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What To Expect When You Have A Title 5 Inspection

Down to Earth Construction Services know that most people will only ever need to have a Title 5 Inspection (sometimes called a Title V Inspection) done when they sell a home with a septic system and, unless they move a lot, they are unlikely to need to have one done many times. Therefore it stands to reason that most people do not know what to expect when they schedule a septic inspection or even how to prepare for one. We have had more than one customer assume that a septic system should be pumped before an inspection takes places so that we can ‘see’ what we are inspecting. The is absolutely not the case. The State of Massachusetts requires that your system be inspected under “normal use conditions” for a minimum of 2 weeks or more. We regularly pump septic systems for customers after they have had their Title 5 septic inspection once it has passed however. Today we have Title 5 Inspection appointments scheduled in Stoughton, Canton, Sharon, Mansfield and East Bridgewater MA. This is what our customers can expect from their an official Title 5 Septic Inspection – the inspector will:

 

  • conduct an interview with the property owner

  • research the paperwork for your property at your city’s Board of Health Department

  • survey the general size of the building or list a summary of the number of bedrooms

  • inspects the connection from the house/building to the system

  • inspects the inlet/outlet of the septic tank

  • examines the integrity of the tank

  • measures the liquid/contents of the tank

  • examines the integrity of the distribution box

  • measures the liquid/contents of the distribution box

  • checks the soil absorption system (SAS) condition

  • checks the relation of the system’s water table to the SAS

  • examines the integrity of the pipes using a special “sewer cam” (our specialty service, not required by the state)

  • provides an official 17-page document to the local approving authority and the owner, including all findings and a detailed sketch of the system

 

If you require a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Septic Installation For Commercial Customer in Acushnet MA

Down to Earth Construction Services provides many septic installations for both residential and commercial customers each year. With the ever increasing amount of building work happening in New England and the trend for renovations the need for septic system installations has never been higher. Not all of these new builds and renovated properties are on town sewer so they require their own private septic system. We provide assistance from initial septic design to getting permits and authorizations to dig safe and then the physical installation. We have experience installing many types of septic system so you can be sure that you will have a system that best suits your requirements and those of your property. Today we are starting a septic installation for a commercial customer in Acushnet MA. We have recently installed other septic systems in Wrentham, Canton and Swansea MA. If you require a septic installation 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

Septic System Repairs Including a D-Box Replacement

Down to Earth Construction Services can provide our customers with septic system repairs on all parts of their system. Today we are replacing a d-box for a customer in Sharon 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 drain field or leach field 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. We are also assisting our customer with locating their leach field for easement and have the appropriate permission from their neighbour to do so. This may seem unnecessary but if a homeowner has moved into a property but was not provided with property designs or as built drawings for their property they may be unaware of the location of their septic system components. If your septic system is working correctly there should be very little evidence of the location of a leach field. However we have extensive experience with septic systems so will be able to locate a leach field when a homeowner may not be able to do so. We also have additional septic system repairs scheduled today in Mansfield, Norton, Taunton, Canton and Foxboro MA. If you require septic system repairs 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

Massachusetts Title 5 Inspections Include A Variety Of Information On Your Septic System

Down to Earth Construction Services has Title 5 Inspections scheduled today in Hingham, Holliston, Millis, Canton, Sharon, Foxboro and Stoughton MA. A Title 5 Inspection includes:

  • General layout of the system components (location of the building sewer, septic tank or cesspool, distribution box and leaching field);
  • Type of use (e.g., house, school, retail space), Title 5 design flow, and whether the facility is presently occupied;
  • Analysis of the criteria specified in Title 5 that indicate system failure, and, for large systems, those which indicate threats to public health and the environment;
  • Water use records from the previous two years, if available;
  • A description of the septic tank, including its condition, approximate age, thickness of grease/scum layer, and other relevant information;
  • A characterization of the distribution box and dosing tanks with pumps, if any, such as condition and evidence of solids carryover or backup; and
  • The condition of the soil absorption system including, any signs of hydraulic failure.

