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Septic Inspections Today by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has septic inspections scheduled today in Taunton, West Bridgewater, Mansfield, Foxboro, Franklin, Bellingham, and Wrentham, MA.  The following is included in a septic inspection as specified by The Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:


  • “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.”


“The location and condition of cesspools, septic tanks and distribution boxes must be determined. Often, this will not require extensive excavation. Generally, leaching areas are not required to be dug up.”
However in the instances when excavation is required, Down to Earth Construction Services have the equipment and experience necessary to do the work without having to get a 2nd party contractor involved.  If you need a septic inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Septic Services for Residential and Commercial Properties

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have experience working in this region with many types of septic systems.  We offer regular septic services to our clients who do do not want to, or do not have the experience, to work on their septic system, but do want the reassurance that comes with knowing that your septic system is well maintained. A regularly serviced and well maintained septic system is much less likely to have any expensive unexpected breakdowns or failures and will last longer.  We have septic services scheduled for clients with commercial and private properties on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on the septic system and clients requirements.  We do not usually need the client to be present so the service is effortless for the property owner.  We have septic services scheduled today for clients in Attleboro, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Raynham, Berkley, Swansea, Fall River and Rochester MA. If you would like to schedule a septic service or have any questions about septic services please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit


How to Clean Your Home with Products Safe for Septic Systems

One of the most important ingredients in your septic tank system is the microorganisms that live in the tank. These naturally-occurring microorganisms work to break down waste solids and process the sludge and wastewater in your system. Unfortunately, many of the chemicals and cleaning agents used in our everyday lives are harmful to the microorganisms. Homeowners that have a septic system, should refrain from using dangerous products that could potentially make their way into the septic tank and kill off these helpful microorganisms. Here are some tips that will help you to choose the best possible products for your home that are also safe for septic systems.

Chemical Cleaners 101
Part of septic tank care is knowing what you can put down the drain, and what you can’t. Septic systems in Massachusetts are vulnerable to failure caused by user error. The best way to stay on top of your septic system and ensure that it is working effectively and efficiently to process and remove waste is to get a preventative maintenance program from your local septic system service provider. A professional, experience technician can help to keep your system running in tip top shape and give you advice on proper septic tank care.

To determine whether or not a cleaning product is dangerous to your septic system, read the label. Many cleaning products are required to use the words “dangerous” or “poisonous” on their labeling to advise consumers of the danger associated with using or misusing the product. The word “warning” on a label indicates a moderate level of hazard associated with the product and the word “caution” is dangerous to an even lesser degree.

Your best bet is to choose cleaning products that say “septic friendly,” but they can be hard to find. Choose products that contain active ingredients that are bio-based or natural, as opposed to chemical-based cleaners. For example, citrus, vegetable, pine oils and seed-based cleaners are a better choice than chemical options. Don’t trust advertising claims that call products “green” or even “environmentally certified,” as many of those claims are exaggerated and have nothing to do with being safe for septic use.

Disinfectants 101
Another product that people who have septic systems in Massachusetts need to be aware of is disinfectant. While these products are extremely helpful in reducing exposure to germs, bacteria, viruses and other potentially hazardous and infectious microorganisms, they will also kill the helpful microorganisms inside your septic tank.

Limit the use of disinfectants to surfaces, such as counter tops, trash cans and tables, rather than in sinks or toilets, areas that could cause these products to make their way into your septic system. Natural fruit or vegetable based all-purpose cleaners should be used in these vulnerable areas.

Homemade Solutions
There are a lot of homemade solutions that can be used to clean your home instead of chemical-based products. In addition to being beneficial to septic tank care and being safe for septic systems, these homemade solutions go a long way toward reducing the amount of chemical exposure to your family. Even families without septic systems are turning to these tried and true homemade solutions and are moving away from chemical-based cleaners.

  • Vinegar is a very effective cleaner for most household surfaces. It can be used to remove stains from tile or porcelain, eliminate hard water stains from shower doors and is an excellent choice for cleaning a smelly dishwasher or washing machine. It is the best choice for cleaning a toilet bowl. Just pour two cups of vinegar into the bowl and allow it to sit overnight. Scrub with a brush and flush.
  • Lemon juice is a natural wonder, due to its acidic qualities. It is also a natural disinfectant and will leave your home smelling fresh and clean. It can be used to clean counter tops, toilet bowls, sinks and kitchen appliances. Add two cups of lemon juice to a bucket of hot water and scrub. It can also be used in the toilet similar to the vinegar solution for an alternative cleaning option.
  • Baking soda works to both clean and deodorize your home naturally. It is safe for septic systems and is one of the best cleaners to use for those who are concerned about septic tank care. Just sprinkle baking soda onto counter tops, in sinks, onto the toilet bowl or anywhere else that needs cleaning. Scrub with a sponge or brush and wipe or rinse away with water.

Preventative Maintenance Program
Once you learn how to read the labels and how to avoid using potentially damaging chemicals in your home, the best thing to do for septic systems in Massachusetts is to join a preventative maintenance program with a trusted, professional septic system service company. Septic Preservation Services has been serving customers throughout the Southcoast region since 1995.

In addition to a comprehensive preventative maintenance program,  Septic Preservation Services also offers Massachusetts Title 5 inspections, Rhode Island town inspections, confidential septic evaluations, trouble shooting services, remedial repairs and septic design and installation.  Homeowners with septic systems in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire can trust the knowledge and experience of the technicians at Septic Preservation Services. Call SPS at 877-378-4279 or visit for pricing, information or to set up an appointment for an inspection of your residential or commercial property.

