. This means that we can use our accumulated knowledge and the skills that we have developed to repair septic problems that our customers have. What is sometimes even more important is that we can locate the cause of the septic problem and this sometimes means that we have to educate septic system owners in the best way to use their system to prevent problems happening in the future. For example today we have been to a customer property in Acushnet MA and the mistake that they were making is that they were putting too much water into their system. The decomposition process can become strained if there is too much excess water in the system, resulting in a variety of 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. Trying to spread laundry loads out over a week rather than doing it all on one day helps and not running many water using appliances all at once. A water meter can be helpful for households that feed off of a well. The government website http://www.energystar.gov also has a lot of helpful ideas and tips for reducing water usage. It is always a good idea to 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 have other septic repairs scheduled today in Marion, Mattapoisett, Fall River and Fairhaven MA. If you have questions about your septic system or if you need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

It Is Unwise To Ignore A Septic Problem And Hope It Will Go Away

Down to Earth Construction Service give you a pinch and a punch for the first of the month! The year is certainly marching along and we can’t quite believe that March is here already. Spring is on its way and property owners are starting to think about repairs and maintenance that have been put off over the winter. However if you have a concern about your septic system it is wise to have it addressed immediately and not leave it until your springtime maintenance. Indicators that you may have a septic problem include:

  • Pipe Gurgling Sounds

  • Toilet Flushing Issues

  • Slow Drains

  • Water Backup

  • Bad Odors

  • Greener Grass

  • Patches of Standing Water

If you have noticed one or more of these signs at your property please do consider calling to discuss your concerns with our experienced technicians. If a septic problem is ignored it is very unlikely to go away on its own and will quite possibly become a much larger and more expensive repair if left. Today we have septic repair appointments in Plainville, North Attleboro, Wrentham and Foxboro MA. If you wish to schedule a septic repair or if you have septic questions or concerns please do contact us at our Norton office on  508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

Septic Repairs Can Prevent a Failing Septic System Causing Serious Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services know that although there are many types of septic systems in use today they are all designed for each site and mostly work on the same principles. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drain field, all connected by pipes, called conveyance lines. Your home’s wastewater flows into your septic tank where it is held and solids sink to the bottom and lighter scum floats to the top. The solids and scum are decomposed by bacteria and periodically pumped. The treated wastewater or effluent flows through the distribution box into your drain field or leach field where it then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified (secondary treatment). A properly functioning septic system does not pollute the groundwater. However a failing septic system can have many unpleasant repercussions as stated on the Mass Gov website:

“Failing systems can

  • cause a serious health threat to your family and neighbors,
  • degrade the environment, especially lakes, streams and groundwater,
  • reduce the value of your property,
  • be very expensive to repair,
  • and put thousands of water supply users at risk if you live in a public water supply watershed and fail to maintain your system.”

For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/caring-for-your-septic-system

Therefore if you suspect your septic system is not operating correctly or you have concerns about your system do not put off contacting a professional. Today we have septic repair appointments in Plainville, North Attleboro, Mansfield and Wrentham MA. If you need to schedule a septic repair or if you have any questions or concerns about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

Down To Earth Construction Services Available For Septic Repairs In All Weather

Down to Earth Construction Services are still available for septic services even when the temperature is unlikely to creep above freezing. As long as we are able to get to your septic system we are still able to assist with septic repairs that need to be carried out. Today we are at customer locations in Marshfield, Canton, Stoughton, Holliston and Sharon MA investigating septic concerns. You can count on Down to Earth Construction Services to repair your septic system using the most financially efficient and environmentally responsible methods available. Whenever possible, our goal is to provide our customers with options for repair that will yield high-quality results at a cost-effective price. We value each and every customer and appreciate your business – no matter how big or small the job. Our goal is to provide honest and reliable septic repairs and services to residential and commercial customers all over the Southcoast region. We use state-of-the-art equipment to target the exact source of your septic problems to reduce costs for our customers and minimize downtime. We take great pride in the work that we do and have never been unsuccessful in locating the exact problem through our troubleshooting services. We will have you up and running in no time. Fast, quality, courteous service is our goal and we will respect both you and your property throughout the duration of our work on your septic system. The equipment we use is designed to keep your system as concealed as possible, while reliably repairing it in the most cost-effective manner possible. If you believe you may need a septic repair or you are concerned that your septic system is not working correctly please do contact our Norton office and speak to our knowledgeable staff on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Repairs Are Necessary When Cold Weather Causes Septic Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services know that septic problems arise whatever the weather is. However cold weather brings its own set of problems for example:

 

  • If you have a ‘summer home’ or go away and leave your property for periods of time or just use it part of the week wastewater does not enter the system regularly enough and can freeze

  • If you drive over your septic leach field or drainfield you compact your soil. Compacted soil freezes more easily which can result in damaged parts and possible a failing septic system. If it is snowy and you drive over the snow on your system the snow will then provide less insulation for your septic system than snow which has been left untouched

  • If you don’t have enough vegetative cover over your septic system you have less insulation from the cold

  • Leaks in your plumbing release water into the septic which can then freeze

  • Poor pipe drainage can be caused by deteriorated pipes, if they are full or back filled with soil or poorly installed. Liquid will pool on one side and can then freeze

Essentially the cold can lead to your septic system freezing which leads to problems, possible repairs and even septic failures. Ironically snow falling is a good thing. Fresh snow is an excellent insulator. As it gets compacted it becomes less effective but it is better than a complete lack of snow cover, dry soil conditions and very cold air temperatures for an extended period of time which will all contribute to septic problems. Today we have appointments in Foxboro, Franklin, Bellingham, Blackstone and Wrentham for septic repairs, some of which are caused by septic system owners not planning for the cold weather. If you have any questions about septic system or need to have a septic repair please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

Septic Repairs in Attleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted by a customer in Attleboro MA who thinks that they have a septic problem and have fortunately chosen to contact us quickly rather than to procrastinate. They have noticed sewer smells in their bathroom and have requested that we come to their home and investigate the issue. We will initially assess the condition of their septic system and then we will endeavour to present them with a range of options designed to correct any identified issues.

 

These may include one or more of the following:

 

  • Replacement of damaged or missing baffle

  • Installation of effluent filter and service riser

  • Installation of pumping access riser and cover

  • Installation of curtain drains

  • Replacement of deteriorated components

  • Repair or replacement of damaged components

  • Removal of accumulated solids in leach field piping

  • Removal of plant and tree roots in leach field piping

  • Installation and service of the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator

  • Diversion of water softener/conditioner backwash discharges

  • Detailed explanation of our Septic Use Guidelines

 

It is always wise to contact a septic professional as soon as you suspect you may need a septic repair. If left a small septic repair can quickly become a large and expensive to fix septic problem. Some warning signs that you may have a septic problem are:

 

  • sewage surfacing over your drainfield / leach field (especially after storms)

  • sewage back-ups in the house

  • lush, green growth over the drainfield / leach field

  • slow draining toilets or drains

  • sewage odors

 

If you think you may need 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