If you need to arrange a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems or septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Repairs In Massachusetts Utilizing Our Extensive Septic Knowledge and Experience

Down to Earth Construction Services has been working for many years in Massachusetts on residential and commercial septic systems. Consequently we have extensive experience and knowledge that we utilize when we are called out to a septic repair and have to locate the problem, determine the source of the problem and then provide a septic repair. Today we have septic repairs scheduled in Canton, West Bridgewater, Sharon, Stoughton, Mansfield and Attleboro MA. If you believe you need a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com



It’s Summer And We Are Busy With Septic Repairs

Down to Earth Construction Services can’t believe that it’s the middle of summer already. This year seems to be flying by and our technicians are busier than ever. Unfortunately a lot of our repair call outs are from homeowners who have unknowingly caused their septic system problem. Where possible we try to educate home owners in the best way to use their septic system to try to prevent future problems while also finding the cause of the septic problem and fixing it. A few suggestions to keep your septic system working correctly are:

 

  • Pumping. Septic tanks generally should be pumped out every three to five years, depending on how regularly the system is used and/or how many people are using it. Regular pumping ensures that solids will not flow from the septic tank into the drainfield.

  • Use less water. Reducing the amount of wastewater entering your on-site sewage system may increase its lifespan. Excessive water use is a main cause of system failure. Use water-saving bathroom and kitchen fixtures (faucets, showers, toilets). Run and drain appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, one at a time. Spread laundry over the entire week and avoid partial loads. Fix all faucet and toilet leaks promptly.

  • Limit garbage disposal use. A garbage disposal adds solids and grease to your system, which could lead to drainfield failure.

  • Direct water from downspouts and roofs away from the drainfield. Additional water from these sources may prevent your drainfield from working properly.

  • Install risers for easier access. Risers from the tank lids to the soil surface make maintenance easier.

  • Don’t use septic tank additives or “miracle” system cleaners. Some of these chemicals can actually harm your system by allowing solids to flow into and clog the drainfield. The chemicals can also contaminate ground and surface water.

  • Don’t dispose of water from hot tubs into your septic system. Large volumes of water are harmful to the system, and the chlorine can destroy important bacteria in the system.

  • Don’t flush solid wastes into the system. These include diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, tampons, condoms, and grease.

  • Don’t put strong chemicals, such as cleaning products, down the drain. Household chemicals — such as drain cleaners, paint thinners and floor cleaners — can destroy important bacteria in your septic tank and contaminate ground and surface water. Laundry additives like bleach and fabric softener can also have a negative effect on the bacteria in your tank.

  • Don’t construct patios, carports or use landscape plastic over the drainfield. Grass is the best cover for your septic tank and drainfield. Soil compaction and paving prevent oxygen from getting into the soil. This oxygen is needed by bacteria to break down and treat sewage.

  • Don’t park cars, trucks or heavy machinery on the septic tank and drainfield areas. The weight can lead to crushed or broken pipes and soil compaction. Compacted soils cannot absorb water from the drainfield. A broken underground pipe can lead to an expensive repair.


Today we have septic repair appointments scheduled for customers in Carver, Middleboro, Marshfield, Canton, Holliston and Lakeville MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

The Smell Of Sewage Could Indicate You Have A Septic Problem

Down to Earth Construction Services know that septic systems always need to be maintained and occasionally you may also have a septic problem come up that needs to be addressed. Ignoring a septic concern until you have the time or money to deal with it will often mean that it could become a bigger septic problem which is never a good thing. A small concern of septic sewage smells coming from your plumbing if addressed quickly can sometimes be easily, quickly and inexpensively fixed. However if you ignore signs of a septic problem your small issue could become a large septic failure which could be an expensive and disruptive repair. Today we are at a customer site in Bridgewater MA providing a simple repair that could have been a much bigger and more expensive septic problem to fix if the home owners had ignored the sewage smells coming from their system much longer.  We also have septic repairs scheduled for other customers in Mansfield, Taunton, Norton, Sharon and Canton MA. If you have questions about your septic system or need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Septic Designs and Septic Installation Work Even In Winter

Down to Earth Construction Services know that with snow on the ground from previous storms and more expected this weekend many property owners are not considering extensive construction work. Who can excavate in frozen ground and the resulting slush and mud? While it is true that we will not be able to do a septic system installation when the ground is frozen solid what we can do is all of the background paperwork that is required in addition to the physical work. When a property owner requires a septic system installation we can provide the septic designs working with our customer to design a septic system that works for their specific needs and those of their property, budget and the environment. We have extensive experience in this region so we know each individual town’s septic requirements and the state regulations so we can ensure that your septic system will be correct and there will not be delays caused by paperwork problems once work has started. We have recently provided septic designs and septic system installations to customers in Canton, Marlborough, Wrentham and Wayland MA. If you would be interested in a septic designs, septic installation or have any questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 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

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