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Happy Holidays from Down to Earth Construction Services

Holidays Down to Earth Construction Services would like to say Happy Holidays to all of our customers, associates and friends. We will be available 24 hours a day for emergency septic issues but the offices will be closed next week so our staff can enjoy the holidays with their families. If you have a septic emergency please do contact us at 508-622-5759 but otherwise we will be return in the New Year.

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Down to Earth Construction Schedules Septic Inspections

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have Septic Inspections scheduled today in Blackstone, Franklin, Wrentham, Foxboro and Sharon, MA.  We have been referred by realtors to their clients because they are confident in the service that we provide. If you need to schedule a Septic Inspection please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic Preservation Services in Precast Inc. Magazine

Check  out this great article published in Precast Inc. Magazine

Chairman’s Choice: Shea Concrete Products

By Sara Geer

Editor’s Note: For our first-ever “Chairman’s Choice” feature, we are proud to highlight two projects selected by Greg Stratis, president of Shea Concrete Products and newly elected NPCA Chairman of the Board. “Chairman’s Choice” will be an annual feature of Precast Inc. magazine.

Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery – North Woodstock, N.H.

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Water is an essential ingredient for brewing beer – on average, it takes 296 gallons of water to make one gallon of beer (1). With the use of such a large volume of water comes an equally large volume of wastewater, and often the need for a system that can handle the extra wastewater intake.

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Photo courtesy of Stephen Chmieleski.

Such was the case with the Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery in North Woodstock, N.H. Thanks to a significant increase in size, the brewery now distributes products throughout the eastern United States, with future plans to deliver nationally. But the brewery’s expansion caused its wastewater output to double, inundating the Woodstock Wastewater Treatment plant. The town had to remove the extra waste via trucks and started charging the brewery about $8,000 a month for the associated fees. Desperate to find a solution, Scott Rice, brewery owner, contacted Septic Preservation Services. The company worked with Shea Concrete Products, headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., to design and manufacture a precast concrete wastewater treatment system to fix the problem.

A phenomenal solution

Jim Boucher, regional operations manager of Septic Preservation Services, said the company is often contacted to assist in emergency situations like this one.

“There are microbreweries popping up everywhere and many don’t take into account wastewater,” he said. “What happens is they start on a septic system, but in a short time kill it. It’s becoming a big part of our business.”

The company typically works with a local precaster to design a system that cleans up waste and establishes a particular waste strength level and pH level as designated by the city and state. For Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery, the solution was three 10,000-gallon precast tanks. The tanks store waste so bacteria can clean the water before it enters the wastewater treatment plant. According to Boucher, Shea Concrete helped design and build the custom tanks in a way that had never been done before.

“These tanks needed to be installed at different elevations, which is a very difficult thing to do and get done right,” he said. “But Shea Concrete Products was able to cast the outlet elevations within the tanks so we could excavate a flat, large hole and place these all at the same level.

“I’ve never seen it done this way before and it worked out phenomenally. I don’t think I’ll do this any other way now.”

Teamwork prevails

Jerry Mailloux, operations manager of Shea Concrete’s plant in Nottingham, N.H., said the design department had limited information at the start, but worked closely with Boucher and the contractor, Rex Caulder of Caulder Construction LLC, to make the final plans for the system.

Manufacturing the precast products took less than two weeks. The tanks are 10 feet long, 17 feet wide and 12 feet high. They consist of 15 different pieces that needed to be modified for the project requirements.

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Shea Concrete worked closely with Septic Preservation Services to develop a new approach for the design and installation of Woodstock Inn Station’s precast tanks. Photo courtesy of Stephen Chmieleski.

Caulder was an existing customer and knew Shea Concrete could deliver all products on time, preventing unnecessary costs such as having the crane on site for an extended period. The project was completed within a week between the brewery’s two busiest weekends – Labor Day and the start of the Highland Games at Loon Mountain Resort.

“Shea Concrete transported all the of the pieces to the site,” Mailloux said. “The crane was ready at 8 a.m. and the last truck left at 11:30 a.m. with the tanks fully assembled. The trucks were staged at a New Hampshire Department of Transportation wayside area and were dispatched to the site as one was unloaded.”

Caulder said Shea Concrete was a tremendous partner for the project.

“They were right there when they said they would be – no waiting,” he said. “Precast concrete is the way to go. It takes up less room than a fiberglass tank and is easy and accessible for inspection.”

To learn more about Shea Concrete Products, visit sheaconcrete.com.

Sara Geer is NPCA’s internal communication and web manager, and is managing editor of Precast Inc.

Resources

(1) huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/food-water-footprint_n_5952862.html

Visit http://precast.org/ to read the full story.

