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Bob Silva

Meet Bob Silva

Bob SilvaWho are the hardworking people behind the scenes at Septic Preservation Services? We are starting a series to introduce the people of Septic Preservation Services and what they do.

 We begin with the founder of SPS,  Bob Silva.  Bob Silva  started the company after working in manufacturing for 2 decades.  Bob felt that customers deserved a better level of professionalism, as well as a higher degree of technical knowledge given the tougher environmental regulations that are being imposed on property owners.

He brings with him a  mechanical engineering degree from the University of MA at Dartmouth.    As the founder of SPS, his main role is to support his team with professional advice, the resources they need to do their jobs, promote a safe environment, and challenge them to continuously improve. He is highly successful in what he does.  In this business, he has faced many challenges and situations.  He believes that high strength commercial wastewater from coffee processing plants, breweries, and car washes, have been the most interesting and challenging projects he has dealt with.

 He also shares some fun facts and funny stories he has encountered over the years.  As told by Bob, ” I was once called by a home owner at 3 AM because she heard gurgling from the toilet as she was sick all night.   When I arrived in the morning, there was a mushroom shaped cloud of bubbles over the house 60 ft in diameter. It turned out the woman’s husband was trying to help because she was sick, and did some laundry.  He thought the more soap the  better.  Boy, was he wrong.   A second funny story involves another call at 2 AM from Stow,MA, when a couple called because they saw a bear dancing on their front lawn.  It turned out to be a pile of soap suds because their daughter dropped a bottle of shampoo in the shower.”   He has many stories he could share, but lastly Bob shared this story,  ” It is about a customer that kept putting things down the toilet they should not have.   After educating the customer several times, we were assured  that his family would not keep putting trash into the system. When we arrived and pulled the trash out of the tank once again, the man’s daughter, about age 7, started yelling and hitting her younger brother, about age 5.  Apparently,she had flushed one of his GI Joe’s down the toilet and in turn he was flushing her Barbie Doll clothes.  This concluded the septic war.”

  Bob really enjoys his job  and truly feels good about helping people.  He feels from time to time they come across people, who through no fault of their own, really need a helping hand, and it is nice to be able to provide it.   Outside of work he enjoys camping, fishing, photography, hiking, sailing, and snorkeling.  

Stay tuned to meet the rest of the Septic Preservation team.

Septic Preservation Services is ready to help you with all your septic needs.  Call them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

Down to Earth

Voluntary Assessments by Down to Earth Construction Services

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has septic inspections scheduled today in Acushnet, Rochester, Marion, Seekonk, Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, and Taunton, MA.  Most of the inspections that we do for customers are interconnected with a property sale, and the Inspection Form is submitted, in most cases, to the local Board of Health.  However, we also carry out voluntary inspections if requested by a customer.  Even if an inspection is not required, a system owner may have a voluntary assessment of the condition and operability of the system performed.  Results of voluntary inspections do not have to be submitted to the Board of Health or MassDEP.  If you wish to have a septic inspection done on your septic system or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Down to Earth Construction

Down to EarthDown to Earth Construction Services wishes its friends and customers Happy St Patrick’s Day!  While we would all like to have the luck of the Irish and find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow it is not usually the case.  If you are concerned that your septic system is not operating correctly you may need a septic repair.  If you have a septic problem addressed quickly, it can often prevent a more expensive and bigger septic issue or even septic failure later on.  You will not need a pot of gold to fix a minor septic repair but if you ignore a septic issue for long enough a septic failure can be an expensive and disruptive problem.  We have appointments for customers that need septic repairs and need a septic problems evaluated in Bridgewater, Taunton, Stoughton, Marshfield, Carver and Middleboro MA today. If you have concerns about your septic system or wish to schedule an appointment please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic System Installation by Down to Earth Construction

Down to EarthDown to Earth Construction Services has a Septic Installation scheduled to start in Marshfield, MA today.  Our client’s septic system failed a Title 5 Inspection. Once the Inspection was carried out the results must then be submitted to the Board of Health within 30 days. Even though the homeowner then decided not to sell,  a failed system typically must be upgraded within two years, unless the local Board of Health or MassDEP authorizes an alternative schedule.  For more information, see the The Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs of Massachusetts.  We have the equipment, experience, and engineers to ensure that the septic system will be installed correctly, quickly and with minimum disruption. If you require a septic system installation or have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

septic maintenance

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 www.septicpreservation.com for more information.