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Voluntary Septic Assessments Provide Confidential Information On Your Septic System

Down To Earth Construction Services conduct many septic inspections for people who are selling or sometimes buying property with a septic system. We also provide septic inspections for Condominium Buildings that are required to have septic inspections every 3 years. We also, however, provide voluntary septic assessments for property owners who are not ‘required’ to have an inspection but choose to have an assessment because they want to know the condition of their septic system. Many property owners are unaware that they have the ability to hire a licensed inspector to perform confidential voluntary septic assessments of their septic system. These inspections are completed just as they would be according to the Title 5 Inspections required by the State of Massachusetts, but the findings are NOT reported to any other person, municipality or office outside of the homeowner. Once the inspection is complete, the homeowner will receive a thorough report from Down to Earth Construction Services along with an assessment of the findings and some recommendations on how to properly maintain or repair their septic system. The recommendations provided by Down to Earth Construction Services are designed to increase longevity and prevent future issues, such as property damage, high cost repairs or system replacement. Today we are carrying out a voluntary septic assessment for a homeowner in Norton MA. We also have ‘regular’ Title 5 Septic Inspections in Dighton, Carver, Taunton and Bridgewater MA. If you require a septic inspection or assessment or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Repairs Sometimes Require Septic Tank Entry

Down to Earth Construction Services are installing inlet and outlet tees for a customer in Rochester MA. This will require septic tank entry which is a very specialized skill that requires specific septic safety training which all of our technicians receive. Our goal is for both our technicians and the customers to be safe while they are working at client locations. We have the specific equipment required for a septic tank entry to keep our technicians safe and our technicians are trained to use it correctly. This enables them to to do the task that is required, in a safe and proficient manner, in this case installation of inlet and outlet tees. We have other septic repairs, improvements and adjustments scheduled today in Norton, Lakeville, Raynham, Dighton and Taunton MA today. If you require septic work or if you have any questions about your septic system please do not hesitate to contact us at our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Advice To Follow To Help Avoid Septic Repairs Being Necessary

Down to Earth Construction Services know that not everyone can be septic experts or have over 30 years experience in the septic industry. However it is still possible to use a few basic guidelines to ensure that you are doing as much as possible to keep your septic system in top working order:

 

Things you should do:

 

DO conserve water whenever possible as a means of reducing the volume of wastewater that will need to be treated and disposed.

DO make repairs to any faucets or toilets that are leaking.

DO make sure that you are only discharging biodegradable wastes into your system.

DO restrict or avoid use of your garbage disposal.

DO take the time to ensure that any down spouts or other surface water is diverted away from your drainfield.

DO keep the cover to your septic tank accessible by installing covers and risers for easier inspections and pumping.

DO get your septic tank pumped regularly and have it checked for any cracks or leaks.

DO have an effluent filter installed to prevent debris from entering your drainfield.

DO add a laundry filter to your washing machine.

DO put kitchen trash into a compost or throw it into the garbage – not down your drains.

 

Things you should NOT do

 

DON’T flush products such as tampons, sanitary napkins, condoms, disposable diapers or wipes into your system.

DON’T empty oils or other types of kitchen grease down your drain.

DON’T dump any items that can disrupt the treatment process or contaminate groundwater, such as: paints, oils, thinners, pesticides, poisons or disinfectants.

DON’T build anything over your drainfield or dig in it for any reason.

DON’T plant any landscaping over your drainfield – except grass.

DON’T drive a vehicle over your drainfield or compact the soil in ANY way.

DON’T run purification back flush into the septic tank.


Unfortunately for some of our customers this information comes too late and we have septic repairs scheduled for customers today who could, in some instances, have avoided their septic breakdown by following the above advice. Today we are at customer properties in Dighton, Raynham, Taunton, Berkley, Rehoboth and Norton MA for septic repairs. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions or concerns about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Winter Weather Can Create Septic Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services know, just like all other New Englanders, that storms and weather are a part of living in this region. However the severe winter storms can result in property damage which can affect septic systems just like other parts of your property. Just like with other parts of your home or business it is never wise to ignore signs of septic problems and hope it might go away. Signs of a septic issue can include:

  • All of the drains from the house are slow
  • There is a persistent wet area over the leach field
  • Sewage is surfacing in the area of the septic tank or distribution box
  • There is sewage seeping through the foundation
  • The liquid level in the leach field is at the top of the crushed rock layer, the chambers or other underground structures
  • The vegetation over the leach field is greener and more lush than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • There is sewage odor in the yard at times or constantly
  • There is flow back from the leach field when the septic tank is pumped
  • The septic tank needs to be pumped frequently
  • The septic tank discharge baffle is damaged or missing
  • Rain water seems to take longer to disappear over the leach field than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • Well water is contaminated

Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers in Raynham, Dighton, Berkley, Taunton and Bridgewater MA and some of these septic problems could have been avoided if the property owner had been more aware of the signs to look for that indicate a potential septic issue. If you require a septic repair or if you have concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Down To Earth Construction Services Can Provide SEptic Engineering Services