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Down to Earth Construction Designs Septic Systems

septic repairsDown to Earth Construction Services can assist homeowners with a variety of septic system services including Septic Design. We are designing a septic system for a homeowner in Bellingham, MA.  We consulted with the owner to ensure that we designed a system that is tailored to their individual septic needs and requirements. If you require a septic design to be done please contact our office for more information on the service that we can provide.  You can reach us at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Down to Earth Performing Septic Repairs Today

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services are conducting Septic Repairs for customers in Attleboro and Mansfield, MA today.  We are regularly called out to homes to repair Septic Systems that have been damaged by misuse that could be easily avoided. When you flush or pour something down into your septic system, be aware that some chemicals can have an adverse effect to the balance of your system.  Paint, some cleaners, bleach, oil, fats and grease can all be detrimental to your system. Although it seems obvious, our technicians have also pulled toys, clothing, dead fish, plastic bags and other items found around the house from Septic tanks. These can all damage the inner workings of your Septic System and sometimes require costly repairs to remove the item and then  fix the damage they have caused. Please consider before you flush and speak to other members in your house about this also. If you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Schedule Your Title 5 Inspection with Down to Earth

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 Inspections scheduled today in Acushnet, Freetown, Rochester, Lakeville and Berkley, MA. If you are moving out of your home and require a Title 5 Inspection it is advisable not to procrastinate. Once done a Title 5 Inspection is valid for 2 years, so it is unlikely to expire before you move. If you wait it could cause delays that are problematic to your sale. If you need to arrange a Title 5 Inspection or have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Down to Earth Construction Referred by Realtors

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have Septic Inspections scheduled today in Upton, Bellingham and Blackstone MA. Our services were referred by realtors who were confident to pass our information to their clients knowing that we provide a quality, efficient and knowledgeable Inspection process from beginning to end. Realtors work with many inspection companies but only refer companies to their clients, such as Down to Earth Construction Services, that they are happy to work with again and again. If you wish to schedule your inspection please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic System Repairs

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have Septic System Repairs scheduled in Dighton, Raynham, Bridgewater and Middleboro today. Unfortunately Septic Systems are subject to wear like any other system and require repairs and maintenance. However it is sometimes possible to avoid repairs by considering what you are putting into your Septic System. It is advisable to never put oils, fats or grease down your sink. Similarly feminine hygiene products, dead fish, clothing and ‘flushable’ wipes are all items that our engineers have removed from Septic Systems that can cause damage and avoidable septic repairs. Try to follow these basic common sense suggestions to avoid septic system repairs, but if you think your septic system does need a repair please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearth.com

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All Natural Christmas Gifts

ChristmasToxic cleaners and harsh chemicals are all around us.  They can cause havoc with your septic system.  Your septic system relies on natural microorganisms to break down the effluent which flows into your septic tank.  Harsh chemicals found in many cleaners such as bleach can kill some of these naturally occurring organisms.  What’s a better solution?  You can make your own household cleaners out of natural ingredients you can find in your home.

You can make your own drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, counter spray, etc. out of natural and gentle ingredients which are better for your environment as well as family  and child friendly.   At this time of year, they also make great Christmas gifts, especially when decorative bottles and containers are used.

Here are some great recipes to try:

All Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 20-30 or more drops of essential oil (optional)

Suggested uses: hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors.

Tip: Warming in microwave until barely hot will boost cleaning power for tough jobs. Only microwave in a glass container.

Creamy Soft Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • ½ cup to 2/3 cup liquid castile soap*
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative)
  • 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any scent you prefer (optional)

Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar, shelf life of 2 years. Dry soft scrubs can be made with baking soda or salt (or combination of both) with 10-15 drops essential oil to scent.

Suggested uses: Use this creamy soft scrub on kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc.

Laundry Detergent

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soap flakes
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1-2 tbsp. oxygen bleach (optional for extra whitening power)

Soap flakes can be made by grating your favorite pure vegetable soap with a cheese grater. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry), wash in warm or cold water

For soft water: use 1 cup soap flakes, 1/4 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup baking soda. For hard water: use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda, and 1 cup baking soda.

Note: This recipe can be safely used in HE washers..

Tips: Add 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to rinse as a fabric softener. For a whitener, use hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. Soak your dingy white clothes for 30 minutes in the washer with 1/2 cup 3% peroxide. Launder as usual.

Furniture Polish

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 20-30 drops lemon essential oil

Shake well before using (2 teaspoons lemon juice may be substituted for lemon oil but then must be stored in refrigerator).

Dip a clean, dry cloth into the polish and rub wood in the direction of the grain. Use a soft brush to work the polish into corners or tight places.

Tips: To remove water spots rub well with toothpaste. To remove scratches use 1 part lemon juice and 1 part oil, rub with soft cloth.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Ingredients:

Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes and scrub with toilet brush.

Tip: Let ingredients soak for a while to make for easy scrubbing, especially on persistent stains like toilet bowl rings.

Drain Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1/2cup salt

Pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water.

Tip: Prevent your shower from clogging by using a drain trap to catch hairs.

These recipes can be found on womensvoices.org

Septic Preservation Services is available to answer all your questions on your septic system and what you should or should not put in it.  Call them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Down to Earth Construction Services in Rochester

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have a Septic System Installation this week in Rochester, MA. We also did the Septic System design for the customer, designing for them an efficient, environmentally responsible and tailored Septic System. We have the expertise, experience and equipment to carry out Septic System design and installation for our customers. If you need a new Septic System or wish to discuss the possibility of a new septic system please contact our office at508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com