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, septic inspectors, engineers 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 the entire region and we make sure that we are safe and comply with the regulations for the State of Massachusetts. Today we have septic inspectors in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Southborough, Marlborough and Uxbridge MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services know that all parts of your septic system need to be operating to ensure that it is working efficiently and correctly. We have experience repairing all parts of your septic system should it become necessary, even the ones that sound unpleasant and awkward to fix. Some septic systems are fitted with a sewage grinder pump. Waste from water-using household appliances (toilets, bathtubs, washing machines, etc.) flows through your home’s pipes into the grinder pump’s holding tank. Once the wastewater inside the tank reaches a specific level, the pump will turn on, grind the waste into a fine slurry, and pump it to the central sewer system or septic tank. A sewage grinder pump does what the name suggests and is not something that you want to leave inoperative because more serious breakdowns and larger repairs may then be necessary. Today we are providing a sewage grinder pump repair for a customer in Wayland MA. We also have other septic repairs scheduled in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Southborough and Upton MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have concerns about your septic system please do contact our Norton office where we will be happy to answer any questions you have an book an appointment if necessary on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Septic Preservation Services knows that you should not have your septic system pumped prior to having a septic inspection. The State of Massachusetts requires as part of the inspection procedure that the inspector:
“Check pumping records for frequency of system pumping and verify that the system has not been pumped within two weeks prior to inspection.”
For more infomation see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/guidance-for-the-inspection-of-on-site-sewage-disposal-systems-0
Your septic system needs to be inspected under “normal use conditions” for a minimum of 2 weeks or more. If your system needs pumping we can arrange to have it done for you while the components of your system are exposed after the inspection. Today we have septic pumping scheduled in Berlin, Clinton, Bolton, Marlborough, Sterling, Stow and Maynard MA. Septic pumping is recommended to be done every 3-5 years depending on a variety of factors including the size of your septic tank and the water usage of the property. If you are unsure of have any questions about septic pumping or septic systems or if you want to schedule a septic pump out please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com
Down to Earth Construction Services is replacing a D-Box for a customer today in North 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. However to keep your system working correctly you must also maintain it 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 you maintain 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 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 Berlin, Bolton, Clinton and Southborough 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 about septic systems please do contact Norton our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services install and repair septic systems as you would expect but we also provide septic system maintenance and inspections. In the State of Massachusetts Title 5 requires that your septic system is inspected by a licensed inspector in the following instances:
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 for any of the above reasons please do contact us where we can schedule a septic inspection on short notice on your schedule. Today we already have other Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled in Clinton, Berlin, Bolton, Marlborough and Upton MA. If you have any questions about Title 5, Septic Inspections or if you need to schedule an appointment please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have qualified and experienced septic system engineers who can assist you with septic system designs, either to improve or expand upon an existing septic system or to design an entirely new septic system either to replace a failed septic system or for a new build. Today we have a septic system design meeting with a commercial property owner in Seekonk, MA who needs specific septic system designs for that property. We have extensive experience throughout the region providing septic system designs for both residential and commercial properties and have recently provided designs for properties in Swansea, Berlin and Oxford MA. If you need a septic system design 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.
Down to Earth Construction Services are providing a septic system design for a customer in Norton MA. All Septic Systems are designed specifically for their own site and have variances which make them unique but most systems are based on the same principles. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield. Your septic system treats your household wastewater by temporarily holding it in the septic tank where heavy solids and lighter scum are allowed to separate from the wastewater. The solids stored in the tank are decomposed by bacteria and later pumped out. After partially treated wastewater leaves the tank, it flows into a distribution box, which separates this flow evenly into a network of drainfield trenches. Drainage holes at the bottom of each line allow the wastewater to drain into gravel trenches for temporary storage. This effluent then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified. We have many years experience working in this region and know not only the state septic requirements but also those of the individual towns that we work in. Therefore we can help prevent delays for our customers which often happens if a septic design is not correct or doesn’t follow town BOH regulations. We have recently provided septic designs for customers in Berlin, Lakeville, Upton and Attleboro MA. If you need a septic system design or if you have septic questions please do contact our office in 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services offer so much more than septic ‘construction’. While we certainly use our experience in this area to provide excavation, septic installation and extensive repairs to septic systems we also have the skills and knowledge for septic engineering tasks such as providing septic designs, soil evaluations, construction layouts and perc tests. Today we have a perc test, or percolation test, for a customer in Attleboro MA. A perc test evaluates the rate at which water drains through soil. This is extremely important to know before you install a septic system because you need to know the level of liquid absorption into the soil in order to design the system which includes the leach field or drain field, where wastewater percolates back into the soil after the solids have settled into the septic tank. The typical size of a drain field is determined by the expected volume of waste water to be discharged from the septic system (which is usually estimated based on the size of the proposed building) and of course the speed at which the liquid can drain which is determined by the perc test is essential information. The perc test is conducted by drilling or digging a hole in the ground, pouring water into the hole and then observing the rate at which the water is absorbed into the soil. We have provided other septic engineering services to customers throughout the region including recently in Southborough, West Bridgewater and Berlin MA. If you require septic engineering services or if you have any questions regarding for septic system please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services know that moving home at any time of the year is a stressful and time consuming business. If you are selling a home in addition to buying a home this just seems to double the workload. Therefore we try to make one small part of your move as painless as possible. If you are selling a home with a septic system in Massachusetts you are likely to need to have a Title 5 Inspection. As stated on the Mass Gov Website:
“In order to ensure that septic systems (conventional septic systems, cesspools, and innovative/alternative systems) are protective of human health and the environment, MassDEP generally requires that systems be inspected when a property is sold.
When is an inspection required?
When a property is sold to new owners, or there otherwise is a transfer of title to new owners, with certain exceptions.
“Title 5 does not require a system inspection if the transfer is of residential real property, and is between the following relationships:
(1) between current spouses;
(2) between parents and their children;
(3) between full siblings; and
(4) where the grantor transfers the real property to be held in a revocable or irrevocable trust, where at least one of the designated beneficiaries is of the first degree of relationship to the grantor”.
For more information see
We have extensive experience providing septic inspections in this region for property owners. We have excellent relationships with many realtors because they have worked with us before, in some instances on multiple occasions, and know that we provide through, reliable and prompt inspections to their clients. Many of our septic inspections come from referrals from realtors to their clients. Our Inspectors have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Wayland, Marlborough, Berlin, Bolton and Clinton MA. If you are moving and require more information on Title 5 Inspections or have any questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services has extensive experience working with customers with cesspools on their properties. 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. The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs do not require cesspools to be replaced however they do need to be maintained or if they 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 they will need to be upgraded. We provide cesspool services and repairs and have also done cesspool replacements when required. Today we have appointments for cesspool services in Wrentham, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton and Bellingham MA. If you have a cesspool and need cesspool service, cesspool repairs or have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
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