Down to Earth Construction Services have trained septic experts who can assist property owners with their septic engineering requirements. We can assist with services to improve or repair your property such as soil evaluations, septic design and land use planning, septic improvements such as installation of risers, covers or filters and construction layouts for large or small commercial developments. Today we are conducting a soil evaluation for a customer in Attleboro MA. The soil evaluation will determine if the client’s building site is suitable for a conventional septic system and is typically called a “perc test’ or “perk test” (a percolation test). Traditional septic systems only work if the soil in the leach area is sufficiently permeable that it can readily absorb the liquid effluent flowing into it. Also, there must be at least a few feet of good soil from the bottom of the leach pipes to the rock or impervious hardpan below, or to the water table. Less commonly, a site can fail because the soil is too permeable, allowing the effluent to reach the groundwater before it is fully treated. Very steep slopes are also unsuitable for a conventional leach field. The specific standards vary from town to town, but any of these characteristics can prohibit the use of a standard gravity-fed septic system. Down to Earth Construction Services have extensive experience with various types of septic system so there are always alternative systems that can be used if the perc test does show some unfavorable results for a conventional system. We also have extensive experience with towns in this region so we know the individual requirements for different towns. We have other septic engineering appointments today in Norton, Rehoboth, Raynham and Dighton MA. If you would be interested in our septic engineering services or if you have any questions about septic engineering please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Know What The Signs Of a Septic Problem Are

Down to Earth Construction Services are very regularly called by customers who suspect that they have a septic problem but do not know the cause of the issue or how to repair it. Typical signs of a septic problem could be:

 

  • All of the drains from the house are slow

  • There is a sewage smell coming from your plumbing

  • There is a persistent wet area over the leach field

  • Sewage is surfacing in the area of the septic tank or distribution box

  • There is sewage seeping through the foundation

  • The liquid level in the leach field is at the top of the crushed rock layer, the chambers or other underground structures

  • The vegetation over the leach field is greener and more lush than over adjacent areas in the yard

  • There is sewage odor in the yard at times or constantly

  • There is flow back from the leach field when the septic tank is pumped

  • The septic tank needs to be pumped frequently

  • The septic tank discharge baffle is damaged or missing

  • Rain water seems to take longer to disappear over the leach field than over adjacent areas in the yard

  • Well water is contaminated

 

If you have any of these signs of a septic problem please do call us to discuss your concerns. We will be happy to speak to you and schedule an on site visit if necessary. Today we have appointments for customers who suspect that they have a septic problem in Berkley, Dighton, Raynham, Lakeville and Norton MA. If you need to schedule an appointment, need advice or have a questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Septic Repairs To Correct Large and Small Septic Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services have the equipment for large and small septic repairs on residential and commercial septic systems which sometimes require excavation if the components are not easily accessible without. However if we do need to excavate to carry out a septic repair we will always ensure that we do the work safely and to all required standards. This includes contacting Dig Safe, a nonprofit organization that will notify your utility company of our plans. Your utility company (s) will then mark its underground facilities so we can be sure to safely conduct your septic repairs. For more information on Dig Safe see https://www.mass.gov/guides/about-dig-safe We have extensive experience investigating the cause of a septic problem and then repairing your system in the most cost effective and efficient way possible while ensuring our work is environmentally conscious. We know that most property owners will not know the cause of their septic problem so we will initially assess the condition of your septic system and we will then be able 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

  • 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

 

Today we have septic repairs scheduled in Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Swansea, Rehoboth, Attleboro and Norton MA. If you suspect you need a septic repair or if you have any septic concerns or questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Title 5 Septic Inspections Carried Out With Care and Consideration For Your Property

Down to Earth Construction Services regularly carryout Title 5 Septic Inspections for property owners who are selling their property and need to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection to be carried out before Title transfer can take place. Customers are often concerned about the amount of disruption that a septic inspection will cause because if you are selling a property you understandably don’t want a large unsightly mess to be created. However as stated on Mass Gov::

 

“The inspection includes determining the location and condition of cesspools, septic tanks and distribution boxes. Often, this will not require extensive excavation. .”


Our inspectors take care to cause as little disruption as possible, for example we will carefully remove turf and place it on a ground sheet along with any soil that is removed when inspecting your septic system. We can therefore replace the soil and turf with as little evidence of the inspection as possible left behind. We understand that although we carry out hundreds of TItle 5 Septic Inspections for customers that each one needs to have the same thoroughness, care and professionalism and that is why we have such an excellent reputation in the region. Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections in Norton, Dighton, Berkley, Raynham and Rehoboth MA. If you require a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions about these inspections please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Leach Field Repair in Norton MA

Down to Earth Construction Services is experienced diagnosing and repairing septic systems and leach fields/ drainfields. We have been called in for a leach field repair in Norton MA which has been caused by irregular pumping of the septic system. A septic tank should be pumped every 3 – 5 years depending on various factors including water usage and tank size. If the tank fills up with an excess of solids, the wastewater will not have enough time to settle in the tank. These excess solids will then pass on to the leach field, where they will clog the drain lines and soil. The property owner called us concerned because they had liquid puddling on their leach field and sewage smells coming from it. We were able to educate the customer to help ensure that their problem will not reoccur and begin their leach field repair. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in Attleboro, Rehoboth, Swansea, Dighton and Raynham MA. If you are concerned that you many need a septic system repair, leach field or drainfield repair, septic pump repair or d-box repair please do contact our office to discuss your concerns and to make an appointment if necessary on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Septic Repair On A Leach Field In Acushnet MA

Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic repair appointment today in Acushnet MA. Unfortunately when the property owner noticed a wet patch in their yard they added more soil to the patch in the hope that this would fix the problem. This fix only temporarily covered up their septic problem and the wet patch returned and they contacted us when they also noticed a pronounced sewage odor in the area. We were able to determine that a new gutter in addition to a newly paved driveway was resulting in additional water being diverted to the soil absorption field area which put an extra load on the system. When their soil was saturated with clean water, even seasonally, it could not accept any more wastewater. The untreated wastewater was therefore rising to the surface. We were able to improve surface and subsurface drainage by diverting all surface and groundwater away from the soil absorption field. The soil could absorb all the wastewater from the property. We have other septic repair appointments today in Rochester, Freetown, Taunton, Norton, Dighton and Lakeville MA. If you suspect 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://downtoearthconst.com/septic-services/

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