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D-Box Repair Today In Attleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services are replacing a D-Box for a customer today in Attleboro, MA. A septic distribution box  (D-Box) is a container used to receive septic system effluent from a septic tank and to re-distribute the effluent into a network of attached drainfield or soakaway bed absorption trenches and pipes. The D-Box works by gravity, flowing effluent into the drainfield (or leach field) piping network. It must be installed correctly to ensure that it  distributes evenly. You must also maintain your septic system and the best way to do this is to have your system regularly pumped and to use your septic system correctly. The following are some steps that you can take to ensure that your system can work correctly:

 

  • 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 septic 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 for customers today in Norton, Berkley, Acushnet and Rochester MA. Many of these repairs could have been avoided if the property owners had followed some of the above advice. If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

Septic Design Meeting At Down to Earth Construction Services’ Norton Office

Down to Earth Construction Services are ready for the next snow that is expected to arrive in our region tomorrow. Even in inclement weather we are available to assist our customers with their septic system needs. We have a septic design meeting today with a client who is upgrading their failing septic system for a property in Rehoboth MA. We have extensive experience designing septic systems for commercial and private customers. Our knowledge and experience enables us to have the ability to find septic solutions for customers who may have septic system constraints such as a small lot, proximity to wetlands or the ocean or other environmental restrictions. We have recently designed septic systems for customers in Taunton, Upton, Attleboro and Marshfield MA. We have also installed some of these septic systems for our clients. If you need a septic system design or have questions about septic systems, septic design or septic system installation please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

 

Down To Earth Construction Services Provide Cesspool Services and Cesspool Replacements

Down to Earth Construction Services has cesspool maintenance appointments in North Attleboro, Foxboro and Norton MA today. A cesspool is any pit or container that receives wastewater from a house or building. The term “cesspool” is usually used to refer to an open pit that is lined with rocks or concrete, but an underground tank or holding container that is not connected to a drainfield can also be defined as a cesspool. The main function of cesspools is the storage of wastewater. 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. Cesspools are only found servicing older properties because other more efficient means of waste treatment are now available. We provide cesspool services and repairs and have also provided cesspool replacements when required. We recently replaced a cesspool for a customer in Attleboro MA because it was starting to pollute the local groundwater. Ongoing maintenance of your cesspool by having it serviced and having pumpouts is especially important because to sustain the integrity of the environment you need to ensure your cesspool is operating correctly and the surrounding area is not saturated. If you have any questions about cesspools or wish to schedule a cesspool service please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Down To Earth Construction Services Providing Septic Designs For Properties With Septic Challenges

Down To Earth Construction Services has over 30 years of experience in the septic industry including septic system installation, septic designs, building, foundation installation and general excavating. Our experience gives us the ability to design and install septic systems that work with each property’s unique requirements and challenges. We have recently installed and designed advanced treatment units including FAST and Singulair Septic systems in Clinton and Fall River MA. Today we are designing a septic system for a client whose property in Attleboro MA backs onto wetlands and has a small footprint. However we have the expertise and knowledge to design a septic system which will work within these constraints whilst being cost effective and environmentally responsible. If you require a septic system design or have questions about septic system please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

 

 

What To Expect When You Have A Title 5 Inspection

Down to Earth Construction Services have licensed septic inspectors who are available to carry out Title 5 Septic Inspections for property owners who require an inspection. Often we are contacted by property owners who have a septic system and are planning to sell their home and need to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection completed before they can transfer Title. Once a septic inspection has been done it is valid for 2 years so they is no reason not to have it done as soon as you decide to sell your property to prevent any hold ups later in your sale and once it is done it is a positive point for your property. Often property owners have never needed to have an inspection to be done  before so this information from the Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs helps explain what to expect:

 

“An inspection shall consist of the collection and recording of the following information:

 

(a)   a general description of the system components and layout;

(b)   quantification of the source/type of sanitary sewage.  This should include type of use (domestic or commercial/industrial) as well as the design flow and whether or not the facility being served is occupied at the time of the inspection;

(c)   an analysis of the factors set forth in 310 CMR 15.303 (failure criteria) and, if the system has a design flow of 10,000 gpd or greater, 15.304 (threats to public health and environment);

(d)   water use records for the previous two years for facilities served by public water supply, if available from the supplier;

(e)   a description of the septic tank including:

1.   approximate age, size, and condition of the tank;

2.   distance between bottom of grease/scum layer and the bottom of the outlet baffle;

3.   distance between the top of the scum layer and the top of the outlet tee;

4.   thickness of the grease/scum layer;

5.   depth of the sludge layer and distance from sludge to outlet tee;

6.   physical condition of inlet and outlet tees;

7.   any evidence of leakage into or out of tank; and

8.   any evidence of backup of effluent.

9.   a characterization of the distribution box, and of dosing tanks with pumps, if any, including: a.   any evidence of solids carryover; b.   leakage into or out of the distribution box; c.   whether the flow is equally divided; and d.   any evidence of backup.

10.   a description of the condition of the soil absorption system including: a.   any signs of hydraulic failure; b.   condition of surface vegetation; c.   level of ponding within disposal area; d.   encroachments into disposal area; and e.   other sources of hydraulic loading.

11.   the location of private water supply well (if any) in relation to system components; and

12.   a copy of pump-out records on file with the local Approving Authority.”

Today we are carryout a Title 5 Septic Inspection for a family who is moving from their home in Norton MA. We also have other Title 5 Inspections in Attleboro, Seekonk, Rehoboth and Taunton MA. If you have a questions about septic inspections or if you need to schedule an inspection please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

Cesspool replacement In Acushnet, MA

 

Down To Earth Construction Services are doing a cesspool replacement for a customer in Acushnet, MA today. 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.  Over time, when the drainage area around the leaching pool becomes saturated, additional pools may have to be dug to handle the volume. Cesspools must be treated to avoid harmful chemicals from forming and also to empty the pool which needs to be done regularly. This makes cesspools have high maintenance costs.

In Massachusetts Title 5 does not require Cesspools to be replaced:

“only those 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).” The Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

We provide cesspool services, pump out services and cesspool replacement if requested. We have worked with customers in Attleboro, Bridgewater, Raynham, Franklin and Marion MA recently to either replace cesspools which was required because of Title 5 or requested for financial or environmental reasons by the property owner. We have also conducted cesspool services and pumping.

If your property has a cesspool make sure that you work with a company that has extensive experience working with cesspools in Massachusetts. If you have any questions or need to arrange an appointment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 


Septic Problem Solved With Leach Field Restoration

Down to Earth Construction Services are often called by homeowners who have signs of a septic issue but do not know what has caused the problem or how to fix it. The picture shows an organic clogging matt that caused a customer’s leach field to fail in Attleboro MA. We were able to restore the leach field for our customer and suggest changes that they could make that would help prevent this from reoccurring; more regular septic pumping and cleaning; a lint filter on their washer and stopping Oil, Grease and Fat being put down the drain. We have other septic repair appointments today in Norton, Mansfield, Foxboro and Sharon MA. If you have a septic concern or need to schedule a septic repair appointment please contact us at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com