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Title 5 Inspections in Massachusetts Today

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has Title 5 Septic Inspections today in Norton, Middleboro, Lakeville, Fairhaven, Freetown, Acushnet, and Marion, Massachusetts.   We have relationships with many condominium associations because condominiums with five or more units must be inspected once every three years.  Those with four or fewer units must be inspected every three years, or within two years prior to the sale of one of the units.  We also work with many realtors in the region on a repeat basis because they recommend our services to their clients.  We provide a thorough, professional and quick service to our customers, so they are happy to work with us repeatedly.  If you require a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

Down to Earth Constructions Has Septic Installation

Down to EarthDown to Earth Construction Services has a Septic Installation starting today in Acushnet, MA for our client whose septic system has failed a Title 5 Inspection, and has decided to replace their system before putting their home on the market to sell.  As stated on the Massachusetts Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:


“The owner or operator of the system is the legally responsible party required to upgrade a failing system.  Prior to transfer of the property, this is typically the seller.  Often, the buyer and seller work out the financial issues as part of the sale of the property.  Title 5 does not require that a system be in passing condition prior to the sale, but most lenders will not issue a mortgage until the failing system is upgraded or funds to perform the upgrade are escrowed.”
Our client wisely chose to have their septic system inspected early and want to have the system replaced prior to sale, so they do not have to make financial allowances later on to their buyer for a failed septic system or lose buyers who do not want to take on a property with a failed septic system.  We have extensive experience with septic system installations for many clients including recently in Attleboro, Norton, Stoughton, Swansea, and Marshfield, MA.  If you need a septic system installation or if you have questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Large and Small Septic Repairs and Failures

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has extensive experience with many types of septic systems.  We have the expertise, equipment and knowledge to repair large and small septic failures and problems.  We are going to a customer’s property in East Bridgewater, MA, today because they have called with a concern that they have extensive puddling, growth and smells coming from their leach field.  We have experience with leach field repairs and have the equipment for a small repair or extensive excavations without having to go to a subcontractor for the equipment or operators.  We also have septic repairs scheduled today in Norton, Franklin, Foxboro, Sharon, and Mansfield, MA.  If you have a question about your septic system or need to schedule an appointment please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Construction Experts on Septic Inspections

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has Septic Inspections today in North Attleboro, Wrentham, Bellingham, Uxbridge, Sharon, Mansfield, and Norton, MA.  On site septic inspections are required when a property with a septic system is sold, divided or combined and many of the inspections we do are for this reason.  However, we also have a septic inspection today at a condominium which is not being sold.  This is because condominiums with five or more units must be inspected once every three years.  Those with four or fewer units must be inspected every three years, or within two years prior to the sale of one of the units.  If you need to arrange a septic inspection or have any questions regarding septic inspections please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Septic System Design Consultation

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has a septic system design consultation today at our Norton, MA, office for a customer with property in Canton, MA.  Our client has a cesspool and we are providing a cesspool replacement.  A Title 5 Inspection carried out at the property required that the cesspool needed to be replaced because it was exhibiting signs of failure.  We have experience in the design and installation of many types of septic systems so we can tailor a septic design for a customer that suits their unique requirements and the requirements of the property and environment.  We have designed septic systems for customers recently in Berlin, Bellingham, Rochester, and Attleboro, MA.  If you require a septic design or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Tips for Septic System Maintenance

Tips  for Your Septic System

It’s important to keep your septic system running smoothly.  There are many things you can change in your household habits to prolong the life of your septic system and keep repairs at bay.

Conserve water whenever possible as a means of reducing the volume of wastewater that will need to be treated and disposed.  Take shorter showers and turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and doing dishes.  Turn it back on to rinse.

Make repairs to any faucets or toilets that are leaking.  That is simply wasting water and putting extra water into the septic tank and leachfield.

Make sure that you are only discharging biodegradable wastes into your system.  Avoid using cleaners with bleach and harsh chemicals.  Choose natural ingredients or make your own homemade cleaners with household ingredients.

Use 1 ply toilet paper and avoid using too much.  Do not flush, diapers, feminine hygiene products, tissues, wipes or paper towels.

Restrict or avoid use of your garbage disposal.  They can wreak havoc with septic systems.

Avoid putting grease, oils, fats, paint or excess food down your drains. Throw them away or wash outside.

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

It’s a good idea to keep the cover to your septic tank accessible by installing covers and risers for easier inspections and pumping.

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

You can also have an effluent filter installed to prevent debris from entering your drainfield.

You can also add a laundry filter to your washing machine.  Space out your loads of laundry and dishwashing loads to keep your leachfield from getting flooded.

Call  Septic Preservation Services for  a Voluntary Assessment of your septic system.  You can also inquire about becoming part of a preventative maintenance service plan to take all the guess work out of maintaining your septic system and can help you prevent problems before they even occur!

Call 877-378-4279 or visit

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Septic Repair and Engineering by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has the equipment necessary for large septic repairs and replacements when necessary.  We have the engineers and equipment so that we can do excavations and large septic engineering projects, when required, without having to turn to other companies for either the machines or expertise.  We have large septic engineering, leach field repair, and septic system installations in Norton, Attleboro, and West Bridgewater, MA currently.  If you have a septic engineering project and need to arrange an appointment or have questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit