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Septic Service Plan To Give You Peace of Mind

Down to Earth Construction Services offers an affordable Septic Service Plan designed to give our residential and commercial clients peace of mind in knowing that their septic system is being properly maintained, checked and monitored. Keeping your septic system in good working order is always a good idea because once you notice problems with your septic system you might already have a large septic repair or failure to deal with. A failing septic system can cause the following:

 

  • serious health risks to your family or neighbors

  • degrade the surrounding environment including groundwater, lakes and streams

  • reduce your property value

  • cost thousands of dollars to repair


We service our clients septic systems on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on a variety of factors including the client and the septic systems requirements. Today we have septic services for customers who are on our septic service program in Wayland, Marlborough, Southborough, Holliston, Bellingham and Franklin MA. If you would be interested in our septic service program or if you have any questions about septic services or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Cesspool Replacement in Norton MA

Down To Earth Construction Services are providing a cesspool replacement for a customer in Norton, 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).” For more information see https://www.mass.gov/service-details/title-5-faq

We provide cesspool services, pump out services and cesspool replacement if requested. We have worked with customers in Bellingham, Blackstone, Marshfield and Attleboro, 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 http://www.downtoearthconst.com

There Are A Variety of Instances In Massachusetts When You Are Required To Have A Septic Inspection

Down to Earth Construction Services have septic inspections scheduled today in Mansfield, Holliston, Franklin, Bellingham, Upton, Uxbridge and Sharon MA. The reasons that people schedule inspections are not only because they are selling their home and require an inspection before they can sell. A septic inspection is required in Massachusetts:

 

  • 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.

 

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

 

If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Cesspool Services Ensure That Your Cesspool Continues To Operate Correctly

Down to Earth Construction Services work with many customers that don’t have conventional septic systems on their property but instead have a cesspool. As stated on the Mass Gov website:

“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. A conventional septic system has a tank where solids can settle and begin to degrade, a distribution box, and a soil absorption system (SAS) that further treats the effluent by removing some of the bacteria, viruses, phosphorus, and nitrogen.”

Although cesspool are now not installed because there are more efficient and environmentally conscious alternatives Massachusetts does not always require cesspools to be replaced. They state that:

“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).”

For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/title-5-faq

We provide cesspool services to customers so that they can ensure that their system continues to operate correctly. Today we have cesspool services scheduled in Foxboro, Franklin, Sharon, Mansfield, Wrentham and Norton MA. We do also provide cesspool replacements and have recently done so recently in Southborough and Bellingham MA. If you require a cesspool service or are interested a in cesspool replacement or if you have any questions about cesspools or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Inspections for Property Owners Who Are Selling

Down to Earth Constructions Services in addition to installing and repairing septic systems also has licensed septic inspectors who can provide septic inspections and septic assessments when requested. The majority of our septic system inspections are carried out because a property owner is selling their property and it has not had an inspection within the last 2 years so it is required to have one. Our inspector will use use the MassDEP-approved inspection form and submit it within 30 days of the inspection. For most systems, the Inspector is responsible for submitting the inspection report directly to the Board of Health. The buyer must also receive a copy from the seller of the property. In some cases, inspection reports must be submitted to authorities other than the Board of Health. For more information see https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system


We will always advise people who are selling a property with a septic system to have their septic inspection done early. This is because Inspections in connection with a property sale generally are good for 2 years (If a system is pumped annually and the pumping records are available, an inspection is valid for 3 years). Therefore you can have this done well before you have a buyer and it will therefore be completed and not cause delays later on in your sale and will be a selling point for your realtor when advertising the property because the prospective buyers know that the system has passed its septic system inspection. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Plainville, Wrentham, Blackstone, Bellingham and North Attleboro MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Repairs Provided To Customers On Short Notice

Down to Earth Construction Services has septic repairs scheduled for customers in North Attleboro, Wrentham, Plainville, Bellingham and Blackstone MA. We are able to attend to our clients septic repairs on short notice from our Norton office. Once we have assessed the condition of your septic system, we will endeavour to present you 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 including septic pump repair
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

If you need a septic repair, have any questions about your septic system or have concerns that your system is not operating correctly please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Make The Title 5 Inspection The Easy Part Of Selling Your Home

Down to Earth Construction Services know that when it is time to sell your house that you suddenly have an awful lot if things to organise. You might have decorating or DIY jobs to finish, you will probably need to ‘declutter’, you’ll need to find a realtor and these are just the first things you will need to action. The further along you get in the process the more you will have to do, especially if you are also buying a home too. One more thing that you will probably need to organise, if you home is serviced by a septic system, is your Title 5 Inspection. In Massachusetts it is required that a septic inspection happens:

 

“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


So unless you bought your property within the last two years it is unlikely that you will have a current Title 5 Septic Inspection. However the good news is that once you have your inspection done it will last for two years. Therefore it is something that you can have done as soon as you decide to sell and is likely to remain valid until your sale goes through. This means that you can get at least this item checked off you sale ‘todo list’ nice and early. Once it is done you don’t need to be concerned that it will hold up a sale later on and it is a great selling point for potential buyers. If buyers are looking at your home, especially if they have not had a property with its own septic system before, knowing that it has passed an inspection can alleviate any concerns and ensure that it is not a negative point for a buyer. Today we have Title 5 Inspection appointments scheduled for people selling their homes and also for one couple who are buying a home in Wrentham, Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxboro, Uxbridge and Plainville MA. If you require a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems 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

Cesspool Replacements and Cesspool Services Provided

Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted by a customer in Wrentham MA who require a cesspool replacement. We also have cesspool services scheduled today in Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Upton and Uxbridge MA. As stated on Mas Gov:

“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. A conventional septic system has a tank where solids can settle and begin to degrade, a distribution box, and a soil absorption system (SAS) that further treats the effluent by removing some of the bacteria, viruses, phosphorus, and nitrogen.”

To sell a property you need a Title 5 Inspection to be done. Title 5 does not require that cesspools be replaced however:

“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”.

For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/title-5-faq

If you are not on town sewer and have a cesspool which you are concerned may need replacing or simply needs servicing please contact our Norton office to answer your questions or schedule an appointment on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Safety Is Not Left To Luck At Down To Earth Construction Services

Down to Earth Construction Services is wishing for good luck and good fortune on this Friday 13th! Luckily there is not much call for walking under ladders or dealing with black cats in our business but we do not leave the safety of our technicians or clients to ‘luck’. We have monthly safety meetings and regular training, checks and unannounced safety audits by our safety manager to ensure that we remain safe and importantly our customers are safe too. Our septic expertise covers southern Massachusetts and make sure that we are safe and comply with regulations in all of the towns we work within. Today we have septic inspectors in Holliston, Bellingham, Wrentham, Foxboro, Franklin and Plainville MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

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