Septic Inspections and Voluntary Septic Assessments

Down to Earth Construction Services conducts hundreds of septic inspections each year for property owners who are selling their home or business and are on town sewer. This is because in the state of Massachusetts a septic inspection is required:

“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”

 

For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system

 

However not all inspections that we carryout are for people who are selling a property. We have a voluntary assessment today for a property owner in Mansfield MA who wants to have a greater understanding of the condition of their septic system. As specified on the Mass Gov website:

 

“A system owner may choose voluntarily to have an assessment of the condition of the system even if there is no requirement for an inspection. Results of these voluntary assessments are solely for the use of the owner, and do not need to be submitted to local Boards of Health or MassDEP.”


We also have septic inspections today in Norton, Taunton, Stoughton, Sharon and Foxboro MA. If you require a septic inspection, for any reason, or if you have questions about your septic system please do contact us at our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

A Septic Alarm Will Let You Know When You Have A Septic Problem

Down to Earth Construction Services provide improvements to customers’ septic systems in addition to septic repairs. Today we are installing a septic alarm for a customer in Mansfield MA who wants to ensure that they know if their septic system is not operating as it should. A septic alarm will notify the customer when a septic pump out is required in addition to if there are other problems with their septic system. Often acting quickly if you do have a septic problem will keep a small septic issue from becoming a very large and expensive repair. We have other septic system repair and improvement appointments today in Sharon, Foxboro and Stoughton MA. If you wish to make an appointment or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Repairs including a D-Box Replacement

Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic repair scheduled today for a customer in East Bridgewater MA. We are replacing their Distribution Box (D-Box). A D-Box is exactly as it sounds its a box that moves, or distributes treated wastewater from your septic tank into your leach field or drain field. It must be level and installed correctly or your wastewater will not distribute evenly across your leach field and this can lead to over saturation and clogging which is not desirable. The d-box we are replacing was damaged when heavy equipment was mistakenly parked on top of it which broke and moved it. We have found that many property owners with septic systems while they know they have a septic tank sometimes forget that the leachfield and d-box are also essential parts of their septic system and must also be maintained. Here are a few simple tips to help you look after all parts of 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 spetic 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 scheduled in Stoughton, Canton, Marshfield and Norton MA and some of these repairs could have been avoided by following the above advice. If you have any questions about your septic system or if you need a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic System Inspections in Massachussetts

Down to Earth Construction Services have Massachusetts licensed septic inspectors and have been carrying out thorough and reliable septic system inspections in this region for over 25 years.  As stated by the Mass Gov Website Title 5 Septic Inspections are required:

 

  • 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.

 

The majority of our inspections are for a property transfer, often scheduled by the seller but sometimes we provide an inspection for the buyer of a home with a septic system. Today we have septic system inspections scheduled in Wayland, Canton, Stoughton, Sharon and Holliston MA and most are for property transfers but one is for a voluntary assessment. Mass Gov States that”

 

“A system owner may choose voluntarily to have an assessment of the condition of the system even if there is no requirement for an inspection. Results of these voluntary assessments are solely for the use of the owner, and do not need to be submitted to local Boards of Health or MassDEP.”

 

For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system

 

Property owners are likely to schedule a voluntary assessment of their septic system because the want to know its condition and see if maintenance or repairs are required. This is important because 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


If you need to schedule a septic system inspection or assessment, for any reason, or if you have questions about septic inspections please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Safe Septic Tank Entry in Acushnet MA

Down to Earth Construction Services are installing inlet and outlet tees for a customer in Acushnet MA. This will require septic tank entry which is a very specialized skill that requires specific septic safety training which all of our technicians receive. Our goal is for both our technicians and our customers to be safe while they are working at client locations. We have the specific equipment required for a septic tank entry to keep our technicians safe and our technicians are trained to use it correctly. This enables them to to do the task that is required, in a safe and proficient manner, in this case installation of inlet and outlet tees. We have other septic repairs, improvements and adjustments scheduled today in Bridgewater, Middleboro and Staunton MA today. If you require septic work or if you have any questions about your septic system please do not hesitate to contact us at our Norton office 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

Melting Snow Means That Title 5 Septic Inspections Resume

Down to Earth Construction Services are pleased that the majority of snow finally melted over the weekend. Although we can still carry out septic services in winter some tasks can’t be done when the ground is frozen and covered in over foot of snow. However we know that while winter can slow a lot of things down people still need to move house and if they have a septic system in Massachusetts they are required to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection done. Thankfully the regulations acknowledge that living in New England sometimes means that the weather will play a factor in planning so it is stated on the Massachusetts Government Website 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

Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled for customers in East Bridgewater, Stoughton, Canton, Sharon, Mansfield and Norton MA. These inspections include ones that had to be rescheduled due to the severe snow we received a week ago.

If you require a septic inspection or have questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Down To Earth Construction Services Using State-Of-The-Art Equipment To Locate Exact Source Of Septic Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services’ goal is to provide honest and reliable septic repairs and services to residential and commercial customers in the southeast Massachusetts 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. 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. Today we have technicians investigating a septic alarm in Attleboro MA. The septic alarm is a small device in our customer’s tank that alerts them to a malfunction (such as a broken pump, a power failure, a leak inside or outside the tank, clogged drain pipes, or freezing within the pipes) within the septic system. We will locate their septic problem and repair their septic system. We are also repairing septic systems in Marshfield, Carver, Taunton and Stoughton MA. If you have a septic repair that needs to be done it is wise to not delay please do call our Norton office to either make an appointment or to ask any questions that you may have on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

 

Irregular Pumping Of A Septic System Leads To Drainfield Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services is experienced diagnosing and repairing septic systems and leach fields/ drainfields. We have been called in for a drainfield repair in Marshfield MA which has been caused by irregular pumping of the septic system. A septic tank should be pumped every 3 – 5 years depending on various factors including water usage and tank size. If the tank fills up with an excess of solids, the wastewater will not have enough time to settle in the tank. These excess solids will then pass on to the drainfield, where they will clog the drain lines and soil. The property owner called us concerned because they had liquid puddling on their drainfield and sewage smells coming from it. We also have other septic repairs today in Canton, West Bridgewater and Stoughton MA. If you are concerned that you many need a septic system repair, leach field or drainfield repair, septic pump repair or d-box repair please do contact our office to discuss your concerns and to make an appointment if necessary on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

 

Down to Earth Construction Services Wishes Everyone A Happy Thanksgiving

Down to Earth Construction Services wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow. We know our customers are also looking forward to Thanksgiving and food preparation is well underway for Thanksgiving Meals. We would like to remind our customers that it is not a good idea to put any type of cooking oil, fat or grease down the sink where it can enter your septic system. Whilst a well maintained septic system can cope with small amounts of fat, oil and grease, such as natural body oils that go into your septic system when you shower, if you regularly introduce cooking fats, oils and grease into your septic system it could result in a septic system failure if left . Just remember when you are making your beautifully juicy turkey dinner do not pour the fat, oil or grease down your sink. We have been conducting Septic Repairs in Stoughton, Bridgewater, Middleboro, Carver, Taunton and Norton MA that could have been easily avoided with a little knowledge and preventative measures. If you have a question about your septic system or you need to schedule a septic repair please contact us on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com