Down to Earth Construction Services are regularly called by customers who require our septic engineering expertise. Whether they require a soil test, PERC test, septic design or land use planning we have the knowledge and experience to expertly provide our services. Today we are providing a variety of septic engineering services, including a soil test, to customers in Dighton, Rehoboth, Norton, Berkley, Carver, West Bridgewater and Lakeville MA. If you require septic engineering or if you have any questions about the septic services that we can provide please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
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
Down To Earth Construction Services knows that purchasing a home is an incredibly stressful thing to do. Whether it is your first home or your fifteenth there is always a lot of moving parts to coordinate and this is doubly true if you are also selling a property at the same time. If the property your are buying or selling also has a septic system you are required in Massachusetts to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection on that system before Title transfer can take place. As stated on the Mas Gov website:
“The property owner or operator is responsible for arranging the inspection. The buyer and seller may change the responsibility for arranging the inspection prior to title transfer, provided that this change is put in writing and that the inspection still occurs within the specified timeframes.
The purpose of the inspection is to determine if the system in its current condition can protect public health and the environment. The inspection does not guarantee that the system will continue to function adequately, or that the system will not fail at a later date. This is particularly important if you plan to increase the flow to the system.
The inspection includes determining the location and condition of cesspools, septic tanks and distribution boxes. Often, this will not require extensive excavation.”
For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system
We know that when you are selling or buying a property schedules have to be kept and hold ups can cause repercussions with sales and purchases. That is why we would always recommend that if you are selling a home with a septic system that you have your Title 5 Septic Inspection done as soon as possible. You do not need to wait until you have a buyer. The inspection will be valid for two years and once your system has passed the inspection you can stop your septic from being a cause of concern or negative for prospective buyers. Today we have Title Septic 5 Inspections in Middleboro, East Bridgewater, Marshfield, Carver, Lakeville and Norton MA. 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 www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services know that most property owners who have a septic system do not want to spend a lot of time, money or effort maintaining or even thinking about their septic system. Therefore we provide regular septic system services for our customers so they can put their feet up and no longer worry about septic system maintenance. Septic services are an ideal way for property owners to be totally confident that their septic system maintenance is being done without have to concern themselves about it. We maintain, check and monitor the septic system and notify our customer if we find anything that may be a problem in the future which can prevent small septic problems becoming large and expensive septic failures. We provide preventive maintenance services to both commercial and residential customers all over the region. Today we have septic system services scheduled for customers in Acushnet, Lakeville, Carver, Berkley and Rochester MA. If you would be interested in a septic service or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services love the spring and all the new growth that it brings. However essential to this is rain and even when it’s wet or cold outside we are still able to perform many septic services for our clients including septic inspections. We have been working in New England for many years so we have experience working in the many different weather conditions that are thrown at us, sometimes on the same day! In this time we have gained an excellent reputation for the quality of our work and the reliability of our service. This is essential when a large potion of our work comes from word of mouth and referrals from other satisfied customers. Today we have septic inspections for customers who are selling homes in Middleboro, West Bridgewater, Taunton, Carver, Marion and Rochester MA. Some of these inspections have come from referrals from our client’s realtors who have recommended our services to their sellers. We have worked with many realtors in this region and they are happy to refer our services to their clients because they know that Down to Earth Construction Services provide reliable, through and professional inspections for their clients punctually on their schedule. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic installation scheduled to start today in Attleboro MA. We have been working with septic systems and installing different types of septic systems in this industry for over 25 years. Of course this is beneficial to our clients because customers have different types of septic system installed for a variety of reasons including price, environmental concerns and limitations, town and state requirements and efficiency and we have experience installing many of these systems. Of course it is always advisable to use a company who has experience installing not just septic systems but the specific type of system you require because that will help prevent delays and expenses created by a system being installed incorrectly. We have recently installed other septic systems for customers in West Bridgewater, Carver and Plainville MA. If you have questions about septic system installation or septic systems generally please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services is experienced working with entire septic systems which includes the septic tank but also the leach field or drainfield, d-box (distribution box) and any other associated parts such as a septic pump if used. Many property owners who have a septic system to treat their wastewater forget that an essential part of their septic system is the leach field, or drain field. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield, all connected by pipes, called conveyance lines. Your home’s wastewater flows into your septic tank where it is held and solids sink to the bottom and lighter scum floats to the top. The solids and scum are decomposed by bacteria and periodically pumped. The treated wastewater or effluent flows through the distribution box into your drainfield or leach field where it then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified (secondary treatment). There are steps that you can take to ensure that your entire septic system continues to operate correctly including:
- 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
Unfortunately a property owner in Rochester, MA called us because they had not considered their leach field when planting multiple trees in their yard and they now have leach field problems. We are providing leach field repairs and providing them with septic education to hopefully ensure that they can prevent similar breakdowns in the future. We have other septic repair appointments today in Acushnet, Marion, Carver and Lakeville MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services know that moving home can be one of the most stressful events in your life. If you are selling a property with a septic system that just adds one more thing that needs to be addressed before you can move. However what you don’t need to be concerned about is the weather effecting your septic inspection. If it seems that the weather will make it impossible for us to carry out your Title 5 Septic Inspection the state has made provisions for that as specified on the Mass Gov website:
“If weather conditions prevent an inspection before a sale, Title 5 allows the inspection to be done up to 6 months afterwards, provided that the seller notifies the buyer in writing of the need to complete the inspection.” For more information see:https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system
We have Title 5 septic inspections scheduled today in Taunton, Carver, Middleboro, Norton and Raynham MA. If for any reason the inspection can not take place we will always endeavour to reschedule the inspection as quickly as possible at a time that is convenient. If you have any questions or wish to schedule a septic inspection please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic system installation starting today in Sharon MA. We have been working with septic systems and installing different types of septic systems in this industry for over 25 years. Of course this is beneficial to our clients because customers have different types of septic system installed for a variety of reasons including price, environmental concerns and limitations, town and state requirements and efficiency and we have experience installing many of these systems. Of course it is always advisable to use a company who has experience installing not just septic systems but the specific type of system you require because that will help prevent delays and expenses created by a system being installed incorrectly. We have recently installed septic systems for customers in Carver, Middleboro, Norton and Rochester MA. If you have questions about septic system installation or septic systems generally please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted by a property owner in Norton MA who need a design for a new septic system. Their property is in close proximity to wetlands so need a septic system that will be cost effective, environmentally conscious and follow all town and state septic system regulations. At Down to Earth Construction Services we have been working with many types of septic system for many years so we will always find a septic solution that will work for our clients specific needs. We also have extensive experience working in this region so we know the regulations which will help prevent delays and additional costs that are created when a system does not meet requirements as set by the town and state. We have recently designed septic systems for large and small septic systems for private homes and commercial properties in Carver, Fairhaven and Acushnet MA. If you need a septic system design or if you have any questions about septic systems or septic design please